“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Who I Am
My name is Courtney. I’m a born and raised South Floridian but traded in my flip flops for snow boots when I moved to Yale for my BA. I was a competitive swimmer for 16 years, and I still splash around on occasion. I’m an amateur photographer, country music enthusiast, dessert lover, and frequent flier on the Struggle Bus.
Why “Tortoise” on the Move
Tortoise was my mom’s nickname for me when I was a kid. Most kids (like my sister) got Peanut, Princess, Honey, etc. but I was bestowed the nickname Tortoise when she realized that moving with a sense of urgency was not high on my list of priorities. As fate would have it, the name stuck and now I’m using it to represent how I like to approach travel: I’m a self-proclaimed homebody, so I like to feel at home no matter where I am in the world.
How I Started Traveling
Long story short, I went into Yale as a pre-med with a 10-year life plan and graduated as an anthropologist who loved to travel. The summer after my freshman year, I signed up for Archaeological Theory and Practice in Istanbul, Turkey rather than applying for Intermediate Spanish in Spain like everyone else. I fell in love with the Turkish people, culture, and food, and was infected by the travel bug before I got home. While in school, I also took a summer course in Italy and earned a fellowship to study museums in Peru.
Where I’ve Been
Where I Am Now
In June 2014, I moved to Canberra, Australia to become an au pair. After six months in the nation’s capital, I moved to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Since moving to Australia, I’ve traveled in the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. I also took a two week whirlwind journey through New Zealand. I’m currently planning a two week road trip down Australia’s East Coast for June and three week Southeast Asian adventure for June and July.
Where I Want to Go (Only The Shortlist)
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