Roxanne the globetrotting writer

Freelance writer Roxanne Williams relaxes at the Castaway Resort. Picture: SIKELI QOUNADOVU

LIKE every young girl growing up who desires to be the best in what they can become, Roxanne Williams had her own dreams and aspiration.

Growing up in the rural outskirts of Sunshine Coast, Queensland in Australia she enjoyed many adventures with her two younger brothers, all of which ignited the burning desire to spend her work-life in the great outdoors.

“Growing up, was pretty relaxed since I lived in a rural area, far away from city life. Lots of outdoor activities with my siblings like exploring the bushlands around the house and day trips to the surf beaches nearby.

“At first I wanted to be a marine biologist or a news anchorwoman, and for a while a comedian – yes really,” she said with a smile.

In her late teens, she started travelling the world and consequently this developed into a healthy wanderlust.

With a Bachelor of Business in International Tourism Management and her passion for writing, Roxanne has travelled extensively both domestically in Australia and around the world.

She travels a minimum five times around Australia and then takes an average three to four international trips in a year.

“Writing was actually a natural talent I harnessed at a young age. Some of my earliest memories involve journal entries, story-telling and scriptwriting.

“I have been to a few countries – NZ, Indonesia, The United States, Vietnam, Fiji, Thailand, Japan and I’ve spent time living throughout Europe too. So it’s difficult to pick a favourite but I’ll go with France and Fiji.

Since her first trip to Fiji, Roxanne has been overwhelmed with the culture, the environment, the people and every trip has always amazed her.

“I adore the Yasawa Islands, the land and seascapes there are visually stunning and it’s a terrific atmosphere to relax and connect back with nature.

“It is inherent to my personality type and I respect the written word immensely. The art of story-telling is culturally important globally, and many of the myths and legends associated with Fijian island gods pique my interest.

“And I can’t wait to return and explore Kadavu and the ever-inviting Astrolabe Reef because I have never been there,”  she said.

The Fiji Times caught up with Roxanne at the Castaway Island, Fiji resort and she says the beauty of her job is the ability to meet and socialise but also at the same time permits her to spend quality time with her own family.

“The majority of my time is spent with my children, that’s why I appreciate having a career as a freelance content writer that enables me to work around their needs and their ever-expanding schedules first and foremost.

“With this job I get to meet great humans and make new friends while researching topics!

“Travel opens up the mind and continually creates countless opportunities to experience the world anew,” said Roxanne.

A contributor to the Fiji Airways in-flight magazine Fiji Time, Roxanne added it is imperative that the environment is protected.

“Environmental protection and conservation should be paramount to local folk and visitors to Fiji alike. Sustainable growth (particularly in the tourism industry) is imperative to the preservation of Fiji’s glorious waterways and magnificent lands. It would be nice to see this environmental ethos practised worldwide; ultimately so ours and future generations can continue to appreciate mother earth.”

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