My Story

Travel for the wonder and the joy of it

I’ve been travelling for almost my entire life; a product of my parents’ insatiable desire to explore beyond what they knew, who were themselves a product of the 1960s ‘hippie’ culture of self-discovery. I often joke that I first saw Europe as a baby in my daddy’s backpack, but it’s not far off the truth. So, I suppose I’ve always felt comfortable just about anywhere.

An awful lot of my travels have been on my own as a solo traveller. Early on I realised that, because of other people’s work, time, family or financial commitments and constraints, there were many places I wanted to see and things I wanted to do that I would have to do either on my own or not do at all.

I chose to do them.

In her diaries, the unusual Swiss explorer Isabelle Eberhardt wrote ‘I will never be content with a sedentary life. I am haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere’. These words resonate deeply with me. Yet, I’m no longer a 20-something backpacker. I’m not wealthy by any means, but I also don’t travel on the cheap anymore. Travelling solo, I want a certain degree of comfort and safety. But I don’t necessarily want or need luxury or extravagance, which can often be far less interesting, and I’m still far too young and adventurous to be relegated to the ubiquitous ‘coach tour’.

I will not ‘cease from exploration’ as long as these legs will carry me.

The world is a wondrous place. As Susan Sontag said: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

I invite you to travel along with me.

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