About Me

               “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Back in 2003 whilst in Vietnam I met a girl from New Zealand who had decided to travel to 50 countries before settling down and committing to a mortgage.   I thought that this was a fantastic idea and decided to copy.  Unfortunately I have lost touch with the aforementioned girl, so am unsure how far on her quest she has gone.  Personally I have trumped up some 95 countries and am far from finished on my voyage.

Ginger beer anyone??

I was brought up in a small town in Yorkshire, England and from a young age was hooked on the adventures of Enid Blyton’s “Famous Five”.  Whilst I was never going to solve a mystery and live off lashings and lashings of ginger beer, it certainly set off an intrigue for discovery within me.  I wanted to escape the sleepy countryside solitude and head out on my own adventures.

University gave me a level of independence that I craved, and I never looked back.  My career took me into finance and after a few years in the field with various sojourns overseas I took my thrill seeking a step  further and bought a Round the World airline ticket.  Towards the end of my year trip I managed to land on my feet and was offered a finance position in Sydney, Australia.  Some fourteen years later I am still in this beautiful country, but have not given up my strong passion for exploration.

Karate Kid – Japan

The feelings I experience from travel are like no other.  I love immersing myself in new cultures and meeting local people.  Being on a bus where nobody speaks your language and by some miracle, or perhaps due to my advanced gesticulation skills, finding yourself at the right destination gives you a fantastic buzz.  Obviously this can all go wrong and you end up somewhere unexpected and a new exciting challenge begins!

Who knows what adventure lies on the road ahead, with the temptation of so many other  intriguing countries to explore.  Stay tuned to find out where my next journey takes me….


5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Great blog Helen…all the posts are really entertaining and love the bullet point format! Looking forward to reading more about your travels, keep up the good work!! Hope to see you in Vancouver soon!!

  2. LOVED being a fly on the wall through out your adventures… what an amazing journey.. keep up the great work! God Speed for all your future travels!!

    • Thanks Mistie 🙂

      I am continuing with my travel ambitions, with Timor-Leste next in only a few weeks. And am keeping everyone updated with my adventures as I go!

  3. Love your blog and really enjoyed your stories! Keep travelling and updating your blog!!

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