Hello and thanks for visiting. I started this blog as a way to record and preserve my memories of all the wonderful places I have been and of those I am yet to visit.
I travelled a lot when I was younger, I wanted to see every country in the world, so far I have been to 52. I hope to make it to at least 100.
I have written and published romance novels but my real love is travel writing, I am currently working on ‘A Monkey On My Back’. (Title from a chase through the Venezuelan jungle)
I seem to have a knack for getting myself into absurd situations whilst on my travels. I’ve endured 5 days on a Greyhound bus with a revolving door of lunatics as it rattled across America, the highlight of that trip was when the gun toting druggie who turned the toilet into his mobile crack den took a real shine to me. 😕 I woke up one morning to see him kneeling on the seat in front, waving his gun above his head. Then he leaned over and stroked my hair…😱
I think I was most astounded to find myself being frisked over a police car in L.A and put in ‘the cage’ after my 14yr old sister rang the LAPD from England because I told her I was lost ( I was 26). They thought it was a crank call but decided to check it out anyway and upon finding me, a fully grown adult crying beside a pay phone in Brentwood then listening to my story (there is always a story) they probably thought it was safer to remove me from the streets of L.A. I sat in the back staring at the cops heads through the grille thinking ‘How did I get here?’ I felt like I was in an episode of Starsky & Hutch.
I have also had a few jobs I took solely to travel for free. Most didn’t work out too well 😕. I jumped ship in the Caribbean and on the Rhine (in the dark; without a gangplank) and I escaped the most awful job in a Japanese Karaoke bar by running away to Hawaii where I was stung on the face by a giant jelly fish.
I travel on a budget and am always on the lookout for a bargain, my best deal was a flight from Bangkok to Hanoi for a dollar. I love researching destinations and their history and any place I visit always includes a tour of as many hotels as possible, it is a bit of an obsession.
2016 was the worst year of my life and I really feel I need some help so I am travelling again, because for me travel is the best therapy, I’ve lost my mojo so I am going to look for it. I hope to find it in Mexico. See my post ‘Mojo Hunting in Mexico for more info. I will write all about it here.
I will also explore Mexico City and some beautiful towns and cities, hopefully (if I get my mojo back) making it across to the Yucatan to visit Merida, Valladolid, Tulum and as many Mayan temples and cenotes as possible.
Wherever you may be heading, I wish you safe & happy travels! 🌎