I’m an “accidental” travel writer, a career journalist who stumbled into the travel writing world about 20 years ago and grabbed it with both hands. And I’m definitely a “glass half full” kind of person. My blog is about my love of travel and I hope the name I’ve chosen for it reflects my inherent optimism about life.
From time to time, I also write about other things – life, love, loss, issues in society that I think are worth exploring, or things that have particularly touched my heart.
While I love to roam the world, the places closest to me are Australia, where I’ve lived for 30 years, and New Zealand, where I grew up. I’ve also lived in England, Canada and the Middle East, and visited about 60 countries. I believe that travel builds bridges between different cultures, and helps us understand that deep down there are not many differences between us. I’ll go anywhere for a good story but prefer less trodden paths. Driving, walking, talking, snorkelling, wining and dining…and always writing about it, with passion, depth and humour.
I also love photography, and hope that my images go as far as my words in describing the wonderful world we live in. Sometimes – when I’m at home – I’ll write about what’s around me in Brisbane, which is just as interesting to me as some more far-flung places. If I don’t find something interesting, I figure you won’t either.
Favourite places? That’s a tough question, but if I have to choose I’ll say (apart from Australia and New Zealand) my top five would be Laos, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Finland and Ireland. But really, I’m just as happy exploring my own backyard because wherever you are – at home or far way – the world is a fascinating and fun place. So please subscribe and come on my travels with me.
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