I’ve been on one hell of a personal journey over the last few years.
Life was an emotional rollercoaster and to me it made perfect sense to add to the craziness, quit my job and escape to Peru.
In the beginning everything was confusing despite being sheltered within the umbrella of an NGO where I was volunteering. I didn’t speak the language nor understand the customs. I thought that I would never get to grips with the local bus system or be brave enough to set out on my own across South America.
It’s no word of a lie – I was TERRIFIED – but there is something about the travelling community that encourages strangers to connect, share and open up with each other. I guess we all recognise that we are adrift in a strange place and far from family and friends. People meet you and get to know you for who you are, without the influences of gossip or knowing about your past.
Problems are shared, dissected and solved and it was this tribe who persuaded me that my strengths lie in mentoring and supporting others (and so the Smash the Pumpkin Project was born).
I have met some incredibly generous people – generous with their time, possessions and love and these are the people who inspire me to continue with my journey and to mentor and support others who need help.
In this section you will find some of my more personal stories plus the stories of others who are inspirational in their own way.
Feel free to contact me if you have any comments or if any of the issues resonate with you.
Am I too old to stay in a hostel? This is a recurring question that is asked over and over again in Facebook Groups and travel forums by would-be travellers. Too often they imagine that hostels are full of drunken eighteen year olds who will party until the early...read more
How would you feel with greater self-esteem? Would you like to believe in yourself and your own abilities again? Would you like the confidence to travel the world or to stand up in the office and make that presentation or to go and see that show in the theatre on your...read more
...or what you will learn when you travel with me! Join me on one of my 1 to 1 fully accompanied tours and you will experience so much more than a holiday. We will get under the skin of a region or a country but you will learn much, much more. During your trip we...read more
Something slightly different From the emails that I get, I know that the thought of solo travel scares a lot of you. And I get that. It used to scare me too! But I think that I have the perfect solution for you. Watch the video, click on the links and continue...read more
I have to admit, I’ve been lucky up until now with getting sick while travelling, but since I have been in S E Asia I have had all sorts of stomach bugs and viruses. [grwebform url="https://app.getresponse.com/view_webform_v2.js?u=spPd&webforms_id=13182401" css="on"...read more
I am constantly amazed by the sights that I see as I travel. Whether natural or man-made, whether silently paddling a canoe among the breathtaking beauty of the Amazonian jungle or staring open-mouthed at the majestic sights at Petra, I soak up the history like a...read more
This article explains why I could be the perfect girlfriend. Or not! I travel. It’s what I do. I wander from place to place; exploring and moving and volunteering and writing. Does this make me the perfect girlfriend? You decide whether the following are pros or...read more
Loy Krathong I had originally intended to join the hordes of tourists for the mass lantern release, but as I left my guesthouse and I wandered through the back lanes of the old town in Chiang Mai I felt the peace of the night wrap around me. In the darkness, in a...read more
She left pieces of her life behind her, everywhere she went It's easier to feel the sunlight without them, she said - Brian Andreas I have covered the ‘what’...read more
Change, like laughter lines can creep up slowly when we aren’t looking. One day you look in the mirror and things are different. My previous article which asked 'Does Travel Change you?' (you can read it here if you missed it) showed WHAT some of the external...read more