About me

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About Me

What is this all about?

Travel inspiration, advice & stories for women of all ages, on all budgets who are going solo but may not want to travel alone.

I have over 25 years of independent travel across over 60 countries & 6 continents. I am now keen to share my experiences & take you with me on my journey. Where have I been?

Take a look at my map so far!

Why?

I have recently had a huge shift in my life circumstances (see below if you want to know more).  This, fuelled by determination & a need for distraction, has made me reconnect with the joys of solo travel again.

For whatever reason, we all find there are places we want to go, stuff we want to do & not always someone to go with. You also may not quite have the confidence to do it alone yet. I’m here to come up with ideas & share experience on how we can all go solo, but not necessarily be alone. Whether you’re a seasoned solo traveller or someone who needs to build up to it, I hope you find something here that will interest you & keep coming back to share my journey.

What will you find here?

I hope most things are self-explanatory but you might want to check out…
  • First Timer’s Guides – my practical tips on what I felt it was important to know on a first visit
  • Activities – My experiences of things to do solo, if you don’t want to be on your own. Includes learning a skill, volunteering, tours, day trips etc
  • What not to do! – Stories from scrapes through over 25 years of trotting the globe

Want to know more about my story?

“Not all who wander are lost”

– J.R.R. Tolkien

I have always had a passion for travel. My geography lessons at school opened my mind to how much more there was to the world than the caravan park in Brittany where I spent my most exotic family holidays. I started with Africa at a very naïve 22 (much to the despair of my poor terrified mother!). Currently, I have visited over 60 countries & seen some of the world’s most amazing sights. My experience has seen the best (& at times, worst) of human behaviour. I’ve had my fair share of scrapes & incidents along the way. Solo travel has instilled belief in my own abilities & found a self-confidence that I never knew I had. I have got myself into situations & have got myself out of them too.

For me, the joy of travel is having perfect & imperfect experiences at the same time, in the same place & with the same people (& anyway since when has perfect ever been interesting?!).

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face”

– Mike Tyson

Just when I thought I had this all sussed with a great job, an amazing husband & the financial security to go wherever I wanted, when I wanted to go there, life punched me in the face.

A few days before Christmas in 2014, after 20 years together, I lost my husband Terry – the love of my life, my best friend, my inspiration, my rock & my partner in crime. He went in for heart surgery & never made it back to me. Imagine everything you know about your life & everything you know & expect will happen in your future gone, overnight.

I spent my first 12 months in a shock, saying “Yes” to all invitations & following friends & family to exotic destinations which was the only way I knew to cope. Travel gave me the opportunity to get to know myself again & start to discover who I am now I am back on my own.  To read more about this journey see my blog Adventures, Mishaps & Tragedy.

“When everything changes, change everything” 

– Neale Donald Walsch

In March 2015 I was given the opportunity to take redundancy after 18 years with the same company & I grabbed it with both hands. I have taken the last 3 years trying to work out what life means to me now & what I want it to look like.

At the start of 2016, I decided it was time to refocus & I wrote a list of all the things I wanted to do & places I wanted to go. 117 & counting currently (see My Life List for what is on there & how I’m doing). Since then I have been working my way through this & the adventures I’ve had along the way have helped me heal to the point where I finally feel I can smile again & mean it.

The conclusion of where I take my life now is this website.

Sue Where? Why? What?

I am determined to continue to make travel a focus for my life & help & inspire other women to grab life by the balls & do the same, no matter how long your holidays are, what your budget is, or what your reason is to choose to adventure solo.

The world is out there to be experienced & there are lots of adventures there to be had. I hope you choose to join me on some of mine… 

“I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on my list”

Susan Sontag

What else you do need to know?

It is important to say that all my trips are self-funded & I have not been sponsored or received benefits based on where I have been or what I have written. You can trust these are purely my opinions on the experiences. I hope you find my comments useful but if you disagree with anything please let me know!
If you’d like to know more drop me a message

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