Welcome! I’m Josie, your average forty-something who has lived an ordinary life of work, marriage, mortgage and kids. I’ve got extraordinary dreams though, and travel is number one on the list! I have just returned from my “adult gap year” with my husband, and now want to share all my tips about how to travel like I’m living a champagne lifestyle while on a beer budget.

I’ve visited more than forty countries, and while doing so have stayed in every style of accommodation from hostels to five star hotels, I’ve flown budget airlines and first class suites, eaten street food and at Michelin-starred restaurants. I love the finer things in life, but to achieve them I had to compromise and consider the other end of the scale. I didn’t backpack or stay in hostels until my late thirties and now I enjoy that style of travel, especially if it means an occasional five star hotel or business class long haul flight. If I can achieve this balance, so can you!

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Featured Posts

Things to do in Siena, Italy

Siena is a picturesque little town in Tuscany, Italy. Before I left on this trip, everyone I told we planned on spending a few weeks in Italy said I simply had to go visit Tuscany. We spent a few days in Florence before taking the short trip south to Siena....

Sydney to Singapore – The Suites Way!

Our Singapore Airlines Suites class review from Sydney to Singapore. Date: 17th April 2017 Flight: SQ222 Aircraft: Airbus A380 Seats 3C/D Booking As we began to plan for our gap year, I came up with the idea that I would love to leave Australia in style. At...

Things to do in Adelaide

Visitors to Australia often neglect Adelaide in favour of the bigger Eastern cities. The capital of South Australia is a city of about a million people and is located on the south coast of Australia, about half way across the country. Adelaide is worth a...

Travel Diaries

Follow along with my gap year travels through Europe, The Middle East and Asia

Where I've Been

Looking for blog posts on certain countries? You will find them here.

Travel Talk

Here you will find my random thoughts about all things travel related.

Monthly Summary

The short versions of my travels as well as blog wins and what is coming up.

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