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

The Perfect Itinerary for 2 Weeks in Jordan

A visit to Petra, Jordan, is on many people’s bucket list. Most people know that they want to come here to see this amazing place that was made famous in the Indiana Jones movies. But what are some other places to visit in Jordan? Here I will help to...

Things to do in Mount Gambier South Australia

Mount Gambier, Australia, is the second biggest city in the state of South Australia with a population of around 30,000 people. It is a convenient stop if you are driving along the Great Ocean Road between Adelaide and Melbourne, which is how I first came to...

Things to do in Victor Harbor for a Weekend

Victor Harbor is a popular coastal town about one hour south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It has a population of around 12,000 people, but this swells considerably during the summer as many people from Adelaide flock here to enjoy the seaside and...

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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