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 fifty 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 have 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

A Personal Update: When Life Gives You Lemons…

I have debated long and hard as to whether I was going to share the lemon that life has recently thrown at me. This is a travel blog, it’s all about far flung locations and wild adventures. But my life for the next few months (with one short exception)...

The Perfect Itinerary for 2 Weeks in Sri Lanka

After coming in at number one in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019 list, Sri Lanka is well and truely on the radar now of many travellers. To help you plan your trip, here are my suggestions for the perfect itinerary for 2 weeks in Sri Lanka.  ...

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.

Travel Tips

Tips to help you plan your trip and get the biggest bang for your buck