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

Essential Items for Long Term Travel

It’s always a big thing when you are taking a gap year. You are about to head off on the biggest adventure of your life there is a big juggling act that needs to take place. You want to pack everything you will possibly need for your trip, but you only...

Visiting The White Temple, Chiang Rai Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple as it’s more commonly known, is easily the most popular attraction in Chiang Rai, Thailand. I, like many others before me, came to Chiang Rai just to see this temple (but the town has so much more to offer, see my...

Travel Diaries – Vietnam

Gap Year Days 270 – 281 I was looking forward to getting back to Vietnam. We had spent three weeks here almost exactly five years ago, and had enjoyed our visit to Hoi An then, and wanted to spend a more time around the central area of Vietnam. It had...

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.