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

How to get Foreign Currency for your Travels

“I am going to Europe. Should I take USD with me to exchange there or should I get Euro’s from my bank before I go?  What is the best way to get foreign currency?” Every day on social media I see a variation of this question, and I think I...

Things to do in Port Adelaide

Mention Port Adelaide to an Australian and they will probably tell you about either their love or hatred of the Australian Rules football team. They might also know it’s near the water and has a maritime history. There is a lot more to the area than...

Inspirational Travel Books

Recently at a large party as we entered we were handed a name tag and a pen. We were told to write our name, how we knew the birthday boy and our favourite thing. It took me all of a nanosecond to add “travel” under my name. A close second on my favourite...

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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