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These are my personal recommendations for 7 countries I have lived in over the last 50 years of exploring the world:

  1. England
  2. South Africa
  3. France
  4. Canada
  5. Switzerland
  6. Botswana
  7. Australia

Country #1 – England

I was born in England and lived here until I was 13 when we moved to country number 2! (Though in between country #6 and country #7 I did spend 20 more years back in England.)

Favourite city/town – So many spring to mind but I think the answer has to be London. There is just so much to see and do in our capital city that I never get tired of visiting!

A weekend visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in London

Favourite food – Fish and chips!!

Favourite scenic destination – The Lake District or Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

A Lake District Itinerary - what to see and do in one day
Visiting Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in England

Don’t miss – visit a castle/cathedral or other historical site as we have some amazing ones in England! In particular my home county of Northumberland has some pretty spectacular ones to visit!

10 beautiful places to visit in Northumberland England

Country #2 – South Africa

I lived in South Africa until I was 21. I have visited many times since I left as it is an amazing country.

Favourite city – Cape Town

Things to do in Cape Town South Africa - an insider guide

Favourite food – Bobotie

Favourite scenic destination – The Drakensburg Mountains

Don’t miss! – Go on a game drive and see some of the incredible wildlife South Africa is home to. Oh and go up Table Mountain!!

Country #3 – France

I love France and I really loved living there. It had such a profound impact on my life and was an incredibly fun time. I learnt to speak French – I was at one point completely bilingual however I am a little rusty these days.

Favourite city/town – Evian-les-Bains (near where I lived on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Favourite food – all of it! I learnt so much about food and cooking when I lived in France. If I have to choose I will say gratin dauphinois!

Favourite scenic destination – I love Haute Savoire where I lived. The views across Lake Geneva were stunning but I also love the Dordogne are too. Sarlat is a must-visit town in France for me!

20 Best Destinations in Europe to Visit (Part 1)

Don’t miss! – Canoe down the Dordogne! Buying fresh croissants from the Boulangerie in the morning!

Country #4 – Canada

Moving to Toronto in Canada from a small ski resort in the French Alps was a bit of a culture shock. It was so big and so busy! I have returned to Canada only once in the years since I left but to the the west coast which I loved. Canada is somewhere I wish to explore in a lot more depth and the temptation to look for long-term house-sitting opportunities there will not be kept on hold forever!

Favourite city – Victoria

Things to do on Vancouver Island - an insider's guide!

Favourite food – Burgers and shakes!

Favourite scenic destination – I haven’t seen the Rockies properly yet (only from an airplane) but suspect that is what I should put! I loved Vancouver Island though so I am putting that!

A 3 Day Itinerary for Vancouver Canada

Don’t miss – Niagara Falls

Country #5 Switzerland

I had already previously lived on the French side of Lake Geneva, so had done a fair amount of travelling into Switzerland, but in 1992 I took a job in Basel in the German speaking part of Switzerland. I used it as a base to travel all over southern Germany, eastern France and even northern Italy.

Favourite city – Geneva

Favourite food – Rosti

Favourite scenic destination – Mt Pilatus

A Complete Guide to the Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus Lucerne Switzerland

Don’t miss – The beautiful pastries/cakes and chocolate! And take a train ride – some of the most scenic train journeys in the world are in Switzerland

A guide to traveling on the Bernina Express

Country #6 – Botswana

My parents moved to Botswana in the early 1990s. When I visited I rather liked it and so ended up applying for a work permit and staying for a year. Botswana is wonderful country with so much to offer – the most economically successful country in Africa Botswana is stable and safe. And quite beautiful.

Favourite city – Gaborone where I lived – but also the small town of Mochudi was a great place to visit.

Favourite food – Beef in Botswana is amazing so a steak!

Favourite scenic destination – The Chobe in northern Botswana

Don’t miss – The opportunity to visit the Okavango Delta

An African safari in Botswana - what it is really like!

Country #7 – Australia

Favourite city: Has to be my home city of Brisbane though Melbourne comes a close second!

Favourite scenic destination: The Whitsundays

A review of our Whitehaven Beach Day Trip with Cruise Whitsundays

Favourite food: Chicken schnitzels and Tim Tams

Yummy! 10 iconic Australian foods you have to try

Don’t miss: Visiting Uluru. It should be compulsory for all Australians.

Your ultimate guide to visiting Uluru - the red heart of Australia
101 Things to Know When Visiting Australia

So that’s it – 7 countries lived in on 4 continents..SO FAR!!!

 Pin for later! IN MY LIFE….

in my life - one life lived so far in 6 countries on 3 continents - favourite cities, foods, favourite scenic destination and must-do's for each country - England, South Africa, France, Canada, Switzerland and Botswana


What is your favourite city/town, food, scenic destination and must-do’s where you live?


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14 thoughts on “In my life – My Life So Far 7 Countries on 4 Continents

  1. Linda says:

    Lovely reading all about your travels and where you’ve lived – many beautiful places!! Hope Australia is just as memorable for you as no. 8!!

  2. Jurga - Full Suitcase says:

    So much inspiration, Tracy! Loved reading this and getting to know you a bit better. In a way I’m jealous, traveling is fun, but there is no better way to really get to know the place than to live there for a while. Great post.

    • Tracy Collins says:

      HI Thanks Michele – it was a bit of an indulgent post on my behalf but I wanted to share a little about my life. Botswana is an amazing country to live in – and visit. There is one post on my blog about Botswana if you get the chance to read it that would be great! Thanks again

  3. Juliette @ Snorkels To Snow says:

    This is awesome, you are fortunate to have been able to call these places home, you would have learnt so much from each country. I think being able to base yourself in one place for a decent period of time is a fantastic way to live your life & truly experience a country.

    • Tracy Collins says:

      Thank you Juliette – I have been very lucky to have spent so much time living in different countries. It is a lifestyle i love and we are hoping in our retirement to just house-sit our way around the world very slowly! In the meantime we have Australia to look forward to. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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