WELCOME TO TRACY’S TRAVELS IN TIME
As an expert expat my aim is to help others either already living abroad or indeed embarking on an expat life. My advice and tips from a life living and working in 6 countries on 4 continents are aimed at helping you regardless of where you are on the journey to expat life.
Due to experiencing expat life both as a child and an adult I am able to share perspectives on the challenges faced from both points of view. Making the move solo a number of times (and more recently to Australia with my husband) has also added to my extensive knowledge and understanding of the ups and downs of expat life.
As well as an expat perspective on travel I have built up a large network of friends across the world. My destination guides offer genuine insider tips and insight into some of the most beautiful cities and countries thus helping you travel authentically.
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A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT ME
When I was 7 my Grandmother bought me a pack of 52 cards each with a photograph of a beautiful place around the world on it. My favourites were Table Mountain in Cape Town and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA. Oh how I wanted to see them for real!
I was lucky enough to stand at the top of Table Mountain 9 years later at the age of 16….it took me another 32 years to stand on the Golden Gate Bridge which I finally did in 2015. That was a pretty good feeling!
I was born in the UK and lived in Newcastle until the age of 13 when we (me, my brother, my Mum and step-Dad) moved to South Africa. During school holidays I sometimes travelled back to the UK on my own to visit family – I think I was 16 the first time I flew home alone and I really think this made me fearless when it came to the idea of solo travel! (Though not of flying unfortunately)
Aged 21 after finishing a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in both History and Psychology) at University in South Africa I decided I wanted to see more of the world before thinking about a career and settling down in one place. I had planned to travel for a year or so (that was the plan) but it ended up being 7 pretty amazing years.
AN EXPAT LIFE
MY 20’S – THE SOLO YEARS
In my 20’s I lived in
FRANCE – Evian-les-Bains
ENGLAND – London
CANADA – Toronto
SWITZERLAND – Basel
BOTSWNA – Gaborone
The difference between Toronto and Gaborone cannot be underestimated and I soon learnt to adapt rather quickly to different environments.
I worked as an au pair, nanny, English teacher and an assistant manager of a nursery school and met and worked with some fantastic people I am still in contact with nearly 30 years later. I learnt to speak French, I learnt to appreciate food (the French really do have the edge on this). I learnt that skiing is a lot harder than it looks. I learnt to fit into different families and cultures and I also learnt that despite 2 winters in the French Alps I had not really felt the cold until I had experienced a Canadian winter!
During work interludes I also travelled as much as possible visiting Italy, Holland, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, and Denmark.
My 30’s – the single parent years!!
In my late 20’s I moved back to the UK where my daughter was born. I qualified as a secondary school teacher and sort of settled down but travel was a major part of our life and every opportunity we travelled.
We explored France, Malta, the UK, South Africa and Botswana together. And we had fun! Those years were different – as a single parent your priorities change and travel had to fit around school holidays for us both!
My 40’s – the married years!!
And then there was 3! After marrying in my late 30’s the travel continued except now it was me, my daughter and my husband. We spent summers travelling all over Europe by train -we visited Hungary, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland. We visited Majorca, Greece and Malta …. and fell in love with it.
In my 40’s I continued to travel either solo (London to Zurich by train in a day) with my daughter (her 18th birthday present a trip to NYC) or my husband (a 40th birthday visit to Amsterdam) or on some occasions as afamily (Canada/USA/Singapore/Australia)
My daughter is now grown up and studying a PhD at university but I achieved my aim of showing her the world. By her 19th birthday she had been to Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Australia.
My 50’s – So what’s next for us empty nesters?
We have recently (2017) spent some time travelling after giving up our jobs in the UK and relocated to Australia!
This is my 7th country to live and work in and I will be sharing our experiences along the way.
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