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Travel guides covering numerous destinations across the globe with a focus on: must-visit cities, places of historical and culture significance including Unesco World Heritage Sites, and opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitats.

Read up-to-date tips and advice for expats based on my own experiences of expat life including our recent move to Australia.

 

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About Me – Tracy

ABOUT TRACYS TRAVELS IN TIME

SO A LITTLE INTRO……..

 Mother of one, teacher, traveller, train lover (always a train as first choice), milkshake connoisseur.

 Likes: trying new food(well I really like food in general), the French language, sunshine, lilies, sausage dogs, afternoon tea, linen trousers, Adele, maps, architecture, history, and a long list of places…

Dislikes: rudeness, flying – well turbulence, people with no empathy, cucumber, crowded places (panic argghhh), ants.

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AND A LONGER INTRO…..

A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TRACYS TRAVELS IN TIME AND 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!

So who am I? And what is my background?

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)

After I finished University in South Africa aged 21 I decided I wanted to see more of the world before thinking about a career and settling down in one place. (Now in my late 40’s I have realised I will never do this!) I had planned to travel for a year or so….that was the plan but it ended up being 7 pretty amazing years.

My 20’s – the solo years!!!

In my 20’s  I lived in France – Evian-les-Bains , England – London,  Canada – Toronto,  Switzerland – Basel and Botswana – 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 (where after borrowing my friend’s dad’s Volvo I left off the handbreak and came back to find it had rolled down the road and wedged itself into a hedge 200 metres away)

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 (Disneyland Paris mainly), Malta, Cornwall, 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!

In my 40’s – the married years!!

And then there was 3! After getting married 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. My daughter however fell out of love with train travel! And after a rather windy trip along the Amalfi coast vomited over a coach load of Italian commuters but thats another story…

Now in my 40’s I have continued to travel either solo (London to Zurich by train in a day – hectic) with my daughter (her 18th birthday present a trip to NYC) or my husband (a 40th birthday visit to Holland) or on some occasions –  like our visit to Canada and the USA in 2015 – as a family.

Now my daughter is grown and at university….I achieved my aim of showing her the world and by her 19th birthday she had been to Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Australia. Not bad eh!

So what’s next for us? My 50’s!!

We have recently relocated to Australia! My 7th country to live and work in so keep checking the blog for updates on our new life there!

Follow my travels – past, present and future! I have some good stories to tell…and memories to make.

Thanks for reading about “Tracys travels in time” and me!

Tracy 

Walpa Gorge Uluru

 

I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live


WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE I BEEN?


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I have lived in the following countries

England 1967-1981

South Africa 1981-1988

France 1988-1990

Canada 1990

Switzerland 1992

Botswana 1994-5

England 1995-2017

Australia 2017 –

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I have been to the following countries:

EUROPE

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Where have I been?

Austria: Salzburg, Vienna, Zell-um-see

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mostar

Belgium: Brussels

Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split, Trogir, Sibenik, Elafiti Islands, KrKa Waterfalls

Czech Republic Prague

Denmark: Aarhus, Skagen, Copenhagen

England: London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, York, Lincoln, Ingleton Waterfalls trail, the Lake District, Cornwall, Northumberland , Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Nottingham etc

France: Paris, Evian-les-Bains, Yvoire, Provence – Nimes, Gourdes, Roussillon, Fontaine de Vaucluse, the Dordogne – Sarlat.

Germany: Berlin, Cologne, Freiburg

Greece: Athens, Halkidiki region

Holland: Amsterdam, The Hague

Hungary: Budapest

Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence , Pisa, Bologna, the Amalfi Coast, Verona, Milan, Lake Garda

Malta

Montenegro: Kotor Bay

Norway: Bergen, Voss, Flam railway, Gudvangen, Laerdal

Republic of Ireland: Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Blarney Castle

Scotland:Edinburgh, Edinburgh’s botanical gardens, Glasgow, Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh, Thurso and Wick, Aberdeen, Dundee, The Kelpies

Spain:Barcelona, Madrid, Lloret-del-mar, Benidorm, Majorca, Ibiza, Tenerife

Switzerland: Geneva, Zurich, Crans Montana, Bern, Lausanne, Basel, Lucerne, Mt Pilatus, Bernina ExpressTop of Europe 

Vatican City

Wales: Cardiff

AFRICA

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Botswana: Gaborone, Francistown, Maun and Chobe (guest post)

Egypt: Cairo

Lesotho

South Africa: Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Pilanesburg and Sun City, Madikwe, Kruger National Park, Grahamstown, Stellenbosch, Simonstown, Port Elizabeth, Klaserie River Safari Lodge, Cape Provinces

Swaziland:Mbabane, Pig’s Peak

Zimbabwe: Harare, Lake Kariba, Victoria Falls, Hwange Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe ruins

NORTH AMERICA

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Canada: Toronto, Niagara Falls, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Victoria

USA: New York, Washington DC, SeattleSan Francisco, Los Angeles

OCEANIA

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Australia: Brisbane, Gold coast, Sydney, Mackay, The Whitsundays, Airlie Beach, Bowen, Sunshine coast, Melbourne(guest post) 

ASIA

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Sri Lanka

Hong Kong

Singapore

Thailand

Malaysia 

MIDDLE EAST

Dubai


MY BUCKET LIST!


TRAIN JOURNEYS TO TAKE

Trans-Mongolian – St Petersburg to Beijing
The Ghan – Darwin to Adelaide
The Zephyr – Chicago to San Francisco
The Rocky Mountaineer – Canada

Venice-Simplon Orient Express – London to Venice
Eastern and Orient Express: Singapore to Bangkok
The reunification express Vietnam

The Blue train South Africa – Johannesburg to Cape Town
Bernina/Glacier Express – Switzerland✔

Kuranda Scenic railway Australia✔
Go on the bullet train in Japan
Denali star from Anchorage to Fairbanks
Palace on wheels – India (Doug)

Coast Starlight – Seattle to LA 

PLACES TO VISIT/EXPERIENCES TO HAVE

Thailand – Phi Phi island/Bangkok/all of it basically! (partially achieved 2017)
Go to a cookery school in Bangkok
Seeing polar bears in Churchill, Canada
Singing along with Michelle Shocked whilst landing in Anchorage, Alaska

Bathing in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Visit Dubrovnik(achieved August 2016) ✔
Visit the Hermitage in St Petersburg
Visit far northern Norway and see the northern lights

The Grand Canyon
The Everglades (Doug)
The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef (achieved Sept 2017)✔
Drive the Great Ocean Road (achieved Jan 2018)✔
Visit Hawaii and drive a red Ferrari (but not grow a moustache a la Magnum PI!!)
Visit the Valley of the Kings in Egypt

Visit Gerald Durrell’s zoo on Jersey
See the Kelpies in Scotland (achieved June 2016)
Walk on the Great Wall of China
See the terracotta army in Xian
Visit Red Square

Visit Vietnam
Visit Cambodia See Orangutans in Borneo
Visit Cuba (Doug)
See Komodo dragons

Visit Uluru✔
Visit New Zealand – both islands

Sleep in an ice hotel

 


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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

Dream it, plan it, do it!!

Tracy

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
-- Michael Palin