IN MY LIFE….. A ROUND UP OF 50 YEARS OF TRAVELLING!
These are my personal recommendations for 7 countries I have lived in over the last 50 years of exploring the world:
- South Africa
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!
Favourite food – Fish and chips!!
Favourite scenic destination – The Lake District or Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
Country #7 – Australia
Favourite city: Has to be my home city of Brisbane though Melbourne comes a close second!
Favourite scenic destination: The Whitsundays
Favourite food: Chicken schnitzels and Tim Tams
Don’t miss: Visiting Uluru. It should be compulsory for all Australians.
So that’s it – 7 countries lived in on 4 continents..SO FAR!!!
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Tracy is your expert expat!
She has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)
With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, she is also able to share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help you travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.
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