IN MY LIFE….. A ROUND UP OF 50 YEARS OF TRAVELLING!
Next year we will be moving to Australia. This will be my 7th country on a 4th Continent that I will be calling home. Whilst I love visiting a country nothing beats actually living there! I can see the attraction of slow travel and if you can do it (and get a work visa if you need one) I highly recommend it! So where have I lived so far in my life?
Country #1 – England
I was born in England and lived here until I was 13 when we moved to country number 2! However England is now where I call home – so after country #6 (with 15 years in-between) I moved back to the country of my birth!
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! See A weekend in London
Favourite food – Fish and chips!!
Favourite scenic destination – The Lake District. See A day in the Lake District
Don’t miss – visit a castle/cathedral or other historical site as we have some amazing ones in England! (The pictures show the remains of Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire) Read Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
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. See 10 reasons why South Africa should be your next holiday destination
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. Paris isn’t a favourite and you can read about it in Paris – a tale of two cities
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 (26) 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! See Things to do in Vancouver
Don’t miss – Niagara Falls (like wow and go on the Maid of the Mist!)
Country #5 Switzerland
I had already 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 – Ok this is Switzerland so most of it! I love the lakes and mountain views though so probably a A trip up 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 see 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. Read about An adventure in Botswana
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
So that’s it – 6 countries lived in on 3 continents…and this one still to come – # 7 Australia! If you want to know how travelling solo in my 20’s changed my life read about it here!!
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What is your favourite city/town, food, scenic destination and must-do’s where you live?