In my life – My Life So Far 6 Countries on 3 Continents

In my life – My Life So Far 6 Countries on 3 Continents


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 cityVictoria

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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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?



  1. Linda
    November 18, 2016 / 6:57 am

    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!!

    • November 18, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Lol I am sure it will be!! Not sure where no.8 is yet but will look forward to finding out – first no.7 though 🙂

  2. November 19, 2016 / 11:49 am

    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.
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    • November 19, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Thank-you Jurga while I love our holidays the ability to stay in one place is a great way to really find out about the people, place etc Next stop Oz!

  3. November 21, 2016 / 1:02 am

    Wow, you’ve really lived the life of a serial expat. I’d love to learn more about Botswana as I know practically nothing about it. Australia seems like a fantastic place to live, and I’m sure you’re in for many more adventures
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    • November 21, 2016 / 8:21 am

      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

  4. November 21, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    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.
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    • November 21, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      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 🙂

    • November 26, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Thanks for reading – it has certainly been an interesting life so far 🙂 Thanks for the comment 🙂

  5. December 27, 2016 / 9:13 am

    Wow you’ve lived in so many different countries, that’s amazing!

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