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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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In my life – My Life So Far 7 Countries on 4 Continents

In my life – My Life So Far 7 Countries on 4 Continents

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:

  1. England
  2. South Africa
  3. France
  4. Canada
  5. Switzerland
  6. Botswana
  7. Australia

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!

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A weekend visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in London

Favourite food – Fish and chips!!

Favourite scenic destination – The Lake District or Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

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A Lake District Itinerary - what to see and do in one day
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Visiting Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in England

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!

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10 beautiful places to visit in Northumberland England

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

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An insider's guide to Cape Town South Africa

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!

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20 amazing destinations in Europe to visit Part 1

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

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Things to do in Victoria BC

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!

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Top Things to Do in 3 Days in Vancouver

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

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A Complete Guide to the Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus Lucerne Switzerland

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

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Traveling on the Bernina Express - 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

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An adventure in Botswana in southern Africa

Country #7 – Australia

Favourite city: Has to be my home city of Brisbane though Melbourne comes a close second!

Favourite scenic destination: The Whitsundays

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Visiting Whitehaven Beach at the Whitsundays in Queensland

Favourite food: Chicken schnitzels and Tim Tams

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Yummy! 10 iconic Australian foods you have to try

Don’t miss: Visiting Uluru. It should be compulsory for all Australians.

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Visiting Uluru the red heart of Australia
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101 things you need to know when visiting Australia

So that’s it – 7 countries lived in on 4 continents..SO FAR!!!

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 Pin for later! IN MY LIFE….


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

IN MY LIFE….


What is your favourite city/town, food, scenic destination and must-do’s where you live?

 

Author: Tracy

Working my way around the globe for 30 years – teacher, traveller, and train lover. Sharing authentic experiences from my travels and life as an expat in Australia.

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14 Comments

  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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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 as an expat 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

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