Penny's Travels

Ferreting for Fungi in an Ancient Rainforest — Main Range National Park, QLD, Australia.

Ferreting for Fungi in an Ancient Rainforest — Main Range National Park, QLD, Australia.
How much do you know about fungi? Probably not much at all or your answer could be that they are usually found after rain, growing out of cow patties and taste great on pizza. WARNING: Don’t eat any fungi growing out of animal manure! Only a small percentage of fungi, worldwide, are non-poisonous and as the saying goes,”All mushrooms are…

My Thoughts for 2017 – Let Conscious Be Your Guide but Beware of Manipulation and Guilt

My Thoughts for 2017 – Let Conscious Be Your Guide but Beware of Manipulation and Guilt
Many of us set goals where we hope to improve ourselves both physically and emotionally in the hope that the new year will somehow be an improvement on the previous. We reflect on conversations which could have been handled with more respect and consideration and feel shame by our behaviour. Basically, we all want to be better people and a…

“Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone”

Recently I was interviewed by the editor of Battleface -  WORDS AND IMAGES FOR PEOPLE WHO GO TO DANGEROUS PLACES.https://www.battleface.com/blog/traveller-and-explorer-penny-frederiksen/ My name is Penny Frederiksen and I live on a cattle property in Australia. I am a farmer, school teacher, travel-writer and photographer. I am in my 50s with four independent children who live and work all over the world.…

Strangers Now Sleep In My Bed – How My Travels Influenced My Decision To Become A Home-Stay Host

Strangers Now Sleep In My Bed – How My Travels Influenced My Decision To Become A Home-Stay Host
  I travel for pleasure...a lot. I travel to new cities, countries and continents each year. When people ask me about my experiences, I tell them about the wonderful people I have met and connected with, not the man-made structures I have photographed or climbed over. The same goes for accommodation. I have stayed in more hotel rooms than I…

Not Just Another Tourist – Volunteering with Animals

Not Just Another Tourist – Volunteering with Animals
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead. Could you imagine your life without the love and companionship of animals? I couldn't. Animals have always played a huge part in my life; best friend, companion, accomplice and confident. Growing up, I roamed the Australian…

Saying Goodbye – Final Farewells

From a distance I could see the tears welling up in her eyes, and as they began to roll down her cheeks he leant closer and stroked her hair, whispering softly, “I love you, mum. Be strong. Remember, it’s not a final goodbye, goodbye. I will miss you, but have a wonderful time.” As mother and son listened for the final…