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…

Why Donald Trump’s Words & Actions Affect Us All.

Why Donald Trump’s Words & Actions Affect Us All.
Isn't it interesting that so many women have suddenly come forward, after all these years, to tell their stories and in just the last few weeks of the US election? I hear people asking: “Why now?” “What do these women hope to gain from digging up something which "supposedly" happened in the past?” Whether you support Donald Trump or not,…

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…

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…

Are You Up To The Challenge of Being a Tourist? – Consider Your Personal Fitness

You have found the type of vacation you want, researched the tours, booked the flights and hotels  but have you thought about your personal fitness level? Are you really up to the challenge of being a tourist? Travel can be hard work and very stressful. Long flights, jet lag, disrupted sleep, a tropical climate, unfamiliar food, standing on your feet…