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Author Archives: Penny

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Hornbill Festival – India – Why not come with me?

Every year, The Travel Writers offers an opportunity for likeminded photographers to join us in traveling to interesting and “off the beaten track” destinations. This year we are heading to the Hornbill Festival and North-East India from Dec 02-10, 2017 with photographer Shankar Subramanian and Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman (North-East India Expert & Tour Lead) The … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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Please Take Me Out To The Ball Game…and I Promise Not To Mention the Goat!

Now let’s get this out in the open – my knowledge of baseball was limited until my daughter and I were invited to fly to Chicago to attend a Cubs game. My old friend, Jerry Cohen from Ebbets Field Flannels, Seattle, did his best to advise me on the finer points of the game and … Continue reading »

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What Lies Over the Wall? – A Profound Sense of Hope

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” Thich Nhat Hanh. His small, chubby, brown hands were dirty and he smiled a cheeky grin, as he wiped them quickly on his red T-shirt, which was … Continue reading »

Categories: Adventure Travel, Anthropology, Asia, Asia, Destination, Health, Myanmar, Myanmar, Myanmar (Burma), Myanmar (Burma), Spiritual, Uncategorized, Women solo travel | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading »

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Don’t Delay – Make Myanmar Your Next Travel Destination.

Four years ago, in 2012, my travel partner suggested we start planning a photographic trip to Myanmar. He sent me endless newspaper articles regarding civil unrest and the impact of the military government which suggested the need for caution in planning our travel itinerary. I booked my ticket but unfortunately, my travel partner changed his mind! … Continue reading »

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“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 … Continue reading »

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Time is a Traveller – Choices and Remembering With Kindness

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. We always have the choice.” Dalai Lama Remember that “time is a traveler” so value the  special moments as you live them We have all been there … Continue reading »

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Postcard from Penny – Putting On A Face In Myanmar

Like women all over the world, cosmetic makeup plays an important part in preparing for my day whether I am heading off to work in the city, traveling internationally or just gardening at home. Let’s face it – none of us want to look one day older than we already are! With the use of … Continue reading »

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Does Size Matter? Yep, it does when it comes to choosing luggage.

When it comes to selecting new luggage, “Yes, size does matter!” A few years ago, I remember purchasing the largest suitcase possible for my travels and I was never stopped at any airport check- in counter (luckily!) I did however, feel sorry for the porters who had to deliver my bag to my hotel room … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

Categories: Advice, Australia, Australia, Destination, Home Stay, Women solo travel | 2 Comments

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 companionships of animals? I couldn’t. Animals have always played a huge part in my life; best friend, companion, accomplice and confident. Growing … Continue reading »

Categories: Animals, Asia, Chiang Mai, Destination, Philanthropy, Thailand, Volunteerism, Women solo travel | 7 Comments

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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

Categories: Advice, Fittness, Health, Planning, Research | 2 Comments