Penny's Travels

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

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 not much cleaner. The dirt…

“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.…

Postcard from Penny – Putting On A Face In Myanmar

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 a little foundation to even…
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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 companionships 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…

“Balloons Over Bagan” – Myanmar (Burma)

“Balloons Over Bagan” – Myanmar (Burma)
There is a well-known saying, "Bagan is (the) spirit of (the) history of Myanmar" and to fully understand the importance and complexity of the Buddhist influence over Myanmar then you really should treat yourself to a hot air balloon flight over the ancient city of Bagan. Although not yet awarded a UNESCIO World Heritage listing, this area is home to the highest density of Buddhist architecture…

“Shh! If the Rhino Charges, We Climb a Tree” – Hiking In Nepal

“Shh! If  the  Rhino  Charges, We Climb a Tree” – Hiking In Nepal
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal, offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia. The park, which is situated approximately 150km southwest of Kathmandu, is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Clouded Leopard, Striped Hyena, One-Horned Indian Rhino, wild boar, deer, monkey, Gharial (crocodile), over 450 species of birdlife and…

Nepal – Mountains, Monasteries and Marriages

Nepal – Mountains, Monasteries and Marriages
Dear Penny  My sister and I have been invited to our friend's Hindu wedding in Kathmandu, Nepal, in September. We have been told that Nepal can be quite confronting and want to be well prepared. We are considering booking an “adventure tour,” as we both like hiking and photography. We are also interested in helping or volunteering at an orphanage. Do you have suggestions? We have only 2 weeks’ vacation…

Escape to Paradise This Holiday Season

Escape to Paradise This Holiday Season
Many Australians travel to Thailand each year because it provides great value for their dollar. Increasingly, Thailand is becoming a top international holiday destination for families. Dear Penny, I need your help. This year I am going to get in early and plan our family vacation, so that I can take advantage of the travel specials offered for early bookings. I…