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Destination

Stories about a specific destination/s

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 »

Categories: Adventure Travel, Asia, India, Photography | Leave a comment

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

“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 »

Categories: Advice, Destination, Myanmar, Spiritual | 22 Comments

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 »

Categories: Asia, Asia, Cosmetics, Destination, Myanmar, Myanmar (Burma), Photography, Women solo travel | 2 Comments

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

“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 … Continue reading »

Categories: Adventure Travel, Advice, Ballooning, Cities, Destination, Myanmar (Burma), Rave | 2 Comments

“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 … Continue reading »

Categories: Adventure Travel, Destination, General, Hiking, Photography | 2 Comments

Discovering Cambodia’s Temples by Horseback

This was my opportunity NOT to see another tourist for the next four hours! The sun was low in the eastern sky and all I could hear was the clip-clop of my horse’s feet, as I rode along the dusty tracks on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Not many tourists equate riding horses in … Continue reading »

Categories: Adventure Travel, Cambodia, Destination, Horse riding, Nature, Photography | Tags: | 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading »

Categories: Adventure Travel, Destination, Nepal | 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading »

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