Penny's Travels

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…

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…

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…

Travel Partners with Benefits – Can the relationship last the Distance?

Travel Partners with Benefits – Can the relationship last the Distance?
  “The value of a relationship should not be measured by the length of time the relationship lasts, but by the strength of the bond that exists every moment you are together. When you eventually say goodbye, you need to appreciate the moments you had, more than you dread the moments you won't have.”   “Guess what!…I’m sort of, engaged!” my…

Are You Up To The Challenge of Being a Tourist? – A Walk On The Wild Side With Penny

Are You Up To The Challenge of Being a Tourist? – A Walk On The Wild Side With Penny
 So you have decided on a wonderful holiday in 2014. That is a great idea! 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.…

Family Road Trip 101

Family Road Trip 101
Does the idea of a road trip leave you with thoughts of the Griswold's misadventure to Wally World? The good news is it doesn't have to! Whether it is traveling to the beach, theme parks, visiting friends, relatives, national parks or cities, a road trip is often the way that most people get to experience the sites and beauty of their own…

2014 – The Year of Travel – Making a New Year’s Resolution

2014 – The Year of Travel – Making a New Year’s Resolution
Making a New Year's Travel Resolution is easy - achieving it is much more difficult. The good news is, it doesn't have to be! Most often, New Year's Resolutions fail because people don't believe they can actually achieve their goal - to many, it is just a dream. The key to accomplishing your New Year's Resolution is by planning how you can unlock those travel dreams and make them a reality. Goal Setting,…

5 Tips for Travel During The Festive Season

Travel can be stressful at the best of times so consider this little check list to make your Christmas travel enjoyable and stress-free. 1. Have Realistic Expectations Don't expect the rest of the world to run on your schedule. Consider flight delays due to weather conditions, long lines, traffic and people being tired and stressed. 2. Be Organised Use a…

Making The Big Decision

Making The Big Decision
Whether you are a young, solo, 18 year-old departing on a Gap Year or a '50- something" single woman, we all face a time in our lives when we want to travel. Women like to travel for several reasons: memories, adventure, romance, or just to connect with other people and better understand humanity. I travel because I love to learn…

How to Travel With Children – Airport Stop Over

How to Travel With Children – Airport Stop Over
*** Thanks for your question Holly! From personal experience, my advice when it comes to traveling with children (whether it be to the shops or international travel) is the same: They get hungry, bored, tired, restless and need the washroom frequently – and this usually follows a pattern every couple of hours. With a little preparation, traveling can go from…
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