Map and Travel Journal

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This blog is for you. Its here to inspire you to follow your travel dreams.  Throughout my blog you will find useful and inspiring information that will help you realise your own travel goals.

“What made you decide to sell everything and travel around the world?!”

In 2016 we treated ourselves to a pacific cruise with P & O, visiting islands in New Caledonia and Vanuatu.  While sitting on a speedboat heading out to an island in New Caledonia, after seeing turtles, playing with starfish and seeing dolphins, I started to think that this was what life was meant to be about.  Hubby and I had both worked and travelled, and we were living in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and yet we were doing the same old grind.  I didn’t want to have to work, then take a holiday from my life – that feeling of disappointment and sadness as your holiday comes to an end and you head home… nope not doing it anymore!  We decided to keep this feeling, a feeling of joy and wonder at the world, alive.


I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. – Bill Bryson

So at the beginning of 2017, we sold our house, our car and everything we else we could, then we made a simple plan.  Fly to Japan for 10 days and then onto Europe.  We chose to fly into Belgrade, Serbia simply because it was cheap, but were so surprised to find an undiscovered and hidden gem.  We have had many amazing adventures here!

There have of course been mishaps along the way – life – but these bumps have brought us closer together.  To my delight this has turned into an incredible adventure. We have found ourselves lighter, happier and more together than we have ever been.

Choose to live your dreams, not watch them.

So if like us, you have thought about traveling but your not sure how, or where – TAKE THE RISK!

We have seen the tomb of Christopher Columbus, walked in the footsteps of the rich and famous along the coast of Montenegro visited the colosseum in Rome.  If we had stayed in Noosa, which is an incredible place to live, we would not have seen any of these things.  As a family we have been to 13  15  countries so far and we don’t want to stop!

We have never chosen to do things the ‘right’ way. As one friend asked, when they heard we were heading off ‘aren’t you meant to settle down now you have children, not head off on the road to nowhere?!’  Not a chance! 

Travel is not for everyone, but there is something that is catching about it.  Once you start, once you take that risk, it is all worth it!

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. – Jack Kerouac


2 replies
  1. Tracy
    Tracy says:

    That was fantastic Christabel…. sounds incredible and yes inspirational xxx enjoy lovelies and safe travels ???

    • upturnedsuitcase
      upturnedsuitcase says:

      Thanks Tracy. It really has been incredible. We are so grateful to have done this. The world is a beautiful place. X


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