I’ve Moved!

Sorry but If you’re receiving notification of this post but didn’t get notification from my new domain (travellingbag.com.au) I’m going to need you to pop over there and enter your email address for me to ensure that you get the notifications. I’m not sure how this works but I think those that only follow through WordPress Reader may not get my new domain posts.


Yes, you’ve been moved, and you didn’t feel a thing did you?

While you were sleeping the Happiness Engineers at WordPress kindly picked you all up, bundled you into a container and moved you all over here.

I’ve just moved from wordpress.com to a self hosted site (travellingbag.com.au) and I thought it only fair that you all come along with me. You’ve all been such good friends and I didn’t want to leave you all wandering around without a home, knocking on strange blog doors to find a new travel site.

The technology required to make this move has caused a good degree of drama on my part and a few sleepless nights as I grappled with domain names, exporting, importing, Jetpacks and widgets but I think we’re about ready to open the doors.

There are still a few things to be done as I add and alter a few pages etc. and although the focus will still be predominantly travel I’m going to be adding a few new areas of discussion. Please stay with me as I continue to play around with the layout/format etc and any suggestions will always be greatly appreciated.

I hope you like your new address and please get some friends to pop along as well – the place is big enough for all of you.




Photo of the Week: When In Doubt? Travel To Paris…

It’s not often that I reblog but Tahira’s post today spoke to me, it seemed so relevant for me right now. Paris …. hmmm….

tahira's shenanigans

From now on, each Friday (or there about), I will share a photo with you from my little adventures.


You know the famous saying “When in doubt? Travel to Paris.” ?


Me either. I just made it up. But it’s an awesome saying, isn’t it?


Eiffel Tower in the morning

I feel a major recalibration coming on.  And where better to recalibrate than in Paris or better yet The South of France?

I don’t know what is coming, but what I do know is….

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on it’s wings. Always believe in yourself.”  ~Anonymous

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Help to save Langtang’s cultural heritage – we need your help!

Saving the history of a place is crucial in maintaining the culture of the people, help Suzi out here in her efforts to help the people of Langtang in Nepal save their cultural heritage.

Suzi Richer

Can you spare £6? The price of a bottle of wine?

We’re asking 2666 people to give just £6 to help repair this 600 year-old monastery in Nepal. Please help us if you are able to.

We need your help to raise £16,000 in 60 days to save the Langtang monastery in this remote Himalayan village in Nepal, near the Tibetan border.

This historic monastery is the heart of the whole community. It is now in need of emergency repair and restoration. The Langtang community have raised a staggering £20,000 so far (the average annual income in the village is only £825) – they need our help to raise the final £16,000.

Please share this poster/link/blog post – the more people we can reach, the better our chances of reaching our goal.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting more information about the work needed and the Tamang…

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This post, over on a lifetime of lessons, just spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you all.

a lifetime of lessons

Do you ever get the feeling you are exactly where you are meant to be? That feeling filled me up the minute I fell into the chaos of Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu. Sweet, disorganised chaos.

I smiled my way through. It’s my way. And when I really like a place, it seems to be the kind of place where smiles work. They work almost like an unspoken currency – the people love it, I love them and suddenly they are happy, and I am happy. I haven’t wiped the smile off my face since I arrived.

But I know this place is going to tear me down. I know it’s going to break me, before it makes me. This place holds a challenge I have set that is unprecedented for me. A challenge that reflects new beginnings, a way forward and the notion that the hard work, will be worth…

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Honoured to be honoured.

Today my blog hit a milestone. Now I know that we don’t like to give too much consideration to our stats and the number of followers that we have but really, who are we trying to kid, we all get a slight thrill when we find someone else has signed up to follow us.

My little blog and I hit 100 today – followers that is, and I would sincerely like to thank each and every one of you. This is also my 50th post so I guess there’s some kind of symmetry there.

In honour of the occasion I’m finally getting round to thanking a couple of my on-line friends for bestowing awards upon me.

Jane from Jane’s India Journals and Jennifer from Kaichronicles both saw fit to honour me with The Inspiring Blogger Award. It is always such an honour to be singled out by my on-line friends and I am humbled that they consider my writing worth reading.

In accepting this award I must follow the rules, which are:

1. Thank the person/s who nominated me.

2. Share 7 things about myself.

3.Pass the award on to 15 nominees.

So … My grateful thanks to Jane and Jennifer, without loyal followers like you I would probably have chucked in the whole blog idea a long time ago.

7 things about myself:

1.I’m good at mental arithmetic.

2. I’ve taken part in an archaeological dig on a Roman Palace.

3. I spent my first ex wedding anniversary flying over the Bungle Bungles in an open sided helicopter.

4. I used to make macrame hanging baskets.

5. Thankfully, I am no longer into macrame.

6. For a while, many years ago, I was an Avon Lady.

7. I couldn’t sing in tune to save my life.

On this occasion I pass this award on to the following blogs. I am constantly finding new blogs to read and I am always amazed at the different genres and styles that I come across, all of these sites are worth a visit.











I Will Fly … High

This post spoke to me this morning and just seemed appropriate. Penny has some wonderful thoughts on life and it’s worth visiting her. Enjoy the sunshine 🙂

The Why About This

I Will Fly … High!

We (all of us) are the compilation of our journey through life – our struggles, our sorrows, our joys and successes.

Birds fly. They, with glorious feathered wings, descend into the heavens to soar high above the sky – ennobled through their freedom of flying.

We humans are earthbound it seems, forever to have our feet on the earth of the ground.

But is this a truth? Are we? After all we are creatures of our own making. Do we not control our destinies, chose the direction we would follow?

Perhaps … if we so desire … we can set free our imaginations, our dreams and we too can fly.

Fly today my friends, fly high…touch the sky!

To Touch the Sky

I would fly

if I could,

I might close my eyes,

spreading arms open wide

and rise up

touch the sky.

And now that I think on it



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Is it REALLY that HIGH?

Just thought I’d reblog this post from Elytoeverest – it really puts things in perspective. Keith and Tim have also set themselves a challenge. They’re going higher than I am, to base camp in fact. I’ll be reaching about half way between Lukla airport and base camp so it would appear I’ll be at least three times as high as the summit of Ben Nevis while Mt Kosciuszko, the highest peak on mainland Australia is 2228m, 600m lower than the airport at Lukla.

Pop on over and check out Keith and Tim’s preparations, they’re raising money for a couple of very good causes – and getting themselves fit at the same time.