‘Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world’
I’ve wanted to travel and see what’s out there ever since I was small. I don’t know why, though I’ve read that some people have a curiosity gene. As a family, we holidayed in British seaside resorts, if at all. I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I made my first trip abroad aged 11. A school day trip to Dieppe. And I could have died. (Perhaps.) There was a huge storm in the Channel. Not the last time that happened to me either, though on the second occasion I was on a 26 foot catamaran on the same stretch of water, it was gusting 11 and it was a decidedly more dubious situation. Since then I’ve survived thievery, volcanic eruptions, landslides and aircraft engine failure. I’ve been to hospital in Tibet, had my appendix out in Kathmandu and my leg has been encased in plaster after I fell off a waterfall in Venezuela. I was rescued by the police on Christmas Island and a companion was attacked by a shark on the Cocos islands. I made it into the sun as a foolhardy tourist after I went to North Korea:https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5185584/hundreds-of-daredevil-brits-still-visiting-north-korea-despite-crackpot-kim-jong-uns-missile-launches-and-tourist-abductions/ It hasn’t put me off. It’s a risky business living and driving in the UK too, at times. And I’ve been robbed more often in London than I have abroad.
Another border, another country. As fast as I complete my bucket list, travellers I meet tell me about new fabulous possible destinations. I’ve done thee month trips thinking ‘This will cure me’, but the sense of something new round very corner just makes me worse. When I’m home, my spare time is taken up planning my next trips.
I don’t think I’m your typical passport stamp collector. I sold my flat in Putney and bought more cheaply in Brighton to fund my travelling. I had to, because as I’ve got older comfort has become increasingly important. For reasons of economy, my first long journeys were basic camping trips across Europe with a two man tent. But I don’t enjoy getting dirty, or back-aches from sleeping on hard ground and I hate wandering around looking for the toilet in the middle of the night. So I go for mid-range (or better) local hotels of character when I can, avoiding soulless chains that all aspire to look as if they’re in America.
Most of the countries I still have to visit are in Africa. They usually involve visas that are a minefield of bureaucracy (and expense), less hospitable terrain and unpredictable accommodation. So, I chunk up my travel, returning home to file more visa applications, earn a little more money (I’m an education consultant) and market my flat on Airbnb ( I rent it out while I’m away) and then venturing out again.
This necessitates quite a lot of flying (I spend my air miles to upgrade when I can). I would always opt for overland (especially train) for preference, not least, because I’m terrified of turbulence. It’s a fear I’m learning to conquer, finally, although large quantities of Rescue Remedy (or gin and tonic) are required.
Frankly, I’m scared of so many things, at times I ask myself I wonder why I travel at all. Then that curiosity gene kicks in again and just remind myself that I always love it when I get there. And I do. Now my goal of visiting every country in the world looks possible. I have a plan…tempus fugit.
I become more impressed with this website of yours the more I read it. You should be very proud. The whole thing has been put together exceptionally well.
The pictures are stunning, and the blog is informative and interesting with a touch of comic genius. It was easy to find your way around, and if we found it easy that is a good recommendation. Hard to find anything we didn't like - well done you
I’ve had a quick look at your website, and it looks really appealing. Well done!
It's great Sue. Love the prose
…. your site looks great. Really. And I am not one to be impressed by websites very often.
I LOVE IT!!! It's SO interesting....
I like it Sue - simple, straightforward, easy to use and good looking
Lovely lovely words of wisdom! The first time I met you, you were travelling to IRAN! Very inspiring, I guess that we all have the gene but sadly we don't activate it
Sue I was moved by your new page. Wonderful soul work. 'I am there' if there is any way I can support it. Congratulations for the courage to write from this place
Excellent!!! So glad you have done this site!! And 155 countries!!! Wowza!
Fantastic pics.. 😁 I knew there would be. 😁
You may recall showing me ur (wonderful) photos when I visited - I was effusive in the extreme! Sue I love what u have done.
👏👏👏 WOWWW!!!!!! Someone's been very busy!!!! Very impressive..such a great site!!
Love your individual style of writing
So good and a hugely enjoyable read.
I absolutely love the ‘watercolour’ feel to the country introductions. The layout makes it an easy read and I really like the sidebar with the pictures you have. In reference to content, I like the ‘basic bits’ info and the day by day breakdown of what you did and where you went. What I really like is how easy it is to move around the website and it’s easy to click on to the next destination. I am a bit of a photo lover so really like being able to see your brilliant photos. All in all, its really engaging and I am very envious of how much of the world you have seen and experienced.
........was blown away! Awesome photos, lovely clear presentation and reading it made me feel like I was there! I would definitely recommend it - it's a brilliant piece of work
It's a lifetime vocation Sue! Very impressive and I get it.
Excellent Sue. Enjoyable as well as helpful. ............ Thank you very much for sharing your excellent website.
Hi there,I log on to your blogs named "Uruguay – Because It's There" on a regular basis.Your humoristic style is awesome, keep up the good work!
Sue I have been to a lot a lot of places in the world on business and pleasure but compared to you I am a total novice !! You have a very individual way of writing which is a joy to read.
....it is a real testament to your writing and the quality of photos to say that I was tempted to spend all day looking at it!!
.....I think it's great - your photos are so fabulous - I still don't know why you haven't started selling them. A fab site to put all your thoughts and pics.......
You must publish all of this into a book ! However I am not sure where you would find it in the bookshop. Travel Guide, Humour or Tragedy !! Great stuff.
I'm beginning to properly understand the reason behind the title of your website now !! Smiled all the way through. I have climbed a Himalayan Peak and faced down Tiger Sharks underwater amongst many other "dangerous " things but your travels put the real meaning of intrepid into perspective!! Love it.
I finally had a look at your blog. I like it, easy to read and the photos are great. .... it's definitely a good read and inspiration for future trips. Keep up the good work!
I finally got around to exploring your website, and very impressive it is too!! You write very well… just enough detail to give an impression, but not so much as to overwhelm.
Your web site is both beautiful and captivating. You have a great eye for capturing the best that this world and life has to offer.
Had a look at the website - brilliant! You should be very proud - it really does the photos and your writing justice.
From Trip Advisor: Hi, Sue R., I do not have any questions. I simply wanted to compliment you on your review. It was superbly well written and very entertaining. If you do not already write for a profession, perhaps you should consider it. Thank you for the witty, yet factual, review. Larry from Michigan
We are living vicariously through your blog! Such adventures! How good of you to remember us and mention us so kindly. We are now immortal! All our best to you, Duane and Kathy
You have an amazing, superb way with words, really, really so impressive. Rarely seen and totally spellbinding allowing the reader to actually stand in your shoes and see with your eyes. MJ Smith
Thank you so much for sending the link to your blogs. They are so well written, have details I simply did not know and proper geographical detail which is so helpful, and your photos are just excellent. So of course you will get likes a plenty.
Nice one Souooooooooooo, What a time it was. Beautifully captured and captioned. Pleasure to meet you.