“Once that trip had taught me just how easy and enjoyable travel could be, I decided to take more solo trips. Over those few short years after my Italian adventure, I spent a long weekend in Paris, had a luxury break by the side of Lake Garda, saw the sights in San Francisco and took a business trip to Oslo in Norway.”
Hi there, I’m Justine (the ‘Wanderer’ from Wanderer of the World). This is a glimpse into my travel story.
My life has involved travel since I was born as my Dad was in the army. His work took him far afield and my family followed him where possible; resulting in my brother being born in Ireland, my sister and I in Germany.
Although we decided to settle in the UK in 1992, my nomadic lifestyle didn’t slow down. Throughout my childhood and into my early twenties, I travelled with my family throughout Europe. Venice and Florence were some of the first destinations on my list, closely followed by several trips to my parent’s timeshare in Madeira and a weekend in Berlin with my brother.
This was all I needed to rekindle my love of travel again.
So, when I was 23, I decided to clamber even further out of my comfort zone and embark on a 7 day solo train journey around Italy. I learned about culture in Florence, marvelled at historic buildings in Pisa and Lucca, revisited Venice, wandered through Verona, saw Rome for the first time and relaxed by the coast in Castiglioncello.
Once that trip had taught me just how easy and enjoyable travel could be, I decided to take more solo trips. Over those few short years after my Italian adventure, I spent a long weekend in Paris, had a luxury break by the side of Lake Garda, saw the sights in trendy San Francisco and took a business trip to Oslo in Norway.
Then, in November 2014, I met Scott (who is now my fiancé). He too was struck by the travel bug and has joined me on loads of trips since. We’ve gone husky sledding in Finland, marvelled at the baroque beauty of Vienna, partied in Morocco, road-tripped through Scotland, Ireland and even Cyprus, island-hopped in Hawaii, chilled on the beaches in Sardinia, saw what Amsterdam has to offer, travelled through Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York together and we even got engaged in Iceland.
Now, we’re embarking on a different kind of travel. We’ve since welcomed a beautiful Rough Collie called Kai into our lives, and we’re now here to prove that it’s possible to make the best of dog friendly travel, as well as all of the beauties that the UK has to offer.
Here’s a recap of the countries I’ve explored so far:
Where I've Been
Now… check out my blog posts about specific regions:
These are my memoirs, my travel tips, my experiences shared with you all — I hope you will join me in rekindling your love for travel, discovery and new experiences. But most importantly, I hope I will be able to show you different types of travel, from solo travel, to couples travel, to travelling with a dog, so that you can make up your own mind of what kind of travel works with your lifestyle.
“Are you ready to inspire the next generation of Wanderers? I am.”