Backpacking Cougar

             If I haven't been there's on my list!

55 and feeling the fear and doing it anyway...

Feel the fear and do it anyway
travel light
take risks

February 14, 2019


Things never look the same in the dark, and when you have no idea what you are meant to be looking for the nightfall can be a bit of a game changer. Couple that with piss poor WiFi, a GPS that you don’t trust and a couple of rattled kiwis in a car that is being illega...

February 12, 2019

As I sit here at breakfast this morning and draw breath listening to a very soothing piano instrumental, I am gathering my thoughts and formulating a plan to tackle the day ahead.

Any who know me would agree that I am an adrenaline junkie – always at my best in a crisis...

February 10, 2019

I’ve been imagining my night at the Tango show night since I booked this trip and it didn’t disappoint, Far from it in fact it would have to have been the best live show and dinner I have had the pleasure of attending for a long time.

It was wow from the minute we walke...

February 9, 2019



We are en-route to an Estanscia this morning for three days. That is the Spanish word for ranch as we know it so we are looking forward to three days of horse-riding, biking , swimming and Gaucho hunting. It was all go this morning when we realised we had...

February 7, 2019

The 16-hour time difference has knocked us both around a little. At 2 am this morning , the chat was in top gear at the Kenton Palace in our boudoir. I don’t know if it was the Mojitos from last night  or the heat that had my mind racing but whatever it was I hope it b...

February 1, 2019






I am counting  down the days until I start my holiday next week and can take a much anticipated three weeks out of my life to recharge and feel the exhileration and sense of freedom that traveling to another country gives me. I cant wait to don my alter ego as tha...

August 25, 2018

Broadcaster Greg Boyed's untimely death earlier this week has been attributed to depression and once again we are being reminded of how this ghastly illness affects the life and wellbeing of so many of us. Awareness is increasing and  while we are being encouraged to t...

April 21, 2018

I have been doing much self- evaluation this week following news from Warner Bros that I had made the short list for Married at First Sight NZ. When I submitted my application some weeks ago , I half expected to hear back from them given the frank answers and video mat...

February 13, 2018

As people are leaping out of bed to romantic surprises, rushing to the mailbox to check for large red envelopes or heading to work in eager anticipation of a delivery from the florist, I am contemplating another valentine’s day on my own. Actually, that’s not totally c...

September 9, 2017

Impromptu outings are often the best aren’t they? I had one of those yesterday and I woke this morning feeling like I have had a brief holiday after spending the afternoon in a corporate suite at the races with some old friends from out of town.

It was a spring day alri...

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I love to travel and get out and about - time and finances permitting.  Most of my adventures these days are solo, with a backpack and on a budget - a far cry from the trips of years ago when I  used to  tell myself "money I have got, time I haven't!", as I swanned into some swanky four star plus establishment and ordered myself a tall G&T.

About Me

50 something, dreaming about living the dream......every day above the ground is a good one because you are a long time looking at the lid!

(C) Needagilrd