Traveling is so good for your soul. Its been a long time since I traveled with anyone for any extended period of time. I prefer to be what I call a "solo practitioner".  Don't get me wrong , I love people mostly, but I like to leave them too and do my own thing when it suits and basically please myself. After rearing two great kids, having tried  marriage an couple of times and passing the half century mark in the birthday stakes, I made a decision a few years ago to please myself a lot more. I have discovered I like my own company, I prefer sharing my home with cats and dogs as opposed to people, and grabbing a backpack  loaded with a limited number of clothes and personal possessions and buggering of to somewhere random is the most liberating thing you can do.

Some say you are brave, some say mad. I say we are here for a good time, not a long one and life isn't a trial run so lets just get on with it shall we?

Traveling brings out the best and the worst in us all. If you are on your own you only see the best of your self generally. If you are with someone often after a couple of days its the latter! 

June 16, 2019

I’ve never been that good at following directions. I don’t even open the manuals that come with new appliances or gadgets , I don’t follow recipes well, and I have been know spend a large amount of time wandering around lost both in NZ and all over the world often choo...

March 1, 2019

I first noticed Alejandra poolside at the hotel in Colonial. You could tell she was a woman of substance just by looking at her. She was just lying in her swim suit under the umbrella in the 35 odd degrees watching the half dozen guests that were tanning themselves and...

February 22, 2019

Every now and then you meet a young person in life and in your travels who you warm to immediately. You know instantly they are old souls beyond their tender years and they bring to life the saying that education is not always academic and that knowledge is power.


February 21, 2019

I love the people you get to meet while traveling. The one thing that being a solo traveler for many years has taught me is that if you don’t engage with the people around you, your trip can be pretty miserable. Sharing is what makes it all so very worthwhile and wheth...

February 20, 2019

Often as you get older, you hear yourself saying things about the younger generation. “It wasn’t like that in our day”, “we would never have done that”, and ripping them to shreds when the occasion is called for.

Its no secret that I’m not fond of small people and babie...

February 19, 2019

Continued from yesterdays rantings of Its all shits and giggles!

When the door wouldn’t open on the toilet, Penny started to panic and laugh hysterically. I have learned on this trip particularly that this is her default reaction when when she is anxious or in an uncomf...

February 18, 2019

It’s been a rough 24 hours for the cougars in South America, but we are still laughing – or at least one of us is!

We flew from Salta which in  the north of Argentina to neighbouring  Uruguay yesterday morning via Buenos Aires. We chose to take the international flight...

February 17, 2019

Mate is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink, that was first consumed centuries ago before it became particularly popular in areas such as  Argentina  and Uruguay and Paraguay .

Wherever we have been the locals are carrying t...

February 17, 2019

Its been a few days since we left El Ombu, the Estancia that we spent a few days on just out of Buenos Aires when we arrived here. It has been a highlight of our trip so far, and for all you horsey chicks out there – if you ever get here it is a must visit.

As you drive...

February 15, 2019

I made a bit of a judgement call yesterday and decided that I was going to return the rental car a few days early despite knowing there would be no refund for

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So good for your soul


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