Hello and Welcome!
I’m Cher and I am a shameless travelholic with no plans of getting help. The travel bug bit me as a child, thanks to parents who exposed me to travel from my 1st year of life. I have always had a weird map obsession, love learning about other cultures, and trying new foods.
I have been traveling my entire 40-something years of life and have visited over 100 countries on 7 continents all while working as a nurse anesthetist. Squeezing in the most vacation time I possibly can is my favorite hobby. I have completely adjusted my life to be able to have more money and time to explore the world. Hopefully, you can use some of my tips to incorporate more travel into your busy lives.
My Travel Journey
In 2017, I had a major life change. No not menopause. At the age of 41, I quit my job and traveled for 6 months. I spent 3 glorious months in Southeast Asia and 3 months in Europe. I then returned to work life, invigorated and rejuvenated from my “mid-life retirement”. Now I am a travel nurse anesthetist which means I do contract work at various hospitals for a few months at a time, rather than a traditional permanent job. This enables me to take longer vacations in between work assignments so that I travel half the year and work half the year. Luckily, I work in a field where this type of life is possible but I realize not everyone can do this, so I mostly write about what is possible with a “normal” work schedule.
For those interested in the travel nurse anesthetist thing, I am going to write about that more and I discuss it often on my Instagram.
What to Expect From Me
What you can expect from me is brutal honesty. Nobody is paying me to travel. I am not going to show you a rosy perfect view of everything. My opinions are purely my own. I care very deeply about humanitarian issues, environmental issues, and animal welfare. When I see animal abuse at tourist activities, I’m going to do my best to bring attention to it and make it stop. You will find articles on these topics in my ETHICAL TRAVEL section.
Exploring the world in a sustainable way is vitally important and I strive to be a responsible traveler. I am constantly researching and investigating what experiences we as tourists should support and which we should avoid. I also try to use products and pack in a way to reduce waste and will share these tips. I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and make all sorts of mistakes but I strongly believe that if all of us make constant small adjustments and be mindful of our impact, it will make more of a difference than just a few people being “perfect”,
I love a great adventure but I also love luxury. You will see a blend of many types of travel here but my favorite trips usually are those where I can see wildlife. I also enjoy discovering the major wine regions of the world.
My Goals for this Blog
My goal is to show you what is possible for a solo female traveler to do and also what an “older” traveler can do. Being solo or any age should never hold you back from your dreams!!
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Where I’ve Wandered
Where I've Been