About me

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My name is Desiree Anstey. I’m a multimedia journalist with a master’s degree in Journalism awarded from Lincoln University, England.

Before Lincoln, I studied at Keele University for my bachelor’s degree. I was accepted on Keele’s exchange program to study for a semester at Brock University, Ont. Canada. As an exchange student I was an ambassador representing both my home university and country. Travel has always been a part of my life.

I was born in the tropics of beautiful South Africa, but my family left because of the high crime and moved to the Isle of Man. In South Africa I experienced many things – good and bad – from incredible wildlife on our doorstep, a colourful culture, to, unfortunately, poverty-related crimes.

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I grew up in the Isle of Man, known as Ellan Vannin in the Manx language. This Island has an unusually high concentration of Viking archaeology and art. The carved crosses are second to none. The Isle of Man has more runic inscriptions than anywhere else in the British Isles. Plus, this Island has the oldest continuous parliament in the world called Tynwald, founded by Vikings more than 1,000 years ago. To this day, this Island maintains it’s independent identity (it is not part of the United Kingdom).  

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Fast-forward many moons later and I now live on Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. Pristine beaches are never too far away here. Red dirt roads are lined with lupins in the summer. Locals wait in vehicles to let you walk across the road. 

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From reading the above, you’ve probably guessed correctly that travel is a huge part of my life. My feet are always itching for more faraway lands where emerald bays, unlikely lagoons, and many more surprises are in store.

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Travel has helped pave the way for me to become a writer and work in radio, online media, and now in print. But writing is more than just work for me, it’s a passion. Writing offers an escape – in the true sense of the word – from the rest of the world.

To conclude, my life’s motto is that you can never be too busy to follow your dreams. I plan to knock off some more big adventures and live a life nothing short of extraordinary. My website is a collection of my own personal musings, so thank you for reading. Feel free to follow and share your own travel and life experiences with me.

– Desiree