About me

Desiree Anstey Bio pic.Welcome to my travel and lifestyle website!

My name is Desiree. I am a journalist with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies (law, history, politics, literacy, and film) awarded from Keele University, and a master’s degree in Journalism awarded from Lincoln University in England.

At Keele University I was accepted on the exchange program to study for a semester at Brock University in Ontario. As an exchange student I was an ambassador representing both my home university and England as an example of British culture in general. Travel has always been a part of my life.

I was born in the tropics of beautiful South Africa, but my family fled because of the high crime and moved to the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom. What I do miss most about growing up in South Africa is seeing zebras trot across the dusty roads while following the seasonal rains, monkeys on our doorstep, including the vibrancy, quirks, and the general causal approach to living life.

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South Africa.

We immigrated to the ancient and incredibly superstitious Isle of Man, which can be pin-pointed in the middle of the Irish Sea. Why? you ask. It’s a long story ⌛️…so back to this for now. It took time for me as a child to adjust to the Island’s culture and way of life. But several years later I look back at the Isle of Man and realize there’s something special about a place that can keep it’s ancient traditions alive.

The Isle of Man has the oldest continuous parliament in the world called Tynwald. Tynwald is a Norse word and was founded more than 1,000 years ago by Viking settlers.

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The Isle of Man.

Now I live on the smallest province in Canada – Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.). This is a magical place with pristine beaches, rolling fields, quirky communities that dot the landscape and locals that stop their vehicles to let you cross the road.

You may have heard of P.E.I. through Lucy Maud Montgomery’s tales on Anne of Green Gables, but there’s a lot more to the Island.

Aside from the long stretches of powdery-soft sanded beaches, red cliffs, and lighthouses, P.E.I. produces world-class potatoes and seafood. It is also home to the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world, called Confederation Bridge.

Prince Edward Island.

As you can see from reading the above, travel is a huge part of my life. My feet are always itching for more faraway lands where emerald bays, unlikely lagoons, soaring saw-tooth peaks to spine-tingling cliffs, and many more surprises are in store.

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, too old or even too “blonde” to follow your dreams. And I plan to knock off some more big adventures with my husband and live a life nothing short of extraordinary.

My website is a collection of my own travel stories and personal musings, so thank you for reading. Feel free to follow, friend, and share your own travel and life experiences with me.

– Desiree