Welcome to my travel and lifestyle website!
My name is Desiree. I am a writer and photographer with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies (history, politics, film and literature), awarded from Keele University, and a master’s degree in Journalism (law, radio, television and print), awarded from Lincoln University, both in England.
At Keele 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.
At Brock university I met my future husband, Terry. We went on our first date to Niagara Falls on quite possibly the coldest day in the history of Canada. Our relationship turned into a long-distance romance and we ended up getting married at the “Niagara of the North,” which is Kakabeka Falls, located in Thunder Bay, Ont.
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 it breaks my heart to see and hear about the corrupt government and what is currently taking place.
What I do miss most about growing up in South Africa is not only my family still there, but seeing zebras trot across the dusty roads while following the seasonal rains, to have monkeys run through our home while scavenging for food, along with the vibrancy, the colours, the quirks, the languages and the general causal approach to living life.
So my family left South Africa and 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.
Now – 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. It still has the oldest continuous parliament in the world, Tynwald, founded more than 1,000 years ago by Viking settlers. And Ellan Vannin, the Manx for the Isle of Man, is one spot in the world where Celtic and Viking legacies are still truly alive, along with folklore.
I now live on the smallest province of 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 cars 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, about a red-haired orphan, but there’s a lot more to the Island. Aside from the long stretches of powdery white to rusty red beaches, P.E.I. is also the largest potato producer in the country, and is known for its world-class seafood. In fact, P.E.I. was once the king of fashion (the silver fox industry between 1900 and 1980).
As you can see from reading the above, travel is a big 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. It offers an escape – in the true sense of the word – from the rest of the world.
From writing and dreaming about faraway lands, where the blazing sun and torrential rain collide, you can also find me reading adventures by talented authors that know how to touch on all the five senses. I am an old soul that likes to feel and smell the pages between my fingers, while getting lost in an epic journey of a well-written book.
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.