Welcome to my travel and lifestyle website!

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

Lincoln, UK.

Before Lincoln, I studied at Keele University for my bachelor’s degree. I was accepted to 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. 

Exploring Rorke’s Drift,  located near Buffalo (Mzinyathi) River. The Battle of Rorke’s Drift took place here in 1879. Just over 150 British and colonial troops defended the station against attacks by 3,000 to 4,000 Zulu warriors.

I grew up in the Isle of Man, known as Ellan Vannin in the Manx language. The Island has more runic inscriptions than anywhere else in the British Isles, including the oldest continuous parliament in the world. The parliament, Tynwald, was founded by Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, and the Island maintains it’s independent identity (it is not part of the United Kingdom).  

Isle of Man, Peel castle.

Fast-forward many moons and travelling experiences later (from working in England, Croatia, and remote to bustling cities in Canada) and I now live with my husband, beautiful daughter, and two dogs on Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island. The Island is a place where pristine beaches are never too far away. Red dirt roads are lined with lupins in the summer, and locals wait in vehicles to let you walk across the road. 

Confederation Bridge, the longest link over ice-covered waters in the world, which connects P.E.I. to the mainland.

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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Exploring foreign landscapes.

Travel has helped pave the way for me to become a writer and work on 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