Hi, I’m Shelley!
10 years ago, I officially retired from cubicle life, to live life on my own terms, with plans to NEVER work again. It just wasn’t for me.
Since the happiest day of my life (you know, the one where I stopped working in any traditional sense), I moved halfway around the world to Seoul, South Korea, married an itchy footed European on a Thai beach, survived the ensuing all-out brawl during the reception (no lie), and welcomed an adorable little half Korean, half-Albanian baby globetrotter into my life at the ripe, old age of 42. (I also have this probably mistaken belief that she might be the ONLY person with this ancestry on the planet – reach out if you’re the same. Pleeeease!!)
Along the way, I saw a cheetah kill in Tanzania, trekked the 42km Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, fearfully tried ayahuasca in Bogota, released baby turtles into the sea in Borneo, gawked at the fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia from high up in a hot air balloon, and yelled MUSH at a team of huskies in Norway.
I’ve stayed in a favela in Rio, floating raft houses in Thailand, completely off the grid at a coconut plantation by the sea in Colombia, camped with Bedouins in Wadi Rum, and slept in a tent surrounded by the sound of elephants, lions and zebra all around me in the Serengeti.
I’ve traveled by plane, hydrofoil, camel, 4×4 jeep, in a motorcade surrounded by armed drivers, taxi, classic Royal Enfield motorcycle, longtail boat, tuk tuk, high speed train, low speed sleeper bus, Arabian horse, and of course, by foot … usually accompanied by just a carry-on.
You’ll find travel stories, no-nonsense destination guides, down to earth travel advice, and way too honest info about the 61 countries I’ve visited independently so far.