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5 Utah national parks in winter

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in National Parks, USA | 10 comments

5 Utah national parks in winter
On a cold and sunny day in late December I drove south from Salt Lake City to Moab, Utah, with my old friend Joe. It's one of those American things I'd dreamed of doing - cruising along in a big, old Yankie F100 ute with mountain bikes in the back and a dear friend at my side, feeling like
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3 girls and a (not) bear-proof tent

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Camping, Canada, National Parks | 14 comments

3 girls and a (not) bear-proof tent

Beth (from Texas), Abbey (from Kentucky) and I set off to hike and camp for five days in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada in the most glorious mid-September autumn weather. We set up camp at dusk by a beautiful tree-lined lake and read about bears by torchlight around the fire.
 

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Vulnerability and courage in solo travel

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Courage for travel, Inspiring Women, Solo Travel | 9 comments

Vulnerability and courage in solo travel

I love Brene Brown’s TED talk quote “vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage”.

I believe travel requires both vulnerability and courage.

What do you think?
Does it take a lot of courage to undertake a big journey (or any journey)?
Have you felt vulnerable, alone or afraid in a foreign country (or your own)?
Does your courage grow as you allow yourself to be vulnerable?
Is it vulnerability, fear or both that prevents you from going after your dreams?

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The Joy of Solo Travel

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Solo Travel | 3 comments

The Joy of Solo Travel

Have you ever had the opportunity to spend time with someone who speaks a completely different language to yours? I once spent a whole day with the grandmother of some German friends. Grandma spoke no English and I spoke no German but before long we were giggling like children. I helped her unpack the dishwasher and decided to make a game of saying the name of each item in English as I picked it up. Grandma repeated after me in English and then said the name of the same item in German and I repeated after her. By the time we’d gone through all the bowls, plates, cups, spoons, forks etc as well as the cupboards and drawers we put them into, we were in stitches.

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Around the world on an old XL250?

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in About Jane, Inspiring Women, Solo Travel | 0 comments

Around the world on an old XL250?
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Have you seen our ABC Open ad on telly? Well here’s the story – and photo – behind one of the memorable moments from our 60 second TV spot.

If you haven’t seen our ad, click here to see it. Everyone in it is a real person, who has been a part of ABC Open, either as the subject of a story, the creative force behind it, or both.

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Transforming myself into a published author

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Inspiring Women | 2 comments

Transforming myself into a published author
How did an old journal entry about homeless people and fast-flowing rivers, written during one of the most desperate times of my life, lead me to this exciting point?

I don’t consider myself an author…yet…and I’m about to fly to Baltimore USA, to attend a retreat with 40 authors from around the world, some of them best sellers.

But wait, I’m jumping ahead of myself.

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