The smorgasbord of life called Jane St Catherine from a secure suburban existence. Leaving her husband and an office job, she set off on an old 250cc trail bike to ride around the world. With determination, persistence and courage she has overcome many challenges. University...Read More
It was an adventurous spirit that led Singleton mine worker Jane St Catherine into a job in the mines in the Pilbara a few years ago. And almost immediately after starting to drive enormous dump trucks around the alien landscape of Pannawonica, Western Australia, the words...Read More
Wed 15 Feb 20120 PreviousNext Video Credit: JANE ST CATHERINE Show map 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...Read More
We all pass through many places in our travels but how often do we stop and live somewhere completely different? I ended up staying for nearly a year in a small (population 100) and remote town in Cape York, the far north of Australia and marvelled at how many interesting...Read More
I was immobile, staring out from behind solid black bars into nothingness. I felt like a beautiful butterfly who had beaten my wings so hard and for so long, desperate to fly free, that I’d given up and was lying crumpled and broken on the cage floor with my delicate...Read More
When I travel around the world and see glamorous women in Versace outfits and teetering heels am I jealous? Actually no – I’m sorry for them and all the gear they have to carry! Of course I might be just a little jealous if they have some yummy guy to carry...Read More
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.