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Some Stuff “About Me”

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in About Jane, Courage for travel, Inspiring Women, Solo Travel | 2 comments

Some Stuff “About Me”
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 educated and continually learning from diverse experiences, Jane has

Life inside the Cabin of Jane’s Bloody big truck”

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in About Jane, Australia, Courage for travel, Inspiring Women | 0 comments

Life inside the Cabin of Jane’s Bloody big truck”
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 started flowing.

Around the world on an old XL250?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in About Jane, Courage for travel, Inspiring Women, Solo Travel | 0 comments

Around the world on an old XL250?
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 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.

Photographing faces around the world

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Solo Travel, Travel photography | 20 comments

Photographing faces around the world

I’m certainly no expert, but over my many years of travelling, I’ve been drawn to photographing people and faces in particular. I used to use a 200 mm telephoto lens to capture candid shots, but now I’m much more inclined to speak to people first, to create a connection and to ask whether they mind being photographed.

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

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.
 

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?

How did I get to drive a 400 tonne mining truck?

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in About Jane, Australia, Solo Travel | 12 comments

How did I get to drive a 400 tonne mining truck?

What’s driving a 400 tonne dump truck got to do with a travel blog you might ask? Probably not much, except that it’s a part of my life journey that began with a leap of faith and an eleven day drive half way around Australia.