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When Your Memory Goes, Forget It!


travel, spa, art and superfluous musings for the recently empty nested

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Numerous travel companies are presenting solo travel packages for next year. Strategise in advance and ensure that 2024 becomes an unparalleled year of travel adventures!


In the Spotlight: February

Travel is Fatal to Prejudice, Bigotry and Narrow Mindedness

-Mark Twain


London Diary:February

The Imagine Children's Festival is set to make a comeback at the SouthBank Centre this February, featuring a diverse array of over 100 events. Attendees can engage in art experiences, interactive musicals, dance performances, and literary readings. While some events require tickets, others are free of charge.

7-17 February


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In Feb. we will take a look at Scandinavian sauna culture with a look at Helsinki, Finland and Oslo in Norway.

So we've had an unexpected trip the the Algarve in Portugal and next month's essay will be about enjoying winter sun. The joys of a hot sauna in a cold climate will feature in September when we are off to Finland

Easter comes early in 2024, 31 March to be exact. Book your Easter getaway ASAP because things are filling up fast!

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Just realised we missed shrove Tueday while we were away! We must make this up as pancake day is the best meal of the year!



Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large young family lived in various international postings, I navigated foreign grocery stores for delicious ingredients.  I mastered reading labels and cooking healthy, quick meals from local sources, and I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. Now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!



Now is an opportune moment to pause and contemplate living our best life while upholding economic and environmental responsibility. While I cherish jet-setting with loved ones, I recognise the value of mindful indulgence and responsible travel. I love being with my adult children and grandchildren, and I write about how we are able to travel together while respecting each other’s travel needs and varying budgets. 

I also explore maintaining my fitness during work and travel and share insights on promoting mental well-being through exercise and dietary choices.


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