Following the breakdown of her marriage and at the age of 48 in 1998 Jacqui decides to leave her job in health visiting and set off on a years adventure, alone backpacking in South East Asia.
This was to be the beginning of a journey that left conformity a distant memory.
Finding herself bitten by the travel bug she then set off again, at the age of 50 with the Dutch Man this time combining her love of travel with her other passion … motorcycling.
During this podcast Jacqui share stories from her 7 years on the road, where she visited 20 countries with no plan. Jacqui speaks with warmth and an openness, sharing the mishaps, the mistakes, the broken leg, the food, and how she dealt with storms, castaways and pirates!
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Currently living in Tasmania, Australia
Heading off to go backpacking at 48
Having her marriage breakdown
Liking travelling and meeting awesome people
Meeting the Dutch man
Deciding to buy a motorcycle to travel around the world
Deciding to travel solo
Reactions of friends and family when she headed off to go travelling at 48
Wanting to get away from it all
The plan for her year off
Never being on her own before
Staying in a hotel for 3 days and crying
Learning who she was
Wanting to slow down and to go at her own pace
Being frugal and managing a budget while travelling
Making mistakes and being wrong
How her confidence has grown over the years
Being a people pleaser and wanting to change that
Heading back to the UK after her first gap year and seeing that nothing had changed
Deciding not to go back to her old job as a health visitor
The return of the Dutch man!
Moving back in with her mum
Deciding to buy her own motorbike
Riding with a partner throughout India
Riding from India into Nepal, then spending time in Pakistan
Breaking her leg
Getting back on the bike after the crash
Why she loves Australia
Dealing with pirates, storms and castaways!
Sailing with interesting characters….
7 years of travelling and being on the road
Travelling with guilt
Taking another 7 years to write a book
The difficulties of heading home
Doing an A’level in history
The next part of the journey
Plans for 2019 - “Plan what plan?!”
Advice for going with the flow and why you have to want to
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