It’s time to meet one of my favourite bloggers, Melanie from The Wandering Darlings. I must declare, she also just happens to be my eldest daughter 🙂
Welcome to another edition of People of Interest where I get to share some interesting people with you, my interesting readers. I post these on Tuesdays.
And that’s what happens when you have a spectacular daughter out there! I get to share her with all of you 😊
So in this series, I’ve invited my guests to answer a set of 10 questions and at first I used their responses as a guest post while I was away on holidays. I’m now home from my travels, but I have so many more interesting people to share with you, I figured I’d just continue on until the end of the year. It’s a great way to share the love around and introduce interesting people to other interesting people.
So far I’ve interviewed my sister Sharon from Musings from the Cold; Donna from Retirement Reflections; Louise from The Year I touched my Toes; Miriam from Out an About; Shaun from Clockwork Clouds, Sue from Travel Tales of Life.
1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
2. Your blog is about travelling – where did the description come from?
3. What plans do you have for your blog in the future?
I want it to continue to evolve and include more ideas and stories of destinations. I am launching a new series soon called 10 Photos in … and this will help give more visual insight into places to visit within certain destinations. Like any blogger I would love to be uploading more content more frequently but sadly life gets in the way so I have been including guest posts about places that I’ve not got to yet.
4. What’s your favourite post and why?
I have two (if that’s ok).
The first is My Letter to my travelling parents as its one of my more heartfelt posts and celebrates two major influencers in my life. (awww and it’s such a sweet post too…proud mother moment here)
I also like a post I wrote about the changes in the technology as I just find it so fascinating how much the world has changed and how social media influences expats and travellers.
5. What’s your biggest achievement in life to date?
I guess my biggest achievement would be moving countries (twice). I’m about to celebrate 11 years living in the UK this December and to think I moved here a fresh faced 23 year old expecting to only be here a few years and now 11 years on I have a career, own a home, have a huge circle of friends and have been able to see so much of the world, is something I am really proud of.
6. What do you like to do outside of blogging?
I like travelling – be it to a National Trust property down the road or an adventure in a far flung country. I am a bit obsessed with photography. I play football in a ladies football league and love my awesome team. As much as I like travelling I’m also a bit of a homebody and love pottering round my house with the fiance and our little house bunny Bruce.
7. What books do you like reading and what are you currently reading?
Unlike everyone in my family I don’t really read books regularly. I can feel the look of disgust of my family reading this. Sorry! I’m more of a film buff than a book reader.
8. Where’s your dream holiday destination?
My dream holiday destination would be Canada, India or Iceland. Have long wanted to go to all of these places but just not got there yet. I would ideally want to go with my fiance or with my family but it would be a bit of a trek but I guess Canada and India are kinda in the middle of Australia and UK. Kinda.
9. List five things that you won’t leave home without.
10. Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met?
I think my grandparents (all 4 of them) are the most interesting people I’ve met. Hearing how different the world is today from when they were young. It must be crazy to see the changes when they were young TVs were in black and white and now there is technology that they would never of even imagined could be invented.
I love looking at the pictures and the things they have done with their lives. One of my grandma’s moved from the UK to Australia when she was 16 and had to start a new life. I struggled doing that 23 so to imagine how she did it at 16 is crazy.
They have also shown us an amazing example of love and family. Relationships require work, compromise and support and through everything they have all been through, especially in recent years, they have shown you are always stronger dealing with life together. They are all the best and strongest people I know and I am so fortunate to still have all 4 of them inspiring my life.
Melanie’s links – please feel free to go check her links out and follow her on social media:
Thanks Melanie for playing along with me in my People of Interest series. Despite being your mother, I learnt a few things!
I especially love Melanie’s answer to Q10, it’s such a good response and she really does have a lovely relationship with both sets of grandparents.
Melanie is our eldest daughter – we have three girls who are all grown up living interesting lives! She lives across the other side of the world from us but we are in regular contact and visit each other as often as we can. In fact my husband and I are planning a big trip next year and I’m already looking forward to spending time with her! She’ll get sick of me hanging around before I get sick of being with her 🙂
Melanie and I would love to hear your thoughts on her post, so feel free to leave us a comment below and we’ll be sure to respond.
So there you have it – another Person of Interest! Next up I have another great blogger for you to meet before taking a break over Christmas and New Year – stay tuned.
Thanks for your visit and remember that life is an adventure. Our family’s motto is ‘To travel is to Live’ and we encourage everyone to live their best life possible.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.