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About Me

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I’m Amanda, I live in North Dorset in the UK and I love to travel.

For work, I am an environmental management practitioner and full member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, with a track record of leading successful sustainability strategy and environmental programmes in large organisations.

I am also a qualified news journalist, with lots of experience of freelance writing, from environment-related features to travel writing; and a Trustee for gorilla conservation charity Gearing up for Gorillas (G4G).

Unsurprisingly for a geography graduate, my greatest interest is travel, and it always has been. From family holidays as a child to my first overseas voluntary project in India at age 16, I was bitten by the travel bug. That’s why I started my own travel blog.

Since then I’ve been on some exciting trips, from gorilla trekking in Uganda, to snowshoeing on Mount Etna, white water rafting in Morocco, to sleeping under the stars in Jordan’s Wadi Rum.

I have visited at least 28 countries in four continents and I’m always thinking about my next trip.

I believe travel broadens your mind and enriches your life. But there’s just one problem… Travel is not so good for your carbon footprint!
Passport Stamp 1So I set out to find ways to enjoy guilt free, environmentally responsible travel, or as I like to call it ‘One Planet Travel’. After all, we only have the one planet, so we need to protect it.

I really hope you enjoy reading my sustainable travel blog and may even feel inspired to go on an adventure somewhere new yourself.

In the meantime, here’s a little more about me….

Mountain, Desert, Ocean or Jungle?

Ideally a bit of all four, but if I have to pick one, then jungle…

First great travel experience?

It wasn’t my first trip abroad, but an early trip which had a profound impact on me was Dorset in India 1992, a youth voluntary project that I took part in for the Society of Friends of the Lotus Children. The trip involved visits to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Madurai, as well as some more remote villages. We worked with street children in shelters, visited schools, hospitals and other children’s services. On our return we spent a year fundraising for the charity.

Three items I always pack?

Camera, re-hydration salts and travel journal.

Window or aisle seat?

It’s got to be window.

What do you worry about most when travelling?

My carbon footprint!

Favourite passport stamp/ passport stamp you’d most like to have?

Favourite stamp has to be Uganda – that’s where I fulfilled a life long dream to see mountain gorillas in the wild. Passport stamp I’d most like to have has to be Democratic Republic of Congo.

Please get in touch any time by leaving a comment or by email.

Image from NASA / National Space Science Data Center via Free Images.

 

17 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Amanda! Love your tips on travel. It’s great to hear from such a seasoned traveller. 22 countries in four continents already – awesome! Your blog really gives the taste of life abroad. Good luck on your next adventure. I look forward to reading all about it. Very best wishes, Carol Rivers x

  2. Thanks for your lovely comments Carol. Much appreciated. Look out for my updates from Botswana and Zambia over the next few weeks. Happy travels, Amanda x

  3. I love this entire site. Every page gives me another thing to think “Wow” about. Such a great insight into your travels and the world at large. Write more please, I could spend days here daydreaming about another place, culture oh and the delicious food :).

    Great stuff!

  4. Hi Amanda Very enjoyable site. I must visit Dorset again as it is one of my favourite counties.Keep up the good work as I will keep reading.

  5. Hi Amanda,

    Love your site! Thanks for mentioning it to me in the comments on Adventurous Kate. One question — what are rehydrating salts? I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of those!

    Thanks!
    Jordan

    1. Hi Jordan, I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the blog. Rehydration salts can be purchased in the chemist and mixed with water to drink when you have a stomach upset. They’re also pretty good as a hangover cure!! I will check out your blog. Happy travels, Amanda

  6. I love your aim to travel responsibly. That really speaks to me. I don’t own a car, and I am a vegetarian, but I’m often concerned that these don’t quite counteract the amount of air travel I do. Really glad to have found your blog 🙂

  7. I love the unique angle of your blog and am glad to have found such a great resource. Thank you for the work you are doing, and the example you are setting. I’m looking forward to following your posts!

    1. Hi Cristen, Thank you! At the moment there are two options.

      1) via RSS
      2) via email subscription

      But if you can recommend a good plug in for a follow me on wordpress button, then I will happily add one.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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