After working in a string of stressful jobs, I paused one day to realise that being constantly stressed was not how I wanted to spend my life.  I wanted to live until I was old and grey sharing stories of places I’d visited, food I’d eaten and things I’d experienced.

I made a decision to change my outlook on life, to do things that made me happy, to experience things that made me appreciate life and to try and view everything with a more positive attitude.

So at the end of April 2011 I resigned from my job, left at the end of July 2011, sold almost everything I owned and decided to travel around the world.

So far in my life, I have visited 29 countries and lived in 4. I get a real buzz out of travelling, it makes me feel like I am really living and experiencing life, and all it has to offer.

After spending two years in Thailand, I made the somewhat curious decision to return to England, where I have now settled. I have been changed emotionally and spiritually by my travelling experience, and now love to help promote my local area to attract tourists.

Join me right here as I share all my stories, tips and tricks on this website.

Dont forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any excitement.

This anonymous quote sums up exactly how I feel:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to arrive late at your funeral, skid sideways into your coffin, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, “Woo hoo, what a ride!”

Finding your way around this website:


  • If you would like to read about my travels and pick up some tips, click “Home” for my blog posts; “Packing Tips” for, well … packing tips; “Tuesday Tales” to read some answers to some ‘half zany-half serious’ questions posed to some of my fellow travellers, and “High 5’s” for something a little different.
  • If you would like to see a list of crazy things I have already done, click “My Experiences“.
  • If you would like to see my travel photos, click “Photo Gallery“.
  • If you would like to read about and see the wonderful foods that I have been eating, click “Food Gallery“.


  • If you would like to know more about my writing and a few examples of what I have had published, click  “My Writing“. I am available for freelance assigments, reviews and sponsorships, please click  “Advertise“.


  • If you would like me to write about your area, please contact me on Colleen AT writearoundtheworld.me to discuss how we can work together. I love working with tourist agencies, and companies/agencies promoting travel.
  • I accept guest blog posts. Please contact me on Colleen AT writearoundtheworld.me with your name, your idea, your website and a short bio and we’ll see if we can work something out.

Please stop by and say hi – I’d love to hear from you.

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41 Responses to About

  1. Betty Smith says:

    I am so thrilled that you sent this to me Colleen, I feel very priviledged that you send it to me so soon. I will explore everything I assure you. Love you lots.

    • admin says:

      You’re so welcome auntie Betty. You’re one of my best and most loyal fans. Do let me know what you think… Love you lots back x

  2. R Dhamecha says:

    Love to read about others travels. I plan to partially retire and do this once my kids are out of the house… Look forward to your writings

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much for the comment. Good for you to be planning those travels. Are you able to do little local trips now WITH the kids to give them the travel bug too?
      Thanks for visiting, keep me posted on your travel plans :-)

  3. Mike says:

    So great the new site is up. Looks fantastic! We also quit our jobs and are true
    Long the world, pretty much living your quote mentioned above :). Looking forward to inspiring each other!

  4. Congratulations and good wishes for your travel plans. Women who travel have more stories to tell! :-)) We encourage women to travel well and often!

    • admin says:

      Thank you for stopping by, Peggy and thank you for my well wishes. I have lots of stories so far and more on the way. Keep checking back for updates…. :-)

  5. carolina says:

    Good luck love. I have been a travel writer for the past 26 years and enjoyed visiting wonderful places, meeting and interviewing incredibie people and eating and drinking some of the best food and wine. So enjoy your new vocation!

    all the very best,

    • admin says:

      Thanks Carolina. Wow, 26 years! I have a long way to go yet. Any tips would be appreciated… :-)

      I’m loving it at the moment. The world is really such an interesting place filled with so many incredible sights, people, food and cultures. I just love that I have the opportunity to explore it all…

      Thank you so much for stopping by, it’s much appreciated.

  6. hlengy says:

    very nice. i enjoyed reading the welcome, you are a natural with words…..i love your writing style…..and of cos the quote!

    all the best on this!

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Hlengy. I love the quote too, isn’t it great :-)

      Take care and thanks for visiting…

  7. Hi Carolina, this is the first time i am visiting your website, when i read about you, i was thinking about me, this is the same thing i want to do. I really don’t want to do 9 to 6 job, i just want to travel the world and have fun. This what i dream every time. You are lucky to fulfill your dreams… Best of luck for all the things in future. Whenever you are in mumbai (India), I would like to meet you. So which is next trip……lol…

    • admin says:

      Hi Jayanti
      Hey, before we get started, my name is COLLEEN :-)
      Great to hear that you want to travel. What you don’t read about is the hard work that happened before I left my job. The 14 hour days, the constant sleeping, the being off ill when I was working so hard and finally having burnout. I went through a very rough time before I decided to do what I did. Thankfully, I had saved my money every month (and being so tired on the weekends after working so hard during the week, I wasn’t actually spending any money) and I have enough now to keep me going for a while.
      Thanks so much for leaving a comment and I wish you good luck with fulfilling your dreams. NEVER give up!!!!

      Next trip is to Ireland, then America for 2 months, then moving to Thailand for a while :-)

      Stay in touch …

      • Hi Colleen, Sorry to write your name incorrect. Thank you for telling me what you have went through. Salute you for everything you have gone through. Thank you for the good wishes. Best of luck for your next trip, enjoy and have fun and also do take care of yourself….When you are planning to come india…

        • admin says:

          No problem, Jayanti. I saw that I had replied to a previous comment on my blog and her name was Carolina so I just assumed you had seen that :-)
          I have been tempted by India for a long time but its never happened. I will be in Thailand from August which is closer to India than I am now. Maybe you can tell me more about it and I can make a plan to visit India and see it for myself.

          • Ya i think you are write…India is color full country. There are lot of things you visit here like monuments of delhi, temples in Uttar pradesh, beaches of goa, greenery in Kerala, Ladakh for snowfall and beautiful scenery mumbai is for financial hub. You will find different people, from different culture, languages, food etc. Food are awesome, but it is bit spice. You will find lots of people since it is the second largest population. The infrastructure is not that well developed, but it is worth visiting india for once. There are lot of saying that india is not a good place to visit due the lot of problems and it is not safe, I can only say one thing problems happens in all the country. If you have to die then no place is safe for you. Whenever u r india and in mumbai, u can always get in touch in with me, i will love to meet you.

  8. Lisa Dworkin says:

    Hi Colleen,

    So good to hear from another travel blogger following her life’s dream. I did the same thing starting my website/blog http://www.thebestbeach.net/ in March 2011. I hope you will check out my website too.

    Your website is lovely and looks like it will be very successful. Best of luck to you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Lisa
      Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi! May I ask where/how you found me?

      I will most definitely check out your website later on tonight. It is always wonderful to meet others who have taken this brave step. Well done to you :-)

      Take care and see you online at some point…

    • admin says:

      There are some SERIOUSLY lovely beaches on your website :-) It it just for US as I couldn’t seem to work the drop down menus on the side?

  9. Looks great Colleen, have fun with the new site!


    • admin says:

      Ah, thanks for stopping by Nick. Really appreciate it. It’s initially taking up a lot of time but am loving it so far.
      Hope you’re having fun too :-)

      Take care

  10. Sunday says:

    Hi Colleen! I am an Italian travel writer who took a year off from her teaching job (career cage), left last July and started travelling around Asia. I’ve never been so happy in my life: I should have done it before! I just want you to know that you were one the very first blogs – let’s say the first one – I started to follow since the beginning of my trip. And you were not only a good company when I was feeling lonely in China, but also a great inspiration for my adventure. Now I have to start finding a way to make a living while travelling… :) Thanks Colleen!

    • admin says:

      Wow! This TOTALLY made me day. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and tell me this. It’s often hard to see who my blog is reaching and if it is helpful for anyone so it really means a lot to know that it helped you when you were lonely in China.

      If you want to make a living while travelling, use your writing!! I often contact editors of local newspapers, websites or magazines and write for them. Your English is excellent so you surely won’t have a problem with that.

      Where are you now?

      • Sunday says:

        Thanks Colleen! You’re right about trying and use my writing. However, the Italian market is super full of writers (every Italian is a writer inside eh eh), I still haven’t found any Italian website or magazine to write for… Italy is a small country 😉 and I don’t dare writing in English: I can’t write at the “journalists” level, at your level… But maybe you are right, I should give it a try and perhaps asking to some friends to edit them at the beginning.
        I am now in the Middle East, in Oman, back from a marvellous trip to Iran. But I don’t like it here (too rich-bright-boring), so in 2-3 weeks my visa expires and I am making plans on where to go next. Maybe Malaysia, or maybe Iran again and then Turkey.

        • Sunday says:

          The big issue is: I DON’T want to go back to my teaching job in Italy next August, just the idea of giving up travelling and writing makes me feel sad! I therefore HAVE TO find another job in order to resign for good. I do believe you know this feeling :)

          • admin says:

            I do indeed :-) Have you thought about teaching? Maybe a TEFL course? Then you can basically teach English in whatever country you are living in? Have you got a strong accent or would you be able to teach English?

  11. Sunday says:

    Despite the fact that I am Italian, I fortunately haven’t got a strong accent :) Actually I am already a primary school English teacher in Italy and I taught English while in China (although I have no TEFL nor CELTA). And my MA is in teaching Italian to foreigners, by the way. It’s just that I am a little tired of teaching 😉 But I have to make ends meet so maybe that’s what I should do while trying and pursue a writing career – inshallah as they say in Oman 😀

    • admin says:

      Ah, I see!!! Well, I am a firm believer in that if something is meant to happen, something will come up. There are loads of websites about house sitting, maybe that’s an option. You don’t earn money but you won’t have to pay for accommodation and sometimes food :-)

  12. Sunday says:

    I’ve already checked those house sitting websites while I was still in Thailand, it’s an interesting option, but then life brought me here: as you said, when something is meant to happen… I’ve just started to work as a tour guide here with Italian groups, I like that! And an Italian school in Tehran asked me to go there for an interview. Iran is a very beautiful (although difficult) country, so if they offer me something interesting I might take the FINAL decision to quit my cage-job in Italy and go and live in Iran for a year. Let’s see! My final goal is writing, and Iran is too interesting to let the opportunity go :)

    • admin says:

      Well it certainly sounds like you have some wonderful opportunities presenting themselves. Good for you for giving this a try – it’s not always easy to move to another country and settle there for a long period of time. Good luck and keep me posted! :-)

  13. Sunday says:

    So, I’m back from Iran: interesting contract, BUT they asked me not to write for TWO years, to avoid troubles with the Iranian government. Closing my blog for 2 years? No way! I’m back in Oman and doing some tour guiding, then on the 19th I’ll fly to Thailand and meet my boyfriend again after 7 months, I’ll relax and write and think. Have a nice day! 😀

    • admin says:

      What???? 2 Years!!! No, no, no!!! And I say again – NO! Well, at least you explored that option so well done for that. Enjoy your tour guiding. Where in Thailand will you be? Enjoy your time with your boyfriend – that will be nice 😉

  14. Sunday says:

    I agree with you, 2 years without writing is too long. I might ask them to accept me for 1 year only, but again writing is my aim, and I have readers now in my blog… Tour guiding is fun! And I have time to travel outside the country as well, if I want. We’ll go to Bangkok for 3 days than in Ao Nang (near Krabi) for 5-6 days than Malaysia for 3-4 days. Then he’ll go back to Italy and I’ll come back to Oman where I am already booked with Italian groups :)

  15. Jen says:

    Hi Colleen! Your blog is an inspiration, & I look forward to reading more about your adventures! :)

  16. Marc Fasel says:

    Hi Colleen it’s Marc Michael Goettings friend in Australia. I just love the anonymous quote, spot on! Keep on being an inspiration of what is possible in life.



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