Independent Travel and Adventure

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This blog is about independent travel and adventure.  It’s about finding inspiration in faraway places. It’s about off-the-beaten-path destinations and extraordinary journeys. It’s about the moments in those places that make you stop and catch your breath. It’s musings and stories and ideas and photography of some of the world’s most beautiful places.



I am a writer, a photographer but before any of that I was a traveller. I first travelled to Europe in 1998, and 2 years later I left my comfortable life in Australia with a round-world ticket in hand – I returned 3 years later with even itchier feet than when I began.

I have been travelling on and off ever since. I’ve lived in Canada, Scotland and Australia, trekked through the Andes and Patagonia, walked 1400 kilometers through Spain, worked in a cyclone-battered region of Bangladesh, backpacked through Morocco, driven 4000 miles through America, and photographed polar bears in the Arctic….amongst many other amazing things that you can read about on this blog.


photographing black bears in Valdez Alaska

Photographing black bears in Valdez, Alaska



Quiet Wanderings

I love all kinds of travel, but journeying to the more out-of-the-way destinations always seems to leave the greatest impression. Nothing beats spending time in some of the world’s wildest corners and I have a bit of an obsession with cold places.

In 2011 I travelled to the wilds of Alaska, and to the Canadian Arctic to photograph the annual migration of polar bears and in 2012 I travelled solo through Iceland on what I hope will be the first of many trips to Scandinavia.

I also love hiking/walking/trekking…whatever name you give it, I love it!

I have walked the 800km Francés route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain – twice – and plan to tackle the Norté coastal route of a similar distancein the next year or so.  The lure of Kungsleden Trail in Swedish Lapland has been tempting me for years and I also plan to walk a small section of that in 2014.

So these travels, or wanderings, tend to take me to some of the worlds wildest, and hence, quietest places.


hiking up Cathedral Mountain in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Hiking Cathedral Mountain in Denali National Park, Alaska.


Where to Next?

This website will hopefully inspire you to travel, or at least think about it, and give you some of the tools and ideas you need to do it. Follow this link to see other published writing and photography.

Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions to whet your appetite. Enjoy having a browse through the site and I hope it inspires you to head off on your own adventures. Happy travels!

x QW


Start here:

Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill, Part I

Hiking the Cape to Cape Track: Western Australia

Exploring Florence on a Seriously Tight Budget

Notes From North Pole, Alaska: The Northern Lights

Off the Beaten Track in South Iceland

Photo Essay: Hiking the Cinque Terre, Italy

A Day on the Ice: Ice Climbing on the Matanuska Glacier

First Time Travel: Tips to Get You Started

Solo Travel in Iceland for Women: The Verdict

Budget Travel: How to Travel For Less

Kali Orexi: Culinary Adventures in Greece

Paris Sweet Home: Renting an apartment in Paris

A Road Trip Survival Guide

Morocco: The Last Train to Tangier


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Comments (6)
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    Bryan Dec 22 2011 - 4:32 pm Reply

    My first time here. Australia is what caught my eye, sorry kind of a weak reason but true.
    I was in Australia in my early twenties on business and met friends from Germany, Scotland and of course, Australia. All of us there to work but it became much more than that. I still love them to this day but haven’t seen them for years.
    I have been taking photos since my teens and when I was with my friend from Germany going through the Sydney harbour in a hydroplane I couldn’t take a photo. It was so breathtaking I couldn’t take a photo. I don’t know if that makes sense or if that has ever happened to you but I just absorbed everything and couldn’t take a picture of what was so beautiful.

    Traveling and opening yourself up to accept and love others leaves yourself very venerable and some keep that tight to not become venerable. I accept that and open myself to everyone, unless they are mean, no way can they come in. I feel the more you open up the more you experience the joys of love.

    I will always travel and sometimes I don’t have to get on an airplane to do that.

    Wonderful work and you have another friend.

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    Michelle Feb 29 2012 - 4:40 am Reply

    Hi! Great to connect with a fellow traveler and photographer. Wow, you have been to a lot of places! What a great source of information and inspiration your blog is. I look forward to exploring more here. :)

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    Thenomadicnepali May 14 2013 - 4:46 pm Reply

    Came across the blog when I was searching about ICELAND and your solo travel to Iceland caught me. Great photos, just lovely. I like travelling, however I am beginner in photography.
    Your blog is huge resource ans inspiring. :)

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    Judith Apr 17 2015 - 7:37 pm Reply

    Hello Cherina,
    I have just been reading about your Camino adventures and very much admire your photography of same. I walked the French Way last September/October and my one regret was not able to take heaps of photos, although I did get quite a few I found my efforts were put mostly into walking. I took the easy way and had my luggage taken each day just carrying a daypack. Celebrated my 70th birthday along the way and have now started looking at other Camino possibilities before I get too old.
    Thanks for sharing your quiet wanderings.

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