About me

Welcome to my travel blog, Love Travelling.  I’m Marion, an independent traveller writing about my visits to countries near and far.

I  research destinations myself without the need for a tour guide or packaged trip.  That’s part of the fun – visiting the local library and selecting some travel guides, looking things up online and, of course, all the amazing tips I discover from fellow travel bloggers.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. Augustine of Hippo

My passion is travel,  I just love visiting new places, immersing myself into local cultures of life around the world and discovering the unexpected!  Stepping off a plane, I’m always in a hurry to get my passport stamped, reclaim my luggage and walk out of the arrivals hall ready to begin a new adventure.

Cadiz, Spain

I love the planning, the anticipation, the journey, be it by plane, train, bus or boat and of course, the actual holiday and finally all the wonderful memories and experiences I bring home that live with me forever.  That was the original reason why I created this blog so that I could have an online diary of my recent trips to look back on in the future.  I’ve been surprised but thrilled that so many of you have taken an interest in my travels and enjoy reading about my trips – it’s very encouraging and makes me very happy!  From starting as a hobby my blog has evolved into an award winning online travel resource providing inspiration to fellow travellers.

I didn’t set foot on foreign soil until the age of 13, on a school holiday to the Black Forest in Germany, travelling by coach and ferry.  I adored everything about that first trip, from the little things like driving off the ferry on the other side of the road, the strange money and the language, and I knew from that day on, that I wanted to explore as many different countries as time and money would allow and to experience local cultures first hand.  I’ve been fortunate in being able to fulfil my dream and to share my love of travel with my family but, naturally, there are so many destinations still out there waiting to be explored.

Travel as much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place

The countries I’ve been fortunate to visit to date are:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour.

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore,  Dream,  Discover.       Mark  Twain

As well as overseas travel, I’m also a firm supporter and champion of the British Isles.  From dynamic cities to rural towns and villages and from seaside resorts to national parks there is so much to enjoy and be proud of.  Within this section of my blog I explore short breaks and days out at places of interest.   I take my photographs using my Lumix TZ80 camera which I really like as it’s easy to use, has good features and is small enough to fit into my handbag.

Using my Lumix TZ80 camera in Seoul, South Korea

Hopefully, drawing on my personal experiences, I may be able to pass on some useful insights and travel tips to help you get the most out of your holidays and perhaps inspire some of you to visit destinations that you might not previously have thought of.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I’m already looking forward to sharing my travel stories and photos with you.  Do come along and join my adventures!

Little Miss Traveller

I recently won an international travel blog contest and my prize was a four day visit to the Finnish city of Tampere .  Since returning  from Tampere I have been privileged to take on the role of  international ambassador to promote tourism in western Finland.  You can read more about it here.

©Love Travelling and ©Love Travelling Blog 2015-2019. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material and photographs without express and written permission from the author of this blog is strictly forbidden.  Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to ©Love Travelling with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

1,417 thoughts on “About me

  1. Your preface is inspiring for travelers, and travelers-to-be alike. I also like how you’ve alphabetically listed the countries you’ve had the pleasure to see. Like you, I always have a good camera in tow (the Nikon D5000 in this case) , but, like many Americans, we are not the most travel-savvy. Even beyond that, for some reason only about 1/3 of Americans have passports / My countries of travels is quite modest > Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Myanmar(Burma), New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, and Thailand < as I tend to return to places of great enjoyment / but with encouragement from your world-view I think it is time for me to take on places less traveled and more off of the mainstream (thanks Little Miss Traveller for your work)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words which are much appreciated. It’s so nice to read that you are enjoying my blog and I hope it inspires you to visit some new places. There is nothing wrong with returning to countries that you have enjoyed visiting – I like to do that as well as Ive been to Finland at least 14 times as I feel so content there. Happy Travelling Mark, Marion.

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  2. Hey Marion, thank you for stopping by and giving me a like. It gave me quite the confidence boost that at least something I wrote was entertaining enough. I wish you all the best with your travels and may happiness and good fortune continue to be with you.
    Congratulations also on all your accolades as well.

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  3. Marion, thanks for liking my review of “An American Princess”! It’s great to have the support of established bloggers like yourself. I enjoyed your Hull post, it’s a town I’ve heard of but never visited.

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  4. Hi Marion! Thanks for liking my first ever travel post about Taiwan and also for following me (followed you back too!) ❤ Your travel posts inspired me to push through with going out there in the world. I was a really boring person, but this year I'm gonna make things fun and the first step is to travel and inspire people to get out there 🙂

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  5. Hello, Miss Traveler. Thank you for visiting/reading my blog for quite some time. I am actually researching long walks (rambles?) in England and Ireland, specifically the Coast to Coast trails in both countries. But it looks like reservations are required for both trails if you go in the Spring or Summer. I prefer to decide each day how far I want to go and do not want to carry a tent and associated gear. South West Coast Path was another option but I was told that that (or large sections of it) requires reservations, also. I welcome any suggestions.

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    1. Hello, Its nice to hear from you. I think it depends on how far you intend to walk each day as some villages might not have many options. I wouldn’t want to carry a tent either and if the weather is poor you don’t want to have to endure a full day if hiking, so I think I would try and research a few likely accommodation options and then you could perhaps contact them the day before to check on availability. Unless it is the UK school holidays or our bank holiday weeks I think you will be OK.


  6. maristravels

    I was in Stockholm a few years ago for the Midsummer festivities. Mixing with the Swedes, wearing a handmade headdress of leaves and blossoms and joining in the dancing around the Maypole was an amazing experience. The Swedes are such lovely people, generous and friendly.

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  7. After reading a few blogs of your travels, I finally ventured to your Home Page and read a bit about you. I can only assume you are a Finlander. Day 8 in Sweden was top notch, photos, information, flow. The wife and I have traveled a bit, nothing to your extent, however. I shall read up and become familiar with Tempere. Never too old to learn I say (75). Off to Delaware in the morning for a Grand Nieces wedding. It’s a short 115 mile trip up the Delmarva Peninsula. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delmarva_Peninsula

    Have a grand weekend.

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  8. Hi Marion, I don’t get as much time as I’d like to always follow your travels, but do peep in now and then. Those feet are made for walking, no doubt! Stockholm etc., looked very interesting; I’m in awe of all the places you’ve visited so far in your young life, Amazing, all power to you. So far, we’ve managed Holland, France, Vienna, Greece,Majorca, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Jersey, The Bahamas, USA, and Canada (lived there for 18 fascinating months!) We are now retired in Spain (from UK).What a world, eh! Enjoy! x

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  9. Byron McLeod

    HI, Marion. I wanted to thank you for liking my post. I just wanted to say I hope I can get my country numbers up to yours one day and its lovely to meet someone who shares such a love for adventure.

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  10. Saw you came by theRoosters Blog, thanks for paying me a visit. Son-in-law works for USA State Dept, travels all over the world, some spots nice, others, unfortunately, not so. I feature him often as “Where in the World is Jeff Berthiaume.”

    You do a nice job with your Blog, Peace.

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  11. Karen Churchill

    Love your blog! I’m just starting to plan a trip to the UK for next year. Your blog will be inspirational and great practical help too – as well as being enjoyable to read. Thank you!
    Cheers, Karen

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  12. Merlyn Banzuelo

    Wow! Your trips had been quite a lot. Hope to experience the same since I also recently started a blog that’s about my everything. Hope you could visit my country too, the Philippines! More trips and adventures for you!

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