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.

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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.

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, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, 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.

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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. You can read about it here.
Talent Tampere International Blog Contest Winner

Since returning from Tampere I have been privileged to take on the role of  internatioal ambassador to promote tourism in western Finland.
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1,358 thoughts on “About me

  1. Jac

    Hey there, thanks for liking a post on my blog! I feel honoured that someone who has won an international travel blog contest apparently thinks I write well.

    That camera of yours looks great, too! I wonder if I should purchase one before my trip.

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  2. Do all you can whilst you can. We had never wanted to travel, but all that changed in 1986 when my husband went to work in Bangladesh for a year. At the age of 40 I took my first flight and two very excited children to visit him and whilst there we also visited Nepal. It made me realise that though our own country is no less beautiful, the world out there is very different and beautiful in different ways. We were hooked, and our hobby became travel. We made a conscious decision to do the long haul whilst we could and we did travelling to many parts of the world, especially Asia which we love. Now in our 70,s and less able we are discovering Europe and our own country, but I so wish we had the foresight to start our travels earlier in life.

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    1. Thank you so much for making contact and for your kind words, it’s lovely to hear from you. You are so right, Travel is such a wonderful hobby and through it we learn and experience so much. I also have a love for Asia but have not yet visited the Indian sub-continent.

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  3. Thank you for ‘liking’ the recent ‘bank holiday hell’ post on my blog. I was interested to read some of the posts on yours, especially about Manchester and the BBC Media City tour. I only live 13 miles from Manchester but haven’t been there since 1994, however I’ve recently booked on the new Coronation Street tour for July, I’m going with a friend and can’t wait! 🙂

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  4. As you probably already know, I have been a follower of yours for quite some time. You have expanded my “bucket list” to the bed-sheet size. Love your postings and hope you enjoyed this latest one of mine. The “dining experience” last night was marvelous. Take care.

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  5. Absolutely love your St. Augustine of Hippo quote….amd what an impressive long list of countries you’ve visited!!! Did any stand out especially(I won’t ask for a favorite as that may be a difficult decision…)!

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  6. Amazing! I read your “about” page and I feel the same way about travel, the planning and immersion in the culture, etc. I’ve started to follow your blog now. You’ve been to so many places already! I’m looking forward to some great tips and advice in your posts.

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  7. That’s a lot of countries visited! When you say “United States” though, or even “Canada” these are comprised of such vastly different regions they could be different countries within…what parts did you visit of the USA?
    Thanks for visiting me! ———-
    Gail Park
    Making Life an Art

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    1. Hi Gail, In the USA I’ve visited many of the national parks in the west, plus explored the west coast from Big Sur up to the Canadian border. In the east, I’ve been to NYC, Washington, and toured round neighbouring states and I’ve also visited Chicago. Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my blog, it’s much appreciated.

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  8. Hi, Marion, I see we share a common wanderlust for the world. My husband and I (from New Orleans) are living in Pula, Croatia and are visiting different areas in Europe while we are here. Have you ever been to Pula or Rovinj? The whole Istrian Peninsula is beautiful. Let me know if you pass this way!

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  9. I can feel your passion for blogging and love for traveling. Thank you for careing by following. But, I just start trying to setup the site. It’s been long gap with computer and Internet. However, I am returning to this big world again in Web and blogging .
    I will be with you all the bloggers around the world. I appreciate you.
    By the way, I need your support to make my staying here. Bloggers are influencing me.
    Thank you again for your support even though my pages are not ready yet.
    Hasan Imam Mukut

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  10. Hi, despite the fact that i love your page I have the techical question for you….. How did you manage to do this menu with countries and parts of the World and cities etc?? (sorry im a dumb one :D) Thanks in advance for sharing the knowledge !

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  11. Shalini Kanchan

    I visited your blog just today and to be honest could not stop myself from reading. The information, pictures and experience you are sharing is really incredible. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful experiences and motivating others including me to visit such amazing places.
    Thank you and Keep up your great work 🙂

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  12. I enjoy reading your travel blog and want to extend my praise your way. I am extending a nomination for “The Brotherhood of The World Award” to you. It is my way of telling you how much I admire your work. Please visit my site at waypointvacation.wprdpress.com for my latest blog about the award. Thank you and keep up the great work you do!

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