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.

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.

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. Oh, you have travel bug, and I love it. I thought I was being brave by selling all our stuff and moving into an RV and travel the States, but you are so much more adventurous! How exciting. Looking forward to catching up on and following your adventures. Safe travels, Dawn

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  2. Hi, thank you for liking my post 🙂 and like you, the part where I like the most is the planning of the whole trip part and all the anticipation bubbles before we launch ourselves into the trip. Looking forward for your next post!

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  3. You acheive what many of us would like to acheive, to travel, explore, and see other perspectives of life, but on the other side of things I know people who hardly go anywhere. This is mainly because of the fear of travel, whether by boat, plane, coach, bus or train, the meer fact of getting on some transportation to a distant land is just beyond them. So they stay home, or should I say they only travel in their own country, or they get drunk, or they take tranquilisers, before they travel, it sounds irrational but the fear is very real to them.

    My mum and dad gave us a lift to Hull docks many years ago as we were going on an overnight ferry, the R.O. R. O. type to Holland, and was watching all of the trucks drining into the bottom of the boat. Lorry after lorry after lorry, all with containers on board. She was horrified, and her immediate thought was that the ferry would sink with all that weight. Needless to say mum and dad, (except for during WW2), never ventured abroad, bless you mum and dad RIP.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and interesting thoughts on travel. My parents spent most of their holidays visiting Devon and Cornwall in the UK and it was only after they retired that they ventured overseas but they were quite content. The world is much smaller nowadays with the speed of air travel and direct flights and I feel very happy to be able to visit so many places.


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  5. Love your blog. We, too, love to travel, although we have slowed down a bit. Most of our travels have been stateside but we have ventured to Canada, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Canary Islands, and quite a few islands in both the east and west Caribbean Seas.
    It is a great adventure to visit other places and take note of how others live.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Your blog is amazing! You’ve been to soooo many places, you really are an inspiration! I hope to be alble to visit so many beautiful places as you did!!
    I saw you like my post, thank you so much, I’m still new in this world so it meant a lot ahah 🙂

    Wish you the best!!

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  7. Hello! I just wanted to tell you thank you SO MUCH and to say how much it means to me that you took time to read my blog post titled “On Forgiveness”. I just barely started my blog and it is such an honor to have my writing viewed by people all over the world. Thank you, sincerely. You have a really fascinating blog as well and I look forward to perusing more posts of yours so I can live vicariously through them! Wonderful work! Don’t be a stranger either.

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  8. Te Amo Vita!

    Wow! Love your blog and your posts! I have my own little travel blog, nowhere near as good as yours, called Te Amo Vita! I’d love it if you had a little look at it and gave me some tips on how to make it better – I’ve only recently started blogging. Read some of your work and it’s fabulous! Totally going to follow your posts! 😀

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      1. Te Amo Vita!

        Thank You! I hope to have travelled to as many countries as you have one day! I’ve travelled to some countries like Belgium, Bangladesh, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UK, Vatican City, Kuwait, Netherlands (I was born there), going to Canada this year! Could you suggests some places to visit in Canada? Thanks. 🙂

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  9. Gustavo Woltmann

    Great to know about your experience and adventure when it comes to traveling. There’s a lot of pretty places that you can visit next time and I would like to read your blog again. Congrats and good luck on your journey I know you can make it. 🙂

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  10. eloisabunny

    Try to visit our country, Philippines. There’s alot of beautiful places here, esp our beaches. You would love it here. Im really inspired with your post. I hope I can travel on those places you’ve visited someday 😊

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  11. junkytravel

    Travelling makes a person expand the horizon of knowledge through experiences. I love travelling. However, I have not visited as many countries as you have. 😀
    Your blog is amazing! Please keep writing 🙂

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  12. Being quite an extensive traveller myself, it’s great to read your blog, especially the ones on the countries I have yet to visit! I must add though, that I see no sign of a visit to Wales under your United Kingdom page. It’s beautiful here and well worth a visit. Let’s hope you’ll find the welcome in our hillsides very soon.

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    1. Hello and thank you for taking the time to both read and comment on my blog I’ve visited the North Wales coast and Snowdonia several times but before I started blogging so, yes, we do need to return sometime and take another look. I’ve only visited Monmouth further south when we stayed in Ross-on-Wye.

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  13. Your blog is simply amazing and an inspiration to an aspiring traveler such as myself! Do you plan on visiting either Japan or South Korea in the future? I ask since those are the only two countries I have visited. With that, I just would like to say keep on keeping on!

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  14. Hello,I am simply marveled by the passion you have towards traveling.That feeling just was so contagious via your words of keep doing things that you have an immense passion for.Simply amazing!Looking forward to join you while traveling through your beautiful posts!

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  15. It’s amazing that you got to travel to all those destinations all over the world! I see you’ve also visited Singapore – beyond the glitzy urban centers and tourist spots we have a huge wealth of other natural, cultural and gustatory delights that may go un-noticed by the casual traveller. Keep on writing about your adventures! 🙂

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