Hi, I’m Angie, and I guess you landed on this page because you are interested in finding out more about me.
Firstly, I am not a digital nomad, but I do consider myself a wanderer. I haven’t given it all up to travel the world, but never say never!
What I have done is spent three decades travelling independently to some of the most amazing places on the planet.
I enjoy talking about my travels with others and planning in-depth travel itineraries, which is why, after many years of pondering about it, I created Where Angie Wanders to share my love of travel and inspire others to wander in my footsteps.
I write about destinations I have experienced, and if I don’t like any aspect of my stay, I won’t sugar-coat the facts. You will get my authentic opinion so that you can build trust in my recommendations.
The Start Of My Love Of Travelling
I first went abroad when I was 19 with my then-boyfriend/now-husband, and I immediately became hooked on travel. Foreign shores and the pure excitement of being away from home gave me such an adrenaline rush.
Now in my 50s, I am still as passionate about organising a trip as I was all those years ago. As soon as I return home from one trip, you will find me arranging the next.
How Travel Has Shaped Me
The countries I have visited have all given me different reasons to fall in love with them, from the landscapes of Norway and the historical past of Cambodia to the culture in France and the diversity of Australia; I am always curious and love to explore hidden paths and doorways away from the crowds.
The excitement of not knowing what lies beyond drives me and keeps me searching for that next undiscovered secret. These travel experiences have shaped me into the person I am today.
About My Travel Style
My travel style is mixed. I am fortunate to have stayed in some of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and destinations, but that doesn’t define me as a traveller. I am just as happy to be in a treehouse, a shepherd’s hut, a tent, a train, in fact, anything slightly out of the ordinary.
If you enjoy the same things as me, then I hope my travel blog will appeal to you, and my section on Hotels and Resorts will appeal to you.
Am I a Solo Traveller?
A very big no to that. I have never needed to travel alone, and although I enjoy my own company and am open to trying it, I always have a willing travel companion ready to come along on one of my trips.
Usually, it is my husband Andrew, my lifelong friend Clare or occasionally one of my grown-up sons.
Where is Home?
My home is in the UK, so I am fortunate that I can do European city breaks quite frequently, and I find that a 3-Night Stay is the perfect amount of time to discover a destination. Of course, I also adore long-haul trips and Road Trips at home and abroad.
The longest time I have travelled constantly was when I enjoyed an epic round-the-world trip for three months with my 18-year-old son. A mother/son adventure that will stay with me forever.
About My Methods
My extensive research for trips includes flights, hotels, excursions and restaurants, and I book everything independently. I like to know where I’m going and what I will be doing, but sometimes life does throw a curveball at you, and I like to think I can generally catch it and work around the problem.
In 2010, I was stranded for five nights in Miami on my way home from the Turks and Caicos islands due to the Icelandic volcano eruption. Instead of feeling negative about the situation, I decided to turn my time in Miami into a positive one. I simply hired a car and headed out each day to explore the attractions in Miami.
In 2013 my flight home from Dubai on Christmas Eve was cancelled, and I eventually got home on the afternoon of the 25th of December. I just decided to move dinner and present opening to Boxing Day, and by remaining calm and arranging an alternative option, everyone still got to enjoy themselves.
In 2018, I could not fly home from Denmark due to drones above Gatwick Airport, causing it to shut down. I just made the most of an extra day visiting the Christmas Markets in Copenhagen. There is always a way you can turn a negative into a positive.
I like to know where the best places to eat, drink and get great coffee are before I arrive at my destination, and I have to admit, in all my years of travelling, I have never tried “street food”. However, I have eaten crocodile, warthog, snake and several other unusual concoctions in restaurants worldwide.
Travelling is food for the soul; it enriches your life through the experiences you gain from exploring new places.
Fun Things I Have Experienced During My Travels
- Climbed Table Mountain in flip-flops.
- Bumped heads with a turtle while snorkelling in the Maldives.
- Visited the Tsar palaces in Russia.
- Been inside Buckingham Palace.
- Been to the top of the world’s tallest building in Dubai.
- Slept with elephants in South Africa.
- Drunk the world’s most luxurious 24kt gold coffee in Abu Dhabi.
- Eaten at a hobbit’s banquet in Hobbiton, New Zealand.
Let’s just say that the more places I travel to, the more things I want to do when I get there.
- This travel blog is my labour of love, and it makes me so happy when a reader tells me an article I have written has helped them.
- Planning a trip itinerary from scratch.
- Swimming in the ocean and watching the sunset.
- Walking through a forest on a sunny day
- Discovering a new culture.
- Setting a goal and achieving it.
- Rudeness and lack of manners.
- Noise. My earplugs are my number one travel essentials.
- Lack of people’s spacial awareness when encroaching into my personal space.