I’m Rachel, a 30-something British girl looking for anywhere in the world to call home.

For me, home is a feeling, not a place. I’ve travelled to many destinations where I’ve felt at home and that’s how this blog was born.

My days are split between my corporate office job and planning my next adventure. I’m never far away from my hiking boots, backpack and camera ready to explore a new part of the globe!

This year, I’ll be writing Travel Stories, putting together inspiring trip itineraries in Inspiration and continuing my passion for travel Photography. My Thoughts on all other topics, perhaps a more personal insight into what makes me tick, are all on here too!

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    • Thank you for your kind words! It’s lovely to meet someone else who loves the ACT. It’s such an overlooked area of Australia, that I feel we must work to promote its little-known beauty! I’m also a fan of the Outback and hope to explore further into it one day!


      • I’m doing my best to share our corner of the Canberra region! We’re outdoorsy but love good cafes / restaurants and festivals so it’s perfect for us. I ask, where else can you be two hours from the beach, 3 hours from the snow and 3 hours from Sydney; bike paths, national parks, and galleries, and some of Australia’s best wines? … I’m with you on the Outback too, Rachel – would love to do a 4WD trip up the Birdsville Track or something. Thanks for following Daytripper Sippers, cheerio, CC.


  1. YAY! Another fellow Aussie blogger and one that also loves travel too 🙂 We haven’t really explored UK as much as we would like! We visited back in 2006 and NOW we have a HUGE desire to visit it and road trip it!! Actually after watching the Tudors and understanding a bit more of the history during that time and the different places mentioned, we want to see them all again OR visit the ones we hadn’t last time.


    • Hello, and welcome to The Long Way Home! After spending the last 3 years in Oz I’ve realised how much I took for granted here in the UK. It’s funny you mention the Tudors – although I’m not sure how accurately history is portrayed, I love the series and one of my favourite places to visit in London is The Tower of London. I love walking up those stone steps wondering who has gone there before me. I will be writing about it soon!

      The UK is a wonderful place and I hope you enjoy your road-trip planning! I will be planning some very similar trips myself and can’t wait to start exploring…


  2. I’m a Canberra girl! My family moved there from Melbourne when I was 11 (about 40 yrs ago!) It’s so wonderful, and rare, to meet someone who loves Canberra. I think it’s a fabulous city and love every time I go back. We plan on being there for next Christmas. I’ve lived in Canada for over 30 yrs, and now I’m nomadic. Search Canberra on the blog and you’ll find a few posts about it.
    Off now to read some more of your blog 🙂
    Cheers, Alison


    • Hi Alison!

      It really is a small world isn’t it? I’ll definitely enjoy having a read of some of your Canberra posts and as you said it’s a great city that few people fully appreciate. I always tell visitors that it’s a city to live in and not just travel through for a few days. I’ll definitely return to Canberra one day – I miss my cycle commute to work and the wonderful national parks only 20 minutes drive away!

      I definitely need to dedicate some time to having a good read through your wonderful travels – your nomadic life sounds fabulous! I visited Canada a few years ago (the Vancouver area) and loved the big, broad landscapes – very much like Australia in a way I think…

      Glad you enjoy the blog and it has also allowed me to meet a fellow Canberran!



  3. I’ve never been to Australia but I keep promising myself, and my cousin in Perth, that one day I will. Best place in the UK? Anywhere with a quiet beach, but seeing as I’m from the dead centre of England…ah well.
    Favourite place to visit has to be Nova Scotia – such nice people that when I first got there I thought they were taking the p***. I mean who says “Good morning” to complete strangers they pass in the street? Where else do cars stop if you get too close to the kerb in case you might want to cross the road?
    Worst place to visit: there are a couple of hospitals in Tibet I wouldn’t like to return to.


    • Thanks Danny! You should definitely get out to Australia at some point as I think you would like its massive landscapes and good hiking. One of my favourite places here in the UK is Rhossili beach, though for rich history it has to be the Tower of London! I would love to visit Nova Scotia and possibly do some sea kayaking there…and as for Tibet, well I’m sure the country’s beautiful but being in hospital anywhere isn’t fun!


  4. Welcome to blogging! One of our favourite places in UK is Portsmouth, home of the Mary Rose, Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. All these ships can be seen at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. You’ll need to allow a day. Near to Portsmouth is the tiny village of Bosham. If I was to live in England, Bosham would be my home. It is so pretty. I wrote a post about it a while ago.

    Thanks for following me and I’m looking forward to reading more about your travels in UK and Europe.


  5. I went to Portsmouth years ago and had a great day out but can barely remember the ships so maybe it’s time to re-visit! I’m hoping to explore all corners of the UK on weekends away from London so I hope you will enjoy the journey with me! Thanks for following!


  6. A brilliant site. Thank you. I añso liked the twist on “mad englishmen and dogs” 🙂 (Though one might argue there is some sort of a redundancy?)
    Take care


    • Thanks Brian I’m glad you enjoyed having a look around my site! Well, maybe everyone else has always known that Englishmen are mad…but the dogs were pretty strange too 🙂 There are plenty more stories still to come from past travels!


  7. When we decided to house sit in Canberra for 3 months in mid winter our friends, and any one we told, thought we were mad, but Canberra has a lot to offer and not being a back packers destination gives the place such a different atmosphere to the other Aussie cities. We are loving our stay here.


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