Welcome to A Winter Escape, my own little corner of the internet.
This site is inspired by a few things: a love of travel, of course, but also a love of experience and a fascination with our planet, its people, its creatures and its landscapes.
Before kids and a career change, I worked in the tourism industry for ten years and I’m a huge believer in the power of tourism to promote positive change in the world. Tourism opens doors, provides jobs, and shines a spotlight on places that otherwise might not be seen. It also shows our kids their place in the world and teaches them a sense of responsibility: to be kind to others, and to the environment.
That said, I’m a firm believer in also staying true to yourself. When I became a mum, I felt lost in a sea of baby gear and bodily fluids: I lost my sense of who I was and what I could contribute to the world.
Now, I’m working on my PhD in Health Psychology and I’m super passionate about empowering women in every arena possible – including travel. I run this website to remind you to be yourself. If you traveled before kids, keep traveling now. If you were adventurous then, be adventurous now! Not only will your life be richer for it, you’ll instill a global mindset in your kids, too.
Guilt-free global parenting
That’s what I’m about. As mums, we often buy into this idea that we have to live solely for our kids now; that every decision we make has to be made with them as the priority, not ourselves. But it’s okay to be you, and to make yourself a priority – you don’t have to be a martyr because you’re a mum now. Build memories for you and your family, not a pedestal for yourself. Life is hard enough without holding yourself to impossible standards.
Just a note about this blog:
A Winter Escape supplements my income while I study and raise the boys. In some posts you may see affiliate links. I also like to work with brands (such as tourism brands or tour companies) to help get the word out. If I’ve been paid for this, you’ll always see that declared; if you click on a link and make a purchase I may earn a small commission (but it doesn’t increase the cost to you).
Why should you stick around?
If you’re a woman, aged roughly 25-40, have kids, and you’re fairly career-minded but still love to travel, then you’re what Google calls my “target demographic”. But everyone is welcome here.
This blog is here to encourage you to make travel a priority. Whether it’s local, interstate or international travel, the world is big. And there’s a whole lot of adventure outside the office (or the laundry).
So if you want the encouragement to continue to broaden your horizons, stick around. You may just find the inspiration for your next adventure.