Make life extraordinary…
Welcome to A Winter Escape.
This site is inspired by a few things: a love of travel, of course, but also a love of learning, and a fascination with our planet, its people, its creatures, and its landscapes. But more than that, it’s about building a community of likeminded women – women who juggle work and parenting, and want to inject more adventure into their lives.
I’m a health researcher by day, doing my Psychology PhD in refugee perinatal wellbeing and working in nursing research as well. I’m a wife and a mum to two boys, one dog, and many plants.
This blog started off as a run-of-the-mill travel blog – I actually used to be a travel agent before having kids. Then I started a PhD, and COVID happened, and my whole life got turned upside-down by a severe case of burnout.
I’m kind of rebuilding my life right now. I’m very fortunate to live the life I do, but I couldn’t enjoy any of it when I was sick.
This blog represents a journey for me, one of learning to live my life for me, to enjoy it, and to make it extraordinary. 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. A Winter Escape is about finding my place again and escaping the ordinary: in manifesting big, magical moments in our lives but also finding the joy in the little moments.
And even more importantly – encouraging other women to do the same.
Yes, I’m currently working full-time – and I love my job! My plan is not to quit. But I think that wanting more independence in the way we work, what we do at work, and why we do it is completely valid and important.
But when we’re tired or burnt out, juggling a million different responsibilities (Raising children! Being loving wives! Producing good work! Keeping it all together!), how do we find time to relax? Are we reconnecting with our families and, importantly, ourselves?
My goal with A Winter Escape is to inspire busy mothers to take some time. That might mean a weekend away with the hubby or girlfriends, or it might mean a longer family holiday. Perhaps you even just need a couple of days completely to yourself.
Whatever you need, I want A Winter Escape to be the go-to destination for mums who think, “you know what? There’s more to life than this grind – how can I inject a little more magic into my life?”
So please follow along with this blog (and @awinterescape on Instagram) and feel free to reach out to me with your questions or your own travel tips.
Being a mum is so rewarding, but it’s also hard. I am always here to lift you up, encourage you to explore the world, and remind you that you have a village.
Just a note about this blog:
A Winter Escape supplements my income while I finish my PhD 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).