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Episode 6 ‘Julie from A Not So Young Woman Abroad’

Flying solo for this episode, while on a trip to New Zealand, Maggie was lucky enough to interview travel blogger Julie, from A Not So Young Woman Abroad. Julie shares her insights on travelling as a solo female, and about what led her to begin travel blogging. She also gives some invaluable advice to those wishing to turn their passion for travel into a business.

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Cooking with Rule Breakers

Cooking with Rule Breakers Episode One: Baking at home with Maggie (with booze)

In this first episode of Cooking with Rule Breakers, Maggie takes one of the recipes from the FREE cookbook ‘Travel Food: Recipes for Wanderers and Lazy Cooks’ (download it at www.rulebreakersandrisktakers.com/books) and also cooks SCONES! Never fear, lazy, terrible cooks that you are – you too can enjoy these little heavenly baked goods. There’s some bad language (have you ever listened to our podcast? It’s what we do), there’s some drinking, there’s talk of Botox, and there’s mostly just Maggie having a good time in the kitchen.

Episode 5 ‘Glen Puxty on Joining the Navy and More’

In this episode, Maggie talks to old friend and self-confessed awkward, nerdy guy, Glen Puxty about running away to join the Australian navy. He tells us about nearly getting shot in the Middle East, drinking cobra rice wine in the depths of Asia and his other escapades. We reminisce about highschool, about escaping our home town, about the deaths of our dads and much more.

Nature-Lover and Adventure Junkie Rachel Spring



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Nature-lover and adventure junkie Rachel Spring gave us at Rule Breakers & Risk Takers some insight into what inspires her travel plans. (Hint: if it involves building up a sweat, she’s probably into it.) Currently residing on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia, she’s making plans to head off again soon and do some work overseas.

G’day Rachel, thanks for being with us at RBRT. Would you tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do? What makes you tick? What are your passions?

I am currently teaching, I chose this career because I enjoy inspiring kids and teaching them about the world. It is also a super flexible career that lets me have plenty of time off for travel. I am planning to work overseas in the next couple of years too. Adventure and nature are always a big part of my travel plans. I like to see new cities and meet the locals but I love seeing the wildlife and natural beauties of a country. I enjoy trekking, hiking and just about any type of adventure sport. I have been skydiving, paragliding, snowboarding, scuba diving, abseiling down waterfalls, spelunking in caves and am always up for a new adventure.

Where have you travelled in the world?

I did a few short trips during university to Vanuatu, Indonesia and Laos. Last year I spent a year of solo travel across Europe and Asia. Starting in France, then onto Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, next onto Asia, with a month in India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines before flying home to Australia just in time for Christmas.

Yikes, that’s a pretty extensive list. It’s making us jealous, in fact. We know it’s hard to pick, but what’s your favourite place?

Tough question! I have many favourites. My top pick would have to be trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

Why?

It was just an unforgettable experience, the hardest thing I have ever done and the most incredibly rewarding.

What kind of travel do you love most?

I love to have a good mixture. Solo travel is great because you get to do whatever you want but it is also nice to have a travel buddy sometimes. I did an intrepid tour for a month in India and met some really amazing people. Outdoors activities are often a main focus in my travels.

Why do you love it?

Depends on the travel style they are all different, challenging and amazing in their own way.

Would you tell us a story about your best travel experience/s:

I highly recommend Eastern Europe, places like Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are cheaper than central Europe and have a lot of interesting history. I met many wonderful travellers in the countries of Eastern Europe and had too many amazing experiences to list here. I also couldn’t recommend couch surfers enough, I met such kind hearted locals who opened their homes to me. I stayed with a local in Germany and ended up staying an extra week to celebrate her birthday with her family and friends.

What is the craziest/stupidest/most dangerous thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

I was in Romania and decided to do a solo day trek to the summit of Mt Omu. I did a bit of research and bought a topographical map at a local store. I set off in the early morning with a back pack, plenty of water, lunch and a light rain jacket. After about 4 hours of hiking I realised there was snow at the top and it was quite cold. I eventually made it to the snowy freezing summit (in Nike joggers) admired the view, took a few go-pro snaps and started making my way down the mountain. After about 20km I was deep in the forest of scots pines walking along a winding trail. It was about 5pm so not long until dark. I crossed over a small dirt road and was faced with a sign with big red writing in Romanian, from the picture of the big brown bear my best guess was that the sign said something along the lines of “danger!” “bears!” I paused for a few minutes and reviewed my map, my choice was either stick to the road and add an extra 8km to town (it would be dark soon) or keep going on the trail through the forest only 2km to town. I decided the best choice would be through the forest and to get back to town before dark. Remembering my research, don’t run and make constant noise to let the bears know you are coming so they are not startled. I have never whistled so loud for so long or walked so fast in my life. My heart was racing the whole time. But I made it back safe and sound, with no bear sightings.

Holy moly, Rachel! That is INTENSE! If you weren’t already an honourary Rule Breaker, you certainly are now! *pins commemorative medal on your chest* So, what’s your advice for other would-be adventurers on breaking rules and taking risks when you’re travelling?

When travelling it’s important to know the countries laws. I have skinny dipped in fountains, broken hostel curfew times, not paid for public transport on the odd occasion, jumped fences and hiked in out of bounds areas. It can be fun to bend or break the rules but you need to know the limits to stay safe. For example some countries you just don’t go anywhere near drugs as the prisons are scary places and you can be locked up for a long time.

Good tips. Great tips. We would consider ourselves measured risk-takers (most of the time) and would have to agree with you on being careful about what rules you break, and in which countries. Stay safe, kids!

So, Rachel, what’s your personal philosophy?

Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.

*Sniffs* beautiful. Poetic, even.

Considering you’ve done so much travel, Rachel, where do you get your travel inspiration?

I like to research places before I go. I absolutely love watching documentaries or travel shows. I recommend Departures on Netflix or pretty much any travel documentary by Nat Geo or David Attenborough. Books are also great for ideas, Into the Wild is a long-time favourite of mine.

To paraphrase a classic – you’ve been everywhere, man. Is there anything still left on your bucket list?

I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list – Susan Sontag. My next adventure for 2018 will be working in Canada for the ski season, burning man in Utah, hike part of the PCT North from Mexico. Then onto South America for a few months, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, perhaps Antarctica if I have the time and money left at the end of the year.

Ok, so clearly you’ve got plenty left to see. We can wait to hear all about these adventures soon!

We’d love to know, what’s your biggest fear?

Reaching retirement and thinking “I wish I did …”

Anything else you’d like to add?

Don’t wait to travel! Do it as soon as you can for as long as you can. There is a lot of world out there to experience and you’ll never know until you go!

 

Travel Guru and ‘Not So Young Woman Abroad’: Julie Beckers

We were pretty darn excited to get a chance to chat recently with Julie, of A Not So Young Woman Abroad. She’s won a swathe of awards in her time, chiefly for being among the top travel bloggers in the world. Rubbing shoulders with the ‘influencer’ crowd and batting off brands with a stick, to say Julie is a success in the travel entrepreneur community would be a gross understatement.

While we’re totally in awe of her credentials, what we’re most keen to talk to her about are her travel experiences. The name of her blog alone suggests that she likes to break the ‘rules’ a little. The idea that travel is a younger person’s game is not only outdated, it’s been terribly inaccurate for as long as it’s been around. Travel is all about diversity – of people, of cultures and of experiences – after all. Julie is proving to women…and men…young and old, that travel is for everyone. No matter your budget, your previous experience, or your preferred mode of transport, there’s a trip of a lifetime out there for you. For years now, Julie has been dishing out invaluable advice on travel, and relaying her anecdotes for a rabid audience. We’re among her adoring fans, and pens at the ready, we’re hoping to osmotically soak up some of her travel prowess.

So Julie, we’ll try not to fan-girl too hard, but please excuse us if we stare, starry-eyed a little. For those readers who are not yet following your blog, or social media pages, would you tell us a little about yourself. What do you do, what makes you tick, what are your passions?

I’m just an ordinary gal now in my early 50’s, with a passion to learn and an interest in culture, architecture and history.  My partner (the one I leave at home when I travel), family and friends enrich my life.

Personally, I’ve always been someone who isn’t afraid of trying new things and during the course of my life I’ve been privileged to break the glass ceiling in male dominated industries.

Others describe me as brave, resilient and a risk taker, in some ways I guess I am.   I travel solo and have a desire to encourage others to do so too, through my travel blog A Not So Young Woman Abroad.

We’re super impressed by your attitude to life, work and travel. We’d definitely call you a risk taker. Would you tell us, where have you travelled in the world?

Around the US, Canada numerous times, France, Italy, Singapore, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Noumea and most recently Turkey.

That’s a pretty fantastic list of destinations. And quite varied, too. What would you say is your favourite place?

I have lots of favourites, but my most favourite is France, I keep returning. To me it’s like a second home.

Why?

J’aime France!  The food, the people, the history, the architecture and art, it’s all consuming.

As far as culture goes, France has it in spades. What is your favourite way to travel, when you’re zipping off to these exotic locations?

I couldn’t imagine ever travelling on an arranged tour.  Couldn’t think of anything worse than hanging around people from my own country while I travel. I plan my own Solo Travel.  I love getting lost and experiencing the off the beaten track places.

Rule Breaker co-founder Maggie is a bit of a solo travel enthusiast, but she does admit, it gets a little hectic (read: scary, lonely, hard) sometimes. Tell us, why do you love to travel solo?

For me travelling solo is the only way to go.  You can easily jump out of your comfort zone when travelling on your own.  There’s no one to tell you what to do or where to go.  You can eat whatever you like and catch 40 winks whenever you please.

We totally concur. Solo travel opens you up to a lot of experiences you wouldn’t have otherwise (not to mention the ability to take unplanned naps at will. YES!) In fact, we think that everyone should travel alone at least once in their lives.

So, would you tell us a story about your best travel experience? We bet you’ve got plenty to choose from!

It’s hard to narrow down my best travel experiences.  Everywhere I go brings a different and unique experience.  One of my favourites is a story of a cheeky man in Marseille, France.

It was a glorious spring afternoon when my train from Lyon arrived in Marseille France. The sun was shining and being a weekend people were out and about enjoying a break from the cold weather.  Many people had told me that Marseille might be a bit too ‘cosmopolitan’ and ‘edgy’ for a woman travelling on her own.  But cosmopolitan and edgy is one of the most compelling reasons for me to travel to any destination.  I proceeded to walk to my hotel, which was situated at Vieux Port (Old Port) on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea.

After meandering down to the hill through the streets filled with the sounds and smells of a different place, I arrived at my accommodation and settled myself in.  The view from my hotel window was of the port.  It was magical and the sun seemed to dance on the water. There were people out and about around the port so I decided to go for a walk.  My stroll along the docks had taken me past some men fishing.  I checked out what they were catching and went on my way once more.  There is an amazing old fort at the end of the docks and I decided to take a closer look.

I am always alert of my surroundings when travelling in foreign places and I noticed a man (one of the men that I had previously seen fishing off the wharf) in my peripheral vision.  I kept walking and noticed that there were fewer people about the further I ventured.  Knowing that this man was following me I decided to turn around and make my way back.  The man smiled at me as I walked past him, he seemed pretty harmless. Soon the man had also turned around and was now at my side.  He asked me if I spoke French, to which I replied Oui (Yes).  We started having a little chat about how beautiful the day was and I asked him if he had had much luck catching fish.  Not long into our conversation this cheeky Frenchman, asked me if I would like to go behind the fort with him.  Non Merci Monsour!  I replied.  He then proceeded to tell me he was an excellent lover to which I replied that thanks very much but I have one of those at home.   I made my way back to my hotel.

See folks, it doesn’t matter where you go in the world, there is some guy waiting to give it a crack. And those chance encounters do tend to be some of the best – even if just for the story-telling factor. What would you say is the craziest/stupidest/most dangerous thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

Some might think that travelling on my own is somewhat crazy; others may think it stupid and dangerous.  I do have a habit of getting lost and sometimes this has taken me into places that others may not venture into on their own.  There have been times I have said to myself “what on earth were you thinking girl”.

What’s your philosophy on travel and/or life?

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

I view the world as a magical place with many hidden secrets to be found.  I yearn to find the hidden gems and create opportunities to learn new things.

We knew there was a reason we loved you, Julie. Quoting Roald Dahl and spreading the magic of travel. Be still our beating hearts.

We’d love to know where you get your travel inspiration?

My inspiration comes from meeting people from all over the world, the desire to learn and see new things.

As such a keen traveller, you must have a few destinations on your bucket list?

It’s hard to narrow down my desire to travel the whole world into one list.  But here goes:

  • Scotland
  • China
  • Kenya
  • Vietnam
  • Travel through France again and again
  • See more of Italy
  • A road trip along Route 66 in the US
  • Visit more places in Canada
  • Greece and the Greek Isles
  • Istanbu
  • Japa
  • South Kore
  • Chil
  • Cub
  • Vienn
  • Pragu
  • Amsterda
  • See more of New Zealand

And wherever else my heart wants to take me.

We see you’ve ticked Istanbul off the list this year. For readers who want to read more about Julie’s Turkish visit, check out her blog post here.

Photo credit: Julie Beckers, A Not So Young Woman Abroad

 

Julie, what’s your biggest fear?

I can’t say that I’m really afraid of anything, (except heights haha) but if I have to narrow it down, I’d say that I have a fear of not being able to travel on my own anymore.

We think that’s a fear that many in our Rule Breakers community would share. Life is short. Best pack it all in while you can, right?! Julie, thanks so much for sharing your travel tales and philosophy with us. We can’t wait to see what you get up to next.

For those not already following Julie (what are you waiting for?!) you can find her website here, and her Facebook page for all the latest here.

Travel in a time of terror



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Recent events, it’s fair to say, have us all thinking about terror and travel. Whether or not it has affected you personally, the attacks in London, Manchester and earlier events across Europe play on most of our minds. We’d like to take this opportunity to share our love and support with those affected, and with the wider communities involved. As travellers, and risk-takers, we love this world in a way that we could never have imagined before we took to the road and saw it for ourselves. By our very nature, we are defiant. We will not be beaten by these events, nor will we use them to spread hate and marginalise an already marginalised people. As travellers, and citizens of the world, we observe with awe and respect, the other cultures and countries we pay visit to. On behalf of the Rule Breakers community, our hearts go out to Londoners, to Mancunians, and to those caught in the fray.

This featured post, in light of these events, is brought to you from Rule Breakers co-founder Cheri.

 

My friend just sent me a message “All this crap lately in the news makes me hope and pray nothing is going to happen when you are away.”

Of course, I reassured her that I would be fine and I’ve got more chance of dying falling out of bed than a terrorist attack. Then I thought about it.

I am afraid.

Honestly, not to be would be naïve. There have been 6 attacks across Europe in the last 6 months, with London bearing the brunt of it most recently.

My ex was caught up in the attack in Munich last year. I was in Canada at the time and knew nothing about the attack until his cousin, whom he was supposed to be meeting, contacted me because he was concerned. “I don’t want to alarm you,” his message read “but there has been an attack in Munich at a shopping centre.” He’d be fine I thought to myself, he’d never go to a shopping centre unless I dragged him to it! Nevertheless, I was worried. I checked my phone constantly for over an hour, emailed friends who he had recently been in contact with. Until finally I got the message I had been waiting for “I’m ok, I’m safe”.

THANK FUCK!

He’d gone to the Hofbrauhaus while waiting for his connecting bus. Apparently the Hofbrauhaus is a short distance from the shopping centre where the attack had begun. He told me he was just about to order a beer when suddenly hordes of terrified people burst into the beer house frantically yelling in German. People around him began to panic, fleeing from their tables and meals without paying, knocking over glasses as they seemed to flee for their lives.

He didn’t speak German.

He also began to panic, stopping someone to ask what was happening. A distressed German man told him in broken English “Terror! Terror!” before running off. Here he was in an unfamiliar city, didn’t speak the local language and had no idea what exactly was happening. You can’t use Google to find out what is going on in that situation because no one knows.  I had chills when he told me his story. People who I told his story to also got chills. Because this shit is real and it’s scary!

This experience hasn’t stopped him from travelling. It hasn’t stopped me from travelling and I sure as hell hope it won’t stop you.

There will always be things that are out of our control, and yes that’s scary. What is the alternative, stop enjoying one of the things we love most in our life? Stop learning and living? I’m not going to bother saying anything like “don’t let them win” because I don’t think they really care if we travel or not. If everyone stayed in their own countries and towns, there would still be attacks. I will however say don’t let fear win. Live a life of adventure, whatever your idea of adventure may be. Enjoy the places you go and the people you meet. To quote my friend who sent me that message of concern tonight “At least if you died on holiday, it’s better than dying while you’re at work.”

P.S.  be careful not to fall out of bed tonight!

One Love Manchester

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