Taking my very first steps as an infant on the cobbled streets of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy, I was always destined for foreign adventures. Luckily for me for my tiny steps led to a career in sales and marketing within the luxury cruise industry, where I enjoyed explorations around the globe for several upmarket lines, including Silversea, Crystal Cruises and Celebrity Cruises amongst others. With a passion for the ocean and a hunger for action I spent a year backpacking around the world in my early twenties covering Australasia and the South Pacific, picking grapes on a farm in Victoria, Australia and sailing in the Whitsunday Islands and the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Further quests took me to Rio de Janeiro where I joined a Whitbread ‘round the world’ maxi yacht for 4 months as crew, covering over 6000 nautical miles to New York, USA. I’ve enjoyed delving deep into the scuba diving worlds of Australia, the Red Sea and the Maldives, climbing mountains in the English Lake District and the Alps, and training hard for amateur triathlons competitions in the UK. With a family of ‘tweens’ I’m equally content to enjoy long weekends in the English countryside with our springer spaniel, and / or indulgent luxury hotel breaks with just my husband for company. I hope you enjoy my luxury travel blog and that my journeys and experiences inspire you to explore your own personal adventures worldwide. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments so please do get in touch via my contacts page, or sign up for the Sophisticated Cruise and Travel newsletters to receive my blogs ‘hot off the press’.