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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 60 countries. www.indianajo.com is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. rosa
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    thanks Jo, would love to run some ideas by a seasoned traveller. Still keeping the plans on the QT at the moment, so facebook may be a prematurely grand announcement (as in ..ÿou’re what???'”) Once I get my own profile and stop stalking people through my husband’s feed I’ll check in. You can check out my instagram photos as “scrivoworld” thanks again, keep up the great work to inspire us all x

  2. rosa
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    Wow, fabulous post Jo. My husband and I are looking through a rapidly descending window of opportunity to snatch a chunk of our lives back. We want to travel for a year (would like longer, but our difficult post 50 age – as in need to go back to paid employment – limits us). We have taken trips (and loved them) but really never “travelled” – we have always been fully researched up and booked ahead. We are finding ourselves wanting to be free of the yoke of timeframes and just go – so we can
    just “be” in the moment. I am loving reading your blog – I’d buy your book if you do one! Keep up the great work.

  3. Bemused Backpacker
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    This is an excellent post and one that o can relate to very closely, being a similar age, in a similar situation with similar aspirations.

    Yes sometimes I think it would be nice to own my own home, and I would love success as a writer, but then the payoffs for those sacrifices are more than worth it. I am happy, content. I have a lifetime of memories and many years ahead of me to add to them. It is travel that has givem me that, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

    I wish you all the success in the world for your writing career and hope you get that book deal, but I hope you carry on travelling and being happy even more!

    1. Bemused Backpacker
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      P.S sorry about the typos, disadvantages to writing on a phone!

    2. IndianaJo
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      Thanks for the nice words – it’s always scary sharing the more personal side of life and not just pictures of cute animals I see on my travels! The more I traipse around the world, the more people I meet who have been through a variation of the same theme. I call us the disenchanted 🙂 But I use it as a compliment. There are so many people who exist in a state of dissatisfaction but through fear don’t do anything about it. When things aren’t working, making a chance can be frightening, but as you say, the pay-offs are more than worth it. Now, fear of failing at my book writing is something I need to conquer. I’m also still trying to find the right work-travel balance but every day I’m learning. As Samuel Beckett once said: “Every tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The posts I could do on failing better could fill an entire blog, but they are the memory makers 🙂 Good luck with your travels and writing, too!

  4. Jon Bray-Smith
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    leaving Frankfurt in a couple of hours for Amsterdam and home.

    Take care.

    JBS

    1. IndianaJo
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      Hi Jon, it was nice to meet you too – thanks for adopting me and giving me an insight into the downtime of airline pilots! Yes, I’m a very private person…except in public on my blog 🙂 Keep in touch – maybe in another city, in another airport hotel I can return the gift of the local equivalent of nato (I can still taste that vile foodstuff!)

  5. Jon Bray-Smith
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    Very interesting reading this. Having met you, and without wishing to probe too far, now realize that you reveal little about your life. But, you are prepared to put it in print. I obviously didn’t ask the right questions?

    It was a pleasure meeting you, I hope you travel safely. I’m leaving Fra

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