I have always loved to travel. It lured me to a career in professional finance roles— after all, every company in every country needs accountants. Roles took me to Australia, Oman, Switzerland, Nigeria and a few other unexpected places. Living and working in such diverse regions has given me a broader perspective of different cultures and a revived respect for the people we live among.
By 2014, I craved something new. Not just another location to live and commute to another desk job, but something really different. My husband and I left our jobs, studied Spanish in Guatemala and travelled for five months through Central America and Cuba. This in itself was not unusual for us. In 2000, we took the slow road home to Canada after living and working in Australia for two years. We spent five months crossing Asia, Africa and Europe. By 2010, we needed another heavy dose of culture and spent twelve months exploring lesser-visited places across all seven continents.
But this time was different. I started writing a few shorter articles and posted them on LinkedIn. It felt liberating. Slowly, slowly, an idea emerged. Stories came flooding out as I recalled all the places my husband and I had ventured and obscure experiences we had shared. The title, Dust in My Pack, came to me in the middle of the night with vivid clarity and seemed to fit my collage of stories.
Now, my husband has turned to photography and I to writing. I feel like I have started a new phase in my life which I could not have done without going through such a varied career in the corporate world. I am energized to try to make an impact by continuing to travel, to challenge myself physically, be exposed to unexpected places and share these tales with those interested in our amazing world. Readers will gain a vivid insight into what destinations are really like plus practical travel tips to plan their own journey.
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Dust in My Pack
by Nancy O'Hare
Dust in My Pack is a new kind of travel book. The author's stories emerged over twenty years of living and working in five continents and travelling through more than sixty countries. Dust in My Pack brings far-flung lands to life while providing practical guidance to help readers create their own personalized adventures. Tales range from adrenalin-inducing exploits to awe-inspiring sites.
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