We love people that are leading a bigger life, we admire their joie de vivre, their Wanderlust and their wonderful anecdote-rich experiences.

Glenda – Space Maker since November 2012

Glenda made a big decision a few years ago to embark on an adventure, moving away from Australia, her beloved homeland and jetting off to see the world with her partner. Read on for some insights into her particular odyssey, and for some general thoughts on the meaning of life.

When did you decide you wanted to lead a bigger life?

It would have been around 20 months ago that we decided to up stakes and throw ourselves in. There were no expectations, so I wouldn’t feel silly if I had enough after a month overseas and went home and no set time limit, subject to Brian’s work

How come?

My partner, Brian started working offshore 2.5 years ago and had the long commute home every month. I was working and we didn’t see much of each other. He was working in really different cultures to ours and enjoying the experience, he convinced me to pack up and store or sell our stuff and head over to Europe and travel. So I did! I travel for 6 weeks by myself and we have 3 weeks travelling together.

Tell us more about your adventure!

It has been an adventure! Whilst I haven’t gone to any really out there places, we have done some exciting things, the main one dogsledding in -20 for a week in north Sweden, hard slog but worth it, I think, we had 6 weeks in Africa, fantastic countries and people, we walked the West Highland Way in Scotland. Brian chooses the events or places for his break, and I just make it up as I go along for my 6 weeks really, no set plans or places.

What’s your favourite place in the world?

Australia of course, it’s home! Other than that the countries I enjoy the most are the ones we have travelled together. And my breaks in England for a rest are great. I can read the papers, menus, go to the pub, have made some friends there to catch up with. I feel like I get the English, second home almost. [Editor: we love you too Glenda]

What’s the most played song on your iPod?

Just looked at my 25 most played! There’s a band on every corner by The Whitlams has been having a good run lately.

If jobs were paid in cheerfulness, what kind of work would make you rich?

Walking! I love it when I have a walk going, just attempted the Thames Path recently, (retired with unresolved foot problems) and there is nothing better, free and daydreaming mind, fellow walkers to chat with, beautiful countryside and somewhere new to stay every night. Makes me very cheerful.

What three things would you take with you to a desert island? How come?

I am going to cheat here, my tablet because I can have a huge library of books and music on it, (though I prefer a real book hands down and assuming magic charging for it) and my yoga mat, I would have time and a mat and no decent excuse not to and lastly an Esky cooler full of bubbly.

Tell us a joke…

I am crap at jokes, can you tell me one instead! [Editor] If you insist Glenda…

What do you call a footballer who’s always tired and filled with a sense of the futility of life?

Thierry Ennui.

 

SEP 2013