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Taking to the Open Road can help you plan your perfect trip, with information from seasoned travellers and itineraries ranging from 1 to 3 day long weekends in cities to weeks of adventure on the road. These are tried and tested travel itineraries which take into account the practicalities of travelling, like transport, where to eat and the best places to find a good deal.

There are also resources for more than twenty travel destinations – in short, everything you need to take to the open road. If you’d like to contribute an itinerary or request a tailor made travel plan built to your specifications, please contact me, I’d love to help!

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About me

Hi, I’m Peggy. I grew up in a small town in Malaysia, and like people who grew up in small towns everywhere, dreamed of escape, and of different worlds beyond the borders of my experience. In time, I moved to Sydney, then to London, then New York; each city imprinting itself on my soul, each time leaving a piece of my heart behind. Here’s the thing they don’t tell you about wanderlust – it never really goes away.

When I travel, I seek out the big sights along with the small moments – kites aloft in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, ordering espressos standing up at the bar in Italy, playing five stones with the kids of Lake Titicaca. I love the possibility and potential of discovery during travel, that sense of wonder at how different, and how alike humanity is.

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

Miriam Beard

My travel itineraries are planned around urban exploration, finding authentic places to eat or drink at, outdoor activities, interactions with the locals and unique experiences. What you won’t find on my list: theme parks, mega cruises and attractions that exploit animals. I try to be as conscientious a traveller as I possibly can, and in most cases this means doing my research before I select a place to visit.

I’ve been lucky enough to have lived on 4 different continents and visited over 40 countries, but there’s still so much more of the world to see, and I’m looking forward to seeing as much of it as possible.

61 Comments Add yours

  1. miruna says:

    After all I red about you, I can honestly say that I don’t know any other person with so much courage and so much love for life.I am convinced that is not easy but as long as you do what you like, you must feel the satisfaction of your facts, as you deserve. Good for you!

  2. Laure says:

    We stumbled over here different page and thought I should check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to checking out your web page repeatedly.

  3. You’re quite the traveler! I’m jealous. I’ve been to a number of places in South America, but Australia has eluded me so far. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Hey Kevin, just tried to get to your page, but looks like your domain may not have been renewed? Wanted to wish you a happy new year! 🙂

      1. Somehow that got posted with an outdated link. Should be fixed now. Thanks for the thought though! Right back at you. Looking forward to sharing each others’ adventures.

  4. Thanks for all your visits to my blog so far. … I’m looking forward to my first visit to Sydney, Australia in the next few weeks … I hear it’s quite beautiful. … Look forward to reading about your travels … Dorothy 🙂

  5. Beautiful site, Dorothy –
    And we share a common love – Shakespeare and “Shakespeare”!
    Kind regards,

    1. I’m lost in amazement – and admiration – at all you’ve done, Peggy.
      (and what a fascinating site you’ve designed.)
      PS: Incidentally, being a mere beginner at this, I haven’t a clue how the above message got on your page! My sincere apologies! I expect it was Dingo’s fault!

      1. Peggy Tee says:

        You’re too kind Thurstan! I am glad you are enjoying the site. Lol, poor Dingo, yes I expect it was his fault – I hope you navigated to Dorothy’s site and posted this message so that she could see it though?

  6. ericajolo says:

    Really nice blog. I love your sense of adventure. You seem fearless…in a good way!

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      There’s nothing to fear but fear itself, they say! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. mongo466 says:

    Great Blog, I realy enjoyed reading about your adventures in my new home of Peru. My wife and I love to travel and I am sure as I go through some of your other posts, that I will find some new places to visit.

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you! Wow you live in Peru?! That’s so awesome. Which part, y hablas espanol? Happy travels!

      1. mongo466 says:

        Just outside of Cusco, My wife and I moved here in August and opened a Bed and Breakfast in September. It is amazing how many ruins there are here, we generally reserve Sundays for exploring and are always finding some kind of old Incan site. Still working on my Spanish by the way.

  8. Ali says:

    You’ve lived a lot of places! I do notice that you don’t have South Australia under your Roads Taken. An observation only someone from SA would make!! I can certainly point you in the direction of some fabulous places down here if you would like to add it to your list 🙂

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      I’ve been to Adelaide, but would love to go again! And explore the Barossa Valley as well. Will hit you up for suggestions when we go! 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Erica says:

    Thank you for checking out my blog and giving me the chance to check out yours! It looks like you have had some incredible adventures, and have been to so many places on my bucket list! Look forward to reading more from you

  10. innamazing says:

    Love your blog! So many places to discover 😀 Have you ever had the chance to visit Russia? I have a blog about Russia, so you can stop by whenever you feel like, love.

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      No, haven’t been to Russia, but would absolutely love to go! Look behind, I’m following you! 😉

  11. You’re amazing! Honestly, there’s no other way to put it. You make what I’ve done so far look like child’s play! We definitely seem like kindred spirits, and I love reading about other people’s adventures, of which you seem to have many!

  12. pommepal says:

    What a great marriage you have
    made of travel and writing and the offspring of photography makes the family complete

  13. AngO says:

    Your blog is awesome! And so are your pictures! Have you ever thought of doing microstock? That’s what I’m doing now and it’s a great way to earn a little extra money on the side!

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you for your kind words! I must check microstock out! Thanks for the tip.

  14. Harold Green says:

    Hi Peggy. Congratulations! Through Harold’s Lens has just given you another richly deserved award, Blog of the Year 2012. I have just posted this on my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com .

  15. Hello! I thought I would return the favor and check out your blog. This is a FANTASTIC site! 🙂 I love connecting with others who not only LOVE travel…but who actually travel. Until I take that plunge, I live for sites like yours 🙂 I’m excited to continue following your journey!

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 I hope your put on your travel shoes pretty soon and take that plunge! Come join me! 😉

  16. photobycraig says:

    All the best on your wonderful journey! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  17. Hi Peggy, What an intrepid woman you are! I am thoroughly enjoying your writing, photos, and adventurous spirit. Looking forward to so much more and wishing you all the best, Terri

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Terri! I hope you continue to enjoy the blog. All comments and criticisms welcome. 🙂

  18. What a fabulous site Peggy! Looks like your journey is one full of warmth and love… Thanks for sharing and for inspiring me =) Good luck.

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you very much! I hope your journey is filled with warmth and love too. Safe trails!

  19. Sartenada says:

    Travelling is wonderful! So, continue Your trips to explore our beautiful world and discover places which You have never heard about!

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Indeed! Absolutely agree with you. Thanks for the comment!

  20. seamuscasey says:

    Love your blog! Thank you so much for checking out mine! Keep up the traveling and the reporting to all of us who can share your wanderlust vicariously!

  21. 76sanfermo says:

    Obviously, I love your blog!
    I don’t think I’ve ever met a traveller-writer-photographer-nice-person like you! I wish you all the best ( though a bit jealous…..) !

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂 I am really glad you are enjoying the blog. Don’t be jealous – pack a bag, buy a train/bus/plane ticket, and go somewhere. We can all travel – the world is filled with wonderful places to explore. 🙂

  22. Congratulations! I’ve nominated your lovely blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please click on the link for further details … Be well, Dorothy 🙂 http://shakespearesgal2.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/two-award-nominations-thank-you/

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you Dorothy!

  23. Taking the open road is a great way of living life and because I admire your blog. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can find everything about it on my post http://autumninbruges.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/forgotten-awards/, hope you’ll accept it! Thanks for being such an inspiration for me and other bloggers!

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you! Very honoured! 🙂

  24. You have a wonderful blog here! Love the photos 🙂

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you for your kind words! 🙂

  25. Dina says:

    Hi Peggy Tee
    thanks for visiting The World according to Dina and giving me the opportunity to “find” you. What a great blog this! So much to read and see, I find your topics most inspiring and I’m happy to announce; I’m your new follower! 🙂
    I love to travel myself and I really like your way of presenting your visits to all the nice places around the world. Thanks for coming all the way to little Norway, I love your report on my home country!
    Enjoy life. Take care.
    Best regards
    Dina

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Hi Dina! I love your blog too and have hit Follow! I’ll be writing up more articles on Norway in the upcoming weeks – I hope to capture the essence of your stunning, beautiful country as best as I can. Thanks for following!

      Peggy

  26. Susan Duncan says:

    I really enjoy your blog, and have nominated you for the sisterhood of the world bloggers award. If you’re interested in accepting, then follow the link provided to see what you have to do. Keep us the great work!! http://greyeyedwanderer.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

    1. Peggy Tee says:

      Thank you Susan!

      1. Susan Duncan says:

        You’re welcome! 🙂

  27. What a wonderful life!

  28. Its not my first time to pay a quick visit this web site, i am visiting this web site dailly and get nice facts from here every day.

  29. …Hey, I saw your comment, and I’m REALLY interested in some good live music–indie, blues, whatevs!!!!…

    1. For blues/jazz, head to Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, it’s a classic and one of my favourites!

      The Hope & Anchor in Islington, near where I used to live, is a good bet, as is Dublin Castle in Camden. I’ve also heard good things about the Old Blue pub in Shoreditch, but never went there. Have fun! 🙂

  30. Hey, Peggy! I nominated you for a Liebster Award 🙂 Check it out: http://bit.ly/1f6joSD

  31. Silvia says:

    Thanks for coming by and share your thoughts. Its always nice to find a fellow traveller, let me know if you ever come down to Melbourne. Buen viaje! 🙂

    1. Thanks Silvia! Same to you if you come up to Sydney! 🙂

  32. Paritosh says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog! You have a terrific blog and look forward to your posts. If you plan to visit Germany or Switzerland anytime again, drop a note.. 🙂

    1. I’ll definitely drop you a note if I’m in that area of the world!

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