Wherever we travel, we always take ourselves with us. An escape from home to go and "live the dream" can sometimes end up as a nightmare though if we bring unresolved personal issues along with our suitcase. When layers of new challenges then land on top it can sometimes result in overwhelm. In 2020 my first book "Brains at the Border" was published and topped the Travel Writing Chart on Amazon. It offers a humorous insight into my own overseas experiences during postings with the UK Foreign Office in locations as diverse as paradise islands and wartorn conflict zones. With each new adventure I faced, with an eclectic bunch of fellow globe trotters, readers can experience how it really feels to live and work as an expatriate and how different people have dealt with both the rewards and frustrations of basic everyday issues.
My nomadic lifestyle became increasing complex as I went from being a single girl to a married woman and a mother. In an attempt to regain some work – life balance, I left the Diplomatic Service and settled with my young family on Spain’s Costa Blanca. This is where the fun really began with the arrival of hordes of ill-prepared Brits saying they felt like they had left their "Brains at the Border"! The book is now available on all Amazon marketplaces in paperback and kindle editions. I hope that it is a useful resource to encourage others and helps to reassure people that they are not alone!
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