Lake Atitlan Guatemala at sunset The Flashpacker

Planning your perfect travelling experience in mid-life can sometimes be challenging.

Mid-life is a great time to travel. You have more money and more free time to indulge your passion for travel. Whether you like to travel solo, with a friend or in a group, you are able to do this in more comfort and style.

But when you go searching for inspiration and information, do you find that much of this is aimed squarely at younger travellers on a budget?

And maybe you are plucking up the nerve to go travelling alone?

I’m glad you’ve found your way here. You should feel right at home with me!

Hello! My name is Bridget and I relish the challenge of seeking out affordable luxury travel, whilst keeping an independent spirit. But it is not all first-class flights and limousine transfers. Critically, it is about choosing wisely, be it a cabaña on the beach or splashing the cash on a 5* hotel.

Many of my adventures have been as a solo female traveller, which can bring its own challenges but also great rewards.

Langkawi Malaysia

I understand how you want to travel.

At The Flashpacker, I share my travel experiences and give you practical tips on how to make them happen. This is all about adventures in mid-life on a mid-range budget, with the odd splurge on luxury hotels, business class flights and cruises. So no backpacking tales of travelling on $50 a day here!

At our stage of life, we have already seen something of the world and are ready to seek out new places, or retrace our steps in a little bit more comfort.  However, pampering yourself does not mean you cannot have an authentic travel experience!

As many of my adventures have been as a solo female traveller, I understand the fear that can evoke and how to conquer it.

Being a London lass, I make no apology for including a sprinkling of tales from my much-loved home city 🙂

Posing for posterity in Isfahan, Iran

A little bit about me

Who am I? Well … I am not a digital nomad, working part-time as an NHS pharmacist. At 19, I had my first travel misadventure, camping with a friend in the south of France, where an enormous storm demolished our tent. Fittingly, the company we went with was called Tent Wreck Tent Trek. I have since explored many corners of our planet, swapping cockroach-ridden hostels for boutique hotels. No further tents were harmed during these adventures.

My first solo adventure was in Mexico in 2003, when my travelling companion has to pull out at the last moment. The disappointment of cancelling the trip outweighed my terror of going it alone, so off I went. And I have never looked back.

I am at peace walking barefoot across a soft sandy beach or gazing at snow-capped mountains. I’m an outgoing introvert, a procrastinator-perfectionist and I cry at soppy movies. I am a complete cinephile, self-confessed Trekkie – the Original Series is the best …. obviously!  – and probably eat far too many Lindor chocolates than are good for me.

Want to know more?

That’s easy. Sit back in a chair, make yourself a cup of tea (or pour a glass of something stronger … go on!) and have a peek at my site.  My aim is to inspire and inform and I hope you enjoy the blog as much as I enjoy creating it.

Finally, feel free to contact me at any time for questions or just to chat! I love to hear from you so leave me a comment below about what you thought about my posts. Alternatively, you can email me at info@theflashpacker.net

Happy travels!