About Me

Welcome to my life – it’s been eventful! People have always told me I should write a book but I decided to start a blog instead 😊.  Half-English (Dad), half-Irish (Mum), I am an ex-teacher constantly seeking new places to travel to. In 2017 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, an incurable chronic illness. At the start of 2018, my life was rubbish – I was unhappy in my job, involved in an emotionally abusive relationship, and struggling with poor health. Life felt like a daily battle. Eventually I realised that life is too short to be that miserable and I underwent a radical detox: I left behind my old life, sold my possessions, and in June 2018 I set off round the world with an 18 KG wheelie suitcase and a heart and mind hungry for new places, people and adventures…

Travelling teaches you that there are always people worse off than you and that everyone is just doing their best to live a decent life. Regardless of geography and cultural differences, we all want the same things: to be safe, secure, loved, respected and happy.

The paper crane, my logo, is a symbol of peace, hope and survival. When I visited Hiroshima in 2017, I was profoundly moved by the story of Sadako Sasaki who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped. Years later, she developed leukemia and whilst in hospital, she made it her goal to fold 1,000 paper cranes. She died aged 12, but her legacy endures and people all around the world continue to send folded paper cranes to Hiroshima to hang at the Children’s Peace Monument. The colourful strings of cranes are a powerful reminder of the human spirit’s need to connect and how we are all stronger and happier when positively united together.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog. Feel free to contact me with comments or travel questions. Happy to help if I can.

Take care, Lisa.

📧 uncagedartbird@gmail.com



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