Armchair Journeys via Music, Quotes and Stories


Traveling Older – ABC Radio with Tony Wheeler, Lonely Planet founder
Adventure over ageism


Timbuktu to Kathmandu Stories for forthcoming Book

‘Timbuktu to Kathmandu: Courage, Kindness & Connection Around Our World’ ‘Catherine may set out to go everywhere, but her explorations prove that with an open mind anywhere is as friendly as home’…Tony Wheeler-Founder Lonely Planet SYNOPSIS OF YET TO BE PUBLISHED BOOK : Amid media bombardment of conflict, cowardice, disruption and disease, readers will welcome […]

Solo from Sydney to Saudi Arabia

Having just returned from travelling solo to Saudi Arabia in December 2022, I witnessed first-hand a Kingdom that in view of falling oil revenues, sees to have little choice but to re-invent itself by becoming more diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, economics and the environment. As an author, I was admittedly somewhat nervous because […]

Lebanon during better times-Bitter Sweet long weekend

‘In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed’…Kahlil Gibran Lebanon is in much need of the refreshment mentioned by author of The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran who was born there in 1883. Its capital, Beirut, no […]

Out of Africa

A cruise up the Atlantic Coast of Africa stopping off in a dozen different countries gives travellers the chance to “see what others don’t” and to experience vastly diverse cultures.

QATAR quietly quells any unrealistic fears of the Middle East

QATAR quietly quells any unrealistic fears and stereotypes that you may have of the Middle East—and you won’t be disappointed. From the moment I first checked in to their national airline, the international crew did their best to put passengers at ease for the fifteen-hour flight from Melbourne to Doha. ‘I hope there are no […]