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Uppark Mansion at Petersfield, UK

Prior to a devastating fire, Uppark was one of the most complete examples of a 17th century home – and also the place where author HG Wells’ mother served as housekeeper.  Here are the photos – details to come…                                  … Read more

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Why I left the USA after 10 years

I had always wanted to live in America… Growing up in a small seaside town in working-class Australia, I always knew that one day I would move to the USA.  I didn’t know how, but I always knew one day… Well, in 2006-7, one day happened and I then lived an amazing ten years there, spending … Read more


London’s Hop On Hop Off Big Bus Tour

Just about every major capital city will have some form of tour bus and London is no exception. I spent several hours sitting on top of a double-decker bus touring through London and below are the photos (I will add additional details later).                         … Read more

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La Bella Vista Restaurant in St Leonard’s On Sea, East Sussex

La Bella Vista Restaurant overlooking the English Channel in St Leonards On Sea has become my home/office away from home.  I will add information and commentary later – wanted to at least upload the photos now…                   

Skyroam Mobile Hotspot: Global WiFi // Unlimited Data // Connect 5 Devices // Pay-as-you-go // SIM-Free Coverage in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia

Stay connected EVERYWHERE with this portable WIFI hotspot

SkyRoam – Portable WIFI hotspot with unlimited data just about anywhere in the world… I am officially in love with this gizmo! Imagine getting off the plane, train or automobile in some foreign land and being able to connect immediately to friends, family, the internet in general… That is all possible and more with this … Read more

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Steam Train Travel Through Devon

Glorious Steam Train Travel! Being a lover of the Victorian era, it is not surprising that I adore steam trains… Yesterday, I went via regular train from Torquay to the next stop being Paignton where I boarded the Dartmouth Railroad’s “Braveheart” steam train, bound for Kingswear, then across by ferry to Dartmouth.  Lunch beside the river … Read more

Who is the Luxurious Nomad?

Hello!  I am Leigh St John – my friends call me Bella – and I am an author, entrepreneur, coach, red wine enthusiast, self-confessed geek, lover of all things Victorian and steampunk, and Luxurious Nomad!

I am originally from Australia (although I now have no connection to the country apart from a passport with a kangaroo on the front) and did not even catch the travel bug until I was in my 30s.  After exploring much of ‘down under’ and parts of New Zealand, I then travelled through quite a bit of Asia, lived almost 10 years in the USA (spent significant time in 42 states – all by road), several trips to Canada (including the Winter Olympics) and now off exploring amazing places in the UK and Europe.

I have managed to create a dream life of luxury that does not cost a fortune (and in some instances is actually cheaper!), allows me to live a ‘laptop lifestyle’ (aka working from my computer in exotic locations), enjoy good red wine (a must!), meet interesting people, explore fascinating places…

No nine-to-five, no mortgage, no hectic schedules…  Do I work?  Yes, but when you are doing it beside a waterfall because that is where you choose to work for the day, or in a quaint Irish pub another day… it is amazing how much FUN your work can be!

Join me and learn how you, too, can live the life of a Luxurious Nomad…

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…and I am now in my 50s (the photo above was taken near the end of 2016, a few weeks before my 50th birthday)…  Despite living with mobility issues, MS and Lupus among other physical challenges, I think I am holding up reasonably well for my age (just don’t look too closely!  LOL!…  Must be all the red wine antioxidants!)



Join me for a glass of red wine and a fireside chat…

 I’m currently exploring Italy (staying in Ostia), so if you’re nearby, drop me a line!