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Visiting My Great-Grandfather’s Great-Grandfather!

What an extraordinary day! As you may know, I have been tracing my ancestry and one of the reasons I came to stay in Devon for a couple of months is to investigate and actually (hopefully) find the grave of a particular ancestor and the church in which the family… Read more

Never again!

That’s what I say every time I fly these days…  “Never again!” …and then the time comes to get from A to B and I think, “it must be better this time…” OK, let me backtrack on this particular journey… While my apartment in Sligo on the Irish west coast… 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…                    Read more

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My International Chauffeur Service

Ever wanted an international chauffeur? An international chauffeur company who knows you, who operates all over the world, who is reliable, affordable and who also has ‘an app for that’? I love my international chauffeur service, BlackLane.  They do all that and more!  …and especially as a woman travelling around… Read more


Vienna Update

Final updates before I leave Vienna… Siting here finishing lunch, I thought I would give you a quick update on a couple of things that were not included in my main post on Vienna yesterday (http://luxuriousnomad.com/vienna-city-of-contrasts/)… Drinking Water in Vienna? The best in the world! No need to buy bottled water… Read more

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Hastings Old Town, East Sussex

Hastings Old Town is the home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in the United Kingdom – and home to Hastings Castle.  I will add information and commentary later – wanted to at least upload the photos now…                        … 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 this photo was taken at a Steampunk convention in the USA in late 2016…



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

 I’m currently exploring Ireland, so if you’re nearby, drop me a line!