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Market Day in Lido di Ostia

It’s market day in Catona…  Hmmmm, no, wait – that’s the line in “Under the Tuscan Sun”!  …but that’s what it feels like…  I feel as though I am alternately living the scripts from “Eat, Pray, Love” and “Under the Tuscan Sun”… Anyway, yes, today (Saturday morning) is market day… Read more

Welcome to Sligo, Ireland

After a delightful time with friends in Malahide, on Monday I drove across the country to Sligo where I will be staying for the next nine weeks. It was sprinkling all day but that did not dampen my enthusiasm…  This (below) is the view from my bedroom balcony on the… Read more

Final day in Lido di Ostia

Well, after a fascinating stay of almost three months here in Italy, today is my last day before I relocate to Romania for a month. …and what a gift – this morning there was a procession on the main street below, complete with flag-throwing!  I had only ever seen that… Read more

Jacobite Train (aka Hogwarts Express)

Voted several years in a row as the top rail journey in the world (Wunderlust Magazine), the Jacobite train trip in Scotland has been on my bucket list for some time. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes… Read more

Anti-Mafia Rally On My Street

Sitting out on my balcony, working on Bridgit’s next book and I hear a commotion down on street level, getting louder and louder, closer and closer… So, I grabbed my camera and looked down to see what was happening… It was an anti-mafia rally!  Turns out (after being then curious enough… 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… Read more

Who is the Luxurious Nomad?

Hello!  I am Lady 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 approximately 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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Essentially I live a version of Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s, “Eat, Pray, Love” – although mine is more ‘wine, pray, love’!

…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 England, so if you’re nearby, drop me a line!