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I love Ostia!

Welcome to Ostia Update #2… I have been here just under a week and the more I get to know the place, the more I love it here! As I write this, it is 20oC, a slight breeze is blowing in from the sea, there is literally not a cloud anywhere in the sky…  The … Read more

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 here in Ostia. In addition … Read more


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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How do I calculate how much data I will use when I travel?

International Roaming Charges, Prepaid Packages…  How do I know which one to get and how much it will cost me? Don’t worry – this used to stump me, too… and I’m a geek, and it still stumped me! Here’s a relatively simple way to calculate how much data you will need on your trip. For the … Read more


Vienna to Italy via First Class Rail

Roma, here I come! Well, note quite yet, but my First Class rail tickets just arrived by courier today and I must admit I am very excited. This will be the first overnight rail journey I have ever taken in Europe and I will be travelling from Vienna, Austria to Rome, Italy. I finally and … Read more

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Historic Harting Pub – The White Hart

I decided to visit Uppark just near Petersfield in the UK and rather than do it all in one long day trip, stayed overnight in the beautifully quaint historic Harting pub, The White Hart. Built in the 16th century, this Grade II listed pub is a pure delight. Located in picturesque ‘chocolate-box’ South Downs village of South … 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!