Dream Big ~ Travel Well

Our Vision:  Guided by the belief that life is an intricate tapestry woven from experiences, Luxurious Nomad envisions a world where luxury and responsibility intertwine. We aspire to be a beacon of inspiration, empowering individuals to traverse the globe with intention, purpose, and respect for both people and the planet.

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The Historic Mermaid Inn

I love the Mermain Inn in Rye – rebuilt in 1420, its cellars date back to 1156!  I will add info and commentary later – for now at least wanted to upload the photos…                                 … Read more

Welcome to Munich and then Nymphenburg Palace

Deciding to rent a car, we headed across the road to the car rental place within the main Munich train station… …and then headed to find the palace… I always figure it’s a good idea to take a photo of the rental car, including license plate, as when one rents… Read more

Kilmartin Glen Prehistoric Temple Wood Stone Circle and Cairns

A lovely day for a drive so I went in search of prehistoric stone circles and cairns (ancient burial sites) around Kilmartin, Scotland, reported to be over 5,000 years old – five THOUSAND years!  My goodness… …through beautiful Inverary… ~ Bella Read more

Q&A with the author of the “Victoria” mini-series

After travelling from Torquay by rail to Paddington Station (and by the way – there is a new Paddington Bear book that I was excited to read until I discovered, as one newspaper put it, “Paddington Bear will encounter migrants, electronic tagging, and ‘elf ‘n’ safety laws in a brand… Read more

(Scotland) Peterhead to Rosslyn Chapel to Rudstone (England)

Leaving lovely Peterhead, I drove south to my next stopover – the lovely old coaching inn, the Sun Inn in Dalkeith. The following morning, the plan was to go to Rosslyn Chapel.  I have been before, but wanted to spend some more time there… well, that was the plan… Unfortunately,… Read more


Vienna – City of Contrasts

Welcome to Vienna! Although I do not tend to have rigid ideas of what a place will be like before I visit, I must admit I wasn’t expecting such contrast here in Vienna between the old and the new – not just buildings but also philosophies and …  well, read… Read more

Windsor Castle

After a long drive in Lady Penelope (my beloved baby Jaguar), I reached my destination – a lovely hotel literally across the road from Windsor Castle. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II was in residence at the Castle (attending events such as Royal Ascot, Order of the Garter ceremony…) …and now… Read more

Exploring Tsarevo and Surrounds… 1 of 3

On Friday I hired a driver to take me around the local area for a couple of hours, as well as to run some errands, buy a local SIM card, get some groceries etc. First, though, here are some photos from earlier in the week… …and now to my day… Read more

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Sleeping Beauty – Torquay Pavilion

The Forgotten Torquay Pavilion Sleeping peacefully on the shore in Torquay, Devon in the United Kingdom is a once magnificent building – the Torquay Pavilion. Although it has been closed since 2015, this Sleeping Beauty has thus far had a very checkered life, first as a theatre, then an ice-skating rink, amusement… Read more

Redefining Luxury

Our Mission: At Luxurious Nomad, we embrace the art of curated living and conscious exploration, redefining luxury for the modern wanderer. Our brand is a celebration of the luxurious nomadic spirit ~ a fusion of relaxed elegance, where every journey is an opportunity to connect, learn, and contribute. Inspired by the worlds within and beyond, Luxurious Nomad shares experiences and opportunities we hope resonate with the heart and the mind.

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…finally to McDonalds

This is no ordinary McDonalds…  Located in the heart of Subotica, it is the world’s only Art Nouveau McDonalds, and is housed in a historic 1912 building! Welcome to….. McDonalds! …complete with original fittings and fixtures! Mission accomplished, it is time to head back to Novi Sad… … Read more

Boss for lunch, Renaissance for dessert

Since on this McDonald’s trip the intention was not to eat there, we stopped at Boss Cafe for lunch – I love this place! …remember the winery we visited..? …and Renaissance for dessert…   Read more


…and still on our McDonald’s trip, we finally reached lovely Subotica… Hahaha…  Interesting – my Skopje trip was a couple of years ago! … Read more

Zvonko Bogdan Winery

…and no trip to McDonalds would be complete without a visit to a Serbian winery (we didn’t have time to do the tour, but I love the building!) Read more

Finding McDonalds – but first, Park Heroja

Yes, you read that correctly – a friend and I did a road trip to Subotica (on the border between Serbia and Hungary) to find McDonalds – but not just any McDonalds…  More on that later. First stop was Park Heroja…   Read more

Dropped something?

One day, a red ‘something’ appeared in the river…  The photos tell the story (and note just how shallow the Danube has become! – and note how strong the current is!)  Thankfully this is the secondary channel, not the main one all the barges and cruise ships use… After a… Read more

Travel Tips

The Joys of Travelling Alone

The Joys of Travelling Alone: A Journey of Self-Discovery I was speaking with someone yesterday who said, “I couldn’t do what you do, and travel the world by myself.”  I considered her words overnight, and here is my response. In an increasingly connected world, the idea of solitude might seem… Read more

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Solo Travel Tips to Stay Safe and Have Fun!

Many people are amazed when they learn that I journey around the world as a solo traveller – and even more than that, I do not have a family ‘back home’ who know my every whereabouts and activity. I truly am the epitome of a solo traveller! While friends have… 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


Luxurious Nomad Luxury Skin Care for Pennies!

I had a most delightful conversation yesterday with a lovely waitress at one of my ‘local watering holes’ where I eat, drink and work. She is a beautiful young woman of twenty-five – and when we were joking about her being a quarter of a century, she was astonished when… Read more

Who is the Luxurious Nomad?

Hello!  I am Ms (Leigh) Bella St John – and I am an author, entrepreneur, coach, wine-lover, self-confessed geek, lover of all things Victorian/Edwardian and steampunk, and a Luxurious Nomad!

Thanks to the residual income streams I created from, among other things, licensing my professional development programs, I retired at age 50, when I decided to leave America (where I had been living for the past ten years) and now travel the world fulltime as a Luxurious Nomad (http://LuxuriousNomad.com), living a life many people only dream of living (yes, even in the current ‘situation’) – and unlike most, I travel with ‘essentials’ such as a crystal wine glass, gold fountain pen, and a collection of hats, gloves, etc……

Ms (Leigh) Bella St John - Luxurious Nomad

I did not even catch the travel bug until I was in my 30s, and 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 – exploring all extensively by road), several trips to Canada (including the Winter Olympics) and now off exploring amazing places in the UK and Europe, spending a couple of months in one country, then a couple of months in another…  I hope to one day meet Mr Right and settle down wherever he may be, but until then, there is plenty of the world to experience!

https://elegantisvitae.comMs (Leigh) Bella St John

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

…and I do all this, despite having some reasonably significant physical and mobility challenges, thanks in part to being hit by a car while in Italy a few years ago.

Oh, and this photo below was taken at a Steampunk convention in the USA in late 2016, not long before I left the States…

Ms (Leigh) Bella St John

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

 I’m currently exploring various parts of the UK and Europe, so if you’re nearby, drop me a line!


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the life of a digital nomad

The life of a Digital Nomad

The life of a digital nomad – a modern embodiment of the age-old wanderer, but with a dash of Wi-Fi and a sprinkle of global connectivity. In this digital age, the life of a digital nomad is not one that treads the Silk Road but rather the silky strands of… Read more