Freelance journalist, mom, traveller, cook, photographer, cleaner, taxi driver, wife. In no particular order, I fill all these roles more or less daily. Why Travel Tyrol? Why not Travel Tyrol? I love living here, I love writing, I love taking pictures. So whether you’re visiting Tyrol and Austria for the first time or whether you live here, I hope you will find Travel Tyrol informative and interesting – leading to unforgettable experiences.
From Newspapers to Travel Tyrol
This is how Travel Tyrol happened. In 2010, my husband and I packed up our home in South Africa and embarked on a Tyrolean adventure with our then two-year-old son. Coenie was going to continue his career with an international childcare organisation in Innsbruck. I was to oversee the process of settling in. For the first time in more than 16 years, I had no daily stories to write.
As provincial correspondent for the Afrikaans daily newspaper Beeld, from 2000 to 2010, my day routinely started with a call to the provincial police spokesperson to find out what the local criminals had been up to. In between the murder and mayhem, I wrote about corruption, service delivery issues, political power struggles, natural disasters, personal tragedies and sometimes a rare gem of a human interest story.
Naturally, Austrian life didn’t provide nearly as much excitement as I was used to. So, I turned my focus to one of my other passions: travelling. Whether it’s exploring nearby villages or crossing the border into Italy, we try to get around as much as our time and budget allows.
While we found our feet, M grew up. Before I knew it, he started school. I had more time to write again. In 2016 I finally braved the world of online freelance writing by joining Upwork. Thankfully, I’ve managed to reach and maintain top-rated status, completing more than 60 jobs successfully.
Now it’s time to expand my online presence. Why? Because I am forever inspired by Tyrol and Austria and our everyday experiences, making my fingers want to hit the keyboard and drum out a story.
Do As the Tyroleans Do
They say when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Nowhere is this more applicable than in Tyrol. The alternative would be a lonely, boring life. Besides, this is how I get my inspiration for Travel Tyrol. Learning to ski on the wrong side of 35 was hard, but we did it without breaking any legs (so far). Admittedly, I still look like a beginner – unlike M, who reached “Fast Tiger” status a long time ago. (We won’t say anything about the afternoon I spent in casualty after tumbling down a mountain slope with a sled).
In summer, it would be an absolute waste to live here and not explore the mountains. Whether it’s hiking, cycling, swimming in an Alpine lake or just soaking up the sun and drinking beer outside an Alm (mountain hut) – not to mention all the fantastic adventure play areas for children.
In the small Alpine village above Hall in Tirol, which we call home, the locals still uphold their centuries-old customs and traditions. Most involve some kind of festivity with beer and Tyrolean food, which makes it particularly easy to join in.
The result is that when I write, I write from experience. And there is so much more to experience and learn about Tyrol. Travel Tyrol is inspiring me to do just that to be able to share it all with you. Where I am unable to write from personal experience (I am not one for extreme sports and I suck at traditional Tyrolean cooking!) I will find an expert to interview.
In essence, Travel Tyrol is a family travel blog. Almost everything we do, we do together as a family. M is a real trooper and has even hiked to the top of the Glungezer mountain with us. It helps that there is a mountain hut with refreshments at the end of (almost) every hiking trail. If you’re not an active, outdoorsy family, it gets more difficult to keep kids occupied. Fortunately, you will also find some of the best insider tips on indoor and rainy day activities for kids in Travel Tyrol.
South African English
If I use strange English words or phrases, blame it on South Africa. Although based on British English, there are many unique South African English words. However, I will try to use internationally recognised words as far as possible. But just in case I urge you to turn right at a robot, please note that this is a traffic light. And to all my American readers: if I advise you to take a torch to help light the way on the mountain after dark, I mean a flashlight. Oh, and you can blame the fact that I am a traveller and not a traveler on the British!
Enjoy exploring Tyrol with us!