Over the last 25 years I have travelled around the world as an independent female, with my husband, with my best friends, in small groups, with my sisters, with my mum and dad and now as the mother-of-three in an expat family. During that time I have been to 60 countries in six continents.

I suppose my first taste of travel was doing my gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition at school, when I visited Morocco and climbed the highest mountain in North Africa, Mount Toubkal. Since then I’ve inter-railed around Europe, Greyhounded my way across the USA, independently travelled round the world, backpacked around South America and worked in numerous countries including Poland, Portugal, Syria, Egypt, Hong Kong, Sweden, Tanzania and now Kenya.

On every journey I have always travelled with my journal, my sketchbook, my camera and some pens, pencils and paints.

I am always planning my next trip, as the American writer Susan Sontag once said: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.