Hi, I’m Larch, an over-50 avid traveller, blogger, qualified drone pilot, house sitter and amateur explorer. I balance my home and work life with my passion for travelling to new places, revisiting old haunts, seeking out interesting adventures, experiences and try to avoid traditional package holidays and being an all-round Silver Nomad!
I am not one of the usual lean and lithe travel bloggers whose honey-coloured limbs are seen in endless bikinis or skimpy dresses, but I am a real woman with cellulite, the occasional hot sweat, weight fluctuation and encroaching silver hairs. I try to keep myself fit with pilates or yoga wherever I go and am mainly a vegetarian, though I occasionally eat seafood, so a part-time pescatarian.
I had a stupid accident in 1998 which completely changed my life and left me with a partial disability – read the story of my happy accident here – this affects what I can and can’t do when I travel, but I do try to push myself as much as I can.
Alan, my partner (what do you call your partner/boyfriend/other half when you are over 50 but not married to them???), runs Clear Flight Drones, and we travel with his precious DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone Camera as hold luggage. He will sometimes appear on here, but he is mainly a backseat Silver Nomad!
Now, as an empty nester and with a portable business or four, I travel as much as I can, from short breaks in the UK and Europe to longer stays further afield. I have been fortunate enough to take many holidays over the years, but now I have the opportunity to spend more time discovering new places and spending more time so that I can get to know a place better and live there instead of just skimming the surface as a tourist.
I am a CAA PfCO qualified Drone Pilot, and I constantly update my flying skills as well as my tech skills.
Currently I am trying to perfect the art of travelling hand luggage only, but even then I pack things that I don’t need, tops, trousers, make-up and all that “just-in-case” crap that I burden my backpack or hand luggage with!