Hi!  I’m Jo!  Johanna when I’m feeling posh, I was always Jan to my Dad, and Joasiu to my Polish family.  A bit of a mix-up, I guess.  The one definite, however, is my restless nature.  I can’t be still for too long, unless of course it’s sunny and I’ve got a good book.  I love to travel and to explore our world.  It doesn’t have to be the big wide world- I can be ridiculously happy not too far from home, so long as I’m out there, just embracing life. I’m a North East of England lass, who loved our coastline and moorlands.  A wonderful place for walking.

The climate?  Well, that wasn’t so great, but I was lucky.  In November 2018 we made the dream come true.  We sold our UK home and moved to our place in the sun, in the unspoilt, Eastern Algarve.  We’ve owned our house in Tavira since 2004, so it wasn’t exactly an impetuous move, but it hasn’t been without its challenges.  I haven’t lost my restless nature, but we’re close to the Spanish border, so travel is on my doorstep.  I continue to drag my poor husband a-wandering, though he’s a home body really. (classic case of mismatching!)  

And the rocks below.

Coastal walking near Whitby in north east England 

Then there’s the Polish saga.  The family make me welcome whenever I can get there, and boy, do they know how to party!  You can follow the story on My Personal A-Z of Poland page.

Of course I still have a wish list, and it was to help me fulfil my dreams that I started to write travel guides for a venture called Simonseeks. I’d always kept a travel diary, and it was hugely satisfying both to share my experiences and make new friends with the same passion for travel. Simonseeks hit some troubles, but the writing bug never left me.  I’d become addicted to writing about my travels. So, the blog was born!  The blogging community are so supportive and encouraging.  I’ve made many new friends.  Come and be restless with me!  Why not?   

I’m also quite happy to write material for others.  I’ve travelled fairly extensively, so if you can use my services at all please contact me at johanna.bradley@outlook.com.


  1. Jo, I am a bit unclear about how the Monday Walk concept works…… you wrote this week ” Meantime you can still send your walks and I’ll catch up when I can.” and I notice others publish walks (on Monday’s) with a link back to your walk of the week .eg the lovely Buenos Aires one this week. I have been somewhat slack in writing recently (many reasons) and making a commitment to something like this may be what I need to get going again! I have tons of walks I could write about if I wasnt so lazy lol.

    1. You can post your walk any day of the week and I do appreciate a link back to either my latest walk or the Jo’s Monday walk page. You always need to leave a comment that you’ve posted a walk because the pingbacks often don’t work. It will be maybe 3 weeks till my next walk so you have plenty of time 😎💕

  2. Jo – as you are moving to the Algarve – would you be interested in joining our creative writing group – we have been writing our ‘stories’ for over three years. We are currently looking for a couple of new members – if you would like to know a little more – please contact.

    1. Hi Mary 🙂 🙂 Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you. We’ve been without Internet for most of our stay here, and have had family visiting for a ‘big’ birthday. We’re back to the UK tomorrow to finalise our house sale but I’d be really interested to join your group when we return in a couple of weeks. Thanks a lot!

  3. Hello,

    I just found your blog and want to invite you to guest post on our blog on our site Retirement And Good Living about your travels and/or vacations in Algarve.

    Our site provides information on a variety of retirement topics including traveling, retirement locations, aging, health, planning, finances, education, hobbies, part time jobs, volunteering and more. Over 300 guests from around the globe provided posts for the blog on our site.

    Please let me know if you are interested and I will forward additional information.

    Thank you,

    Simone Harrison
    Retirement And Good Living

    1. Thanks a lot, Simone. I will check this out properly later and I would probably love to contribute. We are in the throes of moving to the Algarve so life is a bit hectic right now. Get back to you as soon as I can. 🙂 🙂

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