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 and love our coastline and moorlands- so wonderful for walking.

The climate?  Well, not so great, but I’m lucky and can sometimes escape to our little place in the sun in the unspoilt Eastern Algarve.  Nor does it end there. We’re not far from the Spanish border so visits to Seville, Granada and Cordoba and beyond are possible.  I continue to drag my poor defenceless husband ever further, though he’s a home body really. (classic case of mismatching!)  

And the rocks below.

Coastal walking near Whitby in north east England 

And 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 a few troubles, but bounced back, and is still a good source of travel information.  You can find me on there with this link.

Meantime I’d developed the writing bug and become addicted to writing about my travels. So, the blog came about, and I’m loving it.  The blogging community are so supportive and encouraging.  I’ve made loads of new friends.  You can be restless with me any time!  

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@ntlworld.com.


    1. Fantastic! Thanks a lot, Sheri 🙂 I’m up against it right now because my Internet has been down all day and my fingers are flying fast as they can go but I’ll pop over soon as I can. 🙂

  1. Yes, the blogging community is pretty special! You are like my husband; he likes to travel, but I’m the homebody. He took a road trip two years ago with our then 16 year old daughter from California to Illinois! They loved it. Thanks for visiting my blog!

      1. I’m pretty lucky, both here in the north east of England, and in my lovely Algarve. And I have a great little camera that does most of the work. 🙂

  2. Hi there. Just want to let you know that I nominated you for a blogging award today. You are always so nice to me. Thank you for that. Here is the link if you’d like to check it out: htt’s://unmeasuredjourneys.com/2017/06/14/blogging-friends/ Thank you!

    1. Thanks so much, hon. I’ve got lazy over awards. There just isn’t enough time! I’ll hop over and read but I can’t guarantee to take part. Sending hugs! 🙂

      1. I understand. Taking part isn’t necessary. Just wanted to include some blogs that have been kind to me. Hope you have a wonderful day.

      2. Thank you so much 🙂 I’m just working on my walk for next Monday as I’ll be with my daughter this weekend. So looking forward to it! 🙂 🙂

  3. Hi Jo,

    I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Tom Harter, owner of WalkEurope Tours.

    I thought your blog readers might especially find our trips of interest,

    We organize small group trips to England, France, Spain and Italy — from visiting European capital cities — London, Paris, Madrid and Rome… to going to The Cotwolds, Provence, French Riviera, San Sebastian, Cinque Terre and Amalfi Coast.

    One of our unique features is we offer an optional before breakfast group pleasure walk for travelers who would like to start their vacation day with some morning exercise.

    Trip details can be found on our website — http://www.walkeurope.com

    I hope you would share the info and weblink with your blog readers.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if your need any additional information or photos..


    Tom Harter I President & Co-Founder

  4. Hi Jo! I think serendipity played a hand in my visiting today. I noticed you liked one of my posts so I in turn visited your blog where I read about your polish heritage on your “about” page. My best friend Grace, was from Poland and sadly died almost three years ago due to a sudden unexpected illness.. She was so proud of being Polish and speaking the language and often spoke about her homeland. I will take this as not only viewing some beautiful photos today but also perhaps a hello from my lost but not forgotten friend. I wrote a short tribute to Grace on my blog if you would like to read entitled “Amazing Grace.” https://nynkblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/amazing-grace-2/ Have nice day.

    1. What a shame, Kathy! I’m sorry about your friend. Polish people in my experience are very proud and rightly so. They’ve not had an easy time. I’ll come and read your tribute. 🙂

  5. Wow you have travelled a lot and quite extensively at that O_o Love your blog and the posts and it would be my pleasure to follow you 🙂 Hoping to connect with you more in this wonderful world of blogs. Cheers and warmest wishes, Minaxi 🙂

  6. Hello ! I love that mosaic header in your page..Its very interesting..who’s work was it?
    I love the air in your page, so flamboyant,so fresh & yet so calm.
    You have a wonderful way of writing & lovely gallery in your posts..I would like to know more about your world and your travels..
    I hope you don’t mind If i follow your Blog.

    Thanks & hope you have a nice day!

  7. Hi Jo, lovely to meet you via Thirdeyemum, I found you on her blog. I’m really looking forward to reading more and learning more about you. Already I feel as though I resonate with you through what I’ve seen. Happy traveling and cheers from Australia.

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