Janine grew up on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada, and was always mesmerized by her father’s stories of travel throughout Europe and Africa in the 60’s and 70’s. These stories from her youth were the seeds planted for future world travel of her own.
She traveled frequently with her family (including a two and a half month summer trip across Canada), she toured several regions of the United States with her school as a musician, and she ventured to Eastern Europe with a friend one very cold but happy winter. She became an avid adventurer, enjoying hiking, rock climbing, bungy jumping, skydiving, SCUBA diving, and she also began her private pilot’s license after graduating university with a degree in microbiology. Her passions for health and nutrition were leading her to a career as a naturopath, but after working for her university doing research in a laboratory, she decided to do some traveling and she hasn’t really stopped! Her career as a doctor is probably permanently on hold!
Taiwan became her first home overseas, where she worked, traveled, studied Mandarin, and realized her passions for photography, writing, and art. Constantly drawing, writing, and taking pictures, she loved to share her journeys with others through these methods. Writing and photography became her travel partners, and she traveled throughout China, South India, Singapore, and Indonesia, and then moved in South Africa where she gained permanent residence and continued to discover…
Janine’s joy of travel is not just about seeing a new place, experiencing a new culture, and eating new foods. She believes travel is one of the best things you can do to learn about yourself and your important part in this beautiful world we share. In today’s age of cell phones and computers, she wants to inspire others to get out and care about, connect with, smile for, and see the good in each other. She has traveled in 19 countries and counting, and is full of joy and gratitude for the opportunity to contribute. She currently lives in The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.