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Travel tips, travel guides and stories of my wanderings on this beautiful planet 

Two glasses of aperol spritz on a table with olives and bread, Valletta, Malta in the background

Stunning, elegant, enigmatic. A Jerry Hall look alike with a Grace Kelly flair. It was hard not to notice her sitting with poise, her shoulders tall, her face stoic. “I know this may sound weird, but I have an extra drink. Would you take it, from one solo traveler woman to another?” I offered. What I learned later shattered all of my preconceptions.

Juliana laying down in cliffs surrounded by turquoise waters

Malta offers a mix of ancient and medieval history, grand architecture, stunning natural beauty, delicious Mediterranean food, warm weather and genuinely friendly people. For a tiny island country of roughly 500,000 inhabitants, it’s packed with attractions. It comes as no surprise to me that big names such as Forbes and Lonely Planet have put Malta on their list of top places to visit in 2023. Check out my recommendations for your first visit to Malta.

Juliana serving coffee in an outdoor cafe in Sarajevo

Taking a career break sounds exciting: you may be dreaming of traveling, writing a book, learning a new craft or just want to recover from professional burnout. However, taking a career break is no small endeavor, particularly if you’re in your mid-40s and feel like there is so much you could lose from stepping outside your comfort zone. If you’re seriously considering taking a career break, here are some tips to get you started. They’re based on my own experiences of taking a break in my mid-40s. Start creating your new future now!

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