About The Progressive Traveller

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Hi, I’m Donna Martin, the Progressive Traveller, who has been travelling extensively since 2001.

When I am not travelling the world, I make my home in Tumbulgum, Northern NSW Australia. Tumbulgum is an exquisite, small, riverside, village located at the confluence of the Rivers Rous and Tweed overlooked by the iconic and majestic Wollumbin Mount Warning and surrounding Border Ranges.

Although, I have lived most of my life in major cities, I fell in love with the Northern Rivers in the early 80s and moved there in 2012. One of the things, I most love about living there is how close I am to the river, mountains, national parks, golden sandy beaches, regional towns and beautiful Brisbane is only a short 90-minute drive away.

Travelling the world is my passion and obsession. I am continuously researching, taking notes and planning the next trip. For me, travel enhances our lives and relationships. Travel excites us, educates us about how others live, it helps us to understand other peoples cultures and point of view, it can also make us grateful and more appreciative of our own lives.

There’s something utterly addictive about travel. It’s not called the travel ‘bug’ for nothing. Travel can infect you for life!  The more places I travel, the more destinations I want to discover. Each place I’ve visited has left me with great memories of the architecture, scenery, food, culture and people.

Experiencing new cultures, devouring different cuisines and meeting new friends along the way are just part of the fascinating journey of travel.

My travel motto is: ‘There isn’t a place on this wonderful planet that isn’t worth visiting’. I started this blog to share the highlights of my region and travels, develop better photographic skills and have an outlet for my wanderlust nature.

If you would like to follow me, I’m on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ under the name “Progressive Traveller”. I can be contacted on Facebook messenger or otherwise, my email address me here

I hope you enjoy my blogs and follow me on social media. I’d love to hear your feedback and read your travel stories.

‘Remember, you often miss the beauty of things from placing too much focus on taking photographs. Be in the moment.’

Safe travels. Enjoy every minute…….like it is your last!

Happy Days, Donna

Travel Planning Resources

Packing Checklist

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Book Your Flight

Skyscanner is my favourite airline search engine for booking both my domestic and international flights. Also check out my pro tips on how to find the best and cheapest flights in my Go Travel eBook.

Rent A Car

RentalCars.com is where you will find the right car in the right place at the right price. It’s the best car rental site for comparing prices and offers.

Book Accommodation

My go-to-online accommodation search engine is Booking.com. With over 830,000 hotels, apartments, villas, resorts, guest houses and B&Bs, you will be spoilt for choice. They offer great rates, *free cancellation, no reservation fees and best prices are guaranteed. Through the booking site you have access to customer reviews, special offers and great deals. Plus, each accommodation is shown by location and photos, so you know exactly what to expect.

Save $35 with this Airbnb coupon code and learn the best way to find cheap Airbnb accommodation around the world. Check my Go Travel eBook for more accommodation pro tips.

Protect You and Your Belongings

If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel! Protect yourself and your belongings with my preferred consumer insurer, World Nomads. They provide an extensive range of options to suit your type of travel and they are giving my readers a 5% discount code when they enter Go Travel. Head to World Nomads, and enter the promo code GOTRAVEL for an exclusive discount!*  

Please note: 

  • For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, World Nomads cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.


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