Frequently Asked Questions

Who is ‘Progressive Traveller’?

Hello! My name is Donna. I’m Australian – born and bred. I’ve always enjoyed reading and listening to other people’s travel stories. When I started travelling more extensively, my family and friends were keen to keep up with my travels and escapades, so I decided to create a blog.

Why did you create a travel website?

It’s a place where my travels live on forever and hopefully my grandchildren (if I ever get any) will learn more about their Grandmother’s blessed life. Travel blogging enables me to stay connected with my family and friends, share the highlights of my travels, develop better photographic skills and is an outlet for my wanderlust nature.

For you, it’s an avenue to discover new travel destinations and be encouraged and inspired to visit places on your bucket list. You have access to tried and tested travel tips and informative reviews. My goal is to stimulate you to explore more and live life to the full. Travelling has changed many things in my life and I know it can change many things in your life too.

How old are you?
I was born in 1961, in the small city of Warragul in Victoria, Australia. I lived in Queensland until 2012, before moving to Tumbulgum, Northern NSW.
How can you afford to travel so much?

Blogging is my full-time job. I spend a great deal of my time in front of a computer. Writing a blog is more involved than you can ever imagine! My role involves working with travel businesses to promote destinations, hotels, resorts, travel gear including what luggage to take and what to put in it.

Where is your favorite destination?
I’m a glass overflowing type of girl. I can find the best in anywhere I visit. I love the vibe of New York City; Budapest is a beautifully illuminated city; Nashville bars and music scene is insane; the petite villages of Southern France; the beaches in Queensland, Australia………the world is a big place and I am still exploring.
Who takes your photos?
Most of the time my retired husband Paul travels with me and he often takes the odd good photograph of me! If I am on my own and want to be in a photo, I ask someone to take one. It’s a great way of meeting other travellers and an opportunity to start up a conversation.

My preference is to capture the people in the places I am staying and visiting. Some businesses provide their own professional images for me to use.

Travel Planning Resources

Packing Checklist

Subscribe to the Progressive Traveller community and receive my FREE printable travel packing checklists. Learn how to pack efficiently and maximise your luggage space for your next trip abroad. (checklist only available via website subscription)

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.

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