This blog series is intended to highlight some of the Joy Riders who have left a mark on our hearts; to share a small part of their story. They have all touched us in some way. Perhaps they will do the same for you.


Meet Jacqui.  She’s from England and she joined us on a 5-day self-guided tour… 

Who are you?  To give my name would not answer the question as it doesn’t define who I am.  Giving my occupation doesn’t answer the question as that should be the answer to “what do you do”. Also, once I stopped (being a doctor as it happens) then I didn’t cease to exist!  So, who AM I?  Even I don’t know the full answer (yet), but I do know that I am someone who loves and cherishes her family and friends. Someone who still finds life funny, exciting, frustrating and interesting. Who counts her blessings every single day and has several personal mottos that help to define me.  Here are a small selection:


  • “Always look for the good in people.”
  •  “There is always something positive to be found in every situation.”
  • “ If you can’t think of anything good to say, it’s best to say nothing at all.”
  • “Everything in moderation.”
  • “Life’s too short to drink cheap champagne.”


What is something not many people know about you (that you’re willing to share)?  When I was a teenager an operation on my leg went badly wrong and I spent a year lying flat on my back.  Since that time I have never allowed myself to feel bored.


What makes you come alive/feel that fire in your belly/get excited about living?   Hearing my grandchildren shout “NANNA”. Running by the river.  A bright blue sky and wind in my hair. Hearing my husband (of 30 years) come through the front door. Travelling to a new destination.


What might a perfect day look like for you?  Waking -without an alarm- to a bright day.  A quick run by the river (or preferably a swim in the sea).  Seeing family and friends. Laughing until it hurts. Eating great food and talking too much.


What would your ideal holiday include?  Great accommodation, exercise, rest, books, food, wine, friends, family (some of them!) and definitely water – swimming, sailing, paddle boarding – anything in or on the water.