About Me

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So this is me: Claire Sturzaker.

A thirty-something dreamer, traveller and lost soul; wandering the Earth until I find what I’m looking for.  A food, drink and life-lover, my wanderlust keeps growing by the day!

This blog began in 2013, as Tales of Barcelona.  I moved to Barcelona after having somewhat of a mid-life crisis, and on a cold, wet October day in Manchester, England, I made up my mind & booked my one-way flight for Barcelona!

However, after a couple of years there my feet started to itch once again.  This time, South America was calling me.  So I decided to quit my job in Barcelona, and booked another one way ticket – this time to Bolivia – and began a journey to discover South America for myself.

Tales of Barcelona became Tales of a Backpacker as I set off on my travels, with a backpack on my back & walking boots on my feet.  I began to write about my adventures, as well as tips, tricks and musings about life on the road.  I have now returned from South America and have realised I love to write about travel.  I want to share the very best locations, attractions and accommodations that offer good value for money in each of the destinations I visit.

I hope this blog inspires other people to travel – I have proved that women over 30 can travel solo too, and if I can do it, so can you!  Solo travel has helped me to rediscover myself and my lust for life which was somewhat lacking before.  I didn’t know why I was unhappy until I realised how much of the world is out there for us to discover.  Travelling alone can be scary, but it doesn’t need to be.  Embrace it and enjoy!

Safe and happy travels, wherever your feet may take you!

Love Claire xx

If you’d like to follow me on social media, you can find me at:

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And you can also check out my sister site This Travel Lover, which focuses on solo female sustainable travel and wellness.  

My grinning face at Machu Picchu
My grinning face at Machu Picchu


10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Norm says:


    Can you post or e-mail me the name of Jose’s Hotel & Restaurant in Guadalupe? Heading there for New Year’s Eve, which we think beats some typical wild hotel party in a big city.

  2. Reiner Moessner says:

    It was great to meet you on the Bogota graffiti tour. We hope you have many more wonderful adventures.

    Reiner, Tacie, Eli, Maya

  3. Alex mv says:

    Hi Claire
    Have a happy birthday … Thanks for visiting Peru .

    Fue un gusto compartir contigo el viaje de Huaraz a Lima.

  4. tobyo says:

    oh boy, another Spain blog to follow! My dream is to retire to Malaga and hopefully in about 4 years. Nice to meet you. I’m going to have a look around your blog now 🙂

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