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Hi, I’m Nathalie, the Midlife Female Traveller Behind Marquestra

I hope to inspire you to step out of the pre-packaged vacation formula and go discover the real world as my life of travels only truly began at the end of my comfort zone.

How it all started!

2013 was a big year, a catalyst year for my then husband and I. Returning home after a month vacationing in Australia and New Zealand it wasn’t long that we both itched for more. More time to travel, more time to explore, more time …..

After 25 years of corporate life and too many responsibilities, we’d both had enough and needed to change our way of life and our way of being.

ONE NIGHT, I SAID: “WHY DON’T WE JUST SELL EVERYTHING AND DRIVE TO THE END OF THE WORLD”. WE DID JUST THAT.

Selling pretty much everything we had gathered, we pulled the plug on the rat race and embarked on a 10-month road trip journey to Patagonia and back. With a roof-top tent atop a Jeep Wrangler, we headed all the way to Ushuaia, Argentina, literally to the end of the world.

Before this trip, we’d never camped as a couple nor had we driven further than 700kms together!  How’s that for stepping out of our comfort zone? Call it a midlife crisis turned into a quest for travel.

Driving more than 38 000 km through 15 countries in North, South and Central America, this great adventure permanently changed us having discovered a more in-depth, more purpose-driven way of travelling. The world was our oyster…

Fast forward to 2018, we chose to walk our separate ways, remaining friends nonetheless.

Now travelling the globe solo, house sitting and slow travelling as often as I can. Why not follow me as I keep exploring the globe?

I hope you discover that if I can do this, so can you!

Here’s More About Me…

My blog, intended for the 40+ age group, offers travel experiences covering soft adventures, wildlife, museums, cities and cultural destinations for independent travellers. And of course, with great food and drink along the way ? Carpe Diem!

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Facts about me:

  • I’m first and foremost a “Foodie”
  • I love any cocktails with Vodka 🙂
  • Did I mention I love wine?
  • I speak English, French and I’m pretty good in Spanish.
  • I know my way around a construction site with 5  house flips under my belt
  • I’m passionate about helping people plan their trips to better discover new places.
  • I’m a bit of a micro-organizer and believe God is in the details.
  • I am an animal lover and quite the tree hugger.
  • Most people don’t know I used to be a stable-hand many moons ago.
  • I’m a French Canadian, born and raised in Québec, Canada.
  • I was an event coordinator for 5 years for my brother’s high-end catering business in Montréal.

I’ve always loved to travel, in fact, I’ve been on the move from the start of young adulthood with experiences including having lived in California as an expat for a few years then aboard a sailboat as a chef-mate for a few more, safe to say travel was always meant to be in my life path.

I traded in my corporate sales career in 2013 for a life of travel and discovery, a choice I never looked back on, with a quest to travel stronger than ever. My life has been enriched tenfold by the amazing experiences from my journey, connecting with people and learning about all the different ways to live in the world.

Join along on my discovery of new countries, cities, people, and cultures …

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Why Marquestra?

Marquestra’s etymology: 

MAR (The sea in Spanish), QUEST (goes without explanation), and TRA (for travel) = A MidLife Woman’s Quest for Travel. The Hummingbird was chosen knowing its a bird that migrates throughout the entire Americas…fitting.

Agile, daring and fearless, is the woman behind the Colibri symbol.

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EVER WISHED YOU COULD JUST
QUIT YOUR DAY JOB AND START OVER?
I DID JUST THAT.

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