A bit about me

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Meraid Griffin

How lovely of you to drop by.

Meraid’s the name, sounds like Mermaid (auto corrects to Mermaid too). It’s Irish, though the spelling’s a bit weird. Mr and Mrs Griffin are responsible for the error and I love it. I’m a freelance travel writer,  journalist and public speaker. On this blog, I write about bikes, boats and bites. I’ve been bikepacking for a number of years and been described in the Sunday Times as a ‘modest explorer’. I smile a lot, drink way too much tea and have a weakness for chips and cake.

I was brought up on the West coast of Ireland, then moved to Northern Ireland where I worked as a software engineer, magician’s assistant and manager of a Citizens Advice Bureau.

In 2010, I quit my job, gave everything I owned away, waved a tearful goodbye to my twin daughters and grandson, then went off cruising on a small wooden sailing boat, with a seventy something Alaskan physicist. I started to live a simpler, slower life doing things I enjoy. I spent over a year travelling from Arctic Norway to Brazil and began to write professionally.

I met my partner Dan at the Monte Real Club de Yates in Bayona, Galicia, Spain. He couldn’t get me out of his mind and sailed alone to meet me in again in Portimao, Portugal. It’s a long story, so I’ll give you the short version: We met, teamed up to sail together and fell in love.  Now we live in Hampshire on the South Coast of England where we sail, cycle and travel together regularly. I’m fascinated by his beard, moustache and of course, his mind.

Slow travel is a shared passion, as is caring for the environment and growing organic vegetables and fruit on our allotment. Dan is a vegetarian and cooks most of the main meals, so I find myself eating veggie food most of the time. I share little stories about life on the allotment on my facebook page Nearby Veggies. I love to bake bread, make jams chutneys and pickles and create desserts.

I’ve been on many adventures, some small and some huge. I’ve slept under five billion stars and in five star hotels. I’ve climbed volcanoes – both active and dead. I’ve gone twenty one days without a shower and I’ve washed in some of the most weird and wonderful ways you can imagine. I’ve cupped river water to quench my thirst, drunk hooch from a plastic drum in a Mayan elder’s smoke filled home, and I’ve sipped champagne on a yacht. I’ve eaten simple food provided by strangers and I’ve dined in Michelin star restaurants. Wherever I go and whatever I do I find adventure.

Everything is possible as long as you believe.

For regular updates, you can subscribe for the Newsletter at the top of the page, follow my Faraway Visions Facebook page (It’s lovely to put a face to a name) or check out my tweets on Twitter. I enjoy reading your comments so please feel free to scribble your thoughts.

And, if you have any questions or would like me to write for you, then please drop me a note. I read all queries and answer as many as possible.

 

 FARAWAY VISIONS

Sail away, sail away to a faraway shore

Pull up your anchor, you know there is more

Sail away, see the world, live without care

There’ll be highlights and lowlights, not just in your hair

Bare your soul, bare your body

You can be anybody

Open your mind, always be kind

Love, hope and joy I promise you’ll find

Leave crumpled baggage at the door

Sail away, sail away to a faraway shore.

 by Meraid Griffin

20 Comments:

  1. The first person to write on your blog, wow isn’t that cool. Hope this comment stays as I am looking forward to reading the rest of what you have to say and hear about your journey.

  2. Kelvin Houston

    I hope life at sea and your sorties ashore live up your dreams and vision, Meraid. Very best wishes for a safe journey, Kelvin

  3. Hi Meraid, I can’t wait to hear all about your travels and adventures. I wish you all the luck in the world on your trip and will be keeping a close eye on your blog. You are the first blog I have bothered about, but thats because I know yours will be worth reading girl. Have a blast, I will miss our Creating Change meetings lol 😉

  4. Hey Meraid, whishing u all the very best on your trip…. u are truly inspirational and i am so glad to see u fulfilling ur dream and being so happy… can’t wait to read ur adventures!x

  5. Good luck Meraid,
    Living the Dream…Cited !!

  6. Denby Griffin

    Hi Meraid,

    Hey I am missing you so much. All the family is missing you at the house and at work.But you are living your dream and life so I wish you all the best on that.
    You are truly an inspiration.

    Love you so much

    XoXoXoXoXoXo

    Denby Griffin

  7. Andi & Vaidas

    Well done Meraid. We all have good wishes for you and we’re sure that you will manage to love every minute. Be sure to keep posting all your funny stories and remember the story about “stockholm syndrome” LOL

  8. Andi & Vaidas

    Hi Meraid. We tried to wish you well yesterday, but I may need to wait till Denby comes home for her to show me…anyway here goes again.
    Happy birthday, I’m sure you won’t forget this one in a hurry. You must remember to take time out to update your faraway vision so that I can report back to the mother!! Enjoy and bon voyage!

  9. Howard, Claire and Lauren

    Hope you have a safe journey. Will follow your progress. Love from us all xx p.s Forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday

  10. Mary McLaughlin

    Hi Meraid. Hope you get this as I am not au fait with blogging. Hope its turning out to be all you thought it would. Will keep up to date with your progress

    Mary
    X

  11. Hey Meraid
    Loving your blog so far, reading your stories is just like listening to you tell them. Hope its all that you asked and believed it would be. I look forward to your next update. Take care xo

  12. Meraid, you are an inspiration!!! What an amazing adventure. Be safe my friend 🙂

  13. Hello Faraway,

    You are on the way to south america ! I found your blog. I meet you in Tenerife in the port of Los Christianos in January & Februari. If I have your mail adress I can send you a picture of the boat out of the water.
    Take care,
    Willy

  14. MUTINY!!!! Hope you can resolve the issues, Meraid, and sail on.. or at least part on good terms rather than under an acrimonious cloud

  15. hi i was bored so i thought i would have a look at ur web site its looking good hope to see u soon xx

  16. Idm 6.19 fissure

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create
    this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it
    for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
    thank you

  17. Hey Meraid,
    Very glad to have known you. It’s great to be a freelancer.

  18. hi, i am Peter from the Hat bar in Saints Peterburg. It was very nice to meet you there. Thanks a lot for this talking. Maybe we will see there in future 🙂 i add your website in my bookmarks

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