About Get In the Hot Spot and Australian Travel Writer and Blogger Annabel Candy
Get In the Hot Spot is for travel lovers who want to make sure their later years are filled with adventure, fun and curiosity.
Our slogan, Advanced Adventures for Body and Soul, is a rally call for you to stay active, vital and interesting during the second half of your life.
Don’t worry, being adventurous doesn’t have to mean going skydiving. Often adventure is just about getting out of your comfort zone or breaking your usual routine. That may be all you need to beat boredom, shake things up and feel more energised.
I’m Annabel Candy: travel lover, writer and delightful misfit. Get In the Hot Spot started as a travel blog to share my passion for travel and now 10,000+ happy readers each month visit Get In the Hot Spot, with over 145,000 visitors in the last 12 months.
My writing’s also been featured in print in Australia and overseas and on some of the biggest blogs in the world including Gadling, Zen Habits and the Huffington Post.
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Get In the Hot Spot is a seriously fun travel and lifestyle blog where you can:
- escape with travel stories and personal writing.
- get inspiration and tips to plan your own adventures for body and soul.
It’s called Get In the Hot Spot because:
- A hot spot is a lively, exciting place.
- Putting yourself in the hot spot means challenging yourself.
- I want everyone to enjoy life in their own personal hot spot.
Here you’re part of a winning team, with me as your personal cheer leader helping you achieve your travel and adventure dreams. I promise to write blog posts that are:
- Relevant to your travel or adventure goals and actionable;
- Fast to read;
- Uplifting and inspirational.
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More on Australian Travel Writer and Blogger Annabel Candy
Many people love travel but I’ve designed my life round it. I’ve visited more than 40 countries and lived in eight of them.
My twenties were dedicated to travel, my thirties to parenting and, during my forties, I’m focusing on travel writing and helping other people reach their travel and writing dreams.
In May 2010 I was one of four Australian bloggers invited to be a Live Positively Ambassador by Coca-Cola because they liked my writing and positive outlook. Read more about why they whisked me off to Sydney and Shanghai business class in How I Got Headhunted For a Vacation.
I work from home: on the stunning Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and write about travel, writing and lifestyle. I’m not a true Aussie (I have British and New Zealand passports) but I love living in Noosa, a top Australian holiday destination that’s a popular hometown and holiday spot for the rich and famous like Sir Richard Branson who owns an island here.
I own my own business: my husband and I set up our business in 1998. We run a web and blog design company called Mucho because my husband wanted to be the Mucho Man. We specialize in setting up effective websites and blogs for small businesses, tourism operators and writers. We’d love to design your blog or website and I am also available for hire as a copywriter, freelance writer or for social media marketing consultation.
I’m a professional writer: I enjoy many types of writing including freelance travel writing and web copywriting and am grateful to get paid for doing what I love.
I have two degrees: a BA in French and English and an MA in Design for Interactive Media (1996).
I’ve travel widely: I was born in the UK and have lived in the USA, France, Zimbabwe, Laos, New Zealand (where the Candy kids were born), Costa Rica and now Australia. I’ve traveled in Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, North America, Africa, India, Central America, Australasia and the Pacific Islands. Feel free to read more about my personal travel story.
I’m married with kids: We have two boys and a girl, the oldest has just started high school so that’s another adventure in itself.
I like challenging myself: For example, I’ve tried white water rafting and bungee jumping and I learnt to surf when I turned 40.
I’m living my dream: I live in a tropical climate by stunning beaches and divide my time between writing, family and enjoying nature. I count my blessings every day.
I’m an optimist: Life’s been good to me but I believe the best is yet to come and I don’t plan to settle down. I have a few outstanding travel dreams including more travel around Australia, to South America, Central America and Asia, and a deep yearning to return to Africa which will happen in the fullness of time. I’d also like to write a book one day.
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Happy travels and good luck with all your plans!
Annabel Candy – Australian travel writer, blogger and creator of Get In the Hot Spot.