Scarborough woman (79) releases second guide on solo travelling

Scarborough author Fay Day. Picture: Martin Kennealey d484407
Scarborough author Fay Day. Picture: Martin Kennealey d484407

TRAVELLING to places like Sudan and Pakistan might sound daunting to some people but not to Scarborough great-grandmother Faye Day.

The 79-year-old has had her passport and money stolen in Guatemala and been caught up in “tribal warfare” in Papua New Guinea, but does not let that stop her solo travels.

“I’ve been mugged five times and lost everything once but I don’t let those things defeat me,” she said.

“There’s bad people everywhere.”

Day’s first travel experience was to Singapore in 1969 and has not stopped since then.

She has been to most countries in the world, apart from Iraq and Afghanistan, though she applied to visit the latter several years ago.

Having shared her stories spanning 40 years with fellow backpackers, she finally gave in to their suggestions she pen a book.

The second book in the planned nine-part series, Every Nook & Cranny: A World Travel Guide, was recently published and the third will be released soon.

The books feature many of Day’s stories, experiences and photos from various destinations.

Describing the stealing incident in Guatemala, she said she experienced the flipside of human nature through the detectives assigned to her case.

“They stayed with me the whole day…they brought me a full cooked breakfast and a Spanish-English dictionary so we could understand each other,” she said.

Friends and family think she is “mad” but Day believes travelling solo offers greater experiences and freedom.

“Local people will interact with a lone traveller,” she said.

“I play a lot of it by ear.”

She recommends booking accommodation on arrival for better prices and local knowledge, with her first stop off the plane always to the local tourist bureau.

Her recent trip to Sudan (an “incredible country” with history akin to Egypt) was via a private tour, booked after arriving.

Day encouraged tourists to dress conservatively to respect other cultures, carry valuable items under their clothing and always be aware of surroundings.

“And be pleasant, a smile goes a long way,” she said.

Despite having had two hip replacements, her travel plans continue, with her next trip to the US and Columbia.

“It’s getting harder…but I don’t want to stop,” she said.

“I’ll do it as long as I can.

“It’s just such a wonderful world.”

And when it comes to that final trip, Day says she is travelling first class.

Books one and two of Every Nook & Cranny: A World Travel Guide are available at www.fayeday.com and she will deliver locally.