I’m Joyce Perrin, 87-year-old author of "Ants in My Pants: One Woman’s Unexpected Adventures Across Seven Continents." Ask Me Anything about traveling to 157 countries and 31 territories, the lure of adventure, and connecting with people across my...
Hello. I'm Joyce E. Perrin, a Canadian woman and avid traveler. I’ve just turned 87 and published my book, Ants In My Pants, this year. Proof.
My background is in nursing and hospital administration. In my mid-50s, I started my solo travels by taking a healthcare job in Saudi Arabia. From there, I was invited to work for the World Health Organization, then the United Nations Development Program and the International Executive Service Corps. Over more than 20 years, these positions allowed me to indulge my sense of adventure and penchant for personal connection across seven continents.
I've gone white water rafting on the Nile, trekked through the jungles of Uganda to see the gorillas, lived with a Shona family in Zimbabwe, was circled by a tiger shark after exploring a wreck in the Red Sea, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro pushing 64, and made new friends wherever I went. I love sharing the stories of my adventures.
Ask me anything about places to visit, how to travel safely, how traveling changed my perspective on different cultures, writing a book in my 80s, or whatever strikes your fancy.
I'm new to Reddit, so my friend /u/nosecohn is typing the responses for me.
EDIT: I'm signing off now, but thanks for the great questions. I enjoyed answering them.