Travel Destinations – Janet Gover

As everyone probably knows by now, Japan is one of my all-time favourite places in the world to visit. But there are so many other wonderful destinations, so to celebrate the e-book publication of my new novel The Jade Lioness, I’ve asked some of my fellow authors to tell me what their favourite exotic (or not so exotic?) travel destinations are and to recount some of their travel tales (good or bad!). Today I welcome Janet Gover to tell us about hers:-

Janet pic 1I love wild places. I think it comes from growing up in the Australian bush. I also love history, so those are the places that attract me.

I particularly love the South West of the USA: New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona. It’s wild and beautiful and unique in so many ways. My holidays there really stand out in my memories for so many reasons.

I fulfilled a life-long wish when I visited the pueblo cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde in Colorado. It’s amazing that a whole culture existed here – climbing and an out of these dwellings by simple hand holds in the rocks. There are slightly safer paths for tourists now, thank goodness!

In the middle of the New Janet pic 4Mexico desert, inside a secure missile range, is the Trinity Site where the world’s first atomic bomb was exploded. Growing up in the nuclear age, I always wanted to see that site and was thrilled to learn you can go there. The site is open to the public on just two days a year. We formed a convoy and were escorted in by military police. It was an awesome feeling to stand in a place where one event changed the whole world.

Janet pic 2The craziest place I went to was just inside the same military base. It’s officially a Missile Museum, but actually looked a lot like a spare room where you just dump everything you don’t use any more but don’t want to throw away… or rather how that room would look if you were a military superpower. The buildings and the area around them are littered with leftover missiles and bombs, looking like a child has tossed them aside after playing with them. I couldn’t help but wonder what those missiles were pointing at – just in case…..

Like you, Christina, I have been to Japan several times and do enjoy it. But my favourite place in the whole world – well, Australia of course. That’s why I set my books there. You can find out more about that on my website at

Janet coverThank you, Janet, that sounds awesome!  And I’m sure the Australian outback is equally as amazing – I hope to visit both places myself one day.

For anyone who wants to visit the Australian outback from the comfort of their sofas, Janet’s latest novel, The Wild One, is now available in e-book from all major platforms.

Please come back tomorrow to hear from Sue Moorcroft.




  1. Janet, these are definitely odd places to ‘favourite’! 🙂 They do sound fascinating, though. x

    Comment by Sue Moorcroft — May 16, 2015 @ 10:50 am

  2. I guess they are unusual Sue – but they do stick out in my mind as places that really captured me when I was there – albeit for strange reasons.

    Comment by Janet Gover — May 16, 2015 @ 10:53 am

  3. There are so many unusual places in the world where perhaps one wouldn’t think to go, but it’s great to get to hear about them from someone who has been there! That missile “dump” looks like some kind of weird sculpture!

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — May 16, 2015 @ 11:18 am

  4. Fascinating choices, Janet, you certainly get around!

    Comment by Angela Britnell — May 16, 2015 @ 2:07 pm

  5. I’d love to drive all round the USA but I guess I’d need a year or so 😀

    Comment by Christina Courtenay — May 16, 2015 @ 8:04 pm

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