Alexandra Aitken was born and raised in Scotland where she presently lives with her husband. She qualified in general nursing, midwifery and community nursing, as well as gaining a BA in Community Health Studies and an MSc in Primary Care. She has had articles published in nursing journals and also the successful publication of a nursing textbook. Her nursing career allowed her to work both at home and overseas and this fuelled her passion for travel. Now retired from nursing, she continues to enjoy travelling to far-flung corners of the world.