It’s that time of year again. Where we all think about our vices and misfortunes over the past 12 months, and look to a new year as a time to better ourselves. If you’re looking for ways you can work on some self-improvement, here are a few ideas inspired by philosophical thought that can be applied now and at any time of the year. After all, why should resolutions just be for January? Continue reading “New Years Resolutions Inspired by Philosophy”
Vivid blue waters, adorable wildlife, a never-ending choice of stunning views, the freedom to cycle across an entire island. Does this sound like your ideal day out? Then Rottnest Island is the place for you. Just a short ferry ride away from the Western Australian capital is a paradise island just waiting for you to come and explore. Continue reading “Rottnest Island Day Trip Itinerary”
When I began studying philosophy i was often told “it’ll change the way you think”. Stubborn and naive me thought “we’ll see about that!”. However now, on reflection, I can see that my pre-philo days were spent being an information eating machine. Enter Fact A and Produce Regurgitated Essay B. I was next to incapable of exploring my own mind, despite having so many thoughts and so much to say.
Now, I see how in every day activities and tasks I am facing a more balanced attitude. Continue reading “Can Philosophy Change The Way You Think?”
Having written almost exclusively about travel since this little blog’s humble beginnings, I’ve pondered broadening out into topics that are equally close to my heart. I’ve been intrigued by deep thought issues ranging from general introspection and mindfulness all the way to academic psychology and philosophy for quite some time, and since completing a BA in Philosophy my interests have only broadened. Continue reading “Introducing: New Stories”
On any trip finding the best activities to suit you can be a daunting task. Whether you enjoy the outdoors, art and culture, or indulgent treats, the region of Canterbury and its city of Christchurch have it all. Here are just a few of my favourite things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury! Continue reading “Top Things To Do In Canterbury New Zealand”
Visiting Kuang Si Falls is a must-do activity when in the ancient capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. Around 30km from the city, it’s a short drive away and easily accessible by tuk tuk, organised tour group, or scooter. Here’s a slightly different route to take you off the beaten track to visit this stunning location! Continue reading “An Alternative Way To Reach Kuang Si Falls”
I turn 24 this week, and I thought I’d mark the occasion by remembering all the things that made my 23rd year on this beautiful Earth memorable. Continue reading “Me at 23 – Reflections On The Year”
A couple of months ago I visited Somerset House for their most recent visiting exhibition – Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent. Always up for trying new things, and especially when art is involved I was eager to visit (and sniff!) this exhibition as soon as I came across it. Continue reading “What To Do This Week In London – Perfume at Somerset House”
A couple of months ago I spontaneously booked a weekend away in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and at long last my late summer mini-break came around at the beginning of September. Here you’ll find what I managed to cram into my weekend and what can be achieved on a budget friendly, two-day visit. Continue reading “A Weekend In Prague – 2 Day Itinerary”
I’ve seen articles, posters, and all types of merchandise using “Catch Flights Not Feelings” as a motto to comment on the idea of motivating young people to explore the world and visit new places, instead of looking to develop an emotional connection to someone and committing to staying put in the pursuit of emotional stability from a relationship.
Sounds cool right? Rebellious almost, to defy conventional standards of searching for a partner and instead searching for an adventure. Continue reading “Catch Flights Not Feelings – Why Not Both?”
As a traveller, and especially while backpacking, you’re blessed to meet many wise, wonderful, and wacky people. Here are a few of the stereotypical personalities that I stumbled across in my experience. What personality types stand out for you on your travels? Continue reading “All The Travellers You Meet On A Gap Year”
Any trip away is met with a panic about taking your most treasured items away from their home, and I’m sure I’m not the only one to get paranoid about whether you’ll be the unlucky story of that person who’s luggage went missing, or whose belongings were stolen, lost, or left behind. While there is a certain amount of chance involved in these situations, I found a few preventative measures helped to put my mind at ease, and at least when I did eventually end up in crisis situations I felt a little better equipped to handle it!
We all get holiday blues on return from travelling, and having been home I’ve seen plenty of friends and colleagues visit the beautiful places I experienced. Besides the obvious envy over the wonderful time they’ve had I’ve been wondering what I would have done differently and what I wish I could see again in more detail. Of course, I wouldn’t change my trip for anything, it was perfect in its occasionally chaotic way! Even at the time I worried about missing out on particular hidden gems and experiences, but with limited time and on a backpacker budget choices always must be made about the priorities of your activities. So, where would I return to see and do more? How has this impacted what places I miss most? Here’s a quick run-down! Continue reading “Should You Revisit Countries You Miss?”
We’ve seen the best things I’m glad I packed in my (not literal) suitcase, and the things I regret lugging about, so what did I find a burning need for? What was I kicking myself over NOT packing? Crossing over with the previous parts, here are a few of the unexpected items I wish I’d had to hand!
As my wanderlust itch is never satisfied, I’ve decided to follow an idea I’ve seen before and curate a collection of ideas to inspire my future travel plans and bucket list goals for around the world. I’ve included those which I’m lucky enough to have already crossed off, and the list is by no means complete as I imagine I’ll continue to add more and more when inspirations hits, and when I’m reminded of something amazing I’ve already done! Suggestions are most certainly welcome – sharing is caring!
- See the Northern Lights
Climb Mount Doom See Fairy Penguins on Philip Island, Australia Visit New Zealand(not for the last time that’s for sure!) Visit the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Helicopter ride over NYC
- See the geysers in Iceland
Swim in the Great Barrier Reef See the 12 Apostles
- Boat ride through the fjords of Norway
- Visit Machu Picchu
- See the Grand Canyon at sunset
- Visit the Canadian Rockies
- See the Taj Mahal, India
Pet a kangaroo Hold a koala
- Go whale watching
- Ride a tram around Lisbon
- Stay in a 5* hotel (anywhere!)
See the sun rise at Angkor Wat
- Attend La Tomatina in Valencia
- Eat Swedish meatballs in Sweden
- Cuddle a wombat
- Reach the top of “Stairway to Heaven” in Hawaii
- See the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City
Eat churros in Spain
- Walk on the Great Wall of China
- Hike through Yellowstone National Park
- See Mount Fuji, Japan
Visit Anne Frank’s house
- Attend a Holi Festival
Take a boat trip through Halong Bay Eat gelato in Italy
- See Giant’s Causeway, Ireland
- Stay at the Ice Hotel
- Sled in Finland
- Walk along the salt flats in Bolivia
- See Pink Lake, Australia
- Attend the Field of Light at Ayers Rock, Australia
- See the bioluminescent plankton in the Maldives
- Feed the flamingos at Flamingo Beach, Aruba
- See the penguins at Boulders Beach, South Africa
- Glacier Hike on Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Take the tourist shot in front of the leaning tower of Pisa Visit Auschwitz, Poland
- See the sunrise at Bagan, Myanmar
- Drink at a jazz bar in New Orleans
- See The Wave, Arizona
- Explore a market in Marrakech
- See Iguazu Falls, Argentina
- Hike to Crater Lake, Oregon
- Feed the monkeys at Monkey Forest, Bali
Island hop in Fiji Touch the Sydney Opera House
- Float/swim in the Dead Sea
- Dinner at the top of Burj Al Arab, Dubai
- Get to the top of Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
- Drink tequila in Mexico
- Visit the arctic circle
- Eat sushi in Tokyo
- Eat pizza along Cinque Terre, Italy
Make a wish at the Tevi Fountain, Rome
- Go to a classical concert in Vienna
- Take a surf lesson in Australia
- Roadtrip across the US
- Vists Oslo, Norway
- Visit Golan Heights, Israel
- Hear live music at the Bluebird Cafe, Nashville
- See the old city of Istanbul
- Stand on the peak of the Alps
- Visit a Christmas market in Germany
- Explore Banff National Park
- Do the Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto
- Attend Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai
- Hike a mountain in Stavanger, Norway
- Island hop in the Philippines
- See Chand Baori, India
- Wine tasting at local vineyards in France, South Africa, and NZ
To celebrate a few recent family events we decided to splash out and enjoy dinner at The Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, where the Winter Garden restaurant invites class, fine dining, and a haven of peace within busy central London. The perfect way to feel fancy (for once!), we relished the chance to enjoy such a treat.
For my final weekend road trip around the South Island I finally got the chance to visit somewhere very high up on my NZ bucket list. Arthur’s Pass is a tiny village nestled in the depths of the Southern Alps and is one of very few townships to stop at during the long drive between the east and west coast.
Although I was working remotely while in NZ, I was fortunate enough to take a couple of days off to make the most of the time there, and spend as much time with Kazimir as possible. Following a very relaxed night away in Hanmer Springs, we spent the rest of our long weekend closer to home, and enjoying more of what the city of Christchurch has to offer. Having spent a little time in the city last year, I knew of a few spots that I liked already, but the benefit of having my very own local tour guide meant I was lucky to get the inside knowledge on all the top recommendations.
For our second mini-break, we headed north and inland to the picturesque alpine town of Hanmer Springs. About a two hour drive from Christchurch, along the coastline and after stopping off to admire the mountainous views several times we reached our cabin room at a cosy holiday park. This efficient accommodation was perfect for our one night stay, with shared facilities but a lovely comfortable room with all you could need, but we weren’t in there for long as Hanmer Springs is truly a place to embrace the outdoors.
During my recent visit to NZ, I was working remotely from home which meant most free time throughout the week was spent chilling out, enjoying the sunshine, and staying close to home in order to get enough rest for an early start at work. However, Kazimir and I still had the pleasure of enjoying some delicious meals out and about Christchurch, and discover some unique bars to have a drink at. While there are loads of places to eat and drink out and about, here are some of my favourite spots around the city!
That’s right, I just couldn’t keep away from my favourite country. After the gruelling 28 hour flight I finally made it back to my beloved Christchurch, and was met by my favourite Kiwi, Kazimir.
A quick nap later and we wasted no time enjoying a drive around the Port Hills, overlooking the many bays around the coastline. There are plenty of amazing views and scenic lookouts around the hills, and it’s a popular spot for a walk around the tracks, taking varying amounts of time depending on your fitness and time restrictions. For the keen cyclists, it’s also a chance to really test your ability to tackle a steep incline!
We’ve heard about the wonders of the spoon in the list of my favourite few items to take travelling, and now here’s the next part in Suzy’s Suitcase! This time we take a look at the things that in hindsight I really shouldn’t have bothered with, and what was better off left behind!
It’s been a chaotic year for many, but are there any positives to be found in what seems to be considered a disastrous series of events throughout the world? From my personal experiences, there’s so much to say about the amazing things I learned about during my travels and on my return. For me, this has been a year of major highs and lows, with some of the most significant discoveries happening across the world, so let’s review!
When packing for a long trip, many of us agonise over what to fill our bags with. I had the added pressure when packing because I was about to become a backpacker, AKA trying to fit my life into a small vertical tube. Here are some of the things I should never have bothered with, and some of the things I couldn’t have done without. In part 1 of Suzy’s Suitcase, here’s just a few of the things I would recommend taking on a long trip. Continue reading “Suzy’s Suitcase Part 1: What To Take”
When I was travelling I got addicted to podcasts for a few reasons, but I’d already enjoyed listening to them on my way to and from work because they’re just about the right length of time to make a journey pass faster, and now I’m home I’ve continued that habit. Once I realised I could download them onto my phone while taking up minimum storage, and without using sooo much battery I ended up with plenty of hours to get hooked on long journeys. They’re extremely diverse and you can listen to almost anything to suit your mood, interests, and styles. Ultimately, there’s loads of reasons why I can try to convince you to listen to podcasts, but really, they speak for themselves more than anything. I’ve had tonnes of recommendations from people, and when asked for mine these are always my favourites ones to subscribe to, enjoy!
When you travel, you will talk endlessly about the many wonderful people you meet along the way. It’s pretty hard to stay in touch with them all, especially the ones that live in other countries. I’m lucky enough to not only have met some of the world’s finest people, AND stay in touch with them, but for one unassuming Kiwi I’ve managed to keep him in my life on a more significant level.
When I told people I would be travelling alone for a while, there were some mixed reactions. Family members were usually curious and asked exactly where I’d be off to, whereas friends were often very supportive and thought it was awesome (spoilers, it is). I feel pretty fortunate that I had the chance to be a solo gal out there alone, and to be one half of the “Double-Trouble-Dream-Team”: Em and Suze. I’d definitely made the decision to only visit countries on my own that I felt would be ok for a first time trip, and there is certainly a part of that which is due to the worries of others. I also think that those worries wouldn’t have been quite so vocalised if I wasn’t a female travelling alone. I’m so glad that I was able to experience countries in Asia with one of my closest friends, it would have been a totally different experience on my own, but I would definitely like to get out there and see some countries a little further out of my comfort zone during a solo trip, for the comparative experience if nothing else!
Everyone goes through different experiences and transformations throughout their lives, but travelling has the ability to fast track some of those changes, and that means that when you come home there can be a hell of a lot of adjusting to be done. There’s a million posts and lists about what coming home is like, so here’s my addition to the blogosphere on the matter. There’s certainly more than just these, but a Top Ten run down seems like a nice start! Maybe there’s scope for a sequel to bump up to 20 at a later date… Anyhow, these are the ones that really stood out for me as I came through arrivals and back into ordinary life.
Three months down the line.
The tan is faded, the bank account is in recovery mode and it’s all back to normal. What’s it been like settling back into Suzy’s Surrey life?
THE LAST TRAVEL ACCOUNT!
I realise I have written A LOT over these months about my trip. I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible, mostly so that one day when I look back and feel even more nostalgic than now I can remember the wonderful highs and lows, twists and turns. I imagine they would be hugely boring to anyone, hence why I’ve tried to include pretty pictures! There are stories and moments I’m sure that have been omitted from my forgetfulness, but for the most part I think it’s all pretty accurate! It’s absolutely not over though, there’s still so many thoughts I have on travelling, the trip and so on so I hope I can keep writing. Here’s to one last blow by blow account, featuring my favourite quotes from The Beach!