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Reflections on 2015. 

December 28, 2015

Last year I posted my reflections on 2014 so I thought it was only right that I did the same this year.

Spending a year at home after a year of seeing the world is hard on any backpacker. It’s the part that no one talks about. For me, 2015 was less about travelling and more about working, saving money and most importantly spending time with loved ones. I think Christmas always makes us appreciate the little things in life and this year it really hit home for me. There isn’t anything more important than your friends  and family. Enjoy every moment you spend in each others company and cherish every memory you make. You might not always get along but we should forgive easily and try and be the first to reach out to those who we have lost contact with. Lots of people make resolutions at this time of year but I don’t usually bother. Next year though, I aim to spend more quality time with my friends and family because no matter how busy life gets, we should always make time for others.

2015 also taught me to do more of what makes me happy. I thought this blog would fizzle out once I was home but I’ve kept it up and amazingly, I’ve now had travel companies ask to work with me. That’s not something I ever thought would happen when I started this before Stu and I went away. I want to keep writing, not because of the opportunities it can bring, but because I enjoy it and I know I’ll love looking back at this blog in years to come. I also started a new job because my previous one was making me unhappy. I was worried that it was too soon to leave but I knew that I shouldn’t force myself to do something that I hated. I definitely made the right decision and now I’m much happier.

I don’t know what 2016 will bring but I’m going in to it feeling positive about life and I can’t ask for much more than that!

Reflecting on 2015

 

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Itchy Feet

September 22, 2015

Itchy Feet

This quote probably sums up how 99% of my travelling friends feel once they are home. Does this feeling ever go away?

Stu and I have been home now since January. After spending 2014 travelling from country to country, we have only had one long weekend in Paris and a weekend in Scotland so far in 2015. Working long hours and daily reminders from Timehop as to what I was up to last year mean that I miss travelling more and more each day. I sometimes see a picture and actually want to cry because I want to return so badly.

I don’t regret coming home when I did, I think that I would feel like this no matter how long I had been away. Don’t get me wrong I like being home. It’s good to be with friends and family but I crave the freedom of travelling. I loved that plans could change daily and you never knew where you were going next. I don’t necessarily want to be away for a year again, I just want to go explore somewhere new!

I miss travelling.

I think the only way to cure this feeling is to book another trip…

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Sunday Musings

July 12, 2015


Saw this quote today and thought I would share it with everyone. I quite often compare myself to others when I know I shouldn’t. Everyone’s life is different and we all want different things. Life is not a competition. You don’t have to go to university at 18 or have kids by 30. You don’t have to do any of those things at all! Live your life at whatever pace you decide and don’t worry if you don’t hit certain milestones when you first imagined you would. It’s an old cliche but live every day like it was your last and don’t worry about what tomorrow will bring.

Happy Sunday!

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The Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show

June 16, 2015

Last weekend, Stu and I were invited to the Bristol Classic Car Show by Footman James. Now I appreciate what I call a ‘nice’ car but I don’t really know anything about them so I didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived.


The show was held at Bath and West showground in Shepton Mallett which has both outside and inside areas to display the car collections. And there were a lot of cars!

  
 The cars ranged from old police vehicles to VW campers to original Minis and everything in between. Some where in beautiful condition and really made you appreciate just how much love and attention went into that vehicle, my little Clio really does not compare!

  
 As well as the standard manufacturers, we saw makes and models that have long stopped being produced. Stu was glad to see a Triumph as his Grandad used to work there!

  

My favourite was this lilac Morris minor which was beautiful! I always wanted a VW Beetle when I was younger so I think I was reminded of that.

  

 Stu and I would love one of these campervans to continue our travels – they are the best form of transport for a backpacker. Nothing compares to that freedom!


As to be expected at a classic car show, you could buy every car part imaginable. What looks like junk to you and I, is a car enthusiast’s treasure!


Stu and I visited the show on Saturday but on the Sunday they were auctioning off some of the cars – I would have loved to have seen how much some of them went for, they must be worth so much!

  
 We both really enjoyed our day at the Bristol Classic car show, it was something different to do on a weekend and I would recommend going next year. Thank you very much for having us Footman James!

  
    

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Make sure you vote today!

May 7, 2015

I’m keeping it simple today – VOTE!

I’m not going to try and convince you to vote one way or another, I just want you to use your vote. Your vote really does make a difference.

Your vote will affect not only your future but your children’s future. Your vote affects the NHS, education, the benefit system, immigration, the national forces and so much more.

If you don’t vote, then you don’t have a say. People fought for you to have this chance don’t let it go to waste.

Don’t moan that you can’t afford a house. Don’t complain about waiting times at the doctors. Don’t hate the taxman on payday every month. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND VOTE!

Plus David Dimbleby has to stay up all night, don’t make him do it for nothing!
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Our First Wedding!

May 3, 2015

Well not actually ‘ours’, but the first we attended together.

This was the wedding of Reg and Debi, the new Mr and Mrs Parsons! Reg is a friend of Stu’s from uni who we haven’t seen for years so it was good to catch up and to celebrate the occasion!

The wedding was in Wareham, which is a pretty little town in Dorset. The town is full of independent shops, little coffee shops, pubs and of course the church where they got married. As Stu has the invitation and not me, I can’t remember what the church was called, but it was a really cute church situated on the top of the hill which made for a fantastic photo after the wedding.


The most impressive part of the day was the decor for the reception and evening do. From the moment you arrived until the end of the evening, there was always something special planned. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a teacup and saucer of Pimms and then made our way to our seats as shown on a board in the entrance room. The room was decorated in a rustic country wedding style and it looked amazing. My photos really don’t do it justice so check out the website of Perfectly Pretty Wedding Service to see everything they can do!


              Everything was thought of, from ‘freshen up’ kits in the bathroom to ‘hangover kits’ to take home at the end of night. There were so many clever touches around the venue to keep guests entertained and to create keepsakes for the bride and groom.


This was definitely my kind of wedding and Stu and I have just received another wedding invitation so I feel there could be many more posts like this to come!

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A not so relaxing Sunday.

April 12, 2015

I love Sunday. It’s a day of relaxing, staying in your pyjamas and watching as many Disney films as your heart desires. This Sunday I got to wear my pyjamas all day but not in the comfort of my own home.

It all started when I decided to be really productive this morning and wash my car. I shoved a jumper and coat on over my pyjamas and then went outside. This is where I made my vital error. I went outside and didn’t put the front door on the catch. It took about 2 minutes before the door slammed shut in the wind and I was trapped outside. Yes, trapped outside. In my pyjamas. Yay!

I found this quite funny for about 10 seconds until I realised I had no phone on me, my neighbours were out and no one was due home until 7 in the evening. I then proceeded to try and find a way back inside but it turns out houses are quite hard to get into without breaking a window! Who knew?! I couldn’t even clean my car because I couldn’t find a sponge, nightmare!

My only saviour was the fact I had unlocked my car ready to clean so I climbed in and settled down for a long wait. I must have fallen asleep at some point because next thing I knew my boyfriend and his mum turned up at the house looking for me. I was so grateful to see them, mostly because I was desperate for a wee at this point! I’d been locked out for over 3 hours!

I spent the rest of the day at Stu’s before returning home, still in my pyjamas and still with a dirty car! I’m not sure what the lesson of this story is, either don’t leave the house without your keys or don’t attempt to clean your car!

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Back to the Rat Race!

February 8, 2015

It’s been over a year since I left my job to go travelling but tomorrow I take my first big step back into reality. I haven’t gone back to my old job and I’ve embarked on a completely new career. Starting a new job is always nerve wracking but I feel even more scared because I do see this as a long term job which means no long term travelling in the near future.

Once you have experienced the joy of travelling, making the conscious decision not to go again is extremely hard. It is definitely not the case that I don’t want to go back to Australia or travel around another country but there are things I want to save up for at home now. You could argue that I should make the most of being young and travel as much as I can and that I have the rest of my life to buy a house and work. I do understand this point of view but I want to be around my friends and family more now I’m home and not go another year without seeing them.

There are still a number of countries that Stu and I want to visit so we will be saving up for some amazing holidays from now on. So here’s to experiencing the world of work and being a ‘grown up’!

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Reflecting on 2014

January 1, 2015

2014 was the year I have always wanted. I have discovered so much of this beautiful planet, made friends from all over the world and had experiences that most can only dream about. I am incredibly lucky to be able to travel and I will always be grateful for the year that I have had. Travelling is the most rewarding lifestyle and something I believe everyone should do. There is so much more to life than your home town. See more of your own country, see more of someone else’s. Just go explore.

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The Final Countdown!

February 1, 2014

It’s February 1st and I’m officially unemployed! Yesterday was my last day at work and now I have 11 days to say my goodbyes and make sure everything is ready. I seem to have an ever growing list of people to see and things to do. There’s the important stuff to do with bank cards, medication etc but the hardest thing to do is making time to see my friends and family. It’s all well and good me having time off work but everyone else has their normal jobs so it’s hard finding a time to suit people. I have a very hectic schedule for the next week and a half!

The nerves are definitely starting to set in though. I think it’s the unknown that scares me. It’s extremely weird not knowing how long you are going to be away for and when you will next see your loved ones. I understand that this can be the most exciting part for some people and I am really looking forward to setting off but I’m still petrified!

Well I can’t sit around writing a blog all day, I’ve got people to see and things to do!

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