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Europe, Greece, Travel

Nothing beats a Sunset

January 4, 2016

I love a sunset shot and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? When I flick through other people’s holiday pictures I prefer to find the sunset snap than the bikini one. I now have a camera with a ‘sunset setting’ to really bring out all the colours in the sky.

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This picture is taken on the Greek island of Kalymnos. I like it because it isn’t like the usual sunset, it’s a bit gloomy but still manages to capture the beauty of this island. I love that you can see how close the neighboring islands are. This was taken back in 2014 during a bit of an island hopping holiday.

I’ve now been to a few of the Greek islands but as I mentioned in my last post, Mykonos is next on my list!

Do you love a sunset picture as well? If you do then you should do a post like this and enter it into Olympic Holidays #SnapASunset competition!

Travel

Where I want to visit in 2016

December 31, 2015

You’ve probably seen about million posts on the best places to visit in 2016. Rather than doing a post on the most luxurious destinations known to man, I thought I’d do one a little more realistic for me.

  1. Mykonos, Greece.

Mykonos 2016

I’ve been to a few Greek islands before and I’ve never been disappointed. Mykonos town looks so pretty with all the white and blue. I like visiting places that have a bit of character as well as sunshine and beaches so that puts Mykonos top of my list for places to visit next year.

2. Iceland.

Iceland 2016

Stu and I have been wanting to go to Iceland for ages now and have never got round to booking the trip. All of the Icelandic scenery looks incredible, from the lagoons, the mountains and the waterfalls. If we got to see the Northern Lights as well then even better!

3. Dublin, Ireland.

Dublin 2016

I have never been to Ireland! There’s a few places I’d like to visit but I feel Dublin is a good as place as any to start!

And just in case I win the lottery…. Bora Bora. A girl can dream right?

Bora Bora 2016

Where are you planning on going next year? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @frankiegoesto__.

 

 

My Life

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

 

Travel Book Series

Travel Guide Series #4 Experience Passport – Alex Egner – Chronicle Books

December 18, 2015

The Experience Passport by Alex Egner was one of my favourite gifts when I won Kara’s giveaway earlier in the year. It was such a hidden gem and here’s why…


So this book isn’t your typical travel guide. The book’s aim is for the reader to make the most out of every day. The blurb reads:

“This passport grants you access to life-enriching experiences. Break out of your routine, learn something new, and discover the world of inspiration around you.”

You can’t really ask for more than that can you?


I’m all for exploring your surroundings and seeing the extraordinary in what you think is ordinary. We need to break out of our mundane routines and make every day an adventure! That’s why I love this book.

The book is split into 45 different ‘experiences’. These can range from going on a hike to attending a music concert or simply drawing what you can see around. Each experience is designed to challenge you and help you learn something about yourself. I think pushing your boundaries is one of the main benefits of travelling. By testing your limits, you see the best in yourself and in others around you.



The book also comes with little stickers to show you completed an experience – brilliant for bringing out my inner child! I can’t wait to try out more of the ideas in the Experience Passport and I hope you give it a try too!

America, Travel

A Flashback to Vegas and The Grand Canyon

December 14, 2015

Recently I’ve been thinking about holidays I had years ago, particularly ones spent with my family. It’s been years since I’ve been away with my family – something that needs to rectified soon! I could talk about so many of my family holidays, I was very lucky and got to visit some incredible places. One of my favourites was our trip to Las Vegas and The Grand Canyon. My Dad and Step-Mum got married in Vegas and it was such as incredible trip. The hotels are like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Now I’m over 21, I’d love to go back and experience a night at the casinos. I was too young before so I had to make do with walking through them very quickly!

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For some reason, I hadn’t realised just how easy it was to visit The Grand Canyon from Vegas. We went on a day trip where our driver picked us from our hotel (The amazing Circus Circus!) and then we drove to the Canyon in a jeep. Driving around the Canyon in a jeep is the coolest way to travel!

The Grand Canyon was one of those places I never thought I would visit but I’m so glad that I did. You cannot help but be impressed by the magnificent surroundings. The Canyon just seems to go on forever as all you can see are these tremendous rocks in the most beautiful reds, oranges and browns.

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The advantage of going in a jeep tour is getting really close to the Canyon to take some photos to remember. We stopped right next to edge at one point and I sat pretty close to it for a photo – not something I would recommend to the faint hearted!

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Obviously, the Canyon has been adapted to tourists so if you want to walk over the edge and look down, a giant clear platform has been built to alow you to do this. Just don’t jump on the floor…

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I loved visiting the Grand Canyon. I’m sometimes a little disappointed by famous landmarks but this was worth the hype. I feel the need to let you in on a secret though. When I visited King’s Canyon in Australia, our tour guide told us a fun fact… the Grand Canyon isn’t even a Canyon! Not sure where the name comes from then! But whatever it is, it’s a fantastic day out and something you should definitely try and fit into your Vegas trip if you’re there for a few days.

Have you been to the Canyon? What did you think?

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. 

Travel Book Series

Travel Guide Series #3 The Big Trip – Lonely Planet

December 12, 2015

When the idea of travelling the world first came in to my head when I graduated from university, I had no idea how to go about doing it. I was full of so many questions. How much money will I need? Where shall I go? How do I book this kind of trip? I decided to buy a book which would help me decide. That book was The Big Trip by Lonely Planet.


Lonely Planet are the giants of travel guides and in my opinion always seem to be pretty trustworthy. This book is such a good buy if you’re thinking of going travelling. It’s full of so much useful information from pre-trip planning to stories from other travellers as well as maps and price guides.


The best part is the beautiful photographs through out to help you gain inspiration of where to go. You’ll be wanting to swim with dolphins off the coast of New Zealand one day and teach English to children in Ghana the next.


The book also helps you decide if you want to work, volunteer or just travel. I didn’t do any volunteering when I was away but I really wish I did. The best idea I came across was tending to orphan elephants in Sri Lanka, which sounds incredible!


The Big Trip book is regularly updated so the newer edition is slightly different than the one I have. This needs to be done so the price guides are as up to date as possible. 
As the name would suggest, this is a BIG book. It’s one to use before you go travelling and not take with you. Half of your weight allowance would be gone otherwise! So make the most of it before you go. Use it for inspiration and to find out the basics of where you decide to visit.


I hope you find the guide useful and that it brings you one step closer to having an adventure!

 

 

Travel Advice

Christmas Ideas for Backpackers!

November 17, 2015

It’s always difficult knowing what to buy someone who is travelling over Christmas. You want to buy the backpacker in your life something special but know that they probably don’t have room for much more in their bag! Well luckily for you, I’ve come up with a few ideas for presents that a backpacker would want for Christmas and will have space for.

  1. Food from home.  When I was away, I missed British chocolate so much! It just didn’t taste the same in Australia and they didn’t even sell some of my favourite products. Sending a backpacker a parcel filled with food from home will go down a treat – they’ll easily be the most popular kid in the hostel if they have a big bar of Galaxy to share around. British Online Supermarket sell  a whole range of items that can be shipped worldwide.
  2. An ASOS voucher. ASOS also ship worldwide so if you think that clothes would be more appreciated than food, then a voucher is the way to go. When you’re travelling, you grow tired of your clothes really easily. By buying them a voucher, they will be able to easily freshen up their wardrobe/backpack.
  3. Underwear! A backpacker always needs more pairs of pants. When their pants are all dirty, they have to do their laundry – something everyone hates to do in a hostel. More pants = more time between washes. You’ll be loved!
  4. Coordinates Jewellery. You can now buy jewellery with engraved coordinates which I think is a lovely idea. You could send someone a bracelet with the coordinates of somewhere they’ve visited or even the coordinates of their home. Even the most avid travellers like to think of home sometimes! This gift is a great idea if you want to get something extra special – have a look around on Coordinates Collection.
  5. A handwritten letter and photos. Let’s get traditional now. Nothing is really going to beat a letter from home and some recent photos. It will be really appreciated if your backpacker is feeling homesick and they can carry it around with them to read over and over again. Definitely include a picture of the family pet as I found most people miss their dogs more than their siblings!

And for the traveller who has come home for Christmas, head to Paperchase and check out their great range of scrapbooks and photo albums to make sure they remember their special trip forever.

Christmas ideas for backpackers

Europe, Travel, UK

IceBar London

November 3, 2015

I recently spoke about my trip to London and mentioned that we visited IceBar. I wanted to write a whole post about the bar because it was such a fun experience! I’ve never really been to a novelty bar before so it was all new to me and I had a great time.


My Mum pre-booked our tickets as we’d heard it can get quite busy – especially on a Saturday. I think our time was about 5pm so it was full of people getting ready to start their night out in London. We arrived about 10 minutes before our allotted time and got to see the previous group leaving – all looking very cold! It was soon our turn to enter the Ice Bar but first we had to put on our thermal coats and gloves. I loved our outfits with the fur cape,I felt like I  was in Lapland!


 We then entered the bar (or the giant freezer) and was greeted by a wave of cold air, good music and lots of ice! Literally everything is made of ice. I’m talking the bar, your glasses, tables, sculptures, everything! It looked really impressive.

As you only get 40 minutes in the bar there is an initial rush for everyone to get their free drink and then take pictures with everything in sight. This did calm down once people realised that 40 minutes is more than enough time to enjoy the surroundings and have a few drinks.

Now if you’re like me and really feel the cold, you’re probably thinking that standing in a freezer for 40 minutes doesn’t sound fun in the slightest. The truth is, you don’t actually get that cold. The cape and gloves keep you warm and you’re constantly moving around anyway which helps. So don’t worry about the cold and give IceBar a try! It’s an ideal place to start a special night out or just to try something a little different when visiting London.

Have you ever been to an Icebar? What did you think?

Australia, Travel

Wanderlust Wednesday – 28/10/15

October 28, 2015

If you want to get a different view of that famous Sydney skyline, head over to Dover Heights. This park is a fantastic spot to take in this beautiful city. It’s fairly near Bondi so really easy to get to and the walk up the hill is worth it! 

   
    
   

Asia, Thailand, Travel

Wanderlust Wednesday – 21/10/15

October 21, 2015
Wanderlust Wednesday

Oops, I missed this last week! I’ve been really busy with work so haven’t found much time to blog. I’ll be making up for that over the next few days though hopefully. Anyway, back to Wanderlust Wednesday. This week take a look at my pictures from Koh Phi Phi in Thailand.20140322-144216.jpg 20140322-143949.jpg 20140322-143458.jpg 20140322-143443.jpg 20140322-142949.jpg  20140322-142931.jpg

Koh Phi Phi is definitely one of my favourite places on Earth! Have you been?