reflections

So, how is married life? Post wedding musings from a newlywed

Yay, it is June. Summer is here, which also means that ‘wedding season’ is here too (though if you want to save money, you’ll get married out of season). I have been married for 3 months, so it now feels like good time to share a post wedding blog with you. There is nothing quite like a major life event, or milestone to provoke people asking those...

Has social media has ruined the travel experience?

This is a post that I have wanted to write for some time. I have touched on it in a few other posts in the past. That is, social media and its influence in our lives. I’ve written about how blogging can make you unsocial, the Korean (and now the World’s) love of technology and how to have a socal media free Christmas. However in this, I wanted to talk...

Where did my 20s go, and where I’m I going for my 30th?

This year, I will turn 30. Turning 30 is a milestone often celebrated with lavish parties and with a large gathering of friends. For some, it is a milestone that they’d rather not reach. It can suddenly make you feel old, and reevaluate your life.  Being in your 20s is exciting. You feel youthful, vibrant and that you can achieve anything. However, you can also...

Travel plans and dreams of 2016

As clocks strike midnight, we gather together with loved ones, send messages of love to others, and say happy new year. The beginning of a new year is often one of contemplation. Reflecting upon where we have come in the past year, and hoping, wishing, dreaming for what is to come in the year ahead. None of us will know what this year will bring, but we can still...

How to have a social media free Christmas

Whether we like it or not technology is advancing around us, and shapes how we live day to day. Most of this tecnhology can be helpful, but we are now spending the majority of our life, living online. We do our banking online, shop online and may even dab into the world of online dating. A lot of things are automated, and we sometimes have no need to speak to an...

What it feels like to be home

Boarding the flight, I settled in, as I normally would, and made sure I had everything on board to ensure that the next 8 hours would be as comfortable as possible. It felt like any other flight that I had taken over the past 3 years since I left my native Northern Ireland, or indeed in the recent 5 months I had spent in South-East Asia. Except it wasn’t.  I was...

A new direction for life in a rucksack

Sometimes it takes slowing down, to realise how much of a crazy ride you’ve been on. When I was younger, I loved roller coasters; the more daring the better. You could hang me upside down and spin me round as fast as possible, and I’d still scream ‘faster, faster’. I loved the thrill, buzz and excitement. I’d go on the most dangerous...

Where is home when you travel?

“Hello Stranger!” I turned to see a familiar face, and embraced my friend with a hug. We had not seen each other in two years. I had returned to Lincolnshire, where I lived for a few years, prior to moving to New Zealand, and during my weekend trip I got to hang out with those I was once very close to. However … I kept reflecting on that phrase...

The excitement of travelling for the first time

“See you in a few weeks” I said nervously, as I waved at my sister at the security area of London Gatwick airport, and walked through to find and wait by my gate. I was 17 years old and flying by myself, on my first transatlantic flight, alone. I was meeting a friend at the airport in Philadelphia to be staying with her and her family, but I still had to navigate...

Go live life: A tribute to my friend Toni

What I am about to write is not about travelling, or my latest adventure in some far flung part of the World. It is incredibly personal, and has taken me a bit of time to reflect upon this. Recently a friend of mine Toni, passed away. She had Cancer, but managed to fight a good and gracious fight since her diagnosis 4 years ago (when she was told her prognosis was 18...

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