All posts filed under: Inspiration

The Arrow Of Wanderlust

I do love a good bit of symbolism, especially when it’s travel related. And weirdly I’ve always been drawn to any sort of arrow or sign – things, I guess, which signify direction. My friends still make fun of me for never missing the opportunity to snap a picture of any kind of sign, whether it’s at home or on my travels. Anyway, a few years ago, I decided that the arrow of wanderlust was symbolic enough for me to get as my first tattoo, a tiny design on the inside of my wrist. Yes, I do get the odd joke of people asking me to point them in the right direction, and I can just use my wrist. But to me, it represents my passion for all things travel. As I’m sat writing this, I’m on a long bus journey through the beautiful Scottish highlands, staring out the window at the beautiful sunny scenery of green mountains and lakes in between writing down my thoughts as they come and sipping on my morning coffee. …

Sambhali Trust: The Importance Of Charity

As you may or may not know, I recently spent just under three weeks in India touring the country by bus with the amazing Dragoman overland travel company. As part of our amazingly detailed and full-on itinerary, we saw many incredible sights, some iconic landmarks and some more off the beaten track destinations. One of these was a half day visit to the Sambhali Trust, just outside of the blue city of Jodhpur. We spent a whole afternoon there at the centre, sat on the floor chatting to the girls about their lives whilst they prepared us a simple meal for lunch, sang and performed for us and painted beautiful Indian henna on our hands and feet. The centre, set up by the amazing Sambhali Trust charity, acts as an all-important refuge for women who live in the surrounding area. It’s open to all ages – the women we met ranged from the age of about 12 (some of these girls were married) up to late 60s, and every age in between. There were young …

5 Reasons To Pack Your Bag And Go Travelling NOW!

1. If you’ve had the urge – even remotely – you need to act upon that urge! Trust yourself and your mind that it might just be what you need at that given time – whether it’s the catalyst for a much-needed new start or change in lifestyle, a fresh perspective, or just the chance to get out of the country for a few weeks or months to clear your head and get yourself a bit of that all-important vitamin D. Whatever the reason behind it, trust your instinct and go – this is the very first step. 2. It’s so important to step away from your usual everyday routine, take a break from the internet, your phone and gadgets and just look, listen, smell and feel!  3. It’s always good to have a change of scenery. It keeps you inspired, motivated and grounded and gives you a chance – which you wouldn’t necessarily have at home – to look at the bigger picture, work out what’s important, and reflect on things in your life, …

Philosophy Of Travel

The best part about airports lies in what they symbolise. Airports are places of bookends: new beginnings and long-awaited endings, arrivals and departures, hellos and goodbyes. We start in one city to end in another hundreds or thousands of miles away. You enter from a desert and exit into a blizzard. In from winter, out into summer. In from familiarity, out into something completely foreign. Or vice versa. An airport is a place of transit, and not just geographically. I wish there was some sort of time-lapse to show how people change between departures and arrivals. When I arrive back home from being away, I’m never the same person as when I left. – Unknown

Philosophy Of Travel

Vagabonding: (1) the act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time. (2) a privately meaningful manner of travel that emphasises creativity, adventure, awareness, simplicity, discovery, independence, realism, self-reliance and the growth of the spirit. (3) a deliberate way of living that makes freedom to travel possible. – Rolf Potts (Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide To The Art Of Long-Term World Travel)

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is a great way to spread the love for smaller or new bloggers all over the internet and share their work with the blogging community. Here’s how they work. If you choose to accept it, write a post about it. The rules are as follows: Firstly, thank you to Miss Apple Abroad for the nomination – such an inspiring and well written travel blog which, if you haven’t already, will definitely give you a bad case of wanderlust. Here are my answers… 1. Is there a chance you regret never having taken in life? What was it? I really struggled with trying to think of something for this one – I guess the answer is I have no regrets so far! 2. Name three non-material items in life that you just couldn’t live without. This is such a tough question – from the immediate things which popped into my head, it made me realise how much we rely on material things in life… Firstly, the sun makes me happy and affects my …

The Philosophy Of Travel

“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole life becomes a series of interesting guesses” – Bill Bryson