This post is part of my Photography series, showcasing my own snaps of everything from scenery, nature and wildlife to cityscapes, monuments and people – all from my personal travels around the world. Advertisements
It’s amazing isn’t it how much time we spend thinking about, planning and travelling abroad for holidays and trips. It’s all about where we can get the cheapest flight to or the most exotic beach destination. Last weekend, however, I discovered something so beautiful and the best thing about it was just how close to home it is. I’ve lived in Chiswick, London for over six months now (many more to come hopefully) and much to my flatmate’s dismay, I’m ashamed to say that until this weekend I had not yet made it down to the river at all. The River Thames is right on my doorstep and snakes through the whole city, and I’ve admired it many times – from afar, from the top of the London Eye, from rooftop bars and buildings, from riverside pubs in Richmond, but I’ve never followed its banks to the district I now call home. Well, on Sunday it was a beautiful day: cold, crisp and bright. One of those days where the wind is so bitingly cold …
So last month (which now feels like a lifetime ago), my family and I packed our dresses and suits and headed for Italian soil to celebrate the wedding of my cousin and his American bride in Sorrento! As well as an incredible wedding in a truly stunning setting and the rare chance to spend some precious down-time with the whole family, another highlight of the trip was exploring the Amalfi Coast. A 50 kilometre stretch of coastline often considered one of the most beautiful in the world, the Amalfi Coast is deemed an ‘outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape’ by UNESCO and is without doubt one of Italy’s most striking destinations. After another gorgeous breakfast on the hotel’s terrace overlooking the mountains and seascape beyond, a view you could never tire of, we picked up a hire car from a small rental on the outskirts of Sorrento’s town centre and headed towards the coast. After a small sat-nav related issue where we found ourselves close to being stuck weaving our way through a very narrow …
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)
Sometimes there’s no better feeling than getting out and about in a country and doing something active in the fresh air and the great outdoors. Often it’s the best way to get the feel for a place, and leaves you with memories you’re not going to forget any time soon. I’ve been lucky enough to have had many incredible once-in-a-lifetime outdoor travel experiences over the years and thought I’d do a rundown of my 5 most memorable. 1. Boating and wildlife spotting down the Kinabatangan river in Borneo Kind of like your classic safari, except instead of in a 4×4, you are on a wooden boat on the river, and instead of spotting lions and elephants, you’re on the lookout for Proboscis monkeys and alligators. With a local tour guide and two safaris a day (both very early morning and late afternoon when the wildlife is most active), it’s truly incredible to see this wildlife, a few species of which are now endangered, in their natural rainforest environment. Visit full post here 2. Dolphin spotting …
One of my favourite and most treasured memories of Vietnam has to be Sapa. It’s definitely worth the trip there – a 5 hour drive west of Hanoi to a gorgeous little mountain village
Just a few hours drive east of Hanoi is the beautiful Ha Long Bay, one of the seven wonders of the world. It is amazing to get out of the city for a while and breathe the fresh sea air.
As you may or may not know, I have just returned from an entire year of travelling, visiting 6 countries and 45 cities, flying 46,925km, driving 2071km, as well as numerous treks, swims and boat trips! There had to be some way to go out with a bang, to finish this trip of a lifetime, and to say goodbye to a country which had become my second home…So what better way than to spend my last day in Australia jumping out of a plane into the clouds?
There’s something about summer – the long days, the warm air and the excitement of new adventures – that makes us want to jump into a car with our friends and just drive some place new.
I have just been to see the new film Everest, and am so moved and inspired by it that I felt compelled to share it. Based on a true story, the film follows an expedition group of mountaineers as they attempt the climb to the summit.