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)
I am writing this from on board Daisy, our trusty (not-so-)little truck taking us from cities to deserts to the bush on our overland trip around India, and feeling particularly reflective today. I always look forward to sharing my travels through this blog, whether that be tips on travelling that part of the world, personal stories or a photography feature. Over the past few weeks I’d had a few ideas, including a photography series of India, as I had some beautiful close up shots of people I’d met throughout my trip in the cosmopolitan cities, desert towns and countryside villages we had driven through en route. I’ve always found that interacting with the locals really is the best way to get to know a country! And India isn’t an exception. The real beauty of India is its people. Yes, the incredible architecture and intricate decor of its temples, mosques and palaces really is incomparable to anywhere else in the world. The endless beeping of horns, dodging of cows and tuk-tuks in the streets, and constant …
I absolutely love Hong Kong! It was a few years ago now that I visited – as a stopover on the way to Malaysia – and was immediately captured by its beauty, unique culture, cleanliness and efficiency whilst also being a bustling major city of the world.
From travelling down the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo (one of only two places in the world where you can find these species of monkey: Bornean Orangutan, the Proboscis Monkey, Macaques, Maroon Langur and Bornean Gibbon) to adopting a baby orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to the beautiful untouched beaches of Kota Kinabalu in the Northwest, here is my adventure…
Florence As it was coming to the end of my year abroad and I had spent the entire time in France and Spain, I decided to go and brush up on my Italian (the third language of my degree) and booked myself onto a 4 week intensive language course in Florence! I couldn’t wait to spend some time in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
One of my most memorable travel experiences is my trip to South Africa. Most people head to other African countries, like Kenya, for a safari holiday, but South Africa is one of the continent’s top safari destinations with diverse parks and reserves known for superb big game viewing.
Uluwatu The main places to stay in Bali are Kuta or Seminyak – before I went, everyone would ask me if I was staying in Kuta or Seminyak…but I actually didn’t stay in either of those! As I’d heard that they are fast becoming more and more touristy and full of drunk rowdy foreigners (mainly Australians!!), we decided to stay a bit further out in Uluwatu in the south of the island.