All posts tagged: travel bug

The Essential Packing List

So you might have read my post Plane and Simple: Packing Made Easy with my top packing tips and some essential travel items, useful for both long haul and shorter trips. Sometimes packing and the pre-travel can be one of the funnest parts of travelling! However, this week as I find myself once again hauling my barely dusty case out of the wardrobe to embark on the packing process precisely two days before I fly to the Seychelles (hard life) and wondering as per usual why I hadn’t been more organised and wishing I’d started putting together some things a bit earlier, I’m finding that this is not the case. Granted a beach holiday like this one is not the hardest trip to pack for, especially compared to my last few trips to India and Cuba which were backpacking trips so required a lot of planning for different scenarios, but it still takes a lot of time. Anyway, I thought I would potentially save you the same stress and share my full packing list with …

Viñales: Cuba’s Green Scene

When someone says Cuba, you most likely conjure up iconic images of its capital Havana – its bustling streets, lively music, happy faces and those old school vintage cars roaming the streets. This without doubt is the heart of Cuba, its lively body and soul. Idyllic Caribbean beach scenes might also come to mind – white sand, turquoise waters and rum cocktails. And you wouldn’t be wrong. The large majority of visitors to Cuba split their time solely between Havana and the Varadero beach region, a nice little combination of city and beach with the added ease of getting between the two in just a couple of hours. However, there’s just so much more to the island if you have the time to really explore. After an incredible few days in Havana (more on that to come in a later post), we headed a few hours west to the beautiful Viñales, four to be precise. Now this is by no means off the beaten track, but perhaps due to its position in the opposite direction …

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, …