All posts tagged: travel inspiration

Travel Planning For The Year

In the first week of January, we all have a chance for a fresh start. It’s a new chapter, a blank page, a fresh slate. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the previous year, what you gained or lost, what you achieved or what you maybe pushed to the back of your priorities, intentionally or not. And of course to focus on the upcoming year ahead and what your goals or aspirations are, what you want to review or change in your life and much more. When it comes to travel, it can be all too easy to let the weeks and months go by without planning your much-needed holidays until it gets to the point where you’re desperate to leave the country or go on an adventure and you end up booking something last minute – as an easier or cheaper alternative to something on your real bucketlist. All it takes is a little planning! As it’s the first weekend of January, why not make the most of this fresh start to grab …

Philosophy Of Travel

“In space, your convictions get heightened. You find yourself laughing and crying much more. You start to think, about all those people you know in, say, Saskatoon, and how they’re not that different from the people in the city in Africa that you’ve never been to – trying their best, raising their kids – and how your particular set of loves relates to everything else” This is what happens on this Earth, too, when you travel and let yourself live a bit differently, and see others live differently. No text book, degree or diploma will give you the valuable experience of what another city or country can provide. Travel the world, live in other cities, learn cultures. Learn because it keeps your mind young and your ideas developing. Travelling offers you possibilities. When you’re stuck about what to do next in life, get on a plane and spend time in another country. You not only learn about others, you learn about yourself. Travel opens up options you never knew you could have. You’ll become clearer …

Philosophy Of Travel

“That is why we need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don’t lift to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don’t let yourself become one of those people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveller has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice.” –  Kent Nerburn (Letters to my Son)

Travel Souvenirs | Authentic Indian Chai

Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with ‘pie’) is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures. Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is generally made up of: • rich black tea • heavy milk • a combination of various spices • a sweetener With India on my mind after watching BBC’s The Ganges with Sue Perkins, with one of my friends having just returned from an incredible trip there and another friend heading there next month, I decided to delve into the back of my overspilling tea cupboard and sieve out the Chai I bought on my travels in India. Recommended by Lonely Planet as the best spice shop in Rajasthan, we navigated the streets of Jodhpur in the search of MV Spices and it didn’t disappoint. Shelves and shelves packed full of every spice you could imagine, incredible aromas filling the tiny shop and still …

[People Of The World Series]: Faces Of Cuba

There is a hidden story behind every face, a smile or an expression telling a thousand stories without any words. Some of my favourite pictures from my travels are of people’s faces around the world, a snapshot of someone’s daily life captured in a split-second action shot. It is true that one of the best ways to get under the skin of a country is through its locals. In my People Of The World Series, I share my photographs of people from all around the world.

Society | By Eddie Vedder

Some days in life, and I feel like a lot of people would agree, I just want to escape everything; people, my city, the country, normal life and society. For Chris McCandless, whose name you might recognise from the famous film Into The Wild, this thought resonated more than, and on a different scale to, most. It tells the true story of how materialism and the superficial nature of society led him to leave behind $25,000, his family, and all of his possessions and escape into the Alaskan wilderness. Read my review here…but for now I will leave you with the inspiring lyrics of the film’s soundtrack, written by Eddie Vedder:   It’s a mystery to me We have a greed with which we have agreed And you think you have to want more than you need Until you have it all, you won’t be free Society, you’re a crazy breed I hope you’re not lonely without me When you want more than you have, you think you need And when you think more than …

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 …