The Blissful Art Of Solo Travel

I start waking up, the morning slowly pulling me to consciousness through the different levels of sleep until my eyes flutter open and my heart, with no alarm to raise it, continues to beat softly. Climbing down from my top bunk I grab my book and water bottle, head down to the kitchen to make…

Waking Up From My Sea Coma

It feels like I’ve been in a coma; waking up from a very strange, very real dream- life on the boat feels like a story from a book I’ve just finished. My days were like dust, quiet, still, settled and waiting for a gust of wind to pick them up and transport them somewhere new….

75 Days At Sea: A Soppy Sea Sayonara

So with less than 24 hours to go until I get to haul my case off the gangway and wave the ship that has been my home for the past two and a half months a hearty goodbye, I feel I should probably write some sort of conclusive, emotional farewell post. When people say to…

The Bitter-sweetness Of Re-entering Real Life

Imagine being suddenly taken from your current life and plopped into an entirely new one with barely any preparation or knowledge of how it’s going to turn out; Would that stress you out? Or are you like me, someone who get’s weird tummy jumps of excitement at the thought of sudden change, of irrational and…

What Ever You Do, Don’t ‘Make Do’

I have been lucky in love, I know this. I am the first to say that there has been a limitless, consistent supply of love running through my life like a healthy river, swollen and fast flowing, alive. Other than my family and close friends who I love and will always love, I have love-loved,…

4 Hours On St Helena

Another day, another South Atlantic island; South Helena provided a restless crew with four hours of freedom before we began our voyage back home to England. One of my favourite things to ask my shipmates is what they are MOST looking forward to doing when they get off the ship. I ask this partly because…

Sharing Happiness: Make The Best Of Those Around You

It’s crazy how much of an impact other people can make on our lives. Leaving giant footprints behind that even during the heavy rains stay imprinted on us; whether it’s big and obvious or just a slight twitch in our minds. All of the scientists and a lot of the crew have left the ship…

The World’s Most Remote Island: Two Hours On Tristan Da Cunha

It seems as though I am ticking off bucket-lister’s quicker than I can add them, visiting the world’s most remote inhabited island, Tristan Da Cunha, wasn’t even a place I knew existed until I joined this boat. A lot has happened since we left the vast, icy waters of Antarctica and returned back to the…

Whale, Whale, Whale, What Do We Have Here?

My days just seem to be melting away one by one, much like the icebergs we are quickly leaving behind. We are now heading back to The Falklands where we will be stopping for only two or three days to pick up some different scientific researchers before setting sail for Tristan Da Cunha. Our time…

The Secret Ingredient In My Recipe To Achieving Success In Life

How should we measure success in our lives? When I picture a successful life I automatically picture myself laughing. That is just the image I have in my head when I picture my future self and the idea that I have achieved ‘success’.  This isn’t an image I have worked on or sculpted, and I’m…

The Antarcticles: Seals New Album- Chunky, Yet Funky

We are surrounded by ice for as far as I can see. I keep my curtains closed because the glare can blind you, but when I dress up nice and warm, pop my sunglasses on and head outside I am welcomed by a sea of brilliant, solid white. The air here is so clean, pure…