Antarctica Departure Day: Heading For The Ice

I don’t think it’s possible to have a more stressful start to a trip. For my flight I was told I needed to be there 4 hours before the departure time (bit keen) and that check in would close 3 hours before departure. I would be flying to The Falklands via Cape Verde, a total…

Pre-Falklands Thoughts

Today was my last day in England for a while, my last day to cook myself a tasty lunch and go for a walk with my mum, my last day to look at the trees, the grass and the flowers. I fly for the Falklands tonight, and it’s only just really dawned on me what…

Excuse Me, I’m Lost. Is This The Road To Self-Actualization?

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we were given an itinerary for our time on earth. Excluding the gaps and the in-between’s, they can be left blank so we can experiment and personalize; but as for all the major choices in life such as career, image, partner, they’ve all been chosen perfectly to suit…

Children Of The Vietnamese Mountains 

This is the first of a series of short stories I will write, all of which will be little extracts from my travels. Things that have stuck out to me as being particularly memorable or interesting, written in a creative writing-esque format… enjoy and lemme know what you think!  ‘We began slowing down the bike…

7.422 Billion Sheep And 1 Life Manual

When you look at it, it’s funny how little variety there is when it comes to the way in which we live our lives. There are 195 countries compromising of endless amounts of cultures, traditions and many different variations of quality of life. Yet it seems that no matter your walk of life the wants…

Downright Dreamy Bumper Sticker

One of my New Years resolutions every year is to read more. I mean, I already read quiteeee a fair amount but there is definitely time in the day I waste on crap like Facebook or pinching my fat in the mirror that could definitely be spent broadening my mind and calming my senses. So…

Andorra! 25th Country Celebrations

***** 25th Country Alert****** Andorra is the 25th country I have officially visited. Chin chin! (I say ‘officially’ because fleeting airport visits and stepping off the passerelle to touch the ground doesn’t count) I’ve swapped sky scrapers and smog for mountain air and rum hot chocolates. My morning views of the pollution-blackened exterior of the…

Baby, It’s A Bookshop Barge

Today I feel I am Charlie Bucket. At the beginning of January I felt like his old decrepit grandparents sitting upright in bed and eating cabbage soup for dinner being as dull as a beige polo shirt but now I am vibrant, prosperous young Charlie with his golden ticket. Only mine doesn’t allow me an endless…

First Sign Of Madness: Talking To Your Own Reflection

How often do you have a conversation with yourself in the mirror? Like actually look into your own eyes and have a chat like they’re your pal you haven’t seen in a while, showing genuine interest and care in what they have to say. Probably never right? This is why people struggle to make decisions…

Jan-you-not-uary

How vile is January? Does anyone else feel like all of a sudden every ounce of joy and happiness has just been torn from their lives in some sick post Christmas emotional burglary? Because I do. This is the first full winter I have spent in England for three years and this past week I…