Hello itchy feet. Is it time for another adventure…?
It’s a while since I wrote something personal. I never know if anyone’s interested in the real stuff! You probably just want to click on a blog about Hawaii, find out why it’s awesome, and then go make a cuppa… No?
Just occasionally though, I feel like it’s therapeutic to share, plus it gives a bit of context to the adventures I write about! I’ve written a few really personal posts before. In Girl Quits Life To Travel And Lives Happily Ever After I revealed a little about the dark side of travelling for a living. The lonely times, the misunderstandings, the fears.
In Frequent Travellers And Wow Moments I lifted the lid on trying to keep up the momentum and excitement and not fall into blasé habits of ‘been there, done that’.
So first things first… what’s been going on? Well I kicked off the year with an incredible video project in Hawaii. Video production company Travelspective invited me to be in front of the camera for a feature they’re making for tour company GoBe. It’ll be a while before the video is ready but trust me, this one is worth the wait!
Then I headed off to New York to work on a feature for Metro all about seeing the city on a budget. Unexpectedly, a huge snowstorm hit while we were there. Cue – a group of us traipsing through a foot of snow with suitcases! It was magical, crazy and all the more memorable! God it was cold though! Conveniently I had my snow boots with me as I was heading straight to Switzerland with Jet2 for a little break in Europe’s highest ski village – Zermatt.
Since then I’ve been enjoying a slower pace of life. Obviously I got ill, which is what always happens when the adrenaline stops. I spent a couple of lovely weeks in London soaking up the buzz, and realised just how much I’d missed that city.
And next? Well this weekend I fly to Jordan. It’ll be my first time in that part of the world, and when I look at a map it feels crazy to think I’ll be in a country that neighbours Syria. So close to the conflict, it’s really made me think about it all in a whole new way.
Culturally it’s going to feel very different from anywhere I’ve travelled before and I don’t really know what to expect! I’ve read up on what not to wear, how to behave and and as I’m visiting for the wedding of my boyfriend’s cousin, I’m looking forward to taking it all in. It’ll be fun to see the country not just through my eyes as a tourist, but also as a local.
We’ll be spending a day exploring the incredible ancient city of Petra – something I’m so excited about! It’s right in the desert, and between 400 B.C. and 106 A.D. it was one of the most important trading cities in the region. It was then lost for many years, only to be rediscovered in the 1800s. Can you imagine coming across the enormous carved façade of the famous Treasury?
We’re also hoping to spend a night in a Bedouin camp nearby. I think stargazing out there will be spectacular!
I’ve also just booked a trip to Antigua. Anyone who follows my blog will know I absolutely LOVE the Caribbean. The culture, the music, the food, the people… the overall vibe! I wrote a lot about the beautiful island of St Kitts last year, plus visited St Martin’s newest festival SXM Music, and spent a few weeks exploring Cuba the year before.
I’ll be visiting during Antigua Sailing Week, which happens to be one of the most exciting weeks of the year! Over 100 yachts will be battling for prizes, plus there will be huge celebrations, concerts and parties across the island. I’ll also be taking to the skies on a helicopter for the first time. If you read about my time in a 4-seater plane in Helsinki you might understand I’m a little nervous! Plus I’ll be spending a day kayaking through one of the national parks. I reckon this trip is going to be perfect for an adventurer like me!
Other than that, there’s a strange feeling in the air at the moment. I’ve been toing and froing between short-term rentals, housesitting, and my mum’s place, and do you know what? I think it’s time for a change. From reading friends’ blogs, it seems I’m not the only one craving a bit of stability and structure at the moment.
I’m a strong believer in the theory that if you don’t like something, change it (it’s basically how this blog started!) So, firstly I’m hoping to find a proper base in London again. I’ve really missed my friends (most of whom are in London) and I find I’m more motivated with the buzz of city life around me. My mum’s place is beautiful, but sometimes I have weeks where I sit in the same spot for 8-10 hours a day tapping away at my laptop, not speaking to a single soul. It’s like I’ve accidentally inherited a geriatric hermit’s life!
So I’m hoping London will improve my general happiness and motivation again! I might be throwing money down the drain some months when I’m travelling a lot, but I still think it’ll be better in the long run. Yes, I’ll get frustrated with the Spanish tourists blocking Camden Town tube, the extortionate price of a basic burger, and the fact that I had to wait more than 6 minutes for an Uber… but I think I need that in my life again!
So that’s it from me. Coming soon, stories from my travels in Jordan, Antigua and no doubt a few more adventures.
So, enough about me… what’s happening with you?!