Australia Packing List: Winter Edition

There’s no denying that everyone loves a good nose at what people pack in their suitcases and now I’m going to give you a look into mine.  This is a look at what was on my Australia packing list for a 2 week trip during winter!  Typically when the Northern Hemisphere gets their school breaks, the Southern Hemisphere is just coming into winter.  So while I’ve been used to temperatures reaching between 30c – 40c (high 80fs to 90s), I traded them in for temperatures a bit of a jump lower than that!

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The Pressures of Instagram on Travel Bloggers

I’ve never been someone that’s been affected by the way people look in the media.  You often hear it ‘young girls worrying about body image etc because of what they see in magazines and on TV’…nope, never been me.  I’ve always been happy with myself.  Until recently.  Instagram really started getting me down and making me think that I wasn’t good enough and that you have to be and do things a certain way to be ‘successful’.  Even then it’s still not a looks thing.  I don’t want to be the person in the photos because that’s not me, but it was almost like my life isn’t ‘good enough’.  But for the most part I like my life, I LOVE my travels so why should I be feeling like I’m doing it wrong?

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A Loo With A View: A Look at Toilets in Unique Locations Around The World!

I don’t know about you, but I find going to the toilet a bit of a chore.  Especially when you travel!  I’m sure you can all relate, wandering around a city bursting for a pee and attempting to find a public bathroom (Venice, I’m looking at you with your ‘follow’ the WC graffiti for miles just to pay 1.50Euro just to relieve yourself…or Mostar when I paid to use the toilet to discover there was NO toilet, just a hole in the ground, that felt like the biggest rip off ever!).  Or having to hold on for hours on a long bus journey.  However, sometimes the toilet stops can surprise you, they appear in the most beautiful locations and offer you amazing views from the loo and suddenly it turns a mundane task into a memorable experience!

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Travel Memories On My Wrist – A Look At My Travel Bracelets!

One of my favourite souvenirs that I always pick up on my trips, is what I like to call my ‘travel bracelets’!  They are often cheap, come in a whole range of different colours and you don’t need to worry about needing to have space in your luggage because you just chuck them on your arm.  Problem solved!  Once they make ‘the arm’, I rarely take them off, they have to withstand the sea, swimming pools, baths etc and to be honest, a lot of them don’t stand the test of time.  They end up snapping or just look manky.  Apart from two.  My El Camino bracelet and my Pura Vida bracelets!  At the bottom of the post I share my Pura Vida coupon code to receive 20% off their travel bracelets, so keep reading!

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My Waterproof Dual Timezone Watch – A Travel Gadget I’d Be Lost Without!

When it comes to travel packing lists and ‘must have travel gadgets’, I can’t believe I’ve always overlooked the item I’d feel most naked without and there’s a good reason for it…literally because I NEVER take it off.  Ever.  It’s like a permanent part of me!  I am a huge fan of Baby G (G Shock) watches by Casio.  In my opinion they are the best waterproof dual timezone watch out there and an important part of my travel routines!

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Worldwide Work Visa Journey Experiences Shared By Travel Bloggers

This is part 2 of my mini series of worldwide visa journey experiences shared by travel bloggers!  This post focuses on work visas which are employment based, rather than permanent resident visas which the majority of the time are granted to those married to a foreign national.  When it comes to work visas, there are typically 2 categories.  Work visas for those that are looking to emigrate for a more long term basis and temporary working holiday visas (such as the USA J-1 visa which allowed me to work for 3 months on an American summer camp and then travel for a little while afterward).

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How To Find Cheap Flights Between USA and UK

As a British expat living in the USA, one of the biggest questions amongst expat groups is how to find the cheapest flight to the UK.  So in this post I’m going to share with you my tips and advice on how I find the best flights.  These tips aren’t just applicable for USA to UK flights, I use these techniques for ALL of my travels.  There are ways to travel hack such as collecting air miles with credit cards or signing up to error fare sites, which require being in the right place at the right time or being flexible with travel dates.  These are tips that anyone can use!

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Road Trip Scrapbook Ideas!

Bullet journalling, scrapbooking, in the middle of the digital age it’s kinda cool how more people than ever are expressing their creative flair through arts and crafts!  Places like Hobby Lobby are dangerous for the artistic type!  I’ve only ever managed to complete two…one that I made for my Sister’s birthday full of childhood memories and a second one documenting my road trip along Route 66!  I may not be a pro scrapbooker but I’m ridiculously proud of my road trip scrapbook!  In this post I’ll be showing you some of the things I included and why a road trip makes an awesome theme for a scrapbook!

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