If you follow my Instagram, you may have noticed that I recently embarked on my biggest trip yet: 2 months exploring Singapore, Malaysia and Australia! I’ve called this post Australia packing list simply as that’s where I’ll be spending the bulk of my time away and therefore is the climate/ environment that I’m mainly packing for. I have always enjoyed Googling other people’s packing lists when I’m going somewhere new to get ideas so I thought it was about time I wrote my own (and hopefully it will stop me forgetting anything!)
Oh, Canada… I’d previously only visited Toronto on a flight stopover, but had always had my heart set on returning to Canada. When I realised I could fit in a trip to Vancouver without any complicated visas, I took the chance straight away and it was the best decision I made the whole trip. From the people I met, the food I ate to the places I visited, I’m counting down the days until I get to return to this city.
The next stop on my West Coast trip: the city of Portland, Oregon. I was SO excited about this as visiting the Pacific Northwest has always been #1 spot on my bucket list and being in Oregon meant I would finally be there! I’d also heard so much good stuff about Portland, from its quirky vibes to its incredible vegan food scene.
This list is a constant work in progress…
- New Zealand
- Faroe Islands
- West Coast of Ireland
Iceland Pacific North West, USA
- Surf in Hawaii
Surf in Australia
- Work abroad
- Circumnavigate the entire World
- Trek in the Himalayas (Annapurna Circuit)
- Everest Base Camp
- See a musical on Broadway
- See the Northern Lights
- Appalachian Trail
- Fly first class
- Roadtrip across America
- Eat at Champs Diner, NYC
- Work at a summer camp
Where/ what is on your travel bucket list?
On the 23rd of April 2018 I got on a flight at Gatwick airport, and 11 hours later (but somehow only 5??!) I arrived in Oakland, California. This is still one of the most ‘I did that?!?‘ moments of my life; arriving in California alone was the most surreal (like literally from a daydream) thing I’ve ever experienced and WOW writing this now is making me miss it so much.
When I’m travelling I love to try new things, and on my recent trip to France I decided to travel overland by train rather than flying! I got the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris and then the fast train to Bordeaux the next day. This left me with about 22 hours in Paris: one night at a hostel and some time to explore…
If you’re travelling on a budget, chances are you’re going to end up staying in a hostel at some point. Although this can seem super scary at first, it’s actually a gateway to a whole new world of travelling and adventures. I’ve put together some of my top tips to make finding your perfect hostel that little bit less overwhelming!
As my gap year comes to an end, I’ve been thinking a lot about all that I’ve experienced and accomplished this year. If I think back to this time last year, it’s hard for me to believe everything I’ve actually done, and how far I’ve come in 12 months. I decided that a post like this would be exactly what Millie-one-year-ago would like to read, so I’m hoping it can help some people in the same position as me last year!