Ah Christmas, the time for love and goodwill to all. I tend to get pretty nostalgic and reflective around this time of year! This year, whilst I’m on my biggest trip yet and also away from home at Christmas for the first time, I’ve been thinking about all the things that travel has made me appreciate more.
I know this is a post that everyone has read before, and every solo female traveller has written but it’s something I’m passionate about and thought I could add my own tips and ideas!
Seattle, Washington. Home of Grey’s Anatomy, Twilight, a whole lot of Native American history and some pretty darn good music. I was super grateful to be hosted by some family friends here, which made the experience so much more fun (and comfortable!)
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…