Tips for First Time Flyers and Aerophobics

Tips for First Time Flyers and Aerophobics

Never before has travel been so straight forward. Just hop on a plane and before you know it you’re on the other side of the World. It's amazing, but for someone who has never flown before it can also be a scary & uncertain prospect. Equally, a fear of flying can be a serious obstacle to many people’s travel plans. So, to settle any nerves and help you prepare for what’s to come, here are my travel tips for first time flyers and aerophobics.

The Siem Reap Temples of Angkor- A Comprehensive Guide

The Siem Reap Temples of Angkor- A Comprehensive Guide

The Siem Reap temples of Angkor should be on any aspiring traveller’s bucket list. One of the World’s greatest historical sites and the subject of films and fiction for decades, there’s a magical element to Angkor that captures the imagination and plunges you head first into an ancient world and lost civilisation. Head to Cambodia, head to the temples. Here’s a comprehensive guide to make sure you experience them to the fullest!

Diving Sri Lanka: A Guide to Exploring the Best of Sri Lanka’s Oceans    

Diving Sri Lanka: A Guide to Exploring the Best of Sri Lanka’s Oceans    

With countless dive sites, from sea caves, rock formations and shipwrecks to vibrant coral reefs and a huge variety of marine wildlife, diving is a hugely popular activity among travellers to Sri Lanka. For anyone planning their first visit to the country, eager to explore its deep blue underwater world, I thought I’d put together a guide to diving Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Itinerary Essentials: A First Timer’s Guide to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Itinerary Essentials: A First Timer’s Guide to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful, teardrop shaped island off the Southern tip of India that has only recently been rediscovered by tourists and travellers. I wanted to highlight some of the essential info and best bits for any first time travellers planning their Sri Lanka itinerary! 

Top 10 New Zealand North Island Attractions

Top 10 New Zealand North Island Attractions

There’s immense beauty and opportunity for adventure around every corner in New Zealand. So, if you’re a first time traveller lucky enough to be there, it’s unlikely that you’ll struggle to find amazing things to see and do! Nonetheless, it’s useful to know what’s out there to ensure you don’t miss out on the best bits. Read on for my pick of the top 10 New Zealand North Island attractions.

Top 10 Things to Do in New Zealand South Island

Top 10 Things to Do in New Zealand South Island

New Zealand’s South Island has to be one of the most spectacular places on Earth. So, whatever you see and do, you’ll struggle to have a bad time there! Nevertheless, for anyone considering a visit, I want to offer my pick of the ‘must-dos’ of this incredible place so you don’t miss out on any of the best bits. Read on for my Top 10 Things to Do in New Zealand South Island.

Ultimate First Time Travel Lessons from 24 (Really Lovely) Leading Travel Bloggers

Ultimate First Time Travel Lessons from 24 (Really Lovely) Leading Travel Bloggers

Who better to learn the ropes of travel from than those who travel day in and day out, exploring the furthest reaches of the world, sampling new adventures and documenting their travels every step of the way; who ‘live the dream’ and make travel their profession as well as a vocation?

It was with this idea that I started reaching out to leading travel bloggers from all over the world.

How to Save Enough Money to Travel the World: The Three R’s

How to Save Enough Money to Travel the World: The Three R’s

Much to my ongoing disappointment, travel (though absolutely possible on a budget) usually isn’t cheap. And alas, it definitely isn’t free...I’ve spoken about money and travel a few times before. However, as it’s such a big topic I think it’s worth coming back to- this time with a simple travel saving mnemonic.

Why the Present Moment is a Crucial Tool for Successful Travel

Why the Present Moment is a Crucial Tool for Successful Travel

Staying present is a key skill for any traveller to develop...I think it’s so important that I thought I’d reemphasise, and risk belabouring, the point here. The more I reflect on it, the more I come to see the discipline of being present on your travels as the only way to reap the full rewards on offer...Let me try to explain..

Mindfulness and Travel: What, Why and How?

Mindfulness and Travel: What, Why and How?

Mindfulness is great at any time and for almost everyone. However, I think it has the potential to be a particularly useful trick up the sleeve of travellers hoping to fully experience their trip, while remaining grounded in what can be a trying and tumultuous way of life...In this post I define what mindfulness actually is before exploring why it could be particularly helpful for travellers and how it might be put into practice.

A Coddiwomp Top Travel Tip: Avoid Using Travel As An Escape

A Coddiwomp Top Travel Tip: Avoid Using Travel As An Escape

“I want out. I’ve gotta go somewhere- have to get away! I need to travel again...preferably for a long time”...It was nothing debilitating, but I had the sudden and powerful urge to travel, to just get up and away from everything...The issue reminded me of something I think is important when it comes to travelling and that I’d forgotten in my immediate reaction to get up and go.

How to Decide Where to Travel: The Paradox of Choice

How to Decide Where to Travel: The Paradox of Choice

Another potential obstacle to travel is an ironic one really. Essentially, for aspiring travellers there can be so many places we want to go, so many things we want to see and so much stuff we want to do that it can be too difficult to decide on any one of them. We end up doing nothing. This is a piece looking at how to decide where to travel.

Stress and Travel: Using Stress as a Positive Tool

Stress and Travel: Using Stress as a Positive Tool

Stress can be used as a positive tool in travel and life. However, in our society today we spend a lot of time and effort avoiding discomfort. As a result, we've come to a point where we’re now immensely stress-averse. We’ve come to see it as something that’s downright bad. And it’s true: stress is never nice and in extremes it can lead to really negative consequences. Yet, it's also evident that at low levels, real good can come of it too. 

Overcoming Low Mood, Negative Thinking and Difficult Situations While Travelling

Overcoming Low Mood, Negative Thinking and Difficult Situations While Travelling

We all know how great travel is. Seriously, I’m the first to rave about the sheer awesomeness of it and have done so countless times through Coddiwomp, both on the website and social media...I honestly think travelling is one of the best things anyone can do in their lives....However, travel isn’t always great. And, where travel bloggers and content producers understandably often focus on the immense positive qualities of travel, there’s a tendency not to talk about the multitude of challenges involved too.

The Ultimate Travel Pre-departure Checklist

The Ultimate Travel Pre-departure Checklist

There can be quite a lot to think about in the lead up to your travels. So, here’s my pre-departure checklist of everything you could be considering before you go. I’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible but like I’ve said before, travel is an individual endeavour and we all do things differently. The way you prepare and the order in which you do things will be unique to you. So, though I hope this will be a useful guide for any first time traveller, it doesn’t necessarily have to be followed to a T!

How to Maintain Your Passion for Travel: The Importance of Purpose

How to Maintain Your Passion for Travel: The Importance of Purpose

A thought stirred in my mind during a recent trip to Cambodia. It related to a question I’ve frequently asked myself: how long could I travel for before it lost its appeal? Ultimately, in the pursuit for an answer I found myself considering how we can maintain our passion for travel while on the road. In so doing, I landed on the importance of purpose.

Travelling: How to Know You Should Go

Travelling: How to Know You Should Go

Sometimes travel doesn’t feel like a choice. For some, the urge to explore the world and break away from the banality of daily life in exchange for adventure is so intense that travel becomes almost inevitable...In this post I explore this urge and how it relates to dissatisfaction with the idea of an ordinary, banal life.