Europe is a hugely popular travel destination. But how much will a European adventure set you back? Simply, how much does it cost to travel Europe?
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.
Scuba diving is an increasingly popular activity in stunning Sri Lanka. And with a huge number of dive sites including world renowned ship wrecks and coral reefs, it is easy to see why. If you're heading that way and fancy a dive, check out 8 of the best sites plus advice on when to go diving in Sri Lanka.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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.
In pursuit of making the most of your travels, it's easy and tempting to get drawn into the habit of rushing around from one amazing experience to another. However, this approach can end up biting you. In this blog I talk about the two reasons I recommend slowwwwiiing down on your trip as a key piece of travel advice.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.