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Summer 2015: 40 for 40, meeting fellow traveloholics, and running for charity …

Summer, summer, summer. Oh how I love you. Eating ice-cream, playing tennis, hanging out with friends, walking on the hills, sitting in a beer garden in the sun. For me, this summer will feature all the above and more. I’ll hit the big four uh-oh, seek to connect with some local traveloholics, and will pound the streets of […]

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experiences before I die - reading Hemingway on the Florida Keys

Lava, lingo, literature and light – “experiences before I die” progress

The first few months of 2015 have been pretty eventful. I spent two months travelling in Nicaragua, lapping up its spirit and diversity. I negotiated countless chicken buses, and fended off several questions about my solo travel status. I found new contract and freelance work back in the UK. And I met someone I thought I’d […]

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reverse culture shock: Nicaragua to the UK

Reverse culture shock: Why aren’t complete strangers talking to me, and where are all the chickens?

From chickens to clothes to children, strangers to straighteners to Spanglish … after two months in Nicaragua, I’m experiencing a little dose of reverse culture shock back here in the UK. Reverse culture shock 1: From morning person to night owl I’m quite happy not being woken up by chickens, monkeys and the 6am bus […]

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Why my career break makes me a better employee

Why my career break makes me a better employee

Wow, what an incredible nine months it’s been. I’ve travelled, volunteered, got to grips with all things digital, and more. It’s a story that can’t be told purely by a list of bullet points, though I’m going to try … Back in July, I wrote down what I wanted to achieve on my career break. On […]

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scary travel experiences - crossing the road in Hanoi, Vietnam - motorbikes

My scariest and scary-ish travel experiences

A multitude of motorbikes, a cacophany of canines, a terrifying taxi. Here’s a look back at some of my scariest and scary-ish travel experiences. Crossing the road, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2010 Who knew that crossing a road could be such a scary travel experience? In Hanoi, motorbikes whizz simultaneously from every direction, as if in a […]

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Hopes and fears for long-term travel: Miami, Nicaragua and Colombia

Hopes and fears for long-term travel: Miami, Nicaragua and Colombia

That’s what’s going through my mind at 3am this morning. I’m wide awake, random thoughts churning through my head. I only do this when I’m worried about something. Normally me and sleep are very happy bedtime buddies. Tomorrow I travel to Miami, the start of a two-month journey that will also see me take in […]

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best memories: Tour de France Marie Curie

How your best memories can shape your future

It’s amazing what sticks in your memory. Whether it’s the childlike wonder brought on by a snowball fight, the sense of freedom from a wide vista in a new land, the giggles and stories shared with friends over wine, the kindness of strangers on the road, a sense of accomplishment from running a mile or […]

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