2018 in Review

Hey Guys, long time no blog, somehow life keeps passing and my days just seem to get busier and busier. BUT Happy New Year guys. I hope 2019 brings you absolutely everything you want out of it. My year has started with some severely bad sunburn all because I thought I was tougher than the sun and decided to not put sunscreen on the back of my legs, which incidentally is the worst place to get burnt because I can barely bend my knees but is okay, I’ll survive.

Anyway, I thought that getting back into my blog by writing a new post all about my year and what happened and just generally looking back and reflecting.

The year started with my parents coming to visit Lachy and I in London, and we spent 10 days at my uncle’s place in the Cotswolds, before heading to the Lake District for Easter. Making the mistake of driving up Good Friday with every other person in London apparently and what was meant to be a 3-hour drive ended up taking double that.

Following my parent’s visit, it was nearly time for Lachy and I to pack up our lives and start our journey home but before heading back to Australia we had our 2.5 month trip around Europe to embark on. I have written a few posts on some places that we went and reviews on some of the tours we did and airlines we flew on which I will link at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in reading them. I had some stand out places from this trip namely being Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Nice/South of France and Portugal. We had such an amazing time to

After our trip ended we headed back to my hometown Adelaide and spent 10 days with my family and just relaxing before heading home to Perth and back to reality.  It was so lovely to be able to spend some quality time with my whole family after being away for 2 years and Lachy got a chance to finally meet my dad and everyone which was lovely.

Heading back to Perth meant the start of a new job, new degree and living with Lachy’s parents. Everything has been pretty steady since then, work, uni, life etc.. However, we did head to Melbourne for the AFL grand final which saw Lachy’s beloved West Coast Eagles win the grand final, post-grand final we headed to Fiji for a friends wedding, where we spent 10 days relaxing and living our best life, it was amazing. During this trip, we headed home via Brisbane to see Lachy’s brother, his wife and meet their lil bubba, who was born in May. We spent a week there and meeting this lil baby and looking after him and seeing Lachy feed him and play with him sent my ovaries into overdrive and I am literally like the luckiest person right now and all I want is a lil baby.

Post Fiji literally saw life go back to work and uni and nothing exciting, I managed to pass all my exams (even my maths unit winning) and pass all my classes yay! Coming to the middle of December I went back to Adelaide and visit my family again, even had some early Christmas celebrations which was lovely since I haven’t been home around Christmas time since 2014.

And that essentially brings us up to today, we had a really chilled New Years Eve at home, we made a nice dinner (beef wellington and creme brulee), had a super nice bottle of wine and just hung out, it was almost perfect, the only thing ruin it was Lachys parents being home, I honestly can not wait to be in our own house (not that there’s anything wrong with his parents and it’s super kind of them to let us live here, and they’re absolutely lovely people, I just want my own space).

I hope you all had an amazing year and hopefully, 2019 see’s me actually spending more time on my blog.

 

Update!

Hey guys!

I know, I know I haven’t posted in a couple of months I’m sorry! But also how has it been a couple of months? Where has the time gone? But I’ve missed you all so much and this lovely community ❤️

Basically I’ve been so busy with uni and work and life that I’ve struggled to find the motivation to sit and write anything basically! But here’s what I’ve been up to in the last few months!

Things have been great and I’ve been on my first uni teaching placement which was so amazing and I honestly enjoyed it so much and can’t wait for the next 4 years of uni to be over so I can get into a career I actually enjoy!

We’ve also put our names down with a breeder for an Airedale puppy which I’m so excited and if you guys don’t know what sort of dog airedales are have a look they’re so cute! Omg! The breeder isn’t planning for any litters until mid next year, which actually works out so perfect for us because we should’ve been back in our house a for little bit and be more settled and able to give this little puppy all the love and affection it deserves!

We leave for Fiji in just under two weeks, I’m so excited, I’ve so realised how blessed I was in London to be travelling at least once a month and getting away! I don’t know what I’m gonna do after Fiji when I actually have no idea when our next holiday is! But keep posted for updates on that!

And yeah that’s essentially what’s been going on, spending my weekends walking the dog at the beach, enjoying the sunshine and boosting my vitamin D levels after two years in the UK!

Love you all and I promise I’ll be posting more regularly hahah!

11 of My Must Read Books

Hey Guys!

I know my posts haven’t been super well thought out and planned out and in-depth but honestly I’m back at home, I see my family like once every two years so I’m literally just hanging out and enjoying my time home. I’ll be back in Perth in 2 weeks and back to reality and I should actually have the time to sit down an actually type a proper post out – I have so many planned about this holiday and about everything else in life! But for now here’s another quick post on 11 books I think everyone should read!

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (This book is so good, it makes you think about what people may or may not have gone through and that it’s important to have good people in your life)
  2. Then She Was Gone – Lisa Jewell
  3. A Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood
  4. Gone Girl –  Gillian Flynn
  5. The Harry Potter Series – Jk Rowling
  6. The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult (I was obsessed with this book as a teenager, it’s so sad and really makes you think)
  7. Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur (A book of poems, but like they’re all amazing and relevant to today’s life)
  8. Elena Vanishing – Elena and Clare B. Dunkle (Guys this one is pretty intense, it’s a memoir from a girl who suffered from anorexia and her journey with the disease)
  9. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  10. The Pact – Jodi Picoult
  11. Pride and Prejudice –  Jane Austin

These books have gotten me through so much, I could read them 1000 times and never get bored. Everyone should read these all at least once in their life.

 

 

What’s In My Carry On – Long Haul Flight…

Alright guys,  were at that time, its time for me to head back to Australia! Which is all very exciting, but does require 22 hours of flying!

I use the same carry on bag no matter how long the flight I am taking is, I just find its the perfect size, you can fit everything in it without putting too much in it if that makes any sense. I like using a backpack as my carry on instead of a smaller luggage bag or handbag purely because is so much easier to walk through a crowded airport with and it leaves you with both of your hands free.

I like to keep things in my carry on that I really couldn’t afford to lose or go without if, for example, my checked luggage went missing. I also like to take things that will obviously make the flight a lot more pleasant and enjoyable!

Whats in my bag:

  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Charging cables for electronics
  • Kindle/Book (I have been travelling with a Kindle lately just because it’s so much easier space wise)
  • Passport
  • Chewing gum/mints
  • A change of clothes! (I always like to dress comfortably getting on to a flight, so I’ll always pack something more presentable to change into before landing)
  • Skincare (Nothing like recycled plane air to dry your skin out):
    – Makeup wipes (I take either the Simple Quick Fix wipes or Neutrogena)
    – Hydrating sheet masks (sheet masks are great because they don’t require you to wash them off)
    – Brightening eye masks or a caffeinated eye serum ( none likes landing and looking like a zombie!)
    – Hand Cream
    – Lip Balm
    – Hand Sanitizer
    – Concealer + pressed powder ( I am not someone who feels comfortable travelling for long hours with a face of makeup so I tend to go barefaced and add just a little concealer and pressed powder before landing to make myself look a little more human)
    – Deodorant!
  • My own water bottle (ask an air steward to fill it up and I find it easier to stay hydrated!)
  • A pen! (I seem to always have one but they’re super handy on flights just in case you need to fill in any paperwork)
  • Painkillers (in case I start to feel a headache coming on)
  • Comfy socks
  • Headphones – I like to have both over-ear headphones for just general listening but I do find them quite uncomfortable to sleep in so I always have a pair of in-ear headphones (generally just the earphones that come with my iPhone)
  • Neck Pillow

And that is essentially what I have packed in my carry on for a long haul flight!

 

If you’re only fly a short haul flight then check out my post on What’s in My Carry On – Short Haul Flights!

A-Z About Me!

Hey Guys!

Just quickly, this week is a super busy week for me, we’ve got 3 flights at the end of the week, 2 of which are long haul (heading back to Aus omg) and so I have a couple of quick posts going up this week but hopefully should be back to posting better quality content next week!

Anyway, I saw Steph from Steff’s Journey do this and I loved reading hers and thought it was such a good idea so I wanted to do one myself!

A  is for adventure, I love going away and travelling and any new adventures!

B is for Breakfast at Tiffany’s which is my all time favourite movie!

C is for coffee, I literally live for coffee, honestly can’t begin to human and function until I’ve had my coffee.

D is for dogs, I love dogs, I can’t wait to get back to Aus and into our own house so we can get a puppy

E is for eating, I honestly love eating, food is life

F is for friendship, friends are so important to me, I’ve spent the last two year’s away from my closest friends and it has been really hard on me.

G is for gin, gin is love, gin is life.

H is for home, I am so excited for my boyfriend and I to move back into our house and to be able to decorate and just have our own space. One year until we can.

I is for Italy, my all time favourite country, I could spend forever in Italy.

J is for Jodi Picolt, who is the author of one of my favourite books “The Tenth Circle”

K is for KFC, which is my favourite fast food chain oops

L is for Lachlan, which is my boyfriend and one of the most amazing human beings.

M is for my mum, who has literally done so much for me and is such a strong and inspiring woman, I am so lucky to have her.

N is for New York, probably my most dreamed about holiday destination.

O is for Organisation, because nothing makes me happier than being organised, having a place for everything.

P is for planning, my other hobby I suppose.. I love planners, and also the whole planning community, everything is so pretty and neat and organised and it makes me happy.

Q is for quiz nights, I love going to quiz nights at pubs, it’s honestly so much fun and I’m super competitive.

R is for reading! I love reading, sitting down to relax and delve into a whole different world.

S is for sunflowers, which are literally my favourite flowers.

T is for tattoos, I have 3 ( a love heart which my friend drew, an arrow which my other friend tattooed on me and a little cute sun!) and plans to get two more (a little wine glass on my ankle and a sunflower on my thighs to cover my self-harm scars)

U is for university, I am going back to uni at the end of July after being away for 2 years, I am so excited!

V is for Video Killed the Radio Star – because what the hell starts with V and it’s a solid song

W is for whales, which are actually my favourite animals! I literally love them, they make me so happy.

X is for xylophone, again what starts with x – I did learn this in school so I guess like I’ve played this before.

Y is for yellow, which is my favourite colour, probably has something to do with sunflowers being my fave flower hahah

Z is for Zebra, which is my second favourite African animal – the Giraffe is better but again I needed something for Z! hahahah

Umm so this was harder than I thought it would be oops..

23 Things I’ve Learnt in 23 Years.

Hey Guys!

Today is my 23rd birthday, kind of relishing in the fact it’s my 23rd birthday on the 23rd date, oh and you know, I’m also in Barcelona! Well I mean technically I’m on my way from Barcelona to Sevillie but, anyway, I’m in Spain. I wanted to do a special post today, 23 things I’ve learnt in 23 years! Here goes!

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes, even huge monumental, life-changing ones! I’ve made so many huge mistakes in my life, but I honestly would not be in the relationship I am, with the life that I have, if I hadn’t made those mistakes!
  2. Don’t take your friendships for granted. I spent the last two years on the other side of the world to all my friends but one and it has been so hard not having those friends close by. Probably the hardest thing about living in London.
  3. No relationship is perfect! Relationships are work, you have to constantly communicate and the moment you stop talking things go wrong.
  4. Travel as much as you can!
  5. Take risks, it’s okay if things don’t work out 100% like you wanted!
  6. Eat what you want and be happy, your self-worth isn’t based on a number on a scale as long as you’re healthy and happy that’s all that matters.
  7. Love wholeheartedly, don’t be scared of getting hurt.
  8. You don’t have to be friends with someone who you don’t want to.
  9. Always stop to appreciate the beauty around you – literally stop to smell the flowers, stare at the sky, enjoy nature it’s beautiful
  10. Drink water, all of the water
  11. A good skincare routine will change your life
  12. Invest in good olive oil, it’ll change your life
  13. Avoid touristy areas when travelling when eating, stick to side streets and away from the centre, the food will be better and cheaper!
  14. Always be nice to the people serving you
  15. Never settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy
  16. Set a budget for your travels and then add another couple of thousand, enjoy your holiday and indulge, so you’re left with no regrets – but don’t put it on credit always have the cash in hand!
  17. Appreciate your parents, they worked so hard to give you everything in life.
  18. Always work your hardest, even if you hate your job, you never know when you’re gonna need to ask something of an old boss or colleague!
  19. Alway’s say thank you – manners are so important
  20. Take all the photos, ask for people to take photos of you, take selfies! Memories are everything!
  21. Planning is important, but also life changes unexpectedly – one moment you could be planning to finish uni and apply for medical school and the next minute you’re moving overseas for two years, things change, embrace it!
  22.  If you don’t want to drink on a night out, don’t
  23. Live your life exactly how you want! It’s your life don’t let someone else dictate how you live your own life!

3 Hours in Rome

Hey Guys!

Back again with a guide on what to do in Rome when you only have a short amount of time. Rome was never originally on our travel itinerary and to be honest having been before I had no real desire to do go back, however, my boyfriend had not been, so when looking at ways to get from Naples to Cinque Terre and I realised I could give us a stopover in Rome with enough time to see the highlights, The Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps, I thought, why not? From the time we arrived in Rome to when our next train departed we had about 3.5 hours, we needed to deposit our luggage in held luggage before heading off. Here’s the thing, when we arrived at 8:30 there was minimal line, perhaps about 10 minutes of waiting. when we got back to pick up our bags at 11 there was a huge line from what I heard people saying, about a 25 minute wait to hand you luggage in.

I had 4 places on my list that I figured we’re essential to see with a short time in Rome:

  • The Colosseum – Obviouslyyyy
  • The Pantheon
  • Trevi Foutain
  • The Spanish Steps

Obviously, there is so much to see in Rome – Vatican City, St Peter’s Basillica etc.. but these were the 4 that we’re easiest to get to one another by foot!

So we started from the train station and walked towards to Colosseum, it’s only about a 25 minute walk, its really not far and the walk brings you through the park so you get a nice view up higher of the colosseum but without all the people.
I was expecting that because it was early on a Sunday morning there would be very few people – I was wrong it was probably about 9:15 when we got there and the tour groups were already out in force!

 

From there we headed up towards the Pantheon, I chose to walk over getting the metro because you get to see so much more of Rome and its architecture and history. Rome is an amazing place and every way you turn there is always something to see! On our walk from the Colosseum to the Pantheon we walked past the Roman Forum.

 

Then heading though Rome you’ll find yourself at the Pantheon, again there were so many people there considering the time and day but I guess that’s just Rome, always busy!

 

From there we had a short walk to the Trevi Fountain, this walk will take you past the Temple of Hadrian as well, just make sure you keep your eyes open or you’ll miss it!

 

And next you’ll head to your last stop for the morning, the walk from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps will only take you about 10 minutes, again make sure you look around at the features even on the buildings, there is so much attention to detail it’s amazing!

 

All in all this little adventure took just over an hour from leaving the station, which left us with about an hour and a half before we had to be on our train, so you have time to stop at each place and take it in. We decided we would grab a bite to eat before heading back to the station and my boyfriend was adament on doing it at the steps which I said was going to be expenive and I was right! We ended up paying €24 for two paninis and 2 espressos!

By the time we had finished eat, it was still about just over an hour until our train left but we deicded to jump on the metro back to the station – 2 stops and €1.50 per ticket, not too bad. As i said above, in regards to collecting your bags from the held luggage place, leave time, we stood around for about 15 minutes without them calling a single pickup ticket, before I decided to just walk in and ask if we could have ours back and so they sent me to an empty desk and 5 minutes later I had our bags! But leave time because it will be busy and it will take a little time.

And that ladies and gentlemen is our 3 hours in Rome. Hope it wasa helpful and you enjoyed!

It’s My Blogs FIRST Birthday!

So here’s how much I was paying attention, I swore this was next month, but no I was wrong it’s now, which means it has been a year since I decided to start this baby up!

I guess I wanted to make this post about what blogging has taught me after a year and how I feel about it, how my blog has changed and progressed and yeah. I guess, honestly for the first 10 months of this blog I was very inconsistent, I didn’t post regularly and it wasn’t something I made time for, but after a rather long train journey over Easter long weekend, I sat there a I thought about what I wanted from it, if I wanted to continue and what direction I wanted this blog to be.  At that point I was really only writing travel related stuff but I was looking ahead into the furture and while yes now I am travelling and have been for 6 weeks, eventually, once I’m back in Aus I’m going to run out of content and to be honest, I didn’t want this to just be a travel blog even though that’s why I started this. When I started it, I really only had the intentions of this being for my Mum and my Grandparents to read so they could keep up with our adventures, but as I thought more and more about it, I wanted this to become something else. So on that train journey, I made the decision to do a 30 Day Blogging Challenge  and if I kept up with that, and if I enjoyed it then I would make the move to blogging about my life, what products I enjoy and just general lifetsyle topics. Once I started that I realised how much more motivated I was to come on here and how much I enjoyed it. I started joining groups on Facebook, I even created a Twitter account (which isn’t something I’ve had since my hardcore 1D fan days in 2012) and I’ve even found myself in an amazing Whatsapp group with a whole heap of super amazing and helpful bloggers!

I’ve found myslef learning new skills, learning how to use photoshop, actually taking my camera out and wanting to photograph things, I want to create content that people want to read and that people find useful or motivating or just enjoy. I wanted to create a space where people could feel like they could come and someone would understand, and I’m not scared to write about my anxiety or anything else I have going on in life because I want others to know they’re not alone, and yes, while right now, my blog is essenitally all travel posts, that’s because I am away, I am travelling and that’s what’s going on in my life right now, when I get back to Aus and I am back at uni, it’s probably going to change a little bit but thats okay because it’s my blog.

I keep reading so many things online and they all say “in order to have a successful blog you need to find your neiche, you need to have one thing” and for so long I believed that, but and I think this is the most important thing I’ve learnt, is that it’s my blog and I can post whatever I want. I think when it comes to bloggin you get what you put in, the more effort, the more hours you spend, the more you’ll get back but in the end unless you’re trying to make a living from it, numbers and just number and you can get so much more from it than that, you can find yourself in such an amazing community full of people and so far I think that’s what my favourite thing about blogging is.

So happy first birthday to this little baby of mine! Let’s see what the next year of being together holds!

 

Getting to the Amalfi Coast from Dubrovnik

Hey guys!

So, I’ve spent the last 6 days chilling on the Amalfi Coast, it’s been amazing but let’s start by saying, getting here from Dubrovnik was a long journey and if I could replan this journey I would. Heres the thing, we left Dubrovnik on the ferry at 10pm, but we had to be at the port 2 hours earlier for boarding and immigration check so really our journey started at 8pm and we did not arrive into Praiano until 6pm the next day so I mean really in the time it took to get from Croatia to this side of Italy we could’ve flown back to Australia, which is absolutely crazy when you think about it.

Let’s start with the ferry, so you need to be there 2 hours before departure but you also need to make sure you have picked your tickets up from the Jadrolinija office before boarding, which I actually didn’t know until a friend told me because she had done the crossing between Bari and Dubrovnik last year. Luckily in Dubrovnik, the office is literally across the road, however, apparently from what she said, in Bari, it’s not close so just make sure you’re prepared and just pick your tickets up as early as you can to give yourself enough time. Jadrolinija overnight ferries give you the option of getting a cabin. Do it, spend the slightly more amount of money for the cabin your journey will be so much better, I’m so glad we went with the cabin option. However, if you don’t want to you can buy a deck ticket which is obviously cheaper and you can just hang in the bar, the seats are relatively comfortable but unless you get one of the lounges you’ll be stuck sitting up because all the single seats have armrests and you can’t lay across them.

Here’s the thing about the ferry, no one tells you anything. You just get on and get your room key and sleep, you have no idea what’s going on so when we got to Bari we had no idea what time we had to give the key back or how and where you get off from and you really can’t understand what is being said over the loudspeaker, it’s just a muffled mess and so we just followed people. Essentially though, you can give your room key back as you’re leaving the ferry, you exit via the doors at the reception on to the bottom deck, the same way you come in and follow the crowds into immigration, it was so simple, but also try to be one of the first off or you’ll be spending a long time in that immigration line.

From the port, in Bari, you can get the local bus, line 20 into the main train station which I think costs 1€ but I’m not sure the driver just let us on for free, which I mean is great but we also offered to pay? Anyway from Bari we got a Flixbus to Naples. I booked the 9:30am bus which left 1.5 hours after the ferry docked in port, which is enough time, if like I said you’re at the front of the line through immigration. The bus stop is literally on the other side of the train station, so just take the underground walkway through to the other side and it’s right there, so easy!

The bus takes about 3.5ish hours and drops you off right at Garibaldi Station, which is the main train station in Naples and where we had to get our train to Salerno from. This is the part I would do differently, so here’s the thing, from Naples, getting to the Amalfi Coast you really need to either go via Sorrento or Salerno. Take a look at where you’re staying and then decide which one you go to and use Amalfi as your middle point. For example, say you’re staying on the Positano side of Amalfi, you’ll want to go Naples – Sorrento – Positano but say you’re staying somewhere like Maiori on the other side of Amalfi you’ll want to go via Salerno.

This is where I messed up, I booked the train from Naples to Salerno and we are staying in this little town called Praiano (literally the town next to Positano but so much quiter and less people) which is on the Positano side of Amalfi, which meant we had to swap buses at Amalfi which honestly added like an extra couple of hours to our trip, whereas if we had just gone into Sorrento we could’ve just stayed on the one bus (The SITA buses run up and down the entire Amalfi Coast pretty much all day, just make sure you’ve prebought a ticket from a newsagency or shop before you get on, it’s the cheapest way to travel bewteen cities 2.40€ for a oneway ticket) and it would’ve driven us right into the little town we’re staying in and would’ve taken literally 2 hours off the trip.

OR you could fly from Dubrovnik to Naples which takes an hour and essentially costs pretty much the same as the ferry, maybe slightly more once you add checked luggage etc and go from there. I went with the ferry because I hate airports, they stress me out and my main goal for this trip was to avoid them altogether which we have except for Pula to Zadar but that was like two of the smallest airports ever and much more simple than most airports!

Anyway guys, here’s how we got from Dubrovnik to Praiano, it was most definitely an adventure.

May Monthly Faves!

Hi guys! I’m back again for another monthly faves post! This month I don’t have much to talk about because I’m currently travelling and so I’m not using really anything new or that I haven’t talked about before, but I do have some things! You’ll also have to excuse the lighting in the photos, they’re quick ones I’ve snapped on my phone!

Skincare

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo – This is actually my second bottle of it this month, I started off with the tropical scented one and I liked that one more, but they’re exactly the same and my current saving grace when it comes to my hair!
  • Original Source Body Lotion – so Lachy and I only ever use the body wash from this brand and I love them because they smell amazing, however, I’ve never used this body lotion before and it’s my new fave! It’s really the most hydrating lotion I have ever used, my legs/arms are honestly looking so much more hydrated from this and it works almost instantly. You’ll literally feel the difference as soon as the stuff dries into the skin, it’s amazing. The sad thing is, I’ve looked on Australian shopping websites and I’m not sure if I can get it there ahhhh someone send me a box of it please!
  •  Body Shop White Musk fragrance – this fragrance is light and summery and it’s exactly what I wanted for our holiday!
  • And lastly is the makeup bag I bought from Oliver Bonus – I love it, just think it’s adorable! It’s also huge so it fits all my skincare products and makeup brushes in there, super handy

Books

So I’ve had a lot of time to read this month which has been nice, but so far the two books I have loved the most are:

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman – This book will have you reading just to find out what happened to Eleanor. It takes you on a journey through her realising that having people in your life is okay and it really goes into the best and the worst of humankind. I loved this so much and was actually really sad to finish it,
  • A Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood – So this book has been made into a series which I haven’t seen but did make me want to pick it up and so when I saw it at the checkout of Daunt Books I just had to add it to my collection, and oh my does it have me captivated. I am yet to finish this book but it’s so interesting to read about a lifestyle that could very well be real but so different from the one I lead myself and these women who were used to living life the way we live today to be thrown into a new lifestyle where their worth in society is based entirely on their ability to have children. As soon as I finish this, I’m going to suss out the series!

And that my friends, is all I have for this months monthly faves. June’s monthly faves will probably be similar in what I have because I am still travelling, but all should return to normal in July when I am back in Australia!