Bye England hello world

Its finally travel day. I am at the airport now, my last possessions in my backpack checked and waiting for my first adventure to New Zealand. WOOP WOOP

I thought I might be nervous or more likely panic, however I feel very chilled and happy to be starting my year of adventure.  Next post from Auckland…

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London relearning the love…part 4

This will be the last in my London series as I will soon by flying to Auckland (WOOP WOOP).

As I explained in earlier posts I downloaded a great App called WALKSTER and have been trying out free walking routes around London. This one was slightly different as I went to an area of London I know from Chelsea visiting mini ‘parks’ down to Battersea Park.

I am going to concentrate on Battersea Park with Spring around the corner. In one word ‘go’. Its the strangest place with a stunning park in the middle of central London and if you look up too high the city is all around. However with its scenic route down the Thames, the Buddhist monument, the giant climbing frame (I am a big kid) and the beautiful flora its a welcome escape from the busy urban elements of the city.

Check out more photos here https://www.instagram.com/p/BRjHVDSgVCw/?taken-by=quittingmylife

 

 

Freedom one week later-reverting to a teenager

So I have been free, aka an unemployed bum, for a week.  How has it been?

Well I seem to have reverted to a teenager. I sleep for 10 hours a day, don’t care about anything practical, spend all day on my phone and getting spots… The first three are amazing, the fourth not so much. On a more serious note I got back from my hometown today so had my goodbye’s for 6 months with my family.

Back to the adventure then. So this time in 7 days I will be half way to Doha (my stopover) then to Auckland. I hear from the very talented foodie Connie https://twitter.com/connieconsumes the weather is amazing. Roll on icecream season.

“Its time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure”-Ernie Hawell

 

 

Travel apps… part 1

Over the last few weeks I have had a number of people recommend great Apps for traveling, so I wanted to share.

Walkster… one I have talked about in previous posts. If you are in London on a budget it gives you walking routes around this amazing city with some key facts and history. I loved the Belgrave Mews tour.

Osprey packsizer…for people who understand nothing about finding the right backpack (me) this is one for you. I personally went for an Osprey but you can use the App then try and find a cheaper model. Just remember if you are traveling for a while a good backpack is a must.

Hoppa…recommended by Carissa my lovely travel advisor. Great App for getting your transfers booked.

Sky Scanner… want to find the best priced flight? then use this App. Really easy to use and I got some great deals.

Travelers please recommend your favourite Apps, I will need all the help I can get. Today I will leave you with a technology inspired quote.

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.”-Arthur M. Schlesinger

A little fear…

On Sunday I booked just over five months of flights (for those interested New Zealand, Hawaii, Fiji, Mexico, USA, Canada and back to London) and for the first time in this journey I felt a little bit of fear!!!

Why?

Since the start of this chapter of my life I quit my job, handed notice on my flat, gave the majority of my possessions to charity and told my Family of my decision. The only feelings so far has been excitement and relief. So why the fear now? I believe on reflection it’s because so far it’s about letting go of a life that didn’t work anymore, but travelling is embracing the new and it can be scary.

The point of today’s blog is fear is just another emotion we should embrace and helps us reflect on a situation. For me it helped reconfirm its ok not be certain of a new direction, but that shouldn’t stop us embracing the feeling.

A first lady has a good quote on the subject “Do one thing every day that scares you”- Eleanor Roosevelt