So I have been travelling for four months now…shit when did that happen!
I was considering doing a look back of my top moments but decided that’s a 6 month goal. I thought back to 4 months ago how excited I was but also scared, so I thought I would try and give some tips to would be travellers.
- Spend some time in the hostel– its tempting when in a new place to just get out and go, however invest some time in the people. Its amazing what you can find out about a place and find travel companions.
- Couchsurfer– if your on a serious budget you maybe able to get a place to stay from fellow like minded thinkers. However the reason I mention this app is because it has a massive social element to meet up with travellers and locals to explore.
- Leave time to be spontaneous– as a previous hyper organiser I know how hard this can be but its worth it. Being able to live in the moment makes a big difference when travelling.
- Learn to love Apps– there are so many apps to help with travel. You can find a few of my suggestions here
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
A couple of weeks ago I did an article on useful Apps for traveling that people have recommended, welcome to part 2.
STA travel – I personally booked my flights with STA and downloaded the APP. It has all my itinerary, recommended hotels and activities near me. A perfect App for having your trip in one place.
Duolingo – A little language App that I have fell in love with. I am trying to pick up as much Spanish as possible and this App has been so useful. Best of all its FREE
WhatsAPP – This maybe an obvious one but an essentail App for staying in contact with people back at home.
Travel zoo- I havent used this much yet but it seems a good one to get deals on Hotels, Holidays and activities.
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. “Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.”- Joesph Wood Krutch
My App (STA travel app) tells me its 32 days till the world I have created is fully deconstructed and I start my new adventure, first stop New Zealand.
For those who dont know the reference of my blog title today, its a film where you see two branches of someone’s life after an important event/decision is made.
The reason I reference the film is I went to see a house with a good friend today who is about 6 months behind me and asking the same questions- can I afford it? why am I buying? do I want to live here? what do I compromise on? etc. The difference between us is she is excited and energised by the experience and therefore taking that branch of her life.
The point you ask! Is no matter what direction you are taking make sure its the one for you because life is to short. And remember its never too late to make a crazy decision and take a different branch like me.
As always I will leave you with a quote I enjoyed.
“Her vision of the world under the water represented a beautiful stillness, a version of heaven. It was the lost city of Lena, her alternate universe, the life she yearned for but didn’t get to have.” ― Ann Brashares
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
In an earlier post I spoke about relearning my love of London. As I discussed I discovered a great app called Walkster that has suggested walking tours. Today’s tour Belgrave Mews.
So armed with my coat, hat, gloves and contactless card of to Sloane Square I went. What did I discover? my love of architecture. In a very small area there are stunningly different styles of buildings from art deco churches to converted mews. A must walk for those visiting London. For those picture lovers see a few here https://www.instagram.com/quittingmylife/
In other exciting news I got a great credit card for traveling called the Halifax clarity. For those planning a long trip abroad a must have. As always I will leave you with a quote that struck a chord:
“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” -Frank Wright
So like a lot of people (not all) who have lived in London for a while you get set in a routine and miss what this amazing city has to offer. Hands up I have become the number one culprit.
Now I have a ticking time bomb when I leave London its time to rediscover the child like joy I had when I first moved here. Today, despite the weather I went on a walking tour (WALKSTER my new app discovery) and loved it. London has some truly unique sights, people and sounds. I have put a few pics for those interested https://www.instagram.com/quittingmylife/?hl=en
I will leave you with a quote I can’t get out of head
“The most precious light is the one that visits you in your darkest hour” -Mehmet Murat ildan