Liebster Award

Liebster Award Nomination

About Me By January, 2017 Tags: No Comments

So, the Liebster Award. Hate it, love it, think it’s a good laugh? Either way it’s a fun thing to get involved in and is great for all us newbies just getting used to the scene.

I’d like to send a thank you out to the wonderful Wiebke over at MissAbroad who nominated me and came up with these questions. They certainly got me thinking and my answers cover everything from kind old couples to Japanese pop music to being stalked.

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Dream Destinations, 2017 and Beyond

Destinations, Europe By January, 2017 Tags: , , 16 Comments

The turn of the year always brings resolutions and dreams of fresh starts and new beginnings.

I’ve never been one for that typical New Year’s Resolution.  I do however believe in reassessing the goals you already have in place, looking over your day to day life plan and tweaking things as necessary.  These are things that I do throughout the year, not just in January.

One thing that I do love to do at the start of ever year though, is start up a Dream Destination List to help motivate me through the coming months.

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I asked it: Traveller’s Resolutions 2017

Best of the Blog, Reflection and Stories By January, 2017 Tags: , , 2 Comments

I was disappointed to wake up yesterday and see the news; political dramas around the world, deaths thanks to drink driving and drug overdoses.

Another horrible terrorist attack in Istanbul.

Disheartened and feeling like 2017 would be just as bleak as its predecessor, I ignored all those New Year’s Resolution posts on Facebook and formulated my own question:

Instead of asking what your personal goals are for the coming months, how about we focus on the larger picture. What would you like to see improve worldwide in 2017? And, if possible, how can we as travellers start making those changes?

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Seven Years in Review: NYE in three countries and five locations

Australia, Halls Creek, Locations, Queensland, Reflection and Stories, Roma, Western Australia By January, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Happy New Year!

Well, it’s finally done.  2016 has been a difficult year for most and has left many people reeling and eagerly waiting for the calendar to switch over.   We’re all hoping that 2017 will prove to be better year.

With 2016 nothing more than a memory, I decided to go back and look over some New Year’s Eves from the past; the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly.

Given that it’s 2017, I decided that 7 was a pretty good number.

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The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge 2016!

Best of the Blog, Reflection and Stories, Suitcase Living By December, 2016 Tags: , 19 Comments

With the last days of 2016 steadily ticking by it’s time to stop and reflect on the year that has been.  The ups, the downs, the places and the faces; the things that made us laugh or cry and all the things that inspired that deep set wanderlust for travel.

2016 has all been about ‘home’ for me.  It’s been time to go back to the basics, shed materialistic things and experience life living out of a suitcase (ok, ok, two suitcases.  And a carry on, but who’s counting?).  I’ve had a lot of personal landmark moments over these last twelve months; I’ve lived in three different states, paid off credit card debt and then impulse booked a one way international flight for next year.

I also started this blog.

So what exactly is The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge?

top 10 suitcase essentials for a professional nomad

Top 10 Suitcase Essentials for a Professional Nomad

Suitcase Living, Tips and Tricks By December, 2016 Tags: , , 2 Comments

This is a discussion that comes up rather frequently within my community. Sometimes someone new moves into the staff village and you can’t help but judge what they are carrying around with them. Other times, you are that person and you just know that your physical baggage is a mess.

So how do you keep the clutter down (but your spirits up) when you live out of a suitcase?

music at sunset

Top 10 Long Distance Travel Songs

Suitcase Living By December, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

These are the songs of life lovers and experience chasers; those roaming to quench their wanderlust. They should make you want to pack your bags and hit the road; or maybe grab your phone to close great distances with a call. Either way, they are inspiring, mood setting and heartening and while classics like Highway to Hell will always hold a place in my heart, as will We Gotta Get out of this Place (for great escapes from horrible locations) they didn’t quite make the list. I’ve tried to focus on songs from the last ten years with a blend of mainstream and indie so hopefully there will be something for everyone.

water feature in yoyogi park

Yoyogi Park and why you definitely have to spend an afternoon there.

Asia, Destinations, Japan By December, 2016 Tags: , , , 2 Comments

If you’re planning a trip to Japan (or have already been) then names like Shinjuku kōen (kōen is ‘park’ in Japanese), Ueno kōen and Meiji Jingū (shrine) are no doubt familiar to you. While these places are quite famous, not many people initially put a trip to a park into their travel itinerary. Which is why I thought that I’d take a moment to introduce you to my all-time favourite park, not only in Tokyo, but in the world.

Yoyogi kōen.