What I’ve learned from travelling

Who doesn’t love a good holiday? I am fortunate to have traveled to many places all over the world – but not everything is about having fun, or lying on a beach, as great as that might be.

There are several lessons I have learned from all my travels:

1. The world is a beautiful place that was made for us to exploreWP_20160809_13_09_28_ProEveryday, ask yourself – if there are so many places in the world that are beautiful, then why aren’t I making an effort to see them? There is beauty in everything – you don’t have to pay huge amounts of money to find something that takes your breath away, which brings me to my next point…

2. Sometimes it is better to go back to basics

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The more you remove yourself from everyday life and home comforts when you travel, the more rewarding the experience will be. Sometimes fancy hotels can provide a distraction when you really just need to get out there and explore. Don’t get yourself down about saving for a big fancy holiday – just save for a cheap flight and decent hostel. If you research enough, you can find some amazing deals. Needing the hotel to be expensive in order for it to be ‘good’ is completely false! Only a decent quality of service is necessary!

3. Pack light

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If there is one thing you don’t want to be doing on holiday, it’s lugging heavy baggage around with you. You honestly don’t need every piece of clothing in your wardrobe, even if you’re travelling for months. Pack a few staple items that can be interchanged and put them in a backpack, so your hands can be free when you need to check in etc. If you only have one backpack, this can go in an overhead locker and you won’t have to pay to check in bags, and you won’t have to wait for luggage carousels. Simple things like this mean you can spend more time travelling and less time faffing about clothing. You can always wash clothes if you need to, anyway!

4. Capture the memories

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At the end of the day, whilst selfies and travelling are a good combination, in the years to come you will appreciate the pictures of the views and the places that you visited. You will want some pictures that don’t have your face in every frame. Invest in a basic digital camera, or use your phone. Make videos and pictures and learn how to capture images in the best light. These will be the memories that you cherish, don’t waste them. You can also capture the memories by collecting postcards like I do.

And finally…

5. Don’t stay in just one place

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If you’re visiting a country, you want to be able to experience it as much as possible. When you go to a place be sure to vary your activities so that you get to live the culture that surrounds you. Make sure to leave a day or two so that you are free to explore, but plan some activities. You could have a relaxing morning on the beach followed by a walk to the museum. You could go to the theatre and then a famous memorial. You never know what you might learn! One thing I suggest is bus tours. But only the ones that you can hop-on and 0ff! One good company for this, that can be found around the world is City Sightseeing. This way you can see a variety of different sites, but you have no time-restrictions AND you get unlimited travel! A win-win! 😀

I hope I’ve encouraged you to go out there are travel! What have you learned from your travels?

xoxo

Hannah

 

A Day In Dorset | Photography

Today, whilst we were travelling home from my grandma’s house (which explains my absence online between today and Wednesday) my dad decided to take my sister and me on a trip to Dorset, to see some of the geography there. I have a keen interest in geography and have been looking forward to Geography A-Level (and possibly studying it at university, too!) so this trip was particularly exciting!

I just wanted to share some of the photos with you, in particular, the panoramas I was able to take of the places with my phone. I am currently in love with the panorama feature on my phone because I can take the COOLEST photos of wide scenes. Let me know what you think, anyway!

 

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The view from the cliff top at Durdle Door, Dorset

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Durdle Door, white cliffs and surrounding scene

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My sister looks out on Lulworth Cove

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Lulworth Cove from above

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Panorama of the bay beside Durdle Door, Dorset

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Durdle Door (arch) from the path

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The gorgeous bays of Dorset

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My dad and sister at Durdle Door, Dorset

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White cliffs and beach below 

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Durdle Door and the Isle of Portland

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Panorama of the bays and clifftop near Durdle Door

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My sister and I at Lulworth Cove

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The boats in Lulworth Cove

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The mouth of Lulworth Cove

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

xoxo

Hannah

 

Summer Montage

Here is a little (well, 9 minutes long) video clip that Cecilia and I have been working on to portray our summer holiday in a montage of pictures and videos. We hope you enjoy the video! Be sure to comment if you enjoyed and want to learn more about our adventures abroad!

xoxo

Hannah

 

Ten Travel Tips #1

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I’m currently on holiday in the Philippines! I have published this using the scheduling feature in WordPress. Nifty, eh? 😉

I have travelled quite a lot in my life, I have visited over 20 countries in 15 years, some multiple times. All I can say is that I’m an extremely lucky girl and that I really value and appreciate the knowledge and culture I have been exposed to in these experiences that my parents gave to me.

I’d like to pass on some of my favourite little travelling tips to you so that you can plan ahead for your holiday too! 🙂

  1. Bring entertainment for the flight – we’re talking books, games, music, tv shows or whatever keeps you entertained, especially for long haul flights. Never rely on the plane entertainment, they tend to repeat the same films and shows several times, and it may well be something you hate. A really excellent traveller would be super savvy with their packing and bring along a kindle, phone or tablet just loaded up with their favourite show, movies, music and books galore. It’s cheaper than physical copies, and also much lighter on your luggage! You’ll soon find the flight is almost over after the first series of your favourite show.
  2. Invest in a power bank – you never really know when your phone battery is going to die, and it’s tough to plan your life around getting to the mains. Bringing this will mean that you don’t have to worry about your battery dying before you check your bank account, emails or take photos on your trip! I would suggest doing some research for this one and reading articles/shopping around to get the best quality banks at a decent price.
  3. Use money belts and neck pouches – this year for our trip, my dad purchased two money bags and two neck pouches, so that we have ways of keeping our important possessions on our person at all times. Trust me, the experience of being robbed is not pleasant; the last time I went to the Philippines, we had the contents of my mum’s bag stolen after the robber had cut through the mosquito net on the window! Luckily all the very important things (passports etc.) were locked away safely. Take advantage of safes in hotels if they have them! You can buy the money belts here and the neck pouches here.
  4. Travel guides – To keep it light, photocopy and print important sections of travel guides or download digital travel guides to your devices. Alternatively, purchase a pocket travel guide if you feel the need to take it all with you. Always take a look at the contents of the travel guide before you leave, and check you have had the necessary vaccinations, medication etc. before you go.
  5. Roll your clothes – this tip is simple, prevents wrinkles, creates space and costs nothing. In order to create more space, gently massage any creases out of the item of clothing, then roll up before packing into the suitcase. Simple!
  6. Download apps that contain your vital info in case of an emergency – when things do go wrong, this could really make all the difference. These apps contain your medical and personal information; your main point of contact in case of emergency; an image of you and various other features, depending on what app you use. This is especially important for people with medical conditions/allergies. For my Windows Phone, my go-to app for this is Emergency Kit. Everyone should get this app, it is simply amazing! For Android and iOS, I’m afraid you’ll have to shop around! If you find any good ones, let me know in the comments 🙂
  7. Bring (noise cancelling) headphones or ear plugs – travelling can be a long and tiresome process, so you should try and get yourself some sleep. Unfortunately, in noisy places, like the airport and on long haul public transport, this can seem impossible with the constant noise and bustle. Ear plugs/noise-cancelling headphones can be an absolute life-saver when you really just need a little time to rest in the middle of the chaos that travelling can be.  Eye masks can be helpful too!
  8. Don’t be too full on with sightseeing etc. – take some time to recharge as said in a recent blog post of my German friend, Frederike. You can find that excellent blog post here. Remember that whilst taking in culture and visiting people is good whilst you’re travelling, you also need some time to rest yourself; holidays are meant to be about taking that step away from the busy, working part of life, so reward yourself with a few days off here and there to relax! You’ll feel much more energised for the rest of your travels, and it will make you happier and healthier when you return to your day to day life. To make a further point, don’t book too many attractions/activities, as you then feel obligated to do particular things on certain days. Instead, only book in advance for the really big tourist attractions, and save other days for a little of your own exploration time, to find things in places you never expected.
  9. Pack a pillow case – this is useful for separating your dirty laundry from your clean clothes, and also so you can get those clothes cleaned whilst you’re away without any suspicious looks from people. Simply put all the dirty stuff inside the pillow case. Furthermore, take a scarf with you and stuff (another) pillow case with it to fashion a makeshift pillow for long and uncomfortable journeys!
  10. Travel Diary – Make a little bit of time every evening or so just to jot down the highlights of your day, so you can remember your travels as they happen. This one is really invaluable. I think other than photos, there is no better way to record your holiday, and remember all of the special and funny memories you make, that you may forget amidst all your travelling. Some really good travel diaries also have sections for emergency details, booking information etc. There’s also a pretty good website called Travel Diaries (probably only good for if you have constant or pretty regular wifi connection whilst you’re away). If you wanted to, you could simply type it up in a word processor and put it into something like this when you get back. This website even can get your diaries printed in a proper book if you wanted to document a really important holiday! I think I’m going to make a travel diary as I travel as notes on my phone, then make it a new feature of my blog. Comment below if you’d like to see that!

And that is my first instalment of Ten Travel Tips! I hope you found this useful, enjoyed reading, and I will have another auto-publish blog post up soon!

Hope you’re having lovely holidays!

xoxo

Hannah