When I planned my round the world trip (the New Zealand one – don’t worry, I’ll get to my recent US/Canada trip sometime soon, maybe) I plotted my journey around a few of the brilliant people I’ve met over the years. Hopping through Doha, Australia and New Zealand, my last stop was Singapore. And, in only 48 hours I managed to take 983 photos. Arriving into Changi Airport at 7am, I freshened up in the… View Post

My travel journey – beginning in Singapore #travellinkup

My travel journey – beginning in Singapore #travellinkup

My first ever taste of travel was probably the craziest if I’m honest. I had decided – despite only ever taking 2 internal NZ flights in my life – to pack up my life and move to the UK. On my own. Only knowing one person on the other side of the world. At twenty years old. So, so many things could have gone wrong. To temper things slightly, I booked a week layover in… View Post

Sunset over Mount Fuji, Japan – pinch Me. Travel …

Sunset over Mount Fuji, Japan – pinch Me. Travel Linkup

A cool wind whistled over the hilltop. Sunlight glinted the surface of Lake Hakone on one side and dappled the surface of the Pacific Ocean beyond the grey stone building nestled at the peak of the (terrifying) cable car wires. In front of us cloaked in Winter splendour, Mount Fuji. Her peak mostly bare of clouds we took several long moments to simply breathe in the auspicious and rare sight. I’ve never felt more alive than… View Post

Nara, Japan #travelthursdays

Nara, Japan #travelthursdays

Spending time reflecting on trips to the British Museum with it’s Japanese Gallery, the beautiful Netsuke and the glorious art of tea drinking, has me homesick for Japan, and in particular our memories of Nara. It is a lovely historical oasis. Serenity, respect and beauty are the words that come to mind. These Sika deer were lovely. They eat out of your hand (this one I especially loved – he had worked out that he should stand by… View Post

Hiroshima, Japan #travelthursdays

Hiroshima, Japan #travelthursdays

When we were in Japan, tripping around Tokyo & Kyoto with a week-long Shinkansen pass we couldn’t waste the opportunity to visit the small but infamous Japanese town of Hiroshima, and learn about the devastation caused.   The sad story of Sadako and her thousand Cranes.     I have to be honest, I wasn’t certain about going as I’m ultimately a chicken and prone to being affected deeply by stories of war, but I’m so glad we did.… View Post