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2017 review: 30 before 30, a time for growth

2017 review: 30 before 30, a time for growth

It’s that time of year when we each reflect on the last 12 months and whether we feel we need to make plans and/or changes for the next year. It’s incredibly hard not to feel nostalgic at this time of year and it is always wonderful to look forward to what is to come. But it is also a tough time of year for a lot of people and the expectations can be overwhelming. In general, I think the whole “New…

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Half a year and half a world away 

Half a year and half a world away 

It’s been six months since I nervously boarded a 5.30am train at Perpignan station and waved goodbye to my mum and step-dad, with a few warm, salty tears trickling across my cheeks, before heading off on my journey across the world.  Since then I’ve visited 15 countries, four continents, travelled thousands and thousands of miles, slept in 75+ hostels, motels and homestays, met 100s of people, climbed two mountains, swam with turtles and sharks, and made friends for life in…

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Embracing The Beautiful Baltics

Embracing The Beautiful Baltics

My entire trip around Europe stemmed from one idea – to visit my former colleague Helen in Estonia, where she is now studying. Before then, I had never given much thought to this tiny country. But from that small wish, I found myself exploring some beautiful countries I don’t think I would have done otherwise, as, determined to see as much as I could in my limited time, I tagged on visits to Lithuania and Latvia en route to Estonia,…

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48 Hours in Berlin

48 Hours in Berlin

My journey to Berlin was a stressful one, filled with cancelled trains, controlled explosions leading to missed connections and an unexpected diversion into Switzerland. By the time I made it to my hostel, I was absolutely shattered, aching and pretty stinky. I had planned on having a drink, chilling out and prepping for the next day but instead I grabbed a much-needed shower and collapsed into my bed. The hostel was freezing that night – thankfully one of my dorm…

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It’s never or now – I’m leaving on a jet plane

It’s never or now – I’m leaving on a jet plane

As some of you might know, I’ve spent the last few months bumming in the south of France with my mum and step dad, after quitting my job. It’s been just what I needed at this point in my life and while I could stay here forever, I don’t think it’s suitable long term plan, for many reasons. I’ve therefore decided that 2017 is going to be the year that I travel. And in a little over three weeks I…

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