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Saturday, 25 February 2017

How Travelling improved my social anxiety

Growing up I was awkward like a to the wkward, awkward. I have always been the awkward girl, through high school I was bullied which led to me developing social anxiety and becoming very self conscious. In my late teens I barely went out.

That was until I discovered my love for travelling. I travelled with friends and family at first, however due to work commitments and priorities, I didn't always have a travel partner. 

Which meant I either go alone or not go at all. Travelling has changed me as a person as nothing has pushed me out of my comfort zone more.

1. Survival

Travelling forces you out of your comfort zones, forces you to interact with people who are from completely different backgrounds, forces you to go out and explore, forces you to do things you would have never of dreamt of. If you don't push yourself you will end up on a flight back home and the regret will feel much larger than the anxiety.

2. Normality

When I first developed social anxiety I felt like I was the only person in the world to feel like this. Now I know this couldn't be further from the truth as many people all across the world have anxiety. It is important to remember everyone has their own battles with insecurities. 

3. Confidence

Nothing has improved my confidence more than travel. You name a self help book, I am likely to have read it, but my confidence soared by throwing myself into the deep end and realising I have to push through and not let anxiety control my life and dreams.

Hope this post has helped if you struggle with anxiety, I would love to hear the positive effects of travelling in your life?


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Hotel Puri Santrian, Bali

The Puri Santrian is a 4* hotel located in Sanur, Bali. Sanur is on the West coast of Bali, it's the perfect destination for a honeymoon or chilled escape however if you want to visit Bali for the nightlife I recommend Seminyak or Kuta. The hotel itself is located on the beach front but is also close to many shops and restaurants just outside of the hotel. The decor of the hotel is beautiful, it is full of traditional Balinese statues and the gardens of the hotel are full of exotic plants. 

I stayed on a bed and breakfast board like most hotels in Bali. The breakfast was a great continental selection. However, we didn't eat any other meals in the hotel as it was very overpriced compared to the restaurants offering the same food just outside the hotel.

I stayed in the Premier rooms which allowed you access to a private pool. The room was quite rustic and very traditional in Balinese decor. The best part of the room was the balcony which overlooked the pool area.

On arrival we received vouchers for a free paddle boarding session and also a ten minute massage! There are lots of water sports available at the hotel, the hotel reception was also very helpful in helping us organising trips, the staff were always super friendly and would go out of there way to make sure we had an enjoyable stay.

Overall I cannot recommend the Puri Santrian enough! 

Have you ever stayed in this hotel or have you ever visited Bali?


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Reasons to start a Travel Diary

Image via Pinterest
On a visit to my Nan's house, (which I love because she loves to indulge me in tea and biscuits!) I was asking her about her previous travels and she pulled out a memory box full of tickets, postcards and her travel diary.

I watched her face light up as she flicked through the pages and recalled on random memories. So obviously this spurred me to create my own travel diary, I also have the worst memory ever so thought writing down my travels would be great to look down on in the future or even pass down to my own Grandchildren.

1. Look back on in the future
You'll document the smallest of details, I like to write each evening, sometimes a page sometimes a few lines. You can recall even the smallest of details as everything is fresh in your memory.

2. Relaxing
If you struggle to relax and shut down in the evening, I cannot recommend journalling enough! There is something about writing all your thoughts down, that completely clears your mind.

3. Improves writing skills
Even if it's a few lines, my writing has greatly improved and I find it much easier to express my thoughts through writing since I started journalling.

4. Unleashes creativity
Writing is a creative outlet, the more you practice writing the better the creative side of your brain will work. 

Have you ever considered travel journalling?


Tuesday, 31 January 2017

First experience with Airbnb!

My first experience staying in an Airbnb was in Sydney over new years, with hotels at sky rocket prices and hostels being booked full, I decided an Airbnb was my best bet. 

I chose it as it was perfectly located near both famous Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour, in a cool suburb named Double Bay. Airbnb is a great option due to the obvious fact of having a kitchen, we were able to make our own food which was great due how expensive Sydney is, albeit we did live of pasta with cheese and toasties!

The Airbnb I stayed in did not disappoint it looked exactly like the pictures advertised and our host was so helpful with information, she even allowed us an early and late check-out. You can find the Airbnb I stayed in here.

I loved staying in an Airbnb as I felt like a local,it was amazing to be in a busy city yet have our own little sanctuary to relax in, especially when recovering from our new years hangovers! I can't wait to use Airbnb in the future.

Have you ever used Airbnb? I'd love to about the cool places you've stayed?


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud was one of the reasons I was so excited to visit Bali. From seeing pictures on blogs and Instagram I knew it was a must visit and it didn't disappoint! 

Monday, 16 January 2017

White water rafting in Bali!

Maybe one of my favourite picture of LIFE! I'll never forget seeing the little boy appearing out of nowhere and running down the side of the hill to be in our picture. Also as the picture looks so surreal and photoshopped, (promise it's not though).
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