Many of you will remember that last year, I began to embark on a monster travel challenge for charity; ‘Wandering the World for Women’. The goal was to visit all 193 countries before I turned 23 (giving me three years!), in order to raise awareness of gender equality, inspire other young women, but also to raise money for two amazing Women’s charities. If you haven’t a clue what I am blabbering on about, I’ll leave a link to the original mission page HERE, so you can catch up! I have been rather quiet in the blogging world for a few…

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At the start of the New Year, everyone looks at the “bad sides” of their lives, the things they need to change. I did the same come the 1st of January. I was punishing myself again saying “why haven’t I travelled more?” and “what am I doing just lying at home?”. I branded myself lazy, uninteresting and the definition of a human sloth. I’ve spent almost 5 months at home doing nothing. 5 months without travel; without even a single blog post being drafted. The “New Year, New Me” stereotype causes us to beat ourselves up. I have definitely fell…

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‘Coming home’ can be a difficult but inevitable part of any trip. Whether it marks the end to your travels, or rather just a short break in between, it can be a tough, strange but also exciting experience. After being on the road for 4 months, I have returned ‘home’ for a short period of time. I use the word home lightly as the experience of travelling has changed the perception of this word for me. What does home mean to you? The city you were born? The childhood house where you were raised? The streets that you ran up…

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People often ask (or claim!) that I must be extremely lonely due to travelling solo. The answer, yes sometimes I am, but 99% of the time there is no way on earth I could be. Wandering the world opens you up to the opportunity to meet some incredible people, that you would never usually get the chance to meet or even think of mixing with. In honour of Friendship Day today, I want to share some of the stories involved with meeting people. So this post is for those guys, thank you for the fun, laughter and your friendship. You’ve…

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Solo travel or backpacking in general (as much as I love it), has its moments where in my head I am shouting ‘ABII WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?! And the likes of ‘THIS IS NOT OK, THIS IS NOT OK, GET OUT OF HERE NOW!’ Or ‘NOT ANOTHER 10 HOUR BUS JOURNEY’. This is #thetruthoftravel The other evening I was travelling from Oslo to Moss Rygge Airport, which is about 50 minutes via train. Sitting on the train I was already anxious; I was going to have to sleep in the terminal building for the night. A scary thought…

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