The Wandering Dropout

After trying really hard to find something useful to be good at, it looks like my calling in life is to travel and eat


April 2015

moments i will never forget #2: pink dolphins

Jungle Tour, Reserva Nacional Pacaya-Samiria, Peru, 2014

I was a complete bookworm when younger, and one of my favourites that I read again and again was the beautiful Journey to the River Sea – it had the power to whip me out of rainy London onto an adventure to the deepest depths of the Amazon rainforest.

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Making Mistakes of Ambition

Today I got sent this quote in an email from a company, Escape The City, who promote jobs and opportunities that are a bit out of the ordinary. They’re great for someone who is, maybe, 5 years into a ‘city job’ but I’m nowhere near qualified enough for most stuff they have! Anyway:

Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer. Niccolo Machiavelli.

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moments i will never forget #1: the machete incident

Machete Sunday, Ikom Town, Cross River State, Nigeria, 2012

This was the moment when I really realised just how pampered and easy a life I had lived until this point. I’m pretty ‘into’ international development, clued up about the world, had travelled a fair bit by then, and was no stranger to feeling unsettled and knowing that my world view was very different to the people who actually lived wherever I was visiting at that point.

I didn’t think I would be very shocked about anything I came across in Nigeria: toilets that were flushed with rain water; a family of geckos in my room; 40 degree heat; washing my clothes in the river and people turning up 8 hours late for meetings – I thought I can deal with it all. But this one really threw me. Continue reading “moments i will never forget #1: the machete incident”

Following my heart but I’m not sure where

So I’m in a new, exciting and slightly terrifying place right now. I know every situation and person is unique but I’m sure a lot of people have had similar thoughts, feelings, doubts, ideas and dreams to mine, and I’m finding writing about my experiences, and reading about other people’s, is really helpful.

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My Best of Bristol: Cafes

In my 7 months in Bristol I’ve fallen completely in love with a handful of cafes. It’s a beautiful city full of quirky independent joints, some perfect for nursing a hot chocolate in while the rain hammers down outside, and others just made for sunny Sundays (or Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays if you have the kind of work that can travel…).

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The Never-Ending Hunt for a Backpack

Three little things, that’s all I’m asking for.

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My Packing List for Lightweight Long-Term Travel

For my next trip I’ll be jetting off to SE Asia, with a tiny hint of Australia, and then a whole lot more of New Zealand. After that, I have no idea when and where I will be going or what I’ll be doing there – I’m currently thinking of getting a working holiday visa for New Zealand so looks like I’ll be there for a while at least.

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15 Tips for the First-Time Traveller

Last year I embarked on a 5-month trip across various countries in South America, primarily on my own but with some vague (and some more solid) plans to come across some familiar faces along the way. I felt pretty prepared, and had been looking forward to this trip for a long time, but still felt like there were various things I wish I had known or realised before setting off.

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The breakfast of champions and hungover party goers in this beautiful, fun, completely tacky seaside resort on the Ecuadorean coast. Fresh local fruits, absolutely bursting with flavour, with a layer of crunchy granola 🙂

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