A Life of Adventures

There’s nothing like a bit of reflection to make you appreciate (even more so) the amazing places you’ve seen, the exciting experiences you’ve dared to do and the achievements you’ve had along the way. Southall Travel recently got in touch to ask me a few questions about my adventures and I couldn’t wait to share them.

Q. You have travelled to numerous cities across the globe, is there any city where you would like to stay forever? Do you miss your home city when you are travelling?

I can’t ever envisage myself staying in one place forever. Don’t get me wrong, San Francisco pulled on my heartstrings like you wouldn’t believe and admittedly I’ve been in my hometown for a fair few years, but there are so many places to explore. I’m always changing my mind, wanting more and adding to my wish list (typical traits of a Sagittarian I’m told), so I like to keep my options open.

Blazing Saddles San Francisco (9)

I don’t miss my home town when I travel. It’s more my house, my favourite people and Buddha (my kitty) that I’d like to tag along with me. However, going away always makes me appreciate them that much more.  I guess being grateful (in lots of senses) is one of the many perks of travel.

Q. Is there any destination you have found to be overrated? If so, why?

Before I offend anyone or start a heated debate, I don’t think we should all like the same places otherwise it’d be boring. I’m also pretty open-minded so I’m usually happy to give a destination another chance. It could have been that I just chose the wrong path, missed the secret gems or was just unlucky.

I’ve been to Paris probably about five times over the years and while I always enjoy myself there, I do feel like it’s a tad overrated. In comparison, I think Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac near Sarlat (in France) is much more magical and romantic than the Eiffel Tower.

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Q. What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of travelling around the world?

Do it. Be a do-er. If you want to go travelling, make it happen. If you have the money, book your ticket and start counting down to your RTW trip.

If you don’t have the funds, start saving. It’ll seem like it’ll take forever to have enough money, but it’ll soon come round, especially if you streamline your spending.

My RTW trip didn’t exactly go to plan (I was held at gunpoint by fake police, got dumped, my bank card was messed up….the list goes on), BUT I had the best time ever. The good times far outweigh the bad and my experiences have (partly) shaped who I am today.

Cloud Forest, Inca Trek, Machu Picchu, Peru

Q. What’s the best piece of travel advice you’ve received?

I was recently reminded of this piece of advice by a fellow blogger and it’s so true.

Don’t feel obliged to follow the crowd. Whether that’s seeing a particular tourist attraction or scrapping your travel plans so that you don’t have to go alone, follow your instincts. If you don’t like museums, don’t feel like you have to spend a day traipsing around one just because TripAdvisor says you should. If you want to go off the beaten path, but everyone else is going on the typical route don’t feel pressured to copy.

It’s your time, your money and your experience so do it your way.

Q. What place was on top of your bucket list when you decided to travel around the world? Were there any must-see sites that you had to experience?

It seems like so long ago now and I’ve had so many ‘bucket list’ items since then (it’s an ever-growing wish list!). I think I was just eager to travel anywhere outside of Europe and to see and do as much as possible. The Mayan Ruins in Mexico were high up on my list at the time (and didn’t disappoint), as was making it to the other side of the world to Australia.

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Q. And finally, which destinations top your travel plans for the future?

There are so many! I’m keen to visit Greece and Sicily (in Italy) next year. I’m also super keen to visit Canada as I’ve never been. I’d love to see as much of it as possible, but Alberta and Vancouver are probably the highest on my list. I also want to go to Japan at some point because it seems like such a different way of life to the UK.

Have you been on a round-the-world trip or is it something you’d like to do? I’d love to hear your thoughts on my answers. X

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Comments (12)

  • Like you, I absolutely loved my RTW trip – even though it didn’t always go to plan. (I definitely need to hear your fake police story one day btw!) Also great advice about not following the crowd, something I think it’s sometimes easy to forget in this crazy blogging world!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    Do you think anyone’s RTW ever goes completely to plan? I’m yet to meet someone who didn’t have any sort of detour! I love all the stories that come from those detours, though it takes a little while to be able to laugh about some of them!!

    Definitely re the crowd!

  • Suzanne - Travelbunny 6 years ago Reply

    Follow your heart and not the crowd! I’d love to visit the Galapagos Islands (big ask I know) and one day I will :) Sorry not to have seen you at Blogstock at the weekend. Off to San Francisco tomorrow – I’ll send the city your love!! x

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    I have no doubts that you’ll make it there at all :)

    Likewise. Sadly I didn’t make it in the end as I wasn’t feeling great. Hope you enjoyed it. Moreso though, enjoy San Fran! Can’t wait to follow along :) x

  • Tanisha Angel 6 years ago Reply

    I’d love to go to the Greek Islands as well as to Morocco! I just returned from travelling India, would love for you to check my blog out if you have time: http://www.tanisha.co. Enjoy the rest of your travels xxx

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    I loved my trip to Morocco so would definitely recommend it. Hope you get to visit soon. :)

    Happy travels! x

  • Kirsten 6 years ago Reply

    Come visit me in Canada! Toronto’s the other side of Vancouver but still…! ;) I also really believe that you should follow your instincts and not feel obliged to follow the crowd! There are all sorts of ways to travel and it’s up to you what you want to do.

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    Yes please! Would love to!

    Yeah, instincts should definitely be followed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  • I also really want to return to Greece and to see Sicily – Sardinia too is high up my list! I must say, I knew about some of the turbulence you went through on your big world trip but had no idea it was to this extent! What doesn’t kill you eh?! And it must have given you a whole heap of stories to share for a lifetime!

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    Ah yes, Sardinia. I’d love to go there too! Every pic I see looks gorgeous.

    Yes, very true! It’s all part of the adventure :)

  • Kelly 6 years ago Reply

    Such great advice about not following the crowd; while I would love to try and visit everything on a trip it’s just not possible and not always my cup of tea. I do love a spot of shopping when I’m travelling and I normally find that I actually converse more with the locals while shopping then when we are doing the touristy things – people freak out when I tell them I can spend a whole day shopping but I’ve had some crazy experiences and ended up with the best restaurant recommendations from locals just by simply shopping.
    Everyone has a different style when it comes to travelling!
    Great post!
    Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes

    Taylor Hearts Travel 6 years ago Reply

    You’re so right. There’s always that feeling like you should do everything, but realising that’s impossible is the first step in the right direction. I can’t say I’m a huge shopper when I go away, but you’re definitely selling it to me! That said, I did have some great experiences shopping in Marrakech. Perhaps it’s the way forward…!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts :) x

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