Shawn and I having a sunset drink at Potato Head in Bali, Indonesia

Shawn and I having a sunset drink at Potato Head in Bali, Indonesia

You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
— Neil Gaiman

Unlike some travellers when I first started travelling it was with my parents and I absolutely couldn't tell you what I loved about it. I was too young to remember where I went or what I did. Fast forward a few years, I've never stopped thinking about and travelling around the world since.  

I've travelled light backpacking solo in my early 20s, and I've always juggled full time work. I've been lucky as my career afforded me a way to travel better. I'm not OK now with spending USD5 a night for a room in Siem Reap and waking up with lizards in my bed! I love a good comfortable hotel that makes me feel like I’m home away from home.

Travel writing never used to be something I got comfortable with; I started my space on the internet writing about cooking and recipes. Travelling felt very personal, and I wanted to keep it a private part of my life. As I get older though I realise there are a few things that really make and keep me happy, and travelling is the key one. The list is short but the experiences are infinite! I have travelled a lot over the years but they're all in my head, on my hard disk, and one day I might forget. Sharing them here is also my way of trying to preserve a few memories I loved on my experiences. I hope sharing with you here how we make it happen will inspire you to make travel a more frequent thing in your life too. 

Another piece I really enjoyed writing was an annual reflection around December, or August, when I start to get mopey about how the year’s about to end. I’ve been writing these notes since 2011, when my blog was called something different, but I’ve decided to keep them because they’ve been such a true yet compact reflection of my journey. Head up to the YEARS to read if you like.