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58: What I do as a solo female traveller to get a free trip

58: What I do as a solo female traveller to get a free trip

May 23, 2019

After my recent trip to Dublin, I came home refreshed, recharged and ready for action...

Then I got an email from a couple who responded to an advert I posted 2 years ago... Yes 2 years ago, about house sitting and dog sitting!

It was one of the most amazing houses I've ever stayed in, and had 360 degree views of the English countryside. It was idyllic and the perfect getaway for a solo female traveller like me!

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57: Top 5 Tips for females travelling to Dublin

57: Top 5 Tips for females travelling to Dublin

May 16, 2019

I had the best time in Dublin, everyone was so calm, warm and welcoming. The city was so familiar but yet somehow really different. In this episode, I wanted to share my top 5 tips for any female wanting to travel and visit Dublin...

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56: Top tip at the airport for female travellers

56: Top tip at the airport for female travellers

May 9, 2019

I have finally been able to tick off one place of my travel goals for this year...Dublin. It's such a good feeling even after travelling to over 3 countries, to be able to tick it off and see my travel progress around the world.

In this episode I'm sharing an awesome travel tip that I do at every airport I go to. No matter where in the world...

 

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55: How to be a mindful solo female traveller

55: How to be a mindful solo female traveller

May 2, 2019

Travelling as a solo female traveller is so easy to do. It's an incredible experience and will stay with you for a lifetime.

Being a mindful female traveller is so important and effects the way you travel and how you travel. This episode is about being the best traveller you can be and what travel means to me...

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54: How to know if you’re making the right decision to go travelling

54: How to know if you’re making the right decision to go travelling

April 25, 2019

Actually making the decision to go travelling is huge. We start to talk ourselves out of going, with all the things that could go wrong. But what about all the things that will go right..?

I think we over think this and we become so stressed and overwhelmed that we procrastinate so much.

Take time to think about all the reasons why you want to go...

I wanted to go travelling and not have any regrets at the end of my life.

I wanted to be a story teller and tell people of the experiences that had actually happened to me. I love seeing the excitement that it brings to people. On that note...

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53: Where are you, on your travel goals this year?

53: Where are you, on your travel goals this year?

April 11, 2019

We're officially 1/4 of the way through this year, so what a perfect time for a travel planning catch up!

In this episode I share with you where I am with my travel plans this year...a small hint I've only just booked somewhere! 

And I'm giving you a little bit of a boost that will hopefully get you pumped and ready to start planning your travel...

 

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52: What I’ve brought back from my solo female travel

52: What I’ve brought back from my solo female travel

April 4, 2019

I've travelled around the world and had the most amazing time of my life. There is however, one thing that I have learnt and that's had the most impact on me since I started...

Travelling lets you explore, investigate and experiment with loads of different things in order to discover what you like and who you are...

Travelling lets you be you.

Listen to this week's episode to get some inspiration on what's impacted me and how I use it today...

 

 

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51: Want to take a Gap Year as a Solo Female Traveller?

51: Want to take a Gap Year as a Solo Female Traveller?

March 28, 2019

How exciting that you're thinking of taking a Gap Year. Do you want to have a really great year out?

Then listen to this episode to hear my top tips on how to have the best Gap Year...

 

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My top points for you: 

Plan it!

Why do you want to go?

Don’t get caught out and forget to plan your return.

 

 

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50: My 2 Career Breaks as a Solo Female Traveller

50: My 2 Career Breaks as a Solo Female Traveller

March 21, 2019

Thinking of taking a career break? Have you gone straight from education into a career and not ever had the chance to go on a journey?

Career breaks are a fantastic way to see the world, go on a journey of self-discovery and have a career to come home to.

This episode is about my 2 Career Breaks and my tips on how to decide if a Career Break is right for you.

 

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My Tips:

Can be really overwhelming really quickly so get your ideas on paper as soon as possible.

Write what your thinking and feeling about taking a career break

Why do you want to do it? Why does it appeal to you?

Ask your employer if a Career Break is possible in your current role

Have a Plan!

 

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49: Top 10 Solo Female Travel Experiences

49: Top 10 Solo Female Travel Experiences

March 7, 2019

Solo female travel, is one of the most amazing, incredible and life changing experiences that truly changed my life.

I fell in love with travel after a trip to Kenya when I was just 21. I realised then that travel was something that made me so happy and excitable like a child. It was my joy. It was freedom. It was my 'home'.

This episode is my Top 10 Solo Female trips from my travels around the world. Let it inspire and empower you to start planning your travel today...

 

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My first Top 3 are...

 

Alice Springs, Australia

Living and working in the desert (outback) in the middle of Australia and becoming an Aussie.

 

Surin Elephant Project, Thailand

Having one of the best weeks of my life on an Elephant reserve. And the best group water fight with fellow travellers.

 

Himachal Pradesh, India

Waving at the Dalai Lama whilst at his house, then have him wave back at me!

 

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48: Travelling somewhere new in my country

48: Travelling somewhere new in my country

February 28, 2019

Don't have the time or finances to go travelling right now? Well, why not be a tourist in your home country? This is exactly what I did as a way of celebrating my birthday this month and taking a well deserved break.

What's been a very hectic and emotional start to 2019, I wanted to go travelling  but didn't want to go on a plane or go too far. So, I decided to travel about 5 hours to an island in the UK (yes we have some islands around the country) and see what travel was like in my home country.

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47: What my boyfriend thinks of me travelling

47: What my boyfriend thinks of me travelling

January 24, 2019

Have you ever thought about what your boyfriend or loved ones think about you travelling? Nope me neither.

This episode is a recorded conversation between my boyfriend and I, on what he really thinks about me booking travel and just leaving the country at very short notice.

I've never really considered what my family and close friends think of me just leaving, and only telling them when I've left and I'm in the world.

I'm a solo female traveller who travels the world very freely. But after this honest conversation, I've changed how I approach my travel planning...

If you have a boyfriend or loved one that you're very close too, this may give you an insight into what they're thinking.

This episode was recorded in a noisy cafe, so apologies for all the background noise.

 

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46: How to set travel goals for yourself this year?

46: How to set travel goals for yourself this year?

January 10, 2019

What's the perfect way to start 2019? By setting travel goals of course!

This episode I'm sharing my travel plans for 2019 and giving you some advice on how you can set travel goals for yourself, this year too.

What are your travel goals this year? What do you want to get out of 2019? And where to you go in the world this year?

This episode is perfect if you want to go travelling this year, or want to start planning for a round the world trip. 

 

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This episode is about;

My main reason for travel this year

This year is the first time that I've planned my travel goals so far in advanced and been this organised. I'm also changing my travel style this year as I’m travelling with my boyfriend. This will be the first time in 5 years, that I've travelled with a partner, so it’s going to be a challenge.

My mini travel goals this year as travelling to London, Dublin and a spontaneous trip to another country in Europe.

I’m still continuing with my long term goal of learning Spanish, in preparation of my travel plans of travelling Central America in 2020.

 

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How to get started now;

Think about a destination that’s far away (long haul) – where would that be for you?

Then have some mini trips that are closed to your home

Take some time to think about where you really want to be this year

Pick somewhere that you’d really like to go. Or something you would really like to dos

 

I’m at the beginning of 2019 right now, wouldn’t it be great if ­­­­___________________ by the end of 2019.

By the end of 2019, I  ­_____________________________.

 

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45: How to decide what shoes to take travelling

45: How to decide what shoes to take travelling

December 18, 2018

Getting the right shoes for travelling can be very stressful and overwhelming. What shoes do you take? How many pairs will you need? How do you decide which ones are best?

In this episode I'm giving you some helpful tips on how to find the right pairs, and which shoes to actually take, saving you a lot of time and effort! 

You're going to want to make sure you get the right shoes!

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This travel episode is about:

The shoes you need for travelling

Work on the idea that you need 3 – 4 pairs

  • Day shoes
  • Slip on shoe
  • Random third – will depend on what type of travel you are doing

 

When I travelled japan – my day shoe were TOMS with a waterproof material so I could wear them in the rain 

My tips when deciding on the right pairs to take;

Find something that you can walk in comfortably for a long period of time

Good quality, sturdy, breathable and light weight

Wear them in before you go

You can some to send you shoes to you at a later date

You can buy some when you’re out in the world

When I did my round the world trip – I took just 4 pairs

 

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44: Doing something different in Japan

44: Doing something different in Japan

December 13, 2018

I love finding those quirky things to do when I travel. And Japan was no different. I found something really fun to do and was ended up being a really great gift for myself. 

If you're looking to go to Japan and want some inspiration, this episode is for you!

Listener shout out goes to Jess who’s going on her second solo adventure!

 

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Nothing more rewarding than planning your own trip, being in the world and looking back realising that you did it. You put yourself in the world.

 

This travel episode is about;

 

Designing my own notebooks

Watching Sumo wrestlers in their morning practice

Cat café – really cool – good fun

Going to an onsen – really good for your skin and cleared up my mosquito bites

Sleeping on a futon was the best nights sleep I had from my entire trip in Japan

When I travel now, I choose what I want to do and don’t have to think of anyone else

If you’re travelling with someone else, its okay for you to go and do your own things and then come back together later on

Make sure you stop and take a break

Its very easy to get caught up in the travelling energy and keep moving

Take time for yourself, reflect on what you’ve already done and where you’re heading moving forward

 

Be the traveller that you want to be, this is your trip.

 

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43: Why travelling is the best and the scariest thing you’ll ever do

43: Why travelling is the best and the scariest thing you’ll ever do

December 8, 2018

Imagine how it would feel travelling the world, a year from now. The adrenaline pumping through your body as you're excited and scared and excited and scared again.

But you're there. You're doing it. You're travelling. You're meeting people just like you, and people that are so different. You love being with them. You're learning so much about yourself and others. You look back and realise that you wished you'd planned it all sooner. You wish you started sooner... It's time to give yourself permission to travel...

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This episode is about;

Being outside of your comfort zone 
You have to push yourself and move forward and make that decision
You just have to make that decision to travel - listen to episode 41 here

Worries that gals tend to think about that stop them from travelling;

  • What if I leave my job behind
  • I’ve got a boyfriend I cant leave him behind
  • What if I don’t meet anyone I like, what if I’m on my own
  • What if I don’t have enough money
  • What if I don’t like it

These worries are totally normal
You’ll push through them and on the other side have the most amazing experience.

When you’re there doing it, it’s so powerful, you’re in it. You are doing it.

Let yourself daydream and imagine the possibilities of all the things you could be doing, the things you could be seeing, the people, the food,
Fall in love with the places, the people, the sights, the smells,
Falling in love with the world is incredible, it’s phenomenal, it’s so fulfilling
You can make a massive difference to someone in the world

Planning your own trip means having travel that’s tailored to you

So different for everyone

Travelling is is the best and the scariest thing you’ll do. But it’s totally worth it!

42: How to know if travelling is right for you?

42: How to know if travelling is right for you?

November 29, 2018

Travelling's such a personal experience and is 100% about self-discovery. This actually starts right at the very beginning of your journey; in the planning stages. 

You’ll learn to make decisions now that'll help you make really quick decisions when you’re in the world travelling.

In today's episode, I answer the question 'How to know if travelling is right for you?'

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Message received from listener Crystal:

Absolutely love this podcast and wish I had found it sooner! I completed both a working holiday in Australia and New Zealand and your podcasts are inspiring me that three years away from the states wasn’t enough! I’d love to get to meet you, your podcasts are full of fantastic information.
Your podcasts make my days at the 9-5 so much better.
Crystal

 

This episode is about:

Answering the question 'How to know if travelling is right for you?'
Travelling is right for everyone – Travelling is what you make of it.

Find out your travelling style

My travel style is a short term planner and going with the flow
Since I started travelling, so many and exciting opportunities have come to me

Travel is 100% about self-discovery

I learnt I’m really confident
I learnt that people liked me – this was a really silly belief that I had before I went travelling
I learnt to be really independent – I am the youngest child and was always
When I first went travelling it was so scary. But within a few days I became confident

Finding you style and what makes you feel good and what travelling means to you, that is what travelling is.

Self-discovery starts in the planning stages

Decide what type of traveller you want to be
Know what you like and don’t like
Remember you are on a journey. A journey of self-discovery

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41: Why do you want to travel?

41: Why do you want to travel?

November 22, 2018

I'm asking you gals a question today and getting you to put it into action! Do you really want to travel? Then what's stopping you from doing it?

I know this can be a difficult question to face, but once you do, it can change everything!

Ellen, a listener of the Show emailed me recently as she was waiting for her flight to go travelling... She got inspiration from the Show and faced her fears and did it...

Just decide to make travelling your goal for this coming year. Believe you can do it...

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In this travel episode;

We're going to be answering the question; Why do you want to travel and why are you not doing it?

Knowing the reason of why you want to travel and what's stopping you is so powerful. 

Take sometime to get really clear on why you want to do it

I share what made me go travelling

I hadn't really done anything on my own before, so wanted to be an independent solo female traveller.

Why do you want to go travelling over everything else?

 

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40: How to recover quickly from a flight

40: How to recover quickly from a flight

November 8, 2018

There's nothing worse than having a 14 hour flight and taking weeks to recover. You just want to get back to normal. But instead you feel like your missing out on travelling and just having fun!

In today's episode, I share my technique to recover quickly from flying. After a recent 14 hour flight back from Japan to the UK, I used this technique... and I swear by it! I follow the "rules" to make sure that I give myself the best chance of recovery.

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This episode is about...

My tips on…

What to do on the plane that stops you getting jet lag

Adapt to the time zone that you’re flying too
Eat the foods in relation to the country you are flying to
Change your time as soon as possible to the destination you are flying to

Eat light food the entire journey – I try to avoid carbs or limit the amount I eat
No caffeine
Keep the biscuits / nut / cracker packs to have them later on in the flight
Relax, just chill and rest

I was able to adjust back to my life in the UK very quickly and not suffer from jet lag

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39: How making friends in Japan made my trip to Taiwan so much better

39: How making friends in Japan made my trip to Taiwan so much better

November 1, 2018

Last episode I told you that I discovered just 3 days before flying back from Japan, that I was in the wrong city for my flight home. The city I was supposed to be in was 214 miles away and on the other side of the country.

In this episode I explain, that by making this mistake I ended up having an incredible time in Taiwan - the next part of my trip. I met some amazing travellers that proves...

'You never know who you’re going to meet and how they can change your travel experience'. - My mum.

I love this about travel, and this is what makes me go back for more...

 

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This episode is about...

How messing up my flight home meant that the timings and circumstances fell into place and travel just flowed and worked well
Met a young guy called Alex who was from Texas – very interesting to meet him

My timings with Alex were impeccable – he landed into Taipei, Taiwan 15 minutes before I did

You meet people that you wouldn’t cross paths with in your everyday life back in your home country
I love it when you meet those people and you just have a connection and you just get on

Takes your experience to another level when you meet people you have a deeper connection with than the general chit chats

Listen to episode 34 on How travelling gets you friends for life

Even now I still meet people travelling that I end up becoming good friends with when returning home

You’ll meet people and be in contact with them when you return home and have them as friends for life.
It really does happen

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