Udaipur – Day 9

It’s been difficult to start writing about India again with a pandemic hanging over us like a lead weight. So far there have been over 3,605 deaths in the UK, and we face social distancing measures. Meanwhile, the Indian government have taken a much stricter approach, by imposing a 21 day lockdown throughout the entire country,…

Udaipur – Day 8

Tensions Rising Day 8 – New Years Eve. What should’ve been a fantastic end to 2019, instead, marked the day that cracks started to show within our group. I guess when you have 14 people travelling together for a considerable period of time, with varying amounts of sleep, sickness, and enjoyment, it’s only a matter…

Pushkar – Day 7

Day 7 in India started with a squinty eyed 5am wake up call. It was time to layer up and head out to our awaiting tuk tuks, which would be driving us through the quiet back streets of Pushkar to the base of the hill where Brahma Temple sits at its peak. We would be…

Lost and Found in India

Hello Annual Leave, What an absolute pleasure it is to see you! 2020 has been a funny old year so far, so it’s nice to have 5 days off work, catching up with sleep, life admin and making plans for the next couple of months. After spending much of last year planning and prepping for…

Pushkar – Day 6

Before I arrived in India, two of the places I was most looking forward to visiting were Pushkar and Udaipur. When I booked the trip, I hadn’t heard of either of them before, but the more I read about them, the more I was looking forward to visiting them. I was sad to be leaving…

Valentines

This post was originally published on 14th February 2019 and reposted on 14th February 2020. Happy Valentines to you my lovely followers ❤️ Whether you’ve been celebrating today with your partners, your friends, or by yourself, I hope you’ve been kind to yourself today. This is my first single valentines for a couple of years….

Jaipur – Day 5

Amber Fort Day 5 in India began with a tuk tuk ride over to the stunning Amber Fort, which lies 11km to the northeast of Jaipur. Construction of the Fort began in 1592 by the Rajput commander of Akbar’s army, Maharaja Man Singh, and was financed by war booty. This absolutely stunning fort, built from…

Jaipur – Day 4

After a 5 hour private bus journey (where I swear to god I thought I was getting frostbite at one point it was so cold!) from Agra, it was time to settle into Jaipur, the famous Pink City, where we would be spending the next couple of days. Our first stop of the day was…

Agra – Day 3

The beginning of this trip was full on. With plenty of optional activities which people didn’t want to turn down, we wouldn’t really get any ‘free’ time until we arrived in Pushkar in 4 days time. But for now, it was time to continue our journey as we travelled to Agra. Agra lies 206km (128…

Delhi – Day 2 (Christmas Day)

After a restless nights sleep (thanks to a freezing cold bedroom, dogs barking outside, and spending half the night wondering if we had locked the bedroom door, but being too cold and tired to get out to check!), it was time to get up, and get to grips with Delhi. Our first stop was breakfast….

Delhi – Day 1

Arrival Day I arrived in Delhi on the morning of Christmas Eve after an 8.5 hour flight from London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic. Whilst I had booked the trip through Intrepid Travel, flights were not included, so I took the opportunity to experience Virgin Atlantic for the first time, as my last little piece of…

Top Blog Posts from 2019

Happy Belated New Year to you all 🎉 I hope the new decade has been kind to you all so far 💕 I feel as though i’ve neglected my blog lately. December turned a little bit crazy as I prepped for an early Christmas, celebrated my birthday, and finished off getting everything in order ready…

Looking back at 2019

Does anyone else keep forgetting we’re not only heading into a new year, but a new decade too? I considered looking back at the last decade in this post, but I’m looking forward to drawing a line under it and moving on into the new decade with a fresh perspective, embracing new opportunities and living…

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Reflections

When I decided to book my trip to India earlier this year, I knew it was a life changing decision. I still find it hard to explain the feeling I had at the time. It was a mixture of excitment and overwhleming emotion, just knowing that this was absolutely something I had to do. I…

Kenya: A Mountain to Climb

GIFTED| Kenya: A Mountain to Climb follows author Rod Wood, on his journey as he prepares for another life changing trip to Africa. Five years on from his first trip to the African continent, during which he climbed Kilimanjaro, Rod leaves his fiancée Jane at home in Shropshire, whilst he goes off to seek adventure…

Bucket List

This post was originally published on 23rd September 2018 and updated on 19th October 2019. A few months ago I had a complete panic over the things I had achieved since I moved to London. More to the point, what I hadn’t achieved since my London adventure began. I had packed a lot into my…

Countdown to India: 15 weeks to go… 🇮🇳

With less than 15 weeks to go until my trip to India, it’s time to start getting organised. I still have a fair amount to sort out before I can board my flight from Heathrow to Delhi on 23rd December. I still need to: Apply for my visa Pay for the rest of my trip…

My Top Tips for First Time Solo Travellers

Firstly, it’s probably important to explain that I am by no means a seasoned traveller or solo holidaymaker. My travelling experiences to date have largely been in Europe, and most have been with family and friends. However, the last few years, have seen me pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone, becoming more adventurous, and…

Solo Traveller

This post was originally published on 4th February 2019 and updated on 11th August 2019. The first time I travelled abroad on my own, I received a mixed reaction from friends and family. Some said good on you. Others thought I was crazy. Won’t you be lonely they asked? Aren’t you scared going alone? Why…

My Indian Adventure

I recently wrote about the Laws of Attraction and the overwhelming desire I have to visit India. Well, I am beyond excited to let you, my readers, know, that I am making that dream a reality. This Christmas, I fly out to Delhi for a 15 day trip to India. Whilst there, I will visit…

Old Fashioned Romance with a Modern Day Twist

I love being single, but that doesn’t stop me looking forward to being in love again. Although, I have to admit, and if you have read some of my earlier blog posts, you may have already worked out that I’m not actually too good at this love malarkey. Falling for the wrong men is becoming…

The Law of Attraction

Have you ever felt an overwhelming desire to go somewhere you have never been before? Not just because it looks nice, but because you feel something else is pulling you there? For several years, I have had this overwhelming feeling that I need to visit India. The feeling has been so strong lately, that I…

Cumin

Isn’t it funny how certain tastes and smells we experience, stay with us throughout our lives? Standing in the kitchen today, frying up a couple of eggs for lunch, I decided to sprinkle a little bit of cumin powder on top of them. As I lifted the lid off the cumin powder, I was instantly…

Praia Santa Eulália, Praia da Oura and Alfagar II Aparthotel

I’m now back in gloomy, grey, England after a beautiful few days in Portugal. The flight into Gatwick yesterday was slightly unnerving, as we landed in high winds. There were gasps, followed by a few expletives from passengers as we made our descent, but thankfully, our pilot got us back safe and sound (and without…