The Globe Wanderers http://theglobewanderers.com Don't Wonder. Wander. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:17:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome (guaranteed to knock your socks off) http://theglobewanderers.com/rome-photographers-paradise/ http://theglobewanderers.com/rome-photographers-paradise/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:33:29 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=812 Rome is without doubt one of the greatest cities on Earth. It has been since the rise of the Roman Empire and it is still just as impressive today. Throw in the Vatican and you’ve haven’t just got a mecca for us travel loving looneys, you’ve got yourself a photographer’s paradise. My jaw hit the […]

The post Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome (guaranteed to knock your socks off) appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

Top-5-photo-spots-in-Rome

Rome is without doubt one of the greatest cities on Earth. It has been since the rise of the Roman Empire and it is still just as impressive today. Throw in the Vatican and you’ve haven’t just got a mecca for us travel loving looneys, you’ve got yourself a photographer’s paradise.

My jaw hit the floor when I arrived in Rome in October 2011. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. Now I’m no pro photographer  by any means, but I soon discovered some hotspots that I think really show off this historical capital at its very best.

My Top Spots

#1Take the steps on the bridge to Castle St Angelo down to the Fiume Tevere canal. This is a great spot by day and night for photos of both St Peter’s Basilica and Castle St Angelo.

F.Y.I: Occasionally in the evening, homeless Romans do take shelter down here but by day its pretty quiet – by far my favourite little find. 

Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Canal Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Castle St Angelo

#2The rooftop of the Victor Emmanuel Monument. Up here you can see across the whole of the city. St Peters Basilica and the Vatican to your left and the Colosseum and the Forum behind you.

Hot Tip: Head up just before sunset to get your money’s worth.

Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Victor Emmanuel View Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Victor Emmanuel View

#3The terrace of Castle St Angelo is a great spot for a shot across Rome in the other direction with the Victor Emmanuel Monument in the distance and the famous roof of the Pantheon in clear site. Ah Rome, I love ya!

Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Castle St Angelo View

#4The top of St Peter’s Basilica. This is another prime position for a good photo or 12. You can see down into the Vatican gardens, the mountains in the distance and all of Rome’s landmarks. As long as you’re happy to climb a fair few stairs.

Top Tip: Get there for 8am. I know I know, you’re on your ‘olidays but an early start will mean missing the horde of tourists… just check out the queue building up in the square (to the left) Ouch!

Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - St Peters Basilica View

#5All your favourite spots by night. From the Pantheon to St Peter’s Square and the Trevi Fountain; these incredible landmarks are awe inspiring in the daylight but you may have to wade through the crowds to get into a good photo spot without a giant or coach tour standing in your way. In the moonlight however, these places seem to become a lot quieter. Sure, it’s often harder to snap yourself a good photo with limited light but you’ll have time, space and no crowds to compete with. Take your time, sit back, take it all in and bag yourself a beauty of a shot at the same time.

Handy Gadget: If you have yourself a Tripod (or travel-friendly Gorilla pod) then make sure to pack it. None of my best night time snaps would have been possible without one. 

Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - The Pantheon

Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - The Pantheon

Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - St Peters Basilica Night

Best of the Rest

Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Italian Flag Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Chariot Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Rome Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - The Trevi Fountain Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - St Peters Basilica Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - St Peters Basilica Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Colosseum Tope 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Castle St Angelo Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - The Colosseum Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - St Peter's Square Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Vatican Museum Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome - Wind

A Great Little App

500PX is a fantastic app for any photography lover. Simply download it, type in where you are or where you’re going, and prepare to drool over thousands of stunning shots. Click on one that takes your fancy and WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAM it tells you where the photograph was taken, what kit was used and exactly what settings the photographer used to get the shot. I’ve only recently discovered this goldmine and can’t wait to put it through its paces on my next trip. If you’re trying to improve your photography, this could be the perfect guide to help you take it to the next level. You’ll have people drooling over your snaps in no time.

 

Of course these are just a few examples of spots I found during my long weekend in Rome. I’m sure there are many more and would be interested to know if you’ve found some yourself. Please share them 🙂

Top 5 photo spots in rome

The post Top 5 Photo Spots in Rome (guaranteed to knock your socks off) appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/rome-photographers-paradise/feed/ 19
Keep Calm and Travel On http://theglobewanderers.com/keep-calm-and-travel-on/ http://theglobewanderers.com/keep-calm-and-travel-on/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:18:16 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=4808   Broken hearts, senseless violence and the loss of lives. Our beautiful little planet is looking a bit of a mess. At times like this, it’s all too easy to shy away and forget about the goodness in the world… Where is the beauty? Where is the love? I hope you’ll forgive this stream-of-consciousness style […]

The post Keep Calm and Travel On appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
Keep-Calm-and-travel-on
 
Broken hearts, senseless violence and the loss of lives. Our beautiful little planet is looking a bit of a mess. At times like this, it’s all too easy to shy away and forget about the goodness in the world… Where is the beauty? Where is the love?

I hope you’ll forgive this stream-of-consciousness style post, but I just felt I needed to say something in light of the tragic events across the world over this past week. Yes, it may be on our teeny tiny, insignificant corner of the world wide web, but if we all take to our own space and say something, however small, then the world has a chance right?

There’s a lot going on in the world these days. Brooks from Shawshank Redemption had it right… “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry”… and that movie was set in the 1940s! Goodness only knows what he’d think if he walked into our world today.

Keep Calm and Travel On

Not just a hurry though… it’s getting scary out there. Everywhere we turn these days, there is danger, there is terror and there is fear…

Terrorism. I remember where I was when…

September 11th 2001. I was walking home from school when I noticed people in their front rooms, stood around their TV sets. Bit strange? As I got home and walked into my lounge, my mum and sister were doing the same thing. As I looked at the TV screen, the second plane went into the Twin Towers. My sister turned to my mum and said, ‘Mum, are we going to war?’ Difficult to forget that in a hurry.

July 7th 2005. I was flying to Spain with my best friend and his family. As we got to our apartment we switched on the TV to see London had been attacked. Bit of a sour start to our holiday. Two weeks later we were flying home and landed just as London suffered its second attack in a fortnight. The airport was full of armed police and sniffer dogs. This was one welcome home I don’t want to experience again.

Now, just this past Friday (13th November 2015), Paris was targeted by the so called Islamic State for the second time in a year. First Charlie Hebdo and now random attacks across the city, including shootings at numerous restaurants, suicide bombers at a football stadium and multiple killings at a rock concert.

Of course, these are just a few examples of recent terrorism in the West. What about the attacks that are happening scarily frequently in other countries?

There’s terrorism all over the world, each and every day. Some makes international news but lots doesn’t. The truth is, we haven’t a clue about half the nasty stuff happening on this planet, and there’s a lot of it. But there has been in times past, there is in present times and there will be in times to come. Nonetheless, it begs the natural question, ‘what’s going on in the world?’

After this weekends tragic events in Paris, a powerful video stormed the internet…

Their message is quite simple but the fact that it needs to be said is pretty scary in itself. Do some people really hear the word ISIS and think Muslims?

Maybe Adam Hills should tell them how it is…

‘The combined forces of Islamic State, Boko Harem and Al-Qaeda makes up 0.003% of the global Muslim population.’

‘Less than 2% of all terror attacks are carried out in the name of Islam. You’ve got more chance of being killed by a bee sting, a peanut or the NHS.’ 

 – Adam Hills (2015)

When the headlines are highlighting such terrible events, its easy to feel that there’s no hope. It’s easy to feel that there are so many bad people in the world that goodness is a minority and we are helpless and hopeless.

Yes, there will always be those weak enough to be brainwashed by evil and go on to do unspeakable things. These acts will affect many of us directly and even more indirectly but these people will always be outnumbered by those who are truly good.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness

Day to Day Saviours and Modern Day Saints

There are remarkable people out there who truly go above and beyond to spread peace, goodness and love. Channel 4 recently aired a documentary called, Escape from ISIS. It focused on Khaleel al-Dakhi, a local lawyer who is part of an underground network working toward freeing women and children from ISIS and bringing them home. It’s a moving watch and a great example of normal people doing extraordinary things. True modern day saints.

But people don’t have to do extraordinary things to make this world a better place and outweigh the bad with good. The people I’m talking about are those many of us have met and will never forget. These people simply welcome strangers into their countries, their homes and into their hearts. They hold no prejudice or pre-conception. They do not care which God you pray to, what your heritage is or what language you speak. They are simply willing to offer an act of random kindness. Something so small that is so great. Where do we find these people? Everywhere and anywhere… often where you least expect. How do you find these people? Travel.

Have you seen the film, Evan Almighty? At the end there is a great message and wise words from Morgan Freeman who plays God (obviously). He tells Evan that the way we change the world is with an A.R.K. But this Ark doesn’t belong to bearded animal lover named Noah… Ohh no. We can all help change the world with a simple Act of Random Kindness.

Keep Calm and Travel On - Act of Random Kindness

Calling all Travel Lovers

Recently, the thing I’ve heard most often is this: ‘The world’s becoming such a dangerous place. It’s not safe to go anywhere’. 

Now this is something that really concerns me. I don’t want my little nephew growing up in a world full of fear. We must carry on and prove there is so much good outweighing the bad in this world. That’s where I think us globe wanderers, wanderlusters and vagabonds can make a difference…

I’m not suggesting that some grand gesture needs to be made here, we simply need to continue to fall in love with our world everyday, hold our heads up high and not be held back from doing what makes us happy. We need to travel… It’s in our blood. But it may also be a way to show others that you can still step out your front door, explore unknown lands and live your life regardless of these bastards who are trying to change the world and push fear upon us. If we don’t travel on, they’ve won. Now I don’t know about you, but that’s not going to happen on my watch.

Louis Armstrong wasn’t wrong when he sang and I think to myself, what a wonderful world’. It is a wonderful world, full of beauty and amazing people. And even in times of darkness, we have to remember that goodness always outweighs evil. More often than not, it’s people that become the light in times of darkness..

 Keep Calm and Travel On
Keep Calm and Travel On
I’ve met so many incredible people whilst backpacking. People who have reinstated my faith in humanity… And what’s more,  I’ve discovered they’re not a minority. As long as these people exist, good can prevail… and my nephew can grow up with a little hope in the true goodness of people.

As travellers, could it be our responsibility to push through, carry on and take those steps many are scared of taking themselves during times like these? By travelling and telling our stories, we can show others that you needn’t live in fear and that most people in this beautiful world are good.

Your Call to Action

There must be so many of you who have had similar experiences and been humbled by the amazing generosity and kindness of strangers.

I’d love you to share your fondest memory. I hope that people will see our stories and experiences, be reminded that beauty is everywhere and know that goodness will always kick evil’s arse in the end.

Stand together, keep strong and travel on. Lets fill our lives with all that’s good in this world.

 Keep Calm and Travel On - The Globe Wanderers

The post Keep Calm and Travel On appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/keep-calm-and-travel-on/feed/ 17
Lub d: The Coolest Bangkok Hostel… Fact! http://theglobewanderers.com/lub-d-bangkok-hostel/ http://theglobewanderers.com/lub-d-bangkok-hostel/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:44:31 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=452 Bangkok; the first stop on my first ever backpacking adventure. I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to my journey through South East Asia. I was excited and the adrenaline was pumping. I was also a little anxious and overwhelmed by my new surroundings. Luckily for me, Lub d made me feel right at home. I […]

The post Lub d: The Coolest Bangkok Hostel… Fact! appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

Bangkok; the first stop on my first ever backpacking adventure. I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to my journey through South East Asia. I was excited and the adrenaline was pumping. I was also a little anxious and overwhelmed by my new surroundings. Luckily for me, Lub d made me feel right at home.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

I had been advised to pre-booked my first nights accommodation before I left the UK. I did so with the help of STA Travel. The guys at STA recommended Lub d. Not only was it right in the city centre but it was clean and most importantly of all, cheap at just £6.39 a night. In my books its the best ‘value for money’ Bangkok hostel out there.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

As I’m sure many of you know, the first night in a new place is pretty important.  Thankfully I couldn’t have chosen a better place to stay. Not only would Lub d be my home for the beginning of my time in Asia but it would also be my first taste of the wonderful Thai people’s hospitality, kindness and generosity.

Location Location Location

Lub d is perfectly placed in the central district of Silom and just a 2 minute walk away from Patpong….one of the more ‘interesting’ parts of Bangkok (Anyone who has visited Patpong will know exactly what I mean). The hostel is also just a short walk to the BTS Skytrain and Metro.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

During my time in Bangkok I stayed at a number hostels and hotels including a few in the busy and bustling Khao San Road. Lub d in Silom was definitely my favourite spot. Lub d also have a hostel in Siam Square though I didn’t stay here.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

Not only is Lub d perfectly placed but its funky, quirky and cool decor makes it feel a lot more pricey than it actually is. Remember, just £6.39 a night. 

Lub d – translation? Sleep Well

Its no surprise that Lub d’s english translation is ‘sleep well’. The beds are so comfy and the rooms are immaculate. There are dorms of 4 -8 bunks complete with safe, lockable storage and plug sockets or private rooms with double beds if you fancy something a little more private.

Lub D - The Friendliest Hostel in Bangkok

private double room

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

The bathrooms won’t disappoint either. Their cleaner than a science lab and have plenty of showers, basins and mirrors for all your morning and evening ablutions.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

shared bathroom

Don’t believe me, check out their reviews on Trip Advisor.

You don’t have to be a first time traveller to enjoy a stay at this awesome Bangkok hostel. In fact I met so many who return over and over again that it felt more like a home full of friends than it did a hostel full of strangers.

Me, myself and Lub d

In short.. their the best! They’ll make every effort to make you feel right at home, cater for your every need and help with any plans or bookings you wish to make when exploring the city. They are Lub d.

An example of their amazing hospitality was halloween. Halloween is a great night at Lub d with decorations everywhere and the staff in full costume.  There was an amazing band playing and the bar was busy with both residents and locals. Halloween just so happens to be my birthday and without saying a word, the staff called me up to the front, handed my a birthday cake and a free beer as everyone sang Happy Birthday. Later when I asked Niew (the manageress) how they knew. She said they clocked my date of birth on my passport when I checked in. How nice is that!?

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

Me, my friend, Scott and Niew (manageress) on the left.

lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel lub-d: The coolest Bangkok hostel

What an awesome night I had. Needless to say the drinks didn’t stop there and I woke up the next day looking like I was still wearing a halloween mask… Nope. Just my face.

I was due to checkout at 10am but didn’t wake up till gone 11. Without noticing the time, I left my room and headed for the showers. As I returned to my room, my keycard wouldn’t work. It was then I noticed the time and assumed my keycard had expired. Down to reception I went in nothing more than a small towel. The wonderful staff thankfully renewed my keycard (after having a bloody good laugh first of course) and I was able to checkout slightly later.

I checked out and left Lub d to begin my trip round South East Asia. I returned to Bangkok before I left for Australia though and it wouldn’t had felt right to spend my last night anywhere other than Lub d.

Since my stay here, I have kept in touch with a few of the staff and love catching up with them online from time to time.

Lub d will always feel like my Bangkok home. I can’t wait to stay here with Gabby someday and I’m looking forward to recreating lots of fond memories.

 

Find out more

 

lub-d-the-coolest-bangkok-hostel..

Have you visited Lub d? What did you think? Maybe there are even greater hostels in Bangkok… Let us know if you have any favourites!

Photos courtesy of Lub d

Lub d: The Coolest Bangkok Hostel... Fact!
Lub d is perfectly located and phenomenal value for money. Its a fun place full of friendly staff and a very comfortable stay.
Location8
Cleanliness9.5
Fun9
Comfort8
Value 10
Overall9.2
The best bits
  • Great, friendly and hospitible staff
  • Recently been voted as the 'coolest hostel in Bangkok'
  • Perfect location
9Overall Score

The post Lub d: The Coolest Bangkok Hostel… Fact! appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/lub-d-bangkok-hostel/feed/ 31
Winston: Our Wicked Camper Guide on the Great Ocean Road http://theglobewanderers.com/wicked-camper/ http://theglobewanderers.com/wicked-camper/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:00:09 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=581 If you’re planning a road trip and want it to be a little different, say goodbye to your conventional car, RV or camper van and check out Wicked Camper! By renting a Wicked Camper, your road trip has already got more colourful! As I arrived in Melbourne, Australia I felt like crying. Don’t get me wrong, […]

The post Winston: Our Wicked Camper Guide on the Great Ocean Road appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

Wicked Camper - Our Guide on the Great Ocean Road

If you’re planning a road trip and want it to be a little different, say goodbye to your conventional car, RV or camper van and check out Wicked Camper! By renting a Wicked Camper, your road trip has already got more colourful!

As I arrived in Melbourne, Australia I felt like crying. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but I had just been travelling around South East Asia so the Australian prices were a hefty shock to the system and my budget.

I was with a couple of mates and we were soon starting to worry about how and where we’d sleep. Day one in Oz wasn’t going to plan! We suddenly had a flash of inspiration… In fact it was a very bold, bright funky flash as a camper van whizzed by.

Although we weren’t considering a road trip just yet, a camper made perfect sense. If it was cheaper than a hostel for the 3 of us then maybe this could work? We found an internet cafe, did the maths and soon discovered Wicked Camper. This suddenly offered us both a place to kip and an awesome, unplanned adventure. You can bet your ass a hostel wasn’t going to be anywhere near as epic as the road trip we were about to embark on.

Hostel dorm for 6 nights for 3 males (on the run up to Christmas) = AU$35 per night. Total: AU$735.00

Wicked Camper for 7 days = AU$358.00 not including (security deposit of AU$100 that you get back)

These prices are from my visit a little while back so check them out if your planning your own Wicked road-trip. 

Our Wicked Camper: Meet Winston

Let me introduce you to the main man. The King of the road. The legend and my friend, Winston ‘I’m your man’ Wicked Camper van.

Wicked Camper

… sure it was going to be a little cramped but hey, cheaper than a hostel bunk.

wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

Our Road Trip

Our plan was to head along the Great Ocean Road and see if we could get anywhere near Adelaide and back to Melbourne in the 6 days we had rented Winston for. We set off with a full tank of petrol, a bag of crisps and our spirit of adventure. We completely forgot about a map or anything sensible.

I’ll admit, it took a few hours to get to grips with our new friend. First off, you’d be lucky if you could get the key positioned just right in order to start the engine (anti-theft or anti-idiot… I’m yet to decide). Winston was no youngster. He’d choke and cough if you went anything over 80kph and if you hit any bumps you’d be kissing your ass goodbye… but we couldn’t have had a better time!

These campers aren’t meant to be driven off road, but if you fancy camping out down a dirt road and parking up right by the ocean with koalas in the trees above, then its well worth the risk… just.

wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

One of the greatest treats when driving the Great Ocean Road is simply driving it. The views from the coastal roads are staggering.

wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

There’s lookouts every few miles and lots of little beaches where you can stop off for a quick dip.

wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

A favourite of ours was using the communal bbq’s that crop up all over the place in Australia. As we were now having to cough up for petrol money we were a little low on the food and drinks fund… but then we discovered something that saved our bacon….literally!

TOP TIP – Hold onto your hats…

Supermarkets and petrol stations can’t legally sell food that reaches or passes its expiry date. There’s shelves with expired goods where you can help yourself. We picked up all sorts from bread (that was less than 24 hours past its best), bacon (that was expiring that day), coco cola, beer and even eggs. We had a right hay day.

In fact I was seriously considering writing an expired goods recipe book. Come to think of it, I better trademark that ASAP before any of you sneaky buggers steal the idea 😉

12 in 1

As we continued our journey, we took in all the sights including, most famous of all, The 12 Apostles. This is a must for anyone driving the Great Ocean Road. It’s beautiful at sunrise, all day long and at sunset too.

12 Apostles - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

12 apostles - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

12-apostles - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

As the evenings drew in, we’d go find a spot to set up camp. We found some amazing little spots where there was nobody about, slept down dirt roads where we probably shouldn’t have been and next to caves that looked like they’d be snake infested. We came a little too close to a big ol’ kangaroo and even visited a lighthouse and a cheese factory. Oh yes, this road trip didn’t disappoint.

wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

After day 4 we realised just how far we were from Adelaide. Getting there and then back to Melbourne in our remaining 2 days wasn’t looking possible. Australia is one big ass country after all and what looks like a hop, skip and a jump on the map will probably be a 12 hour journey.

Instead, we decided to spear off into the Grampian Mountains before heading back to Melbourne.

Grampian Mountains - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

Winston turns East

Well, I never did visit Adelaide but the Grampians sure made up for it. Driving through winding roads with a mountain range all around was like a scene out of a great adventure movie.

Much like the Great Ocean Road, the Grampians aren’t limited on look out spots, camping sites, petrol stations and numerous tourist information centres.

Grampian Mountains - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road Grampian Mountains - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

One night, we fancied getting as high as possible. I don’t mean natural herbs wise but altitude. We wanted to wake up with a view to remember, right at the top of a mountain. Doing so would mean almost pushing Winston up by hand though. It took a good hour or so to rev and slowly crawl our way to the top but it was certainly worth the effort. The next day we woke up in low midst before it slowly cleared, uncovering the spectacular views we had longed for.

Grampian Mountains

After a breaky of free eggs, toast and bacon (thanks to the petrol station!) we began our decent. Luckily for Winston, this was much easier than the climb up. We eased our way down the mountain in reverse gear, slowly revving the engine as we approached sharp bends… I’m not endorsing such lunacy and unsafe driving but it sure saved a bit of precious fuel.

As we began our return to Melbourne, leaving the Grampians behind us, we drove right into a biblical plague from Ancient Egypt…

A swarm of locusts flew at us as we drove down a long stretch of tarmac. They were everywhere. On the road, covering the trees and making the sky turn black. They began getting jammed up in our windscreen wipers and soon we had to stop. Once they passed we took to cleaning up Winston.

Not a glamorous experience but it turned out where we had stopped was a Aboriginal heritage site complete with cave drawings… what a chance find.

Aboriginal art - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

The Ramsay Street Dash

As we approached Melbourne we made one final stop. Well, actually it was less of a stop and more of a drive-by…

We couldn’t miss a visit to Ramsay Street. I grew up watching Neighbours, so this was about to become not only a road trip but a nostalgia trip too.

Unfortunately we arrived on a day that Ramsay Street was closed. I couldn’t believe it! There were security down the far end and cones blocking the road… But sod that. We’d travelled through a swarm of locusts to see Carl Kennedy’s gaf and I wasn’t going to let a few security guards and signs stop us.

We squeezed through the cones and ‘road closed’ signs and began our approach down Ramsay Street. As my childhood memories began to flood back, we were approached by security looking a lot scarier than they did when sat having a coffee and a doughnut in Harold Bishop’s driveway. We gave Winston a rev, did a smooth 8 point turn and shot out of Ramsay Street and off into the sunset… sort of.

Ramsay Street - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

Ramsay Street - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road Ramsay Street - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road Ramsay Street - wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

Sure, it wasn’t the visit I planned but I saw it and it was free. Get in!

Bidding Winston farewell 

Of course there’s wide range of campers, all unique in design, age and ability, but in my experience:

The more basic your ride = The more exciting the journey.

For us, this was our Top Gear dream come true and all whilst saving a few pennies on a plain old bunk in a hostel dorm. Winston had done us proud! I was going to miss this rusty little bugger. He was the first friend we made in Australia (and my 33rd form of transport on my trip 9 countries in 85 ways, but he was right up there in the number 1 spot), he looked after us and he made Australia a far greater adventure than we could have ever hoped for… and this was just week 1.

wicked camper - our guide to the great ocean road

There are so many benefits from hiring a Wicked Camper. They’ll bring out the big kid inside us all, re-ignite that sense of adventure and create memories that will last forever. My only regret is that I didn’t rent one for my whole trip.

WickedFind out more

 Have you rented a Wicked Camper, driven the Great Ocean Road or Grampian Mountians or sped your way down Ramsay Street? Share your stories. Would love to hear all about them 🙂

 

Wicked Campers - the perfect guide for the Great Ocean Road

The post Winston: Our Wicked Camper Guide on the Great Ocean Road appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/wicked-camper/feed/ 27
Travel Nightmares: Gridlock Traffic, Forgotten Essentials and a Fit at 35,000 Feet http://theglobewanderers.com/travel-nightmares-gridlock-traffic-forgotten-essentials-and-a-fit-at-35000-feet/ http://theglobewanderers.com/travel-nightmares-gridlock-traffic-forgotten-essentials-and-a-fit-at-35000-feet/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:00:06 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=1605 I was looking back through some of my favourite travel stories and thought this one really captured the chaos that I encountered before I even took off from London Gatwick. I’ve re-jigged this old post from back at the start of our blogging life and added a few bits and pieces that I forgot to […]

The post Travel Nightmares: Gridlock Traffic, Forgotten Essentials and a Fit at 35,000 Feet appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

travel-nightmares

I was looking back through some of my favourite travel stories and thought this one really captured the chaos that I encountered before I even took off from London Gatwick. I’ve re-jigged this old post from back at the start of our blogging life and added a few bits and pieces that I forgot to mention last time… hope you all enjoy the first in our series of travel nightmares.

The day had finally arrived and my journey was about to begin.

I was setting off on my first backpacking adventure and I wasn’t alone. I’d be embarking on this journey with 2 good mates of mine, Scott and Michael. Our first stop was Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit… Don’t worry. I haven’t lost my mind and broken out into a cold sweat whilst speaking gibberish. This is actually the full Thai name of Bangkok. Who knew!? The English translation goes a little like this:

City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of Gods Incarnate, Erected by Vishvakarman at Indra’s Behest. Catchy right?

The Airport Run

Its safe to say our journey didn’t get off to the best start. We left our very exotic home town of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and just 5 minutes after setting off, we reached the M40 motorway. Standstill traffic! ‘Holy horsey! You can’t be cowing serious! Mother cockerel!  (I’ve swapped the expletives for farm animals just to ensure the post is a little more PG). 

We decided not to join the traffic and instead head for the M4… that was gridlocked too! …. You ******* ****** ******** ******  (more obscenities and censored context). 

Well we joined the M4 anyway and hopped things would move a little. Luckily they did, all be it at snails pace. What was even more joyous was that at this point, Michael realised he’d left his malaria tablets and VISA’s at home. Great!

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, this was becoming a bit of a travel nightmare. Sure it’s given me a story to tell (thanks for reading by the way) but at the time, we weren’t best pleased.

We phoned Michael’s dad who said he’d try make it to the airport with the forgotten essentials before we check in….. good luck! He was coming from further down the M40 than we had originally started. In that traffic, he could still be on his way by the time we reach Bangkok.

Over 2 hours later we arrived at Gatwick airport. To our amazement so had Michael’s dad who met us with the words, ‘where on earth have you been! I’ve been waiting ages!‘ To this day, how he managed to navigate through the gridlocks and delays is a mystery Sherlock himself would have trouble solving.

We may have been the last people to check in and we may have been fastracked through airport security in order to not miss the flight but as we ran through duty free, I achieved something unimaginable. I grabbed a free Bailey’s sample (one in each hand) and made it all the way to the departure gate without spilling a single drop…. It was a great moment and one I’d like to see Usain Bolt attempt… If you’re reading, Usain, ‘Game on!’ 

We took our seats, caught our breath and could settle down for a chilled journey to Bangkok…. or so I had hoped…

Attack at 35,000 feet

Ok so it wasn’t an actual attack but it sure felt that way at first… let me explain.

We were a good half way through our flight and I was just nodding off. (A rarity for me. My ridiculously long limbs make it near impossible to sleep on plane journeys.)

What happened: Out of nowhere, I was ‘attacked’! A bloke elbowed me in the back of the head before pouncing on me. My dazed reaction was purely instinct as I slung him off of me and onto the floor.

In reality: What actually happened was this… A man had suffered an epileptic fit whilst walking down the isle and collapsed on to my lap. In my sleepy state, I slung the poor man off of my lap and back out into the isle, sending him crashing onto the floor… I had suddenly become a batterer of epilepsy sufferers.

The man’s partner (who was asleep a few rows behind me) woke up and dashed to his side as I called for a stewardess. I felt like the worst person on earth (or at least the worst person flying at 35,000 feet). Thankfully his partner was very understanding. The man laid on the isle floor for half an hour. His head held between his partners knees with stewards rushing around all over the place.

Then a steward turned to me and said we may need to land’. 

God knows what time it was but it was pitch black outside and where we were was a mystery. A mystery until I checked the inflight map anyway. We were just about to fly over Afghanistan. Wonderful!

Luckily landing near a war zone was unnecessary and the man made a quick recovery. The commotion subsided and I’m pleased to say we landed in Bangkok with no further incidents.

We had made it to Thailand in one piece and simply hoped that would be the end of our bad luck.

It didn’t bode well that I had experienced such travel nightmares before I even made it to my first country. This had all happened after taking just 2 forms of transport when I was about to travel through 7 countries in 85 ways. But hey, they say things come in threes right? Traffic (thats 1), forgotten essentials (2) and an inflight attack (thats 3) …. Or was there more to come?

travel nightmares: gridlock traffic, forgotten essentials and a fit at 35,000 feet - The Globe Wanderers

I’m sure many of you have experienced your own travel nightmares. We’d love to hear about the misery and hell you’ve endured 😉

The post Travel Nightmares: Gridlock Traffic, Forgotten Essentials and a Fit at 35,000 Feet appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/travel-nightmares-gridlock-traffic-forgotten-essentials-and-a-fit-at-35000-feet/feed/ 20
10 Reasons Why Mykonos is Your Next Addiction http://theglobewanderers.com/10-reasons-to-go-to-mykonos/ http://theglobewanderers.com/10-reasons-to-go-to-mykonos/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:48:39 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=4617 They say that Mykonos is an addiction, not a destination… but when we booked our first ever trip to Mykonos, we regretted it almost instantly. It wasn’t long before friends and family were filling our ears with tales of crowded streets, all day parties, drunken people and tourist traps. They had us expecting to rock up […]

The post 10 Reasons Why Mykonos is Your Next Addiction appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

Mykonos-is-an-addiction-not-a-destination

They say that Mykonos is an addiction, not a destination… but when we booked our first ever trip to Mykonos, we regretted it almost instantly.

It wasn’t long before friends and family were filling our ears with tales of crowded streets, all day parties, drunken people and tourist traps. They had us expecting to rock up to some gay-exclusive, clothes-optional, party island orgy. But they couldn’t have been more wrong.

Mykonos may be known as the ‘gay capital of Greece’ and it is wonderfully flamboyant… but it’s so much more than that.

 

1. The town

Reasons to go to Mykonos - The Town

When I checked out photographs of the town before visiting the first time, I was amazed. The white washed walls, secret streets and cobbled walkways – idyllic. But I SURELY there were only a couple of streets like this, where ALL of the photos were taken… it couldn’t be that perfect.

But oh no no. I gave my cynical self a talking to in the corner. The whole of Mykonos town is a maze of photo-worthy nooks and crannies. Around every turn is a new beautiful sight you haven’t seen before, a new street to wander down, take in the atmosphere and get yourself lost for an afternoon.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the town

Number one rule of Mykonos: Step away from the damn map my friend. You most likely wouldn’t be able to understand the thing anyway. Mykonos is all about getting lost… you never know what you may find or where you’ll end up. But you will always find your bearings in the end. We came across all of our favourite spots purely by not having a bloody clue where we were.

Reasons to go to mykonos - the town

What makes this magical town even better is the difference between day and night. I still find it hard to pick which I prefer. By day the white washed walls glisten in the sun and the wind blows through the side streets, cooling you down. The iconic colours of Greece, white and blue sit perfectly alongside the bursts of bright pink borgenvelia. It’s so beautiful.

Reasons to go to mykonos - the town

In the morning you will see the town at work. The locals open their shops and restaurants as deliveries are driven through town on tin trucks and everyone is getting ready for the day ahead. As the sun rises over the town, casting golden hues against the buildings, it’s the best time to get snap happy.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - people at work Reasons to go to mykonos Reasons to go to mykonos

Reasons to go to mykonos

At night, none of the daily charm is lost. The streets and alley ways are flooded with light from the shops, bars and restaurants. The smell of classic Greek dishes fill the air. The moonlight replaces the sunshine, casting light through the town.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - cinema under the stars

An absolute must is to catch a movie under the stars in the open-air cinema. It’s a little tucked away but is just waiting to be discovered… and what’s even better? It’s free! (The film that is, not the food).

 

2. The people

One of Mykonos’ greatest gifts is its people. Our first trip to Mykonos was our first taste of Greece. In many places around the world from Spain to Thailand and beyond, locals bombard and harass you as you walk past their shop, bar or restaurant, almost chasing you down the street as they try desperately to lure you in.

In Mykonos, we have never experienced this. You’re always welcome to look around for as long as you like and the owners will be happy to help, chat or just leave you be. The restaurant and bar staff are just the same. They’ll show you the menu if you like and offer you a business card then wish you a pleasant evening. If you return then you may receive a hand shake in thanks but don’t worry about walking past the same place every night and never going in. You won’t be chased down the road…promise!

We’ve made new friends each time we have visited Mykonos, regardless of the language barrier. Plus they always seem to be somehow related to a bar. Odd one that. Here’s us with good old George and Marcelino back in 2013…

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the people

James was ever so slightly less beardy back in the day…

Annnnd here we are last week with the fabulous Tasos. His cocktails are made with such love – if you ever come across this character, ask him for a mojito PRONTO.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the people

We’ve made new friends each time we have visited Mykonos, regardless of the language barrier. We have always been made to feel immensely welcome and would go as far as saying the Greek people are some of the nicest and most hospitable we have ever had the great privilege of spending time with.

 

3. The food

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the food

If this isn’t your first visit to our blog then firstly, THANKS for the love. And secondly, you may have noticed that we’re proper foodies and have a habit of eating our bodyweight in anything going. Give us new and exciting local delicacies and authentic cuisine to try and we’re all over it like a rash.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the food

Greece is no exception and the food here is to die for. Mykonos is bursting with great restaurants. You really will be spoilt for choice. If you fancy sticking to traditional Greek then you’ll be salivating for their homemade filo pastry pies, haloumi, fried zucchini, tzatziki, hummus, pita, moussaka, taramasalata, gyros and our favourite street food, souvlaki… Annnnd I’m salivating.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the food - souvlaki

 

4. The cocktails

Great cocktail bars are not hard to come by in Mykonos. There are a ton of them but some are better than others and they will take a big slurp out of your budget. Sometimes though, a cocktail is necessary, budget or no budget.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the cocktails

We have a couple of favorites: Scarpa is a perfect spot for sundowners, right at the water’s edge in Little Venice. Its cocktails are all delicious although I wasn’t too keen on their signature concoction that pretty much tasted like drinking pureed beetroot… James thought it was the dog’s wotzits though. Always did say he was an odd one. Try the ‘Scarpa’ if you’re a weird one too.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - Piano Bar

Beetroot weirdness aside, Piano Bar ‘Montparnasse’, is and always will be our chosen hangout. This place is a Mykonos must! It’s tucked away in Little Venice and is a very gay friendly cabaret bar. Now if you’re thinking, ‘that isn’t my scene’ then you’re wrong… very wrong indeed. I absolutely guarantee you’ll love this place. Not only are the staff great and the drinks delicious but the cabaret will have you clapping along and swaying with the best of them. My one problem with this place is having to endure the sympathetic looks as James sung along to ‘It’s Raining Men’ at the top of his voice, with a Ginger Rogers in his hand. I’m sure they all think we’re both in denial.

 

5. The sunshine

If you’re a sun worshipper, Mykonos won’t disappoint. Head to the island over the summer months (June-August) if parties and sun are your thang. The town gets really busy during this time and get ready for crowded streets, late nights and beach parties galore. Prepare to be faced with A LOT of speedos.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the sunshine

We’ve been twice out of season (in late May and early October) and were spoilt for sunshine both times. We’d always choose to visit in the quieter months. It’s the perfect time to go for sunny days, cooler evenings and a calmer atmosphere. Don’t you worry though, the cocktails will still be flowing.

From November through to April the town pretty much closes its doors. Bars stop opening, shops close up and restaurants shut down for the Winter season. Best to avoid this time unless you’re after a party for one.

 

6. The shopping

Reasons to go to Mykonos - shopping Reasons to go to Mykonos - shopping

I never expected Mykonos to be a place for shopping but boy was I wrong. There must be hundreds of boutique, cave-like jewelry shops full to the brim with stunning locally made pieces.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - shopping

There are even some shops you’d never expect to see… think Louis Vuitton, Accessorize, Timberland and Diesel. The shops are open crazy hours, from about 8.30am through to midnight without any kind of siesta. The Greeks sure are grafters.

 

7. The photography

Reasons to go to Mykonos - Little Venice

If you love photography, you’ll love Mykonos. It really is as simple as that. The colours, the paving stones, the secret streets, the character-filled faces… there’s a perfect photo opportunity wherever you turn. You could return to Mykonos time and time again and still find a new little corner you’ve never seen before. Make sure you’ve always got your camera handy

Reasons to go to Mykonos - Photography

I don’t care how painful it is, one morning set your alarm for 7am. (It really was a struggle after the cocktails) Get up, grab your camera and head over to see the sunrise over the windmills. There will be no one else around (although we did have to contend with some weird half naked photo shoot going on) and the lighting is ethereal. Stand back and enjoy the show. Early morning is also a great time to explore the town and see a different side to Mykonos. The locals are selling vegetables on the waterfront, deliveries are being made and streets are being cleaned. It’s worth the wake up call.

 

8. The sunsets

Reasons to go to Mykonos - sunsets

 Mykonos sunsets are some of the best we’ve seen. Perhaps it’s something to do with the pink and orange hues of the sky, the way the colours reflect in the crystal clear waters and create beautiful silhouettes from the white buildings.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the sunsets

Or perhaps it’s simply because we watch them, sipping on cracking cocktails happy in the knowledge we’re in one of the most gorgeous places on earth.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - sunsets

 

9. The pelicans

 James wouldn’t agree with including these. The first time we visited Mykonos one was thrown in his face by an angry lady. I don’t think he’s quite recovered. Pelicans in the face aside, they are gorgeous birds and there are three that call the town of Mykonos home.

Reasons to go to Mykonos - the pelicans Reasons to go to Mykonos - the pelicans Reasons to go to Mykonos - the pelicans

Apparently one pelican was rescued on the island decades ago and became such a local celebrity that when he sadly died, they introduced three more to take his place. These guys should also fall into the photography section, just don’t get too close or you may get more than you bargained for.

 

10. The atmosphere

Reasons to love Mykonos - the atmosphere

The atmosphere in Mykonos is seriously special. A combination of the beautiful setting, the smiling faces of the locals, the greek music playing in restaurants as you walk past, the smell of authentic Greek cooking, and the hustle and bustle of a buzzing community make it one that can’t be matched. So book your flight, grab a cocktail, a plate of halloumi and soak it all up. We can’t get enough.

Like it? Pin it. We’ll love you as much as haloumi. Almost. 

10 reasons to go to Mykonos - The Globe Wanderers

 

 

The post 10 Reasons Why Mykonos is Your Next Addiction appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/10-reasons-to-go-to-mykonos/feed/ 19
Getting Our Royal On at Windsor Castle http://theglobewanderers.com/getting-our-royal-on-at-windsor-castle/ http://theglobewanderers.com/getting-our-royal-on-at-windsor-castle/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:55:23 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=4546 We’re having an incredible week exploring the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos. SO excited to share the beauty of this island with you (and oh my god the FOOD). We’re working on those posts so stay tuned for those, but in the meantime here’s a quick post about our visit to an English gem back […]

The post Getting Our Royal On at Windsor Castle appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

We’re having an incredible week exploring the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos. SO excited to share the beauty of this island with you (and oh my god the FOOD). We’re working on those posts so stay tuned for those, but in the meantime here’s a quick post about our visit to an English gem back in the Spring… Windsor Castle. 

Home to Kings and Queens for over 1,000 years including our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II (Liz to her mates), Windsor Castle is a must visit. If you’ve never been to Windsor before, don’t worry about missing the castle. It would be impossible to. It’s slap bang right in the centre of town, standing as prominent and proud as it should. Look out for the flag of the Royal Standard flying… if you spot it then you can bet your bottom the Queen’s home.

Windsor castle - outside the castle gates

Windsor castle the approach

windsor castle sign posts

An adult ticket will set you back £19.20 – Ouch… Now would be the time to flog that spare kidney… (if the State Apartments are closed then prices are a little lower at £10.40). Kids go cheaper of course and students get a cheeky discount too. How jammy! Off with their heads. Check it all out here.

Windsor Castle, getting your tickets

Getting our royal on

Once you step foot in the grounds of the castle, you’ll feel like you’ve walked onto the set of Game of Thrones or Robin Hood. As you walk through the castle walls, you’ll be wowed by what’s on display and you’ll be requiring the word ‘wowzers’ pretty frequently. Perhaps that spare kidney was worth it after all.

Windsor castle, like walking onto a film set

Windsor Castle The Globe Wanderers

You may choose to start your trip through history in The Queen’s Doll’s House room. It’s considered by many to be the finest, largest and most famous doll’s house in the world, complete with thousands of miniature pieces of furniture…. Liz is quite the hoarder.

If you’re an art buff, you’ll love this next bit. On to the State Apartments which hold some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection. You’ll literally have neck ache from gazing up at original Rembrandt’s, being mesmerised by the chandeliers and dazzled by the sheer volume of gold leaf on the mirrors, frames and knobs….. doorknobs that is.

Windsor Castle the grand staircase

What we enjoyed the most, was the Grand Staircase and Vestibule. This area is caped in amour and weapons from around the world, flags from all different eras and other fascinating trinkets (check out the 360 degree virtual tour). Photos inside the castle aren’t allowed however we got a sneaky one. Here’s a clearer one however (below).

Windsor Castle Grand Staircase

(Source)

If this tickles your fancy then make sure you stop by the Suite of Armour. This room was designed for Henry VIII back in the 1500s and is still home to his very own famous suit of armour. Let’s just say, it’s sizeable.

Some of the smaller but most amazing pieces in Windsor Castle are: Napoleon’s letter of surrender,  his iconic red cloak and even previously unseen letters from the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. This is every history geek’s fantasy come true!

Head outside of the castle and into St George’s Chapel. This magnificent chapel is immaculate and every bit a royal work of art in itself. Do make sure it’s open to the public when you buy your ticket though. It is often closed for private services.

Windsor Castle - St George's Chapel

Windsor Castle St George's Chapel

There is lots to see at Windsor Castle so make sure you allow 2 hours at the very least to check out all the nooks and crannies.

Windsor Castle St George's Chapel

Before you leave, you must try and catch the Changing of The Guard. This happens at numerous intervals throughout the day but times change each season so best to do your homework before you go. It’s a very cool spectacle if you haven’t seen it before. We were lucky enough to catch it just outside the State Apartments…

Windsor Castle Changing of the Guard

… what a great excuse for a selfie.

Windsor Castle guard selfie

Beyond the castle walls

Windsor is a cracking little town offering lots outside the castle walls including a photo opportunity with the Royal Highness herself. HI LIZ.

Windsor Castle Queen Elizabeth II

Head to the arcade and explore the markets, boutique shops and plentiful restaurants. It really is a beautiful town.

Windsor Castle - exploring the town

Choose anything from a spot of traditional afternoon tea to high street classics or alternatively just fill your face with fresh, homemade fudge from Fudge Kitchen

It will change your life. And yes, they offer samples too… We checked… many times.

Windsor Castle Fudge Kitchen

To walk the fudge off, take an amble down the Long Walk for a crackin’ view or instead, head down the hill to the river Thames and cross over to Eton… Posh aye don’t you know.

Windsor Castle driveway There are lots of towns and villages in the UK that are must-see’s but few with as much Royal heritage as Windsor.

Windsor Castle Windsor Castle an English gem

 

I hope this has inspired you to pay Windsor a visit. If you do, tell Liz to pop the kettle on. The Globe Wanderers will be back soon 😉

Like it? Help our little blog out and give it a pin would you? You’re a doll.

Windsor Castle - How to get your royal on at Windsor Castle - The Globe Wanderers

 

The post Getting Our Royal On at Windsor Castle appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/getting-our-royal-on-at-windsor-castle/feed/ 26
6 Little Lessons Travel Has Taught Me http://theglobewanderers.com/6-little-lessons-travel-has-taught-me/ http://theglobewanderers.com/6-little-lessons-travel-has-taught-me/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:01:22 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=4521 In life we are taught many things; from childhood through to school, college and university. I didn’t go down the university route but instead went out into the world of work after completing my A-Levels. I’ve learnt a great deal since then. To this day though, I still believe that travel has taught me the […]

The post 6 Little Lessons Travel Has Taught Me appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

In life we are taught many things; from childhood through to school, college and university. I didn’t go down the university route but instead went out into the world of work after completing my A-Levels. I’ve learnt a great deal since then. To this day though, I still believe that travel has taught me the greatest lessons of all.

When you travel there are no classrooms, no textbooks, no lecturers. We each make our own (often new) decisions on a daily basis and throw ourselves into situations that many (back home) try to avoid. This is something us globetrotters get off on. It’s our adrenaline fix and makes us feel alive.

On my first backpacking adventure, I set off to South East Asia, a land completely out of my comfort zone. I knew I was going to see things I didn’t understand and I knew I’d learn a lot too, but I had no idea just how valuable these lessons would be. These lessons would change my outlook on life and most scarily of all, unveil how unaware and sheltered I had been.

Here’s 6 little lessons travel has taught me.

 

1. Speak

6 things travelling taught me

I was in Cambodia and knowing mere basics of the Khmer language I felt more like a tourist than ever before. Us Brits aren’t the greatest at having conversations with strangers back home, let alone abroad. We’d much rather, put our heads down, make sure not to make eye contact and simply reply with a fake laugh or smirk if anyone we don’t know so much as says hello.  I don’t know why this is but it’s definitely a very British problem. Brits are also pretty bad at blending in. We stick out like a sore thumb at times and many of our efforts in speaking a different language comprise of us either SPEAKING LOUDER THAN WE NORMALLY WOULD (in English still of course) or speaking……much …… slower….. than…… anyone….has …… ever…… spoken….. in… the…. history…… of……. mankind…….

It was at a night market in Siem Reap that I noticed myself doing this exact thing so I had a bit of a word with myself (not literally, I’d have looked a right nutter).

I didn’t suddenly go and learn a whole foreign language but instead spoke with people as I would back home. I’d try certain words in Khmer and apologise if I got them completely wrong and ended up asking for a hamster sandwich in the bath.

It didn’t matter if a conversation was hard or even impossible, I still tried and I could tell that the locals appreciated it by giving me a smile, sometimes held my hand or bowed….. many laughed and probably took the piss out of me to their mates but that’s fine by me. We still shared a moment together which could have easily been missed.

What travel has taught me: Speak. No matter how little sense you make or how little you say, say something. A hi, hello or thank you go a very long way. Ask a question and you may create a moment of magic.

 

2. Stop everything and take a moment

what travel taught me

Life can be a bit of a whirlwind sometimes. We can easily get distracted and miss things no matter how big or small. On many occasions during my travels I’ve tried to stop and have a couple of minutes to take in my surroundings, understand the meaning in things (if not on a personal level then to others) and to think about things that are said.

A real way to achieve this is forgetting material things for a few minutes. Put your phone down, stop what you’re doing and focus on nothing other than that moment. I promise you’ll notice something that would otherwise go unnoticed. You may even end up chatting to someone and making a new mate. When we’re not gazing into our phones or iPods, we’re a lot more approachable.

What travel has taught me: Put the god damn thing down for a moment and take in what’s in front of you.

This leads me on nicely to lesson 3…..

 

3. Put the camera down

what travel taught me

Throughout my travels I have struggled to take a photo that truly captures everything in front of me. I’ve literally spent hours in some places trying to get the dream shot. But still, once I’m home, showing my friends and family, I find myself saying ‘what you can’t see is…..’ or trying to describe the feeling of being there. I don’t care how good a photographer you are, you’ll never be able to replicate the feeling you had in that moment. We all love photos to reminisce over but it feels to me that we spend so long trying to get the perfect photo, seeing everything through the camera lens that we miss the view through our eyes.

I can still see many of my favourite moments from my travels. I haven’t a photo of these but they are in my head and I won’t be able to loose, misplace or forget those kind of snapshots.

What travel has taught me: Take your photo then wait a moment or 2 and really see whats in front of you. It will create a far greater memory.

 

4. Don’t be scared, say YES!

what travel taught me

Saying yes is much harder than it may seem. As humans I think it’s in our DNA to find ‘no’ a far easier response. Perhaps this is due to a lack of understanding or maybe its the complete opposite and you’re saying no because you have a previous understanding of something?

I was guilty of being a ‘No Man’. In my recent post, Fear and Loathing in Normality, I talk about this kind of thing. For years I held myself back due to saying no. Who knows the amount of opportunities I may have missed but then I began saying yes.

I stopped being a ‘No Man’ and knew if I wanted to be a ‘Nomad’ I’d have to become a ‘Yes Man’.

I first began saying Yes to myself and then I said yes to opportunities.

If I had said no, I wouldn’t have: scuba-dived for the first time, climbed mountains, met new people, tried a different foreign delicacy, had a blessing from a monk in Thailand, gone to Singapore, visited a tiny Fijian village and the school kids, helped at a charity, had the most painful massage known to man in Vietnam and climbed a waterfall.

Yes got me all of those things and yes has meant I’m where I am today with far less regrets than I would have had if I was still a ‘No Man’.

What travel has taught me: Simple. Say YES!

 

5. Time ….  the bastard keeps ticking

what travel taught me

This lesson I think I learnt once I returned from travelling but I wouldn’t have learnt it if I hadn’t had gone in the first place.

Life is very short and time will keep ticking by. This is something we don’t want to think about on a daily basis as it would be a little depressing but to remind ourselves of it from time to time is important.

I’ve been told by a few people over the years that I’m an old head on young shoulders. That could be meant in a few ways but I see it as a positive. One of my ‘old’ outlooks is in my understanding and appreciation of time.

Once I got home after travelling, I began to notice how little I achieved in a week. I worked, I ate, I drank, I slept. My days were mainly made up of routine things. I didn’t achieve anything, yet the week passed by in a blink. You’ll see what I mean in my recent post, The Biggest Challenge you’ll face when you Travel.

When I was travelling I’d have so many experiences in a day, let alone a week. In just 6 months, I visited 7 countries in 85 ways. In exactly the same amount of time beck home, it was a very different story.

What travel has taught me: On a daily basis, do something out of your routine. Gain a feeling of achievement, no matter how small. Don’t be held back by anything. If you’re putting something off, do it today. Plan ahead and stick to  it. The opportunity may never present itself to you again.

 

6. Values

6 things travelling taught me

Understanding the value in things is something I believe we’ll keep learning and being surprised by throughout life. My dad has shared with me many things that he finds great value in which he didn’t in his youth. The value of a close family over the value in money for example. You can have all the money in the world (something my family hasn’t had) but it would have never brought the love and happy memories we share today. ‘Money can’t by you happiness’. This is a saying I’d argue. I hear a lot more people from my kind of background saying it than I do the wealthy kind, but I am beginning to see the truth in it.

When I was in Cambodia, I spent some time at a great little charity called New Hope. This is a slum area where families are very poor and have very little. However, the kids at the charities school valued their education and loved going to school. I never valued school. I hated it to be quite honest and couldn’t wait for the day I could leave. Looking back on it now, If I valued it more I would have probably enjoyed it a lot more too.

6 things travelling taught me

I also learnt the value in the little things. Having food in the fridge for example, clean clothes in the wardrobe, ice. These things may sound a little ridiculous but those who have travelled will know exactly what I mean. If you have yet to travel then let me be the first to say, you’ll be shocked with just how much you take for granted.

What travel has taught me: Notice the value in everything. Even if something isn’t necessarily valuable to you, notice how valuable it is to others. You may relate to it in the future and appreciate it all the more when that day comes.

The Lesson

Travelling can teach you so many things but these 6 are the ones that stick with me on a regular basis. I now spend a lot less time gazing into my phone, I take a moment or 2 as time out, take a few less photos but make more memories, say yes! Appreciate time and the value in everyday things.

Don’t get me wrong, schooling is very important but I learnt so much more in life during 6 months of travelling than I did in the classroom…. Here endeth the lesson.

6 things travelling taught me

What has travelling taught you? Have these things been life changing or life enhancing? I’d love to hear them 🙂

The post 6 Little Lessons Travel Has Taught Me appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/6-little-lessons-travel-has-taught-me/feed/ 19
The Bermuda Triangle and other Secrets of the Deep http://theglobewanderers.com/bermuda-triange-secrets-of-the-deep/ http://theglobewanderers.com/bermuda-triange-secrets-of-the-deep/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=4448 Welcome to the last instalment in my series, Big Blue. As you may have seen, my fascination with the ocean runs deep. I can geek out about Ocean Giants, Fascinating Shipwrecks and Lost Underwater Cities until the cows come home. Now it’s time for 9 of the biggest and best secrets of the deep; underwater art […]

The post The Bermuda Triangle and other Secrets of the Deep appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

Welcome to the last instalment in my series, Big Blue. As you may have seen, my fascination with the ocean runs deep. I can geek out about Ocean Giants, Fascinating Shipwrecks and Lost Underwater Cities until the cows come home. Now it’s time for 9 of the biggest and best secrets of the deep; underwater art exhibits, underwater rivers (that’s right! ACTUAL rivers under the water), the Bermuda Triangle and lots more.

The Bermuda Triangle and other secrets of the deep

Let’s dive a little deeper shall we……

 

1. Ocean Atlas

secrets of the deep(source)

Where better to start than the world’s largest underwater statue? Despite its size, it’s still hiding, tucked away, under the surface. A giant among the secrets of the deep.

This amazing statue was created by Jason deCaires Taylor (who will crop up again later) and lies in Nassau, Bahamas. It’s built using materials that encourage marine life, acting as an artificial reef, weighs a whopping 60 tons and stands at a mighty 18 foot tall. She big!

secrets of the deep

(source)

The statue is of a Bahamian girl who is ‘carrying the weight of the ocean above her’. This is a reference to the Ancient Greek myth of Atlas, a Titan who held up the celestial spheres.

To me it looks like something out of Prometheus or similar to the statues of Anubis that used to guard the temples in Ancient Egypt.

 

2. Amphitrite and the Guardians of the Reef

 secrets of the deep(source)

Amphitrite. The wife of Poseidon and a bit of a fitty in Greek mythology (I made that last bit up). She’s a tall one though, standing at 9 foot and weighing 600 pounds. Oh yes Poseidon liked his girls big. This bronze mermaid was actually designed by artist, Simon Morris and was placed 50 feet deep, off the shore near Sunset House in the Cayman Island.
Amphitrite is a big tourist attraction and takes part in many selfies on a regular basis as she shows off her shiny bits… all two of them… any guesses? That’s right. Boys will be boys after all.

 secrets of the deep

You can snorkel or dive to her but make sure you look out for her protectors. These Guardians of the Reef aren’t far away. Lovely shield.

 

3. MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte)

 secrets of the deep (source)

A total of 500 statues make up this underwater museum and art installation designed by Jason deCaires Taylor. This amazing site is underwater off Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc, Mexico. Knocks the socks off London’s Tate Modern Gallery if you ask me.

secrets of the deep

secrets of the deep secrets of the deep secrets of the deep

(source)

Imagine coming across this place if you didn’t have a clue it existed…. you’d think that a whole community had been turned to stone. This amazing sight is meant to be enjoyed from all angles so scuba divers will get the best views, up close and personal.

 

4. Fake Moai

secrets of the deep(source)

This Easter Island head isn’t in fact that at all. First of all, it’s not on the island and I doubt its underwater resting place is due to it getting lost on the way to bingo one day. No no, this head is actually a piece of set from the 1994 film, Rapa-Nui that starred Kevin Costner. The same actor who starred in Waterworld… coincidence? Yep, guess so.

 

5. Christ of the Abyss

Underwater River - secrets of the deep(source)

This statue can be found just off the Italian Riviera in Portofino and is a memorial in honour of pioneering Italian diver Dario Gonzatti who sadly died whilst scuba diving in 1947.

Guido Galletti created this 2.5 metre bronze Christ and placed it 10 metres below the surface. It’s popular among freedivers and scuba divers wishing to pay homage to those who have taken their last breaths beneath the waves.

Although this is the original, other variations of Christ of the Abyss can be found off Key Largo in Florida and St George, Grenada.

 

6. CENOTE ‘ANGELITA’ (Underwater River & Lake

secrets of the deep(source)

Bare with me, I’m not having you on. Yes there are underwater rives and there are underwater lakes, complete with waves, banks and trees. Quite amazing right and until recently, one of the greatest secrets of the deep.

These photos are a bit of a mind f**k at first.

That is a river but are those people floating above it in scuba gear?

These people are in fact, Anatoly Beloshchin (photographer and diver) and his dive crew. Anatoly is the photographer who stumbled across this hidden gem during a dive photo shoot in Yucatan, Mexico.

secrets of the deep secrets of the deep secrets of the deep secrets of the deep secrets of the deep secrets of the deep

Cenotes is a water version of a sinkhole. Sinkholes have been swallowing up many parts of the world over recent years. Scary stuff!

The technical bit: In a nut shell, the different density levels between a layer of fresh water, hydrogen sulfide and salt water causes a layering effect. The middle then becomes a river between the layers and what’s formed is a breathtaking meeting between two habitats. 

That make sense? I had to read it twice too.

Although hydrogen sulfide is toxic, there is a small body of water that is teaming with sea life and a rocky bank made of millions of mussels if you fancy a quick spot of lunch 😉

 

7. Great Blue Holes

secrets of the deep(source)

Sticking with the sinkhole theme, and introducing these big guys. From height, you’d be forgiven for thinking they were a shoal of fish or an oil slick, but you’d be wrong, very wrong indeed my friend.

This is one of the largest ocean sinkholes on earth and it can be found on Lighthouse Reef, Belize.

The technical bit: These holes were formed back in the ice age when sea levels were lower. As the seas rose, these ground caves filled with water forming a….. very wet cave. 

World free diving champion Guillaume Nery is a legend and a bit of a nutter. He stood on the edge of this sinkhole before (literally) diving in to the unknown without a signal breathing apparatus. Maniac! (Watch the video here).

secrets of the deep(source)

Who knew what he’d face down there. Would some monsterious beastie swallow him up? Will the hole close leaving him in the darkness? Maybe a force would suck him down into the earths core? Luckily for Guillaume, it was simply a vast expanse of very cold water and he returned to the surface shortly after…. that sounds boring though,

He got swallowed up by the Kraken from Pirates of the Caribbean but escaped, cursed its mother and swam to safety! ….. There, that’s much more dramatic.

 

8. The Silfra Fissure

secrets of the deep (source) 

Now for one of the top dive sites in the world. This is the crack between the Eurasian and North American continents. So if you fancy a scuba dive or snorkel between tectonic plates, this is the the one (and only) place for you.

This is one one of the best dives for one very good reason. The visibility is so clear, you can see up to 100 metres most the year round. Unless you’re short sighted.

The Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its cultural, geological and historical significance.

I’d recommend you check out DIVE.IS for more details on the greatest dive sites of the big blue.

 

9. The Bermuda Triangle

secrets of the deep(source)

Finally, something which must be one of the world’s most baffling unsolved mysteries of all time; the Bermuda Triangle. I’ve been intrigued by this strange phenomena for as long as I can remember. I’ve watched documentaries, read articles and trawled the internet for information, answers and theories. The odd happenings surrounding this place are truly amazing – but scary. It’s no shock that it goes by a second name; the Devil’s Triangle.

The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean that stretches from Bermuda to Florida and Puerto Rico. Despite it’s location being known, the US Navy still refuse to acknowledge its existence.

Many have struggled to explain how countless ships and aircraft have simply vanished when passing through the Triangle. Some say it’s paranormal activity, when others believe it’s extraterrestrial goings-on. Alternatively you could consider it to be made up rubbish… I don’t believe it’s that easy though.

A natural explanation?

The Gulf Stream runs through the Bermuda Triangle area and is almost like a river within an ocean (different to Cenote “Angelita” just to be confusing, sorry). Like a river, the Gulf has a current that can carry objects. Therefore a boat could easily be shifted off route.

A scientific explanation?

Another more scientific explanation is to do with methane. No, not the type that comes out the back of a cow, but Methane clathrate (or hydrate). This is a natural gas which could build up on the continental shelves and can create large bubbles (methane eruptions or mud volcanoes) that make the water frothy and less buoyant, causing a boat to sink. Once the wreckage resurfaced, it could be dispersed of via the current of the Gulf Stream, therefore making it ‘disappear’. There are no recorded hydrate eruptions in the last 15,000 years, at least not here (unlike the Black Ridge off the south coast of USA) but you never know. This doesn’t explain the disappearance of aircraft however…..

Most shocking incidents

USS Cyclops: On 4th March 1918, the USS Cyclops was carrying goods from Barbados when, along with a full crew, lost the power of one engine before going missing, without a trace, never to be seen again. This incident is the single largest loss of life in the history of the US Navy that isn’t related to combat. 309 crew members and an entire boat, gone.

Flight 19: This was a training flight for five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared on 5th December 1945. The squadron’s flight never returned to base. The Navy have put this down to loss of fuel however the plot thickens. One of the search and rescue aircraft deployed to look for them, along with a 13 man crew, also disappeared.

Douglas DC-3: On 28th December 1948, a Douglas DC-3 aircraft disappeared while on a flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami. No trace of the aircraft or its 32 passengers was ever found.

Star Tiger & Star Ariel: Star Tiger disappeared on 30th January 1948, when flying from the Azores to Bermuda and Star Ariel vanished on 17th January 1949, during a flight from Bermuda to Kingston, Jamaica. Both were passenger aircraft. 

Bermuda Triangle Secrets of the Deep(source)

Now I don’t want to sound too matter of fact here, but that’s a lot of missing people. I don’t have any answers but surely the US Navy need to start acknowledging it’s existence some time soon.

Thank you

So there it is guys and gals. This was the final instalment in my series of Big Blue. I really hope you enjoyed reading these posts as much as I’ve loved writing them and I hope I’ve introduced you to some of the greatest secrets of the deep along the way.

Are there other Big Blue mysteries, experiences or sea life that you find fascinating or enjoy getting all geeky about? Please share them 🙂

 

The post The Bermuda Triangle and other Secrets of the Deep appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/bermuda-triange-secrets-of-the-deep/feed/ 33
What not to do on a Spa Break (we found out the Hard Way) http://theglobewanderers.com/what-not-to-do-on-a-spa-break/ http://theglobewanderers.com/what-not-to-do-on-a-spa-break/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:35:09 +0000 http://theglobewanderers.com/?p=4278 Do I keep my pants on? Where do I look? Do I sauna and then steam, or steam and then sauna? These were just three of the many questions we were asking ourselves when we got away from it all at a spa break in the countryside last weekend. This trip was a very lovely […]

The post What not to do on a Spa Break (we found out the Hard Way) appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>

What not to do on a spa break - The Globe Wanderers

Do I keep my pants on?

Where do I look?

Do I sauna and then steam, or steam and then sauna?

These were just three of the many questions we were asking ourselves when we got away from it all at a spa break in the countryside last weekend.

This trip was a very lovely birthday present from my dad and step mum back in April (thanks guys!)… and when we realised it expired in less than a month, we knew we had better pull our fingers out. It couldn’t have come at a better time, we needed to chill.

Thought I’d tell you guys the story of our two days of pampering today. More accustomed to hostel beds and public swimming pools, we felt like royalty (and probably spent the majority of the two days looking like numptys who didn’t belong).

We should have done our research.

 

The Grand Arrival

What not to do on a spa break - fawlsey hall The globe wanderers

Our spa break of choice was at the beautiful Fawlsey Hall Hotel in Northamptonshire. The place was jaw-on-floor stunning. As we drove up the grand driveway in ‘Tina’ our rusty Vauxhall Tigra, we already stood out like a sore thumb.

We swung into a space in-between a Porsche and a Jaguar (yowzers) and walked into reception. The receptionist (let’s call her Penelope) was SO ridiculously polite and the check-in process was seamless.

Penelope asked for our number plate and if we’d found a parking space okay. We nodded and sheepishly pointed to Tina the Tigra. Penelope quickly suggested we move her to the ‘safer’ more concealed car park up the road.

Once we’d moved the eye-sore that is Tina, we checked in to the spa. We were given the grand tour by an immaculately dressed woman with her hair in the tightest bun known to man. And chilled? We wouldn’t be surprised if she’d just popped a horse-tranquiliser. Must be all the lavender and scented oils.

 

More than I bargained for in the changing room

After the tour, James and I obviously went our separate ways into each respective changing room (it wasn’t that kind of place guys). This we managed without too much trouble.

What not to do on a spa break, changing rooms - The Globe WanderersAs I walked through the door, the steam from the showers and the scent of aromatherapy oils surrounded me and I felt instantly relaxed.

Then came the boobs.

I turned the corner and there were boobs everywhere. I’m talking at least 16. No private cubicles, ohhh no. Everyone on a spa break is clearly very comfortable with their bits… and very comfortable with waving said bits around in front of anyone who cares to look. I tried not to.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally respect any woman who is confident enough to get naked in public. Fair play to you! Amen sister and all that. I’d love to have that confidence, and if I did, you bet your nelly I’d be running around in the nuddy with the best of them.

However, I unfortunately have a few too many wobbly bits for my liking and I like to keep them under wraps as much as possible. This resulted in me doing some awkward dress-off-shoulder-swimsuit-up-legs-without-flashing-bottom-dance, to avoid any unwanted grand reveals. By the time I’d succeeded, the boobs had left and I was able to take a quick snap.

After composing myself I left the changing room in my robe and slippers to meet James in the corridor. His face said it all. It would appear he’d had some close encounters of a different kind. He spent the next hour of our spa day contemplating why men always insist on dressing their top half first and leaving their crown jewels on display until the very last moment.

slippers on a spa break

 

Slipping into the hydrotherapy pool

This was basically a bath temperature mini-pool just outside the spa. And it was BLISS. Once I managed to get into it that is.

Am I the only person who struggles with those steps?

Do you shimmy down backwards or turn around and inflict your half naked bottom on whoever may be looking?

This is never my first choice (as to quote the classic Bridget Jones “I have bottom size of Brazil”), so I opted for option one. It didn’t quite go according to plan though as my hands slipped off the wet steps and I slid down the last three. Smooth.

We spent a good twenty minutes chilling in the calm, warm waters of the hydropool – it was so quiet and peaceful. There’s something magic about being out in the cold English weather whilst soaking in a big steamy bathtub.

Then a couple invaded our peace… and pressed the button. Turns out a hydropool is supposed to be bubbly. We nonchalantly vacated the pool, trying our best to look like we knew all along.

 

To sit or not to sit?

Spa Break Fawsley Hall swimming pool(Source)

As we walked back into the main spa room, everyone else looked the absolute epitome of relaxed. Lounging about, reading, sleeping, drinking tea – anything a relaxed person does, this lot had it down.

Queue the next dilemma. We were soaking wet from the hydropool, but wanted to have a little chill out on the beds.

Do we sit with our soggy towels and make the posh beds wet? Or do we stand awkwardly beside the beds hoping to drip dry a little before sitting?

We lingered for a few minutes, enduring glances of disapproval from the relaxed lot. Clearly we were making the place look untidy. So we sat.

We were wet, our towels were wet and now our beds were wet. What’s the deal with that? I’m still convinced there must have been some big human dryer we didn’t know about. No one else looked soggy.

I did manage to relax a little eventually. Well enough to drift off to sleep anyway… only to wake myself up snoring. Not cool at all.

The massage

This was the part of the spa break I’d been really looking forward to. I have a bad back, so any opportunity for a massage is good with me.

But wait. What’s the done thing here? We’re in our damp swimming stuff covered by our damp dressing gowns.

Do we sit in the beautiful conservatory sipping on tea whilst we slowly dry off? Or do we change before hand and put all our clothes back on? Who the devil knows. 

We opted for the slightly dryer, happy medium of underwear and dressing gown.

Spa Break - the massage

Here’s a very comfortable James. He hates this photo – thinks he has a pin head…

J’s masseuse came to collect him first. She was quite a scary looking hairy woman with one eyebrow… James shot me a look of terror as he followed her out of the room.

I think at this point he regretted circling ‘firm’ as his massage preference.

Five minutes later, my masseuse lead me into one of the treatment rooms and left me to get myself on the bed. Queue the dreaded question…

Am I supposed to take my pants off here? 

I quickly decided to leave them put and hope for the best. Then I had to manoeuvre myself onto the bed, face down, under the towel so that my brazil bottom was covered.

Easier said than done. I couldn’t see myself, but I’m almost certain I will have looked like a beached seal trying to shimmy it’s way down the sand.

Spa Break - beached seal has a massage(Source)

Aside from struggling to hold back awkward giggles when she massaged around my neck and a stray bit of dribble at times, the rest of the massage was fairly uneventful.

I think I may have even drifted off at one point. Lovely.

 

To sum up…

After our massages, we checked in to our beautiful hotel room and put our feet up. The hotel was absolutely stunning, it was like staying the night in a period film. We managed to blend in a little better for the remainder of our stay and everything else went fairly smoothly (aside from a trip up and flying croissant situation at breakfast the next morning).

Spa Break - Fawsley Hall - The Globe Wanderers

Can’t recommend it highly enough.

Just make sure you do your ‘how to act on a spa break’ research before you go if you’re a little bit simple like us. 😉

To give you a helping hand, here’s a list of 10 things not to do on a spa break.

 

WHAT NOT TO DO ON A SPA BREAK

1 – Don’t park your shit car next to one that costs the same as a small house.

2 – Don’t look straight at any stranger’s secret bits in the changing room. It could get awkward.

3 – Speaking of secret bits, don’t dress every inch of your body before them. Get your priorities straight people.

4 – Don’t get in the shower with your spa slippers on. Soggy is not sexy.

5 – Don’t wait until after you’ve put your swimming costume on to go for a wee…it’s most inconvenient.

6 – Don’t forget to make a mental note of your locker number. James spent a good 15 minutes trying to find his.

7 – Don’t choose your ‘massage preference’ lightly. You may get more than you bargained for.

8 – Don’t forget to shower. Shower before you do anything and after you do everything. If in doubt, just shower.

9 – If you choose to indulge in a chocolate muffin in the lounge, don’t wipe your hands down your white gown… it looks a little suspect.

10 – Don’t fall asleep on one of the loungers with your mouth open and snore yourself awake. It’s not sexy or dignified.

 

Have you ever been on a spa break? Did you manage to ‘style it out’ better than we did? If so, please tell us how! (We need all the help we can get).

Like it? Share our ridiculousness and give it a pin…

What not to do on a spa break - The Globe Wanderers

 

The post What not to do on a Spa Break (we found out the Hard Way) appeared first on The Globe Wanderers.

]]>
http://theglobewanderers.com/what-not-to-do-on-a-spa-break/feed/ 39