Overcoming The Obstacles Standing Between You And A Life Of Travel

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The thought of leading a life of adventure by travelling the world is one that appeals to millions of of millennials. After all, the ease of global travel has seen many people become bit by the bug while positive stories from friends can ignite the flame of desire too. Unfortunately, the vast majority fail to ever take that leap of faith and will be destined to look back on their lives in later years wondering “if only”.

In truth, there are plenty of potential obstacles to consider. As long as you’re well prepared for them, however, there’s nothing to stop you breaking through to turn that dream into a reality.

 

Finding Suitable Destinations

The world is full of wonderful places to visit on holiday, but finding a location to call a temporary home is another altogether. There are many things to consider, from visa requirements to potential language barriers. As such, rushing this decision simply isn’t an option.   

Speaking to friends and relatives that have emigrated permanently or travelled the world is a great way to gain insight. When combined with a little online research, you should be able to create a shortlist of places you’d like to visit. Just make sure that those destinations are home to some great tourist areas too. The explorational elements are vital for your ongoing happiness, and sense of achievement.   

 

Finding A Suitable Job

Having the time of your life is crucial. However, you do not want it to come to the detriment of your career. Working in fitness is a fantastic travelling idea as those services are required worldwide. Apart from working in gyms and centres, there’s also an opportunity to start a small business of your own.

Other people find comfort in working on projects that actively aid the local community. After all, there’s no greater reward than knowing you’ve made the world a better place. Even if you’re not working in the preferred industry, the roles should teach valuable transferable skills. Achieve this and you won’t go far wrong.

 

Getting Through The Potential Loneliness

Leaving everything you know is a scary thing, but modern tech enables you to stay in touch with those back home. Nevertheless, you will inevitably face moments of sadness and potential loneliness. Finding ways to brighten up your mood can make a world of difference. This is especially true as the worst moments are likely to come during the opening weeks when you are yet to have made new friends.   

Another simple trick in those early moments is to stay in a hostel. Depending on your job, it may be necessary to choose a private room rather than a dorm. Still, there’s no denying that the social factor will have a positive impact.   

 

The Final Word

There’s no denying that combining travel with work can be scary, but the rewards are undeniably huge. This is particularly true when you travel while you’re young. With those simple tips above, maximising the productivity of your experiences should be easy. The time of your life awaits.

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Dreaming of Japan

If all goes well with making enough money to save for a trip, I plan on visiting Japan next year. But whether I make it or end up going some time further in the future, it’s definitely somewhere I will get to eventually. The plan is to go to Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I know there’s so much more but it will only be a two week holiday. Plus, I don’t see myself only going to Japan once in my lifetime.

Anyway, for now, I’ll just dream and tell you all about the things I’m looking forward to the most.

Things I’m most looking forward to

 

Harajuku

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I got a book called Fresh Fruits* when I was 16 or 17 all about unusual Japanese street fashion and since then it’s been my quest to go see them in person. I still have that book today and it’s so fun to flip through. I may not be into shopping as much as I was back then but it’s still something that’s very high on my list.

 

Vending Machines

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I hear that the vending machines over there are insane. You won’t find any that have food in (at least not on the street) as it’s considered rude to eat on the go in Japan but you will find a whole lot of drinks! I hear there’s things like peach fanta and coffee flavoured Coca Cola. I think Topher will probably end up drinking the majority of things we get but I love just being able to try things. It’s a running joke that alcoholic or non-alcoholic, I am the slowest drinker ever!

I also look forward to trying the restaurants where they have a vending machine outside where you choose your meal before you go in. Though it looks like I’d definitely need Google Translate on hand!

 

Food

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It wouldn’t be a Nomad post if I didn’t mention the food. Oh my lord the food. It all looks so interesting. I love trying new things as well as being a big fan of ramen and sushi. I want to try the street foods like okonomiyaki, odango and takoyaki as well as go to a Japanese BBQ place where you cook your own meat, and I really want to try tempura and yakatori. There’s just so many things I don’t know how we’ll fit them all in.

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And don’t get me started on the snacks. Japanese convenience stores are highly recommended for all of the amazing snacks you can find. There are a ridiculous amount of different flavoured Kit Kats, sweets and so many types of savoury snack. Heaven.

 

Architecture

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I love the fact that Japan embraces both the old and the new and it’s reflected in their architecture among other things. I want to see the temples and castles as well as getting myself lost between the city skyscrapers. And also they have a load of mad stuff like below that I am just dying to see in person.

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Disney

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Well duh! How could I go to Japan and not pay Tokyo Disney a visit? It’s me.

As well as seeing the park from a whole new different culture angle, there are different rides and Disney Tokyo Sea is a different enchilada (or salmon and avocado hand roll in this case?) entirely.

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Plus their food also looks amazing. There’s mochi shaped like the three eyed alien, unusual flavoured popcorn and steamed buns galore. I cannot wait.

Also, I’m not usually that into merchandise shopping but Japan is known to have by far the best collection out of all the parks. And I’ve definitely confirmed it by watching so many haul videos on Youtube! Those things are addictive.

Of course there are so many more things I’m looking forward to (like all of it) but these were just a few general things that popped to mind.

I plan on visiting Hiroshima to see the peace museum as I think it’s super important – especially right now, we’ll also be paying Universal Studios a visit (for Harry Potter) and I also hope to see a real life geisha.

Have you ever been to Japan? Give me suggestions! And if not, what would you want to see?

 

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Going to Cape Town? You Don’t Want to Miss out on These Top Things to Do

Cape Town is a magnificent place. There really is so much for you to see and even more for you to do, so if you are planning a trip to the area or if you simply want to find out what there is to do there so you can book your vacation then you can find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know, right here.

Cape Camino

The Cape Camino is a walk that is around 200km. It will take you around 7 days to do the whole walk on foot but it is the ideal opportunity if you want to reflect on everything that Cape Town has to offer. This walk is actually sacred and you will see a lot of sights as you make your way through. You’ll also find that you can walk through the peninsula as well, and this is something that you should never pass up.

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Wine Tasting

Did you know that in Western Cape there are actually over 2000 vineyards? There are also plenty of wine estates as well. There are plenty of places for you to book a wine tour through and some of them may even invite you to do a tasting as well so if you want to make the most out of your money then this is a great way for you to do that. You can go through up to 5 different wine estates per day as well, so if you want to look for things to do in Cape Town then this has to be on your list.

Culture and History

No trip to Cape Town would truly be complete if you didn’t sample the various restaurants that are in the area. When you make your way through the various food establishments that are in Cape Town you will quickly find that the food there is sensational and you may even be able to take a cooking course. By trying the food, you can then go on to find out how they source the ingredients and even where the idea came from as well and this is a brilliant way for you to learn more about the area and the rich culture that it has to offer.

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Sight See

If you want to travel around the area a little bit more, or if you want to see plenty of sights and in a very short space of time then a sightseeing tour is a great way for you to do this. It is also a very fun way for you to see some of the main attractions that are in the city as well.  You can easily jump on and off the bus whenever you want and you can even get a taxi to some of the nearby attractions. One of the best ways for you to take in everything that Cape Town has to offer would be for you to travel on foot, but if you can’t do this or if you want to put your feet up then you can easily sit down on one of the local beaches and soak up some sun. The beaches are just as magnificent as the local attractions! Camps Bay anyone?

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Brooklyn Street Art

I was planning on writing about my 2018 bullet journal spread today but I’ve actually been in bed with the flu all of this year so far! I haven’t even opened my bullet journal let alone have anything to blog about it. So today I thought I’d show you the street art I found in Brooklyn on my honeymoon last September. I already blogged about New York and Brooklyn but I took so many Brooklyn street art photos that I couldn’t include them. So here’s a dedicated post:

Brooklyn Street Art

These were all taken on Topher and my ridiculous walk from the Brooklyn Bridge to Williamsburg. Top tip – don’t walk from Brooklyn Bridge to Williamsburg. Three and a half miles isn’t too bad but when the sun is blazing and you’re desperate for the bathroom it is not fun. It’s better to walk back across the bridge to Manhattan and take the subway as there is no direct subway from Dumbo to Williamsburg.

Anyway lesson learned and we found some fun street art along the way!

Brooklyn street art - robots

Brooklyn street art - the kiss

Brooklyn street art - sweet n low

Brooklyn street art - wives

This one below was on the edge of a big development site and also on one of the long ass roads we had to walk along. So it made the walk a little more interesting.

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Brooklyn street art - crane

Brooklyn street art - monochrome

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These next two are just sandwich boards but I had to include them as they made me smile!

Brooklyn street art - horse

Brooklyn street art - jaws

This is my second favourite piece we found – it just makes me laugh, pure and simple. And I like cats.

Brooklyn street art - ghandi

This was actually a banner in a market but I really liked because Prince.

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Brooklyn street art - lady

Brooklyn street art - skeleton

I only noticed this one because I was looking up to the sky and praying for the sun not to burn me. It gave me the pep talk I needed to keep going.

Brooklyn street art - you go girl

Brooklyn street art - ali

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How cool are all the hidden faces?

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This one with Louis Armstrong was by far my favourite but some hipsters were having a yard sale in front of it so I couldn’t get a better picture – boo.

Brooklyn street art - louis

This last one was actually in Manhattan but I had to include it as it was cool.

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I’ve also taken photos of Manchester and Nottingham Street art.

Where’s the best place you’ve visited for Street Art?

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3 Perfect Countries For The True Wanderer

If you are someone who likes to just get away and see the world on foot, then there are so many places around the world for you to discover. The true wanderer will find a huge number of potential locations and countries which are well suited to this kind of adventure, and it is a good idea to have a mental list of the ones you would most like to visit. Some are more exotic than others, but they are all worthwhile for the scene of really getting lost that they can provide. If you are keen to add to your bucket list, then take a look at the following. Here are some of the top countries to go if you are keen to just get a little lost.

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Spain

You might be a little surprised to see Spain here as a first choice. However, for anyone who wants to experience a little of everything that holidays can offer, this country offers some of the best travelling opportunities of anywhere in the world. This is certainly helped along too by the fact that it happens to be one of the cheapest destinations for anyone to visit, and you can easily spend a long time here without going bankrupt. During that time, you can also see and do some truly incredible things, and you will find that it is a land which owes itself particularly well to walking and wandering around.

If you do decide to stop off anywhere, then you will be glad to know that there are always beautiful Spanish apartments up for rent, and these can be some of the most glorious places in the world to just sit and watch the world go by. In the cities as equally as on the beaches, you can expect to see some beautiful scenery, meet friendly locals and just generally get by with a profound sense of ease and calm. Spain is an absolute must for anyone who considers themselves a truly laid-back traveller.

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Italy

There are so many things that you might want to get from your trip. One possibility is to take an oral tour of a country, and if that is up your alley then you might find Italy is a top destination to choose. It is easily one of the very top locations in the world for eating, and that alone is enough to entice many lone travellers from around the world. If you want to get a little lost while trying out much of the world’s best food, then you could do much worse than a trip round Italy.

Some of Italy’s top destinations are likely to be ones that you will want to tick off your bucket list anyway. Of course you have the glorious historic city of Rome, one of the world’s true havens for tourism. Then you have the beautiful floating city of Venice, the cathedrals of Milan, and many others. Going further South, you can expect a more rough and no less fun time with cities like Verona, Florence and Naples. You can even visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii for a real history lesson in action. Wherever you go, Italy is sure to delight you, so don’t miss out on this amazing country destination. It is one of the very best for those who like a dash of culture in their globetrotting.

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Nepal

If you are looking for something a little more exciting and challenging, however, then a fantastic option is always going to be Nepal. This is an amazing, hilly and venerable country nestled next to India, and much of the Himalayas belong to this ancient spiritual land. It is the official birthplace of the Buddha, and walking around the country you get a real sense of peace and calm unlike anywhere else in the world.

For those who genuinely like to wander, there are few locations better anywhere. With the Himalayas on your doorstep, this is the ultimate in walking trips, and hundreds of thousands of people every year go to do just that. You don’t need to be an incredibly strong climber either – there are countless paths which are relatively flat, and there is always a little something for everyone as long as you have strong legs.

Nepal is also home to some of the kindest people in the world, and any visit there is always going to leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated about the nature of humanity. You can’t really say fairer than that.

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