What travel has given me

This morning I went for a walk in my local park, a park where I have been walking for over 30 years when I have been home. This past year, I have been walking there as often as I could & it has been my saving grace during a year of no travel. 

This morning whilst out walking, creativity and inspiration came to me and I started thinking about what travel has given me. In short, lots! All of my travel experience has given me lots and I still believe it has given me much more than it has ever taken away.

So, in no particular order and accompanied with photos from this morning’s walk. I’m also going to type it out on my mobile rather than on my laptop as that’s how I would do my blog posts whilst travelling. 

Sense of adventure: I will try new things, new places & meet new people without any concern. I search out different ways of travelling, different ways of doing things & will try to find the fun in it all. 

Open-minded & open-hearted: Throughout all the countries I have travelled & lived in, there have been many people I have met and am proud to call my family & friends. There have been ways of living that I’ve experienced & more often that not I have found compassion in the way people live & interact with others. 

Ability to let go and move on: As a Buddhist, I always thought this came from the teachings on Impermanence. However, this year I’ve realised there are many skills I’ve learnt from travel and this is a big one. Being able to move in from the point of comfort into challenge, move on from loved ones when the time comes, move on from the person I was in that country and at that time with those people. 

Acceptance: Of all situations & people. I’ve learnt and understood the value of walking in the mud when you need to. Often it leads to the best parts to see. Standing strong in the mud and taking time to look ahead can help us find the right path to follow. 

True joy exists in every experience: There is always something good and wondrous to find in every experience. Sometimes, it’s not always easy to see but it is always there. 

Less is more: Rather than filling every minute with something to see or do, it’s also beneficial to take time to appreciate the moment. 

Memories: This year especially with no travel, my travel memories have really helped me through some of the hardest times. 

Freedom: This may be an obvious one but in many ways travel has given me freedom. The freedom of thought, choice, restrictions, obligations and more. 

These are just a few of the many things travel has given me and I can’t wait to get back to it as soon as possible. 

Travel update on my 46th birthday

Last year I updated my travel challenge in August although my year ends 22nd April just ahead of my birthday on the 23rd. That post stayed with me and as I approached my birthday this year, I almost believed I hadn’t been to any new countries during this year which of course isn’t true as the count was still high. I’ve included the 45-46 part below.   Continue reading “Travel update on my 46th birthday”

How my travel experience is helping me during lockdown

When lockdown was finally announced in the UK, I felt very lucky as my travel plans were already bringing me home that day and it therefore felt a bit more like choice than push. Yes, my travel was being cut short, however I was already due home for a dentist appointment (which was subsequently cancelled) and how amazing that when I booked those dates, I didn’t know how it would help me in many more ways than simply having some dental work done.  Continue reading “How my travel experience is helping me during lockdown”

We all walk our own Camino

So, I wrote a travel book which covers my Camino, lessons learnt and how I have incorporated it into my daily life after completing it. As I did it within my 40 years in my 40s challenge, I wanted to also share it on this blog especially as I’m sure it impacted my travel and interactions afterwards. Yes, this is my travel book and no, this is not the one I may have already mentioned. The book I’ve recently written and uploaded to Kindle as an e-book is called ‘We all walk our own Camino’ and is about my Camino journey and how it has affected me and my life.

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My writing process for my travel book

I’m currently writing my 2nd book which is my 1st travel book! Yes, I’m taking time to let that sink in and have paid particular attention to those numbers as they mean something now and in the future. I published my 1st book as an e-book on Kindle in October 2019 using a lot of the posts from this blog and some from my travel blog and it is called ‘Being the best you can be’ just like my other blog and my business.  Continue reading “My writing process for my travel book”

A recommendation for Split, Croatia: Interview with Geoff of Fig restaurant

Recently, I spent some time in Split, Croatia which is a must visit destination in itself which I’m sure I’ll cover in a different post. For now, I want to recommend a place to eat which yes, for those who know me well will be a shock. It is rare for me to even remember what I’ve eaten never mind where, however when you find somewhere which offers great food (even vegetarian and vegan) and even better service, then it is certainly worth a recommendation. When I decided to interview Geoff, I was already preparing to move on to Dubrovnik so this interview took place over emails back and forth. I hope you enjoy it and also if you are fortunate to ever be in Split then please check out the Fig restaurant as I know you won’t be disappointed. Continue reading “A recommendation for Split, Croatia: Interview with Geoff of Fig restaurant”

1st August 2012

Alison Laycock

Although this was an experience outside of my 40 countries in my 40s challenge , it is one which has influenced all my travels since without me really realising the full extent to how it has impacted me if I’m honest. Recently, I have noticed subtle changes in me and I have started to wonder if my natural responses to this incident made my body respond to situations in a particular way which I’m now seeing is no longer happening. Maybe 7 years on, I’m finally leaving it behind. I hope so! 

The 1st August is one of those dates I remember every year but unlike birthdays or anniversaries of great experiences it doesn’t have happy memories. Instead, I remember it as a day I could have been killed by bandits in Cameroon. 

I won’t add photos to this post and I won’t name the area we were in as really this could have happened anywhere. You can read it simply as a travel story or take it as advice for your travels, it is entirely up to you. 

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Sharing The Scenic Sights Of St Helena Island

St Helena is one of the countries which features throughout my 40 countries in my 40s challenge so although it wasn’t my first country and it won’t be my last, it still features strongly because I lived and worked there for 3 years between 2014 and 2017. I have been asked to write about St Helena as I have done for some of the other countries in this challenge. However, I leave that to Sharon Henry who wrote this post for Travelalphabetabc.wordpress.com and I’m posting it here as it is still very relevant. There are more details below about Sharon and her blog and app.  

Sharon Henry (Guest Contributor)

After a solid hour of hiking I find myself peering over the edge of a 494 metre cliff that makes the backs of my knees tingle.  Atlantic trade winds whip my hair but I stay put, hypnotised by the waves crashing below, the distant roar producing that seashell sound.  It’s fascinating and the height perspective makes me feel like I’m up in a crow’s nest, looking out over the vast ocean until it merges with the sky. Continue reading “Sharing The Scenic Sights Of St Helena Island”

45 of my travel learnings so far

Recently, I shared 45 of my life learnings so far when I turned 45 in April. A lot of the things which came to mind were also linked to travel so I decided to do a special travel one. Travel has been a big part of my 45 years even when I wasn’t able to travel, I was learning languages, reading books set abroad and also learning capitals when I was younger and getting others to test me. Continue reading “45 of my travel learnings so far”