September Travels

Travelling is stressful at the best of times, but how do you manage when you have a chronic illness? I did everything I could to ensure a smooth experience, but you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Back in 2006 I went on a big adventure across the pond to work at a summer camp in New Hampshire. It was a transformative experience that helped shape the adult I was becoming and I built several friendships that have stood the test of both time and (mega) distance – shout out to Katie in Australia!

My last trip to Camp was in 2011, a full eight years ago. Since then many a thing has happened, including the worsening of health challenges, and as a result my confidence with travel has taken a blow… so much so that I turned down a trip to New York last April.

But an old friend passed away this year and his memorial was being held at Camp over a weekend in September. It was time for a visit.

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A path left untaken

Vancouver cityscapeSomewhere in a parallel universe is a version of me living and working in Canada.

Last year I worked my butt off and spent a considerable amount of time and money securing myself an IEC Canadian Work Permit and a spot on the Work Canada programme.

It was and still is a dream of mine to fly across the pond to the far west side of the second largest country in the world and land firmly in British Columbia to set up home in the coastal seaport city of Vancouver. With the right documents I could stay for up to 12 months, sampling a real big slice of the Canadian way of life.

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Travel yourself interesting

Travel yourself interestingYou’ve probably seen this one during the commercial breaks on TV and paid it very little attention, but this is one of very few adverts around right now that has some real insight behind it.

From the creative’s at Ogilvy and Mather London, Expedia’s Travel Yourself Interesting campaign has actually been around for a while now, but the latest instalment really hits the nail on the head.

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New York, New York.

NYC I went to the big apple at the start of March, a sight seeing trip- generously paid for by my mother. 

That’s us in the photo… it was FREEZING.

I’ve visited the city four times now and am quite happy to potter about the place on my own, soaking up the atmosphere and mixing in with the locals. Most people head to NYC for the shopping and let’s face it, The Statue of Liberty. However, I’d already ‘been there, done that’ so I booked myself onto a photography tour of Manhattan at night.

It was beautiful and I took some amazing shots, the kind you get blown up and hang on your wall. If you’re heading to the worlds most famous city, I definitely recommend taking a step away from the big crowds for a few hours and participating in something similar.

My tour was with Citifari, whom I found through extensive research using Tripadvisor and daily deal websites.

NYC Radio City NYC Grand Central  NYC light play