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Thailand and Vietnam adventure - Chiang Mai

As I write this I am on a sleeper bus to Sapa, Vietnam to explore the rice fields. I felt this was a perfect time to reflect on the first part of my adventure because I do have 6 hours of travelling ahead of me and I can’t sleep! 
This adventure was created off the back of wanting to go visit my brother who has lived in Bangkok for the last four years and not once have I made it out here in that time. With his departure from Thailand next year it was the last chance I would have to go. So over a lunch catch up with a friend I mentioned my plan and before the day was up she had already started looking into it - I had not actually asked her directly to come but secretly I hoped she would maybe take the hint because I couldn’t have done this without her. 
Due to the time of year, weather and my brother’s other plans for his month off we chose to meet up with him in Chiang Mai. His adventure would take him onto Pai and ours would continue to Vietnam and then back to Bangkok to finish. 
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Coastal Walk Lulworth Cover to Durdle Door

Durdle Door has been a place I have always wanted to visit but never really got round to actually going there, until this year. After hearing the news of the Azure window collapsing in August 2017, I knew that I shouldn't leave it too long, because with natural erosion you never know when it will not be there anymore.

"The views from the top were glorious, the sun was shining, there was a chill in the air and I felt alive"
I picked the 4th January as the day I would visit, because it is a special day for me and one that I feel I should spend near to the water. So what better time than this special day to explore a new coast line, tick an item off my to do list and remember my dad all in one trip.

After completing my morning appointment in Gosport and with my neighbour in tow we set off for the Dorset Coast, neither of us knowing where exactly we were going so I left the navigation up to the iPhone.

The plan was to drive to Lulworth Cove, leave the car there and then walk t…

Back to back holidays

The last two weeks I have been lucky enough to have two holidays back to back. You would think that it was a luxury and how amazing it would be, but to my surprise it has been very tiring! This might be because I haven’t picked the most relaxing, sit by the pool and do nothing, holidays but as I sit here in the airport typing this I am totally shattered. 
The first trip was a week away to Vasiliki, Greece to visit a couple of friends who have moved out there for the summer. Then the second was a little weekend away with my mum to visit Jersey and learn a little bit about my mum’s family history. Also most importantly to see Rozel bay, the place my name was taken from! 
I feel very lucky to be able to make these two trips so close together and it just shows that with some looking around for deals, planning and knowing people in the right place you can see a lot of the world for not a lot and enjoy it with great company too. 

Now it is time to return home, take the car for a service in the…

SUP for Cancer 25th June 2017

I can't believe that the second SUP for Cancer race was almost 4 months ago and that I haven't shared it with you! Here is a short overview of the event and a little video to go along with it. 
It was another fun event raising money for Cancer research and full of surprises. The forecast for this event was not due to be as glam as last years but that didn't put anyone off, because this event was even bigger than the last.
There was a slight change to how we were going to be starting and finishing this year, which got me slightly nervous because it was going to require us to cross the river on both occasions. 

My start was not the best, I did my usual and was over the line so they had to wait for me to paddle backwards slightly before they set us off. Unfortunately this left me unprepared for the go, which meant I was battling through everyones wash. It got a bit hairy at times and I am surprised I managed to stay on my board! It was my own fault and lessons have been lear…

Day trip to Kotor, Montenegro

Second port of call was the breath taking Kotor, Montenegro
On last years cruise we made an unexpected stop in Kotor where I chose to do an excursion, which would take me up into the mountains (read about it here). This year I opted for the self guided tour of the old town instead. The distance from the ship to the town was mere meters away, or 5 palm trees if you're my mum, so not far to travel which is perfect. As I left the ship that morning to go on my early explore and I was greeted by several people wanted to sell me taxi journeys to see the surrounding areas, some were more persistent than others! I fought my way through, politely declining as I went, and soon made it to the city. The plan was to come back and go on the hop on, hop off bus tours to explore some of the towns further down the coast.



Last year at the end of the excursion we had a walking tour of the city. Unfortunately it was late afternoon by the time we had arrived, so it was jam packed and after a while I j…

Womens Adventure Expo 2017

On Saturday 7th October 2017 my alarm went off at 5am - yes you heard right 5am on a Saturday! I had to catch an early train to Bristol for the Womens Adventure Expo, which turned out to be the most uplifting and rewarding day I have had for a while.

My adventure started off in Southampton, where I dragged myself out of bed, showered to try and wake up and then into the car to drive to the train station. I had decided to leave early, so I could park the car at work and then walk to the coffee shop to get a good doze of caffeine...but to my shock the were shut! They didn't open until 7am and that was after my train departure, this now left we lots of time to kill before the train. I was about to start my day of good luck when the coffee shop within the train station opened. Perfect! I boarded the train and settled down to my Spotify play list which would help get me through the next hour and forty minutes.

I arrived at Bristol Temple Meads, just ahead of my niece who I dragged alon…

Day trip to Valletta, Malta

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you will have seen that I have recently been cruising around the Med on board Cunard Queen Victoria, and if not then head over there to catch up.

My first port of call was the stunning Valletta, Malta. 


The ship docked early morning, which allowed us to enjoy breakfast with views of Malta's Grand Harbour as the sun rose. It was just a 20 minute walk from the ship to the centre of Velletta but being at sea level there was a long way up to reach the same level as most of the city. Luckily since my last visit 4 years ago, they have installed a lift to take you up to the Botanic Gardens. This is ideal for someone with limited mobility, like my mother. 

Once you are at the top of the lift you have more impressive views across the entrance of the Grand Harbour, and if your not scared of heights, unlike me, you can stand at the edge just as you come out of the lift and take in the views below. From here you are on the correct level for the res…