I’m back!

And I can’t quite believe we are already in February, just where does the time go?!?!

For the last two weeks I have been travelling around the beautiful country of Myanmar. With just the one glitch at the end of my trip, the rest of the time was absolutely seamless. I travelled with 15 other companions as part of an Intrepid group and together with our guide, we explored all the wonderful sights this mysterious country has to offer.

I have been thinking about this post all day. Literally. It has been the only thing on my mind and I’ve been so excited to get home and tap away at my keyboard but now that I’ve come to sit down and fill you in, I just can’t think of the right words to describe my experience.

Before I jetted off, I had every intention of blogging and sharing my trip via social media as I journeyed from place to place. But a rushed start with no time to buy a local sim and being someone who possesses a serious case of fomo, meant I very rarely looked at my phone or the internet. I did attempt to keep up with my plan at the start, however when it took me 3 days to upload my post about our overnight train journey I decided not to bother attempting to create online content.

You know what? It was bliss.

Obviously as a blogger I love my social networks and I’m addicted to all things blog and informative on the inter-web, but two weeks of just immersing myself in a holiday, being part of a group where everything was organised for me, well my mind finally got the break it needed.

All my friends and family keep pestering me to see pictures, asking what it was like what did I get up to… and I find myself completely speechless. How on earth do you explain two weeks worth of intense adventure in a short conversation? How on earth do you explain that in fact the trip resulted in over 3000 photos?

Oh the beauty of a blog! I can’t wait to let it do all the talking for me ­čÖé

All those hours keeping a distance from my digital screens, well I’m certainly planning on making up for them now! Being back home, back into normal routine, means I am dying to write up my many, many notes and share all the wonderful memories I have collected – re-live my travels all over again! Imprint this journey onto my blog to look back on fondly in the future.

I’m kicking off all things Myanmar with my usual apres-holiday task: dedicating my Instagram feed to some of my favourite snaps. Now seeing as this was a pretty special trip, I’ll probably be posting a couple more than usual – I’ll do my best to keep it to a week though. So if you’re not already – click here to follow along.

I’ve got plenty of write ups in the pipeline too – stories, tips and reviews of all the things we got up to, all of which will be supported by photographic evidence (of which I have plenty).

One thing for sure, this trip will always be special to me, Apart from TEDx which was a planned gathering of inspirational and intellectual minds from all over the world, I’ve never coincidentally been amongst a group of individuals who have each taught me so much. People who even in such a short amount of time I can actually say have changed my life. In just two weeks, through the complex political situations of Myanmar and in fact the rest of the world, I learnt a lot about my own opinions and judgements and how maybe it’s my mind set that needs to change (more about that later ­čśë )

Myanmar was a country of stark contrasts. On the outside, it was breathtaking. On returning I couldn’t choose a favourite place, a favourite moment, there were simply too many experiences to choose from. It had all the charm of the simple life with all the extravagance in the surrounding natural environment and in the many temples.

Although the people we met were all amazing: kind, generous, helpful… the inner workings of Myanmar aren’t quite as simple. A country still delicate for those that live there, any upset is shielded from those that need not know. The locals were keen to stress that they believed the hard times were now over and there was definitely hope for a brighter future.

With all the travel alerts and warnings I had read right up until my departure date, I must stress that not once did I feel unsafe when travelling in Myanmar. There were many frustrations – but at no point did I feel my safety was compromised, and I know this was of concern to a few travellers.

I’m really looking forward to sharing my journey with you, I hope it inspires you to step out of your comfort zone and travel to a place you never really dreamed you would visit, just like I did with Yangon. A fan of Kipling the romance of travelling the road to Mandalay always intrigued me and I feel so blessed that I was actually able to make that trip.

I know for sure I won’t be able to do this adventure the justice it deserves… but I’ll bloody well do my best to try!



What have you been up to over the last few weeks? Have you been to Myanmar?




First trip of 2017_Myanmar image


If you read my travel linkup post earlier this month you’ll know that after many months of waiting, I am finally headed to Myanmar!!! And in less than three days!?!┬áWhat’s more I’ll also get┬áto spend a day in Hong Kong too, which is kind of a surprise addition to my original itinerary. There was a point where I felt like┬áthis trip would never come and now that it’s nearly here, I can’t believe it’s happened so quick! (yes people like me are just never satisfied).

On one of my┬áFacebook blogger groups, the lovely┬áJane asked what blog posts everyone’s writing today┬áand when I commented saying I was working on this one,┬áClaire from┬á@GoodEggFoodie rightly pointed out that surely I should be concentrating on packing rather than writing. Spot on┬áClaire, I totally should be! but,┬áluckily for me, over the last few weeks I have had a team of wonderful helpers who have been busy prepping in the background, without me having to boss them about ­čÖé

Mo and my dad have been busy creating an essential bag of goodies, with all the required toiletry and medical products. My sister, took charge of my clothes and magically made a two week wardrobe fit into two packing cubes (if in fact this turns out to be all I need, I shall be sitting her down to write a post with me on how the heck she managed this. I’m still in awe.) And my dear┬ámum has done all the running around chores everyone requires pre-trip, getting me a good rate on my currency and making sure I actually have food in my fridge whilst I battle through the last week of work.

I know you’re reading this thinking wow what a lazy┬áso and so (I was going to use the┬á‘B’ word but remembered my mums started reading this) – but the truth of the matter is working full time, writing a blog and trying my utmost to get back into graphic design, well its hard. Really hard. And if you watched one of the TED talks I recommended on Sunday, sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and ask for help. Luckily for me, I have┬áthe above network of people who pre-empt me asking and just get on with it anyway!!

After reading a number of great blog posts, today is the first time I have started to actually get excited. This is the first time I’m travelling solo without friends or family in seven years and it’s so strange packing and planning just for me and no one else. I’m actually going to have to map read, eat out, visit attractions all by myself… it’s going to be┬ávery odd.

What’s on my agenda for this long lonesome trip?

Well first of all, it’s not going to be too lonesome. Once I land in Yangon, I shall be joining a group and I’ll be travelling with them to all the various destinations in Myanmar. The tour has been booked through Intrepid travel, I’ve never been on one of their tours before but from what I’ve heard, they’re pretty great.

Why did I decide to join a guided tour you might ask? After all, I’m a travel blogger, surely being able to travel and explore on my own are things I should be able to do without guided instructions. I booked it for three reasons: timing, safety and ease.

With just over ten days to explore, the last thing I wanted was to come back not having ticked everything I want to see off my list. When Mo and I went to Spain a few months ago we had no time whatsoever to plan beforehand and I knew with the state of our affairs these days, I would never have had the time to sit down and pre-plan a solo trip. There are many travellers who can jet off and wing it. Totally not me. I’m a planner, and if I can’t plan it, then I expect somebody else too!

Safety was also a slight concern for me travelling solo, working in travel risk I’m fully aware of the problems that are occurring at the border, and even though we are nowhere near, I wanted to feel the security of a group.

And finally ease… I can’t explain how much of a relief it is right now to know that I am not having to worry about how I’m getting from A to B. I cannot wait to just sit back and enjoy the view.

Hopefully it’ll be like this…


burma-bagan_balloons.image taken from intrepidtravel.com


Whilst I’m away, I’ll be doing my┬áutmost to share as much as I can, internet permitting, across social (perhaps a blog or two if I can manage it!) so please check them out ­čÖé I’m on twitter, Facebook and Instagram – I’ll be posting on whichever works fastest! Hopefully Instagram as my mums got it downloaded on her phone, ready to see some pretty pics. Wouldn’t want to disappoint her now would I.

If you think of any tips or food suggestions (I really really love food suggestions!) then please drop me a line on any of my networks, or in the comments below. Better yet, if you’re out there right now let me know, cup of tea?

I also feel I need to warn you, in my absence there will┬ábe a couple of posts popping up by some of my Jet set chick crew, as they are attending a number of exciting events (WITHOUT ME!?!) over the next few weeks which I’d like them to share – ONLY if they think it’s something worth sharing though of course, they know the rules. Just try not to like their posts more than mine ­čśë

Right well I think that’s all for now, I’m going to get back to the important task of google searching new-travel-related-story-books-to-download-onto-kindle. I’ve got some long journeys ahead…



Any tips, tricks, advice for Myanmar? Or Hong Kong? Or how about a book recommendation? All advice welcome!! oh and thank you if you have already sent me stuff ­čÖé