My Life, Taboo Topics of Travel

The Courage To Travel Again After A Traumatic Trip

the courage to travel again after a traumatic trip

Yes… I’ve used the T word.

No… not that T word. The one that makes every travel blogger & enthusiast swoon and purchase the next plane ticket to anywhere.

But that serious and scary T word.

The majority of us have had amazing, enriching, uplifting, life-affirming and confidence-building travel experiences. Most of my experiences have definitely been like that. I felt extremely safe in places that others were convinced were dangerous and I’ve made lifelong friends when others feared I’d be alone.

I wandered the streets of Paris and engaged with locals in their native tongue. I did a safari in Maasai Mara National Park, Kenya and I was lucky enough to see the Big 5. I travelled the Great Ocean Road with new friends from around the world and had a blast. And there are many more wonderful experiences that I’ve had while traveling.

I genuinely believe that travel has the power to educate our minds, expand our hearts, connect us to others and make us better people. And in turn, a better global society. I wouldn’t trade any of my travel experiences for the world and I’m grateful for each one.

However, not all of my experiences have been positive…

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Honest Reviews, Israel

Honest Review: Isrotel Riviera Club

Isrotel Riviera Club

When we book a holiday anywhere, the main aspect of our trip that we research is where we’ll be staying.

Sure, we want to be certain that our flights are easy and that our days are jam-packed with fun activities… but what can really make or break a trip is the accommodation.

If your beds are too hard, your shower only offers cold water, your AC\heater is broken or you simply just don’t feel safe, then it will be a lot more challenging to enjoy your trip.

I’m not at all advocating against roughing it up. There are many trips where ‘roughing it up’ actually enhances  your experience as well as being more practical and sometimes necessary. For instance, having bucket showers while volunteering in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

But when you’re jetting off for some much-needed R&R, chances are that you want your stay to be as comfortable as possible.

It’s your home away from home so it should be as comfortable as you’d like it to be 🙂

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Musings, Stories For A Smile

Stories For A Smile: September 2016

stories for a smile

Hello lovely hunnies and fellow wanderers! 🙂

How has your summer been? Did you go anywhere for vacation and have some fun? Hopefully you’re soaking up every moment of sun that you can before winter officially arrives in a couple of months.

I personally was very fortunate to enjoy a relaxing getaway over the summer, but I have also been very busy over the past couple of months and it has been quite overwhelming.

Funnily enough, as September rolls around, I’m only now beginning to put an emphasis on resting and taking things easy. Oops! …Oh well.

I’m very excited to share with you this round of Stories For A Smile.

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Israel, Photo Essays

Photo Essay: Relaxing Getaway in Eilat, Israel

getaway in eilat

Life has been very busy as of late.

I’ve been balancing 2 jobs (one of which I’ve recently quit), this blog, a music project, therapy for my mental health issues, researching universities (because at the age of 22, I’m just a tad behind on that) and preparing for my fourth drivers test which I ended up passing. Finally! 🙂

I have been doing a lot of positive and important things but I was also beginning to feel very overwhelmed.

I was doing too much and I needed a break.

Luckily, because it’s the summer holidays, many of my family members are off from work and school. So when we decided to have a last minute relaxing getaway in Eilat, I was beyond thrilled!

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Fun Stuff

5 Great Travel Movies To Satisfy Your Wanderlust

5 great travel movies to satisfy your wanderlust

I absolutely love travel.

Okay, I’m pointing out the obvious here. I mean, I run a travel blog for crying out loud, of course I love travel!

I love travel so much that even when I don’t have any actual plans on the horizon, I create fictitious ones in my mind and plan ideal itineraries for my imagination to enjoy.

Now, you might be asking, “Ella, if you’re fantasising so much about travel, why don’t you just turn one of your dream trips into a reality?”.

Well, my fellow wanderers, I do… when I’m able to.

See, it’s not always practical or helpful to go off gallivanting when you’re trying to achieve a different dream that requires you to stay close to home. And honestly, If I’m gone for too long, I start missing my friends, family and familiarity terribly. Not to mention that I personally do need a sense of stability and security in my regular life.

Even though I love it, I can’t travel all the time so I stay put and find other ways to satisfy my wanderlust.

And what’s my favourite way of satisfying my wanderlust, other than the magic of my own vivid imagination…

Travel movies!

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Stories For A Smile

Stories For A Smile: August 2016

stories for a smile

Happy August everybody!! 🙂

How are you hunnies doing? I hope that are enjoying your summer and are getting to experience some fun in the sun. Those of you who are in the northern hemisphere, of course.

And that those of you that are in the southern hemisphere are enjoying your winter and aren’t wishing it were summer too much. Although, winter can be a lot of fun too! Watching a good movie, at home in your pjs with a hot cup of cocoa is pretty much my idea of heaven. I love bundling up and getting snuggly.

I, myself, have just returned from a much needed, relaxing getaway which I will definitely write posts about… but not now.

Now is my first instalment of “Stories For A Smile” and I’m completely thrilled to be sharing my first round up of positive news and media with you.

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Musings, Stories For A Smile

Introducing: “Stories For A Smile” Series!

stories for a smile

The news, whether we like it or not, has a massive impact on us and on our lives. It affects how we view the world, how we view ourselves as a species and what kind of decisions we make through the course of our lives. It’s uncertain to me what “NEWS” actually stands for, but sometimes it feels like it should stand for “Never Ending Woeful Stories” because of the sheer amount of distressing negativity that can be found in our papers and on our screens.

Just over these past couple of months, there have been a staggering amount of horrible events that have occurred.

  • The Stanford swimmer who raped an unconscious girl (and only received a jail sentence of 6 months)
  • The Orlando nightclub shooting where over 100 LGBTQ+ people were killed\injured.
  • The police shooting of African-American man, Philander Castile (and many more African-American people), who posed no threat to others.
  • The shootings and suicide bombings at Atatürk airport where nearly 300 people were killed\injured.
  • The terrorist attack in Nice, France where nearly 400 people were killed\injured.

That’s enough for anyone to want to hide in a cave and that’s not even half of what’s happened recently!

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