As you may already know from my ramblings on Facebook, in January, I am travelling to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to volunteer as Communications Officer for the charity, Raleigh International.
For three months, I will be reporting on the life-changing work volunteers from across the globe are doing on each project site in Costa Rica and Nicaragua via the charity’s blog and social media platforms.
Why have I decided to do this, I hear you say…
After my 16 month trip around the world, I vowed that my next challenge would be to take some time to volunteer for a charity. During my backpacking trip, I witnessed first-hand the heart-wrenching difficulties certain countries are going through.
Vietnam is bursting at the seams with mouth-watering food, marvellous scenery, hospitable locals and a rich yet, troublesome history.
There is so much to see and do in this diverse country and it is so hard to squeeze it all into a one month visa. Therefore, I have written up my 4 week itinerary to help you with your planning.
Madeira is a small Portuguese island floating off of the coast of Portugal, Spain and Morocco. Renowned for its mountainous scenery, vibrant orange roofed houses, unique toboggan run and splendid Madeiran cake, wine and cuisine, this island has a lot to offer its visitors.
Although Madeira has been branded as a holiday destination for the ‘elder generation’, my trip with my family in early June confirmed that this unspoiled, quiet gem has a lot to offer any holidaymaker who enjoys a less touristy destination with phenomenal walking opportunities, quaint cobbled high streets and welcoming locals.
New York is one of the most iconic cities in the world.
We’ve heard of it and seen it on so many TV programmes – Friends, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City (to name a few) – that we feel like we’ve lived like a New Yorker before we’ve even set foot in Grand Central Station. We’ve heard of the terms ‘Upper East Side’ and ‘Upper West’ but have no real idea what they mean and we’ve envisioned that skyline so many times that when you actually set eyes on it, you have to pinch yourself that it’s real. You’re actually in the Big Apple!
It’s an overwhelming city that steals a slice of every visitor’s heart. Here are my 9 unmissable spots in NYC.
When I visited my best friend, Fiona in her new stomping ground, New York she planned a jam-packed itinerary based solely around the Big Apple’s mouth-watering food scene – what a friend.
Ten days and ten pounds later, we had eaten our way across Manhattan sampling everything from calorific Chicago deep pan pizza to succulent, zesty chicken taco shells.
And although my waistline begs to differ, the indulgence was worth every calorie.
When I was planning my trip around California, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, I was daunted.
I had been on Asia time for 6 months and was used to organising everything last-minute. Therefore, when it came to booking car rental, accommodation and campsites before my trip to Cali, I was a little unprepared.
I have now been back in my motherland – the UK – for almost 2 weeks and am quickly adjusting to life without my trusty yet haggard, old backpack.
Throughout my 16 months of travel I settled and worked in Auckland, New Zealand for 7 months, ventured through South East Asia for 6 months and treated myself to a few pit stops in Fiji, Oz and America along the way. I lived on a very tight budget, wore the comfiest of clothes, ate at street stalls, stayed mostly in dorm rooms and sat on buses for hours on end every few days.