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    Beating the Anxiety bug abroad

    On my global travels I have learned that travellers tend to fall into one of three categories when it comes to planning trips. Those who are completely laid back and plan things as they decide to do them, those who have a rough plan of what they are going to each day and those that do thoroughly research the locations they go to, book advance tickets, know how long each activity will take, how to get to the next, where some good food places are, etc etc…. While I completely accept the fact that I am a planner and enjoy it, recent trips have got me thinking that it would…

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    Keeping the memories alive – Musings from Faraway

    Look at a photo of a place or group of people and I can almost guarantee that there will be a spark of a memory springing into your mind. 99.99999% of the times these memories will be awesome. Sometimes after an incredible experience, returning to the ordinary day to day life can make it all seem surreal. Having a photo or token, something from that time keeps it all real. It gives you a little refresher and a boost of how it felt to climb to the top of that mountain, swim in natural waters by a waterfall, see that monkey, walk around a city, be at that game, spend…

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    Making time for travel – Musings from Faraway

    The more and more I see of the world, the more I realise that a lot of people out there don’t make time for themselves a priority. While the rewards of grinding that “work” grindstone make us smile on payday, unless you love your job, the everyday reality of job-land for the rest of the month could be robbing you of something far more valuable…joy. We are all told of the importance of self-care in our hectic daily lives and I fully accept the concept but believe it exists in two elements, daily care and ongoing fulfilment. We need to be healthy both inside and out to go about our…

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    Travel tales: Jules Verne’s Around the world in 80 days

    For anyone that is fascinated by the steampunk movement, this is the perfect book for you. Journey with Jules Verne’s famous character creations in a proper gentleman’s tale, evoking feelings of good times past by sweeping readers straight into a world of Victoriana. Like Phileas Fogg’s notebook, Around the world in 80 days is a pocket story that travel fans will keep close in their thoughts a long time after reading the last page. We join Phileas on a day like any other. Leaving his new servant Passepartout at home, Mr Fogg visits the Reform club on Pall Mall, London. Here he engages in a game of whist with some…

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    Solo Adventures in Venice

    Venice is a place where you can learn the meaning of the Italian phrase ‘Dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. It is the place in Italy I have visited most and my favourite location to visit solo. Here is a place you can feel completely anonymous. No-one notices that you are walking around on your own, most are looking down at their mobile apps whilst trying to navigate themselves in the right direction. The rest are trying to get around tourists to find their way as quickly as possible to wherever they are going.  This provides a sort of security for solo travellers who can feel comfortable…