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{2019 Update} Bali, New Zealand & Life Plans.

So I’m back at the blog after a couple months “off” (aka worrying about other things lol). I thought I’d jump back in with a life update since I’ve been up to a lot since things have been quiet on here. I’m nearing the 9 month mark since I left on my travels. Writing that down, it doesn’t seem like a long time but my god, lots of things have happened…

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How Fitness Can Improve Your Mental Health

We’ve all suffered from a cold/flu that has knocked us for six or even broken a bone. Luckily, we usually know how to deal with them. Whether it’s a trip to the hospital or just a nice long Netflix binge with a cup of hot chocolate (or a glass of flat 7-up). The positive effects of exercise on your physical well-being are well documented but did you know it can also massively affect your mental well-being?

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"Are you OK?"

We’ve all seen the insta quote of “Treat your mental health like your physical health xoxo”, but the fact is, they are different. You can’t see Mental Health Problems like you can see a broken leg. Yes you should nurse them at the same importance but one is much harder to identify. Your pal could be quietly suffering behind closed doors but nobody would have a clue because they never ask…

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Advice for Travel Related Anxiety

Travelling with Anxiety is HARD. Between planning everything to the last detail and assuming the worst if anything changes, it can be exhausting AF. I’ve had my fair share of solo trips as well as my period of long term travel so it’s about time I shared some advice for minimising anxiety when it comes to travelling.

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Nearly Losing a Toe in Africa

OK so some people will say that title is exaggerated but they don’t know. It was Day 32 on our Africa Tour and we were on the truck making our way to the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park (try saying that fast!). Our truck was called “Ben” and he had been quite reliable until he took a few days off in Livingstone. The door to the back of the truck had a lock on it one day but not the next.

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2 Nights at Malealea Lodge in Lesotho

The lodge offered both camping facilities and traditional Mud Hut accommodation. We opted to upgrade our camping to a Mud Hut (for 200 RAND pp/pn) since we had been told that it can get VERY cold at night. Lesotho is located about 1800m above sea level no it’s no surprise that it can get a bit chilly. It seems like we lucked out because we had two full days of sun when we were there (end of September time).

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[Life Update 2018] Africa & The First Months of Travel

Hey Pals! Time for a Life Update! I thought an update was long overdue since Africa so here’s your fill. I’ve just finished our 42-day tour in Southern Africa and it was amazing! We saw all of the Big Five animals (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo) and the landscapes were b-e-a-utiful. So the tour took us around 7 countries in 42 days. As you can imagine…

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Holding Hands as a Gay Couple

I disappointed myself. When we were in Portugal, we spent the day at a water park. While we were walking around to get to the slides, Scott held my hand and I felt weirdly uncomfortable and let go. It wasn’t because I’m adverse to affection (we’re normally Velcro’d together) and it wasn’t because I was grumping with him. It was because I didn’t want people to stare at us…

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High Functioning Anxiety - Why I Don't Seem Anxious

People are usually surprised when they find out about my Anxiety Disorder. They can't believe that the same guy who once gave one of the Dreamboys a lap-dance in front of a crowd also walks out of shops in fear of being spoken to. They can't believe that the confident guy who has great work relationships, can also have an anxiety attack at the thought of making a dinner reservation.

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Advice for Anxious Digital Nomads

Obviously, I'm an Anxious Digital Nomad. It goes without saying but if the thought of living a life with constant travel, uncertainty, flexibility and spontaneity scares you a little, you're not alone. Since I decided to travel full time, my mind has been flip flopping between extreme elation (OMG I'm going on a never-ending holiday how fucking cool is that) to the familiar state of extreme panic…

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Plan the Perfect Weekend in Aberdeen, Scotland

Scott and I have become somewhat specialists of planning the perfect weekend stays in Aberdeen. Since Scott lived 30 miles north of Aberdeen and I lived 30 miles south, it quickly became our half way meeting point for spending time with each other. We both had full time jobs in the city center too so the majority of our time was spent living the city life.

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Toilet Terror in Killarney, Ireland

At the start of my journey as a blogger, I thought it would be a smart idea to invest in a ticket to TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange). It's a conference for Travel Bloggers & Industry Professionals to gather from all around the world and network, learn skills and get a bit drunk. It became one of the best decisions I could have made but I'm still amazed I actually did it!

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The 3 Best Things for Mental Health Self Care

I’m in touch with my feelings and emotions, as well as knowing my limits and abilities. Despite this, I can sometimes drop the ball on Mental Health Self Care. Back in 2017, Madalyn Parker tweeted her CEO’s reply to her email about taking a Mental Health Day. He showed compassion and praised her for reminding everyone of the importance of using Sick Days for Mental Health.

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Impostor Syndrome - How I Overcome It.

Feel like you’re “winging it” and it’s a matter of time before someone calls you out? Same here! I first heard of Impostor Syndrome from one of my friends (he’s a Counselor). We were talking about Anxiety and I was ranting about how I didn’t feel like I was good enough to get another job in IT – despite all the good feedback I've had and 5 years of being a top performer in my team.

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