I haven’t travelled to another country for the last 3 months. I think this may be the longest I have stayed put since I became a travel blogger. Granted, I was sort of busy. I had a blog to relaunch, I moved to another country, extended my freelance work in Oz, needed to find a house – just a few small things. Moving to this MASSIVE ISLAND means it can be a little costly and timely to get off it, but there is heaps to explore here too – I’ve already squeezed in trips to Melbourne, Brisbane and a conference on the Gold Coast.
But whilst I am loving living in Sydney I need a change a scenery and there are a few things I would like to do before turning 30 this December.
So from this Friday the jaunts begin.
Firstly I’m hopping on a plane to London and spending some time in my homeland. There’s some special family functions happening that I want to be a part of (including a new arrival) and we’ll be holding some early birthday celebrations for me (because two months out is never too early to start, right?) I’m looking forward to catching up with friends and doing a bit of shopping on the good old British high street (in particular, I want some new pants from M&S because you just can’t beat them on quality or price. Don’t suppose you needed to know that though..) I’m also in town for the World Travel Market and will be attending a gazillion meetings and networking events as well as co-hosting an event with one of the companies I work with.
Although I’m doing the journey to the other side of the world all in one go on the way out, I am breaking up the journey back to Sydney with a stopover in Singapore. Singapore is somewhere I have briefly visited in a terrible rush a few years ago (I got a taxi there from Kuala Lumpur after a mix up with the buses – a long story that I’ll be sharing in a book one day) so I am looking forward to going back and exploring in a more dignified manner. I’m do a group trip with a small number of bloggers and the agenda includes the Botanical Gardens and Gillman Barracks, as well as all the street food we can consume. If you have any tips for me (especially with regards to the local markets) please do share them in the comments below.
Then in December I’ve booked a trip for the big 30. As I live on the opposite side of the earth to most of my friends and family a party wasn’t really an option. Instead I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday in a destination I’ve visited a couple of times but can’t help being drawn back to.
I’m going to Thailand!
As some of you know I spent my twenties discovering 40 different destinations. I loved at least 1 thing about every one of them but the place that charmed me in ways I never expected was Thailand. I love the people, the beaches, the curry, the massages.. When people ask me my favourite place I want to have something cooler to say than Thailand, but out of everywhere I’ve been this is the place I want to return to.
I’ve travelled it twice as a single girl so feel very lucky to be returning this time with my partner. We’re heading to Krabi, an area I am yet to explore and one I have drooled over everytime someone wrote about it. We’ll have a few nights near Railay (haven’t booked it yet so tips welcome) enjoying boat trips and diving before hiding away at Anantara Si Kao and doing a lot of nothing. (I couldn’t think of a prettier place to just be than here.)
So that’s the last few months of my twenties – returning to 3 much-loved countries and making plans for my thirties.
Tune in here to see how it goes.
PS If you could have your pick, where would you choose to turn 30? I’m intrigued to know!