Tuesday, 12 April 2016

On Staying Still.

Margaret River ice cream

This time two years ago my application for an Australian working holiday visa was accepted. It was about half past ten at night, I was in by myself and I did some weird little jumpy up and down dance. I rang Jody to tell him OMG IT'S ACTUALLY HAPPENING then I couldn't get to sleep because I was just so darn excited about life. The next 7 months included a lot of saving and OMG ONLY X MONTHS UNTIL WE GO. Then we hopped on the plane, spent 12 months dicking around and well, now we're home.

Sure I could have stayed in Oz for a another 12 months but I really, really hated farm work so there's no way I'd have done 3 months of that. After rocky start when I first got home, I've now pretty much accepted the fact that I'm back in Yorkshire. It doesn't bother me too much really.

After such a crazy 2015 I think it's good to take a break. Jody and I went on a grand total of 12 planes last year - That's more planes than some go on in a lifetime - and covered a shit tonne of ground in the time we were away.

2016 going to be about taking it steady. I'm going to stay put in the UK this year with no immediate plans to leave. Don't get me wrong if I can afford to squeeze in a cheeky trip to Europe, I will do, but it's not the end of the world if I don't. I've got trips within the UK planned, some gigs and festivals to attend and I'm going to be a first time Auntie in May so there's that to look forward too. We're also moving out in a couple of months so that's my No.1 priority at the moment.

I'm not entirely sure how to have a mainly travel based blog if I'm not doing much travelling but I'm sure I'll work it out. I'm going to take full advantage of being in the UK and devote my weekends to exploring my own backyard and all the national trust sites so I'm sure I'll be sharing my mini adventures on here. I might even try and go on my first trip to Ireland if there's enough money in the pot spare.

I've got enough going on at the moment to keep me pretty occupied so being home isn't the end of the world. So many people I met whilst travelling were fascinated with the UK and now I'm home I can see why -  I'm looking at being home as a new adventure, seeing the UK with fresh eyes.


Are there any places within the UK that you guys are particularly in love with? Recommendations are very welcome!



  1. As an American, I would want to visit all the castles in England spend some time in Brighton. It looks so pretty and relaxing there!

    - Courtney

    1. I know I love the abundance of castles here, I haven't been to nearly enough considering what a history nerd I am! Thanks for the comment xx

  2. I remember this stage and am still the same now I suppose. All the travelling we do in another country makes us realise how little we've done in our own and also how close everything is together here! Though to be honest I had all these grand ideas but haven't done most of them! I hope you follow through on your ideas better than I did!
    Amy at Amy & More

    1. I know, I've never been to Ireland! I think I'm pretty good at sticking to my guns so I hope i'll be able to get to some new places over the next few months, having a car definitely helps! Thanks for the comment x

  3. I'd love to do 12 months in Australia, it sounds like an amazing thing to do, someone I went to school with went over with work to help rebuild Christchurch [although that's New Zealand.. but you'll see my point] but he said it was amazing to spend the months away from the UK [That was my point]. I think I'd just love to spend an elongated time away from the UK anywhere if I'm honest.. congrats in advance on becoming a first time aunt too!!

    I hope you are well x
    Jamie-Leigh x x x

    1. Australia was amazing! I loved it so much and now I'm home New Zealand is definitely next on my hitlist. Thank you for your comment xx

  4. What an incredible year you must have had! don't worry you will find adventures close to home too =o)


    1. Thank you :) I'm really enjoying exploring the UK, just as shame the weather isn't quite as nice as the weather in Australia!