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Finding out about your family and where you come from is always something special. Discovering that your great great Grandfather was a world war two veteran and spent over three years in a prisoner of war camp in Japan is something else. So, when my nan rang me one day telling me she had an idea for my blog, I was all ears. After sitting for hours, flicking through photo albums and death certificates, I decided that I needed to tell the story of my great great Grandfather Charles Thomas Gunton. Here is the life and legacy of a ww2 hero… I’ve decided to write everything I learnt about Charles Gunton in the form of an interview with my nan. After all, I discovered everything I knew about him from my nan and I wanted to keep some of her words alive. Who was Charles Thomas Gunton and what was…

For too long now, travelling the world has always been associated with wealth. It is a dream that can only come true if you are born rich and have unlimited funds to splash on hotels, cruises and flights. However, for just as long the poorer people have also been making their way around the globe. But how does someone with a limited amount of money travel the world? The secret is to save as much money as possible before your departure and then budget your finances during your trip. You may not be able to stay in luxurious villas and party on yachts, but you will still be able to see the world and experience things you wouldn’t if you stay at home. This post will provide you with top tips on how to save money to travel the world. Visualise the kind of life you want The first step…

Heading off on a new adventure means you need to plan what you are going to take along with you. Are you going on a summer holiday and will need to pack swimwear? Or are you going on a camping trip where you will need to pack a tent full of items? Regardless, every trip is different and therefore you will need to take different things with you. However there are some products that you should take travelling with you as they will make your life easier. Read on to find out which 10 products you need to take travelling with you in 2019.

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Packing Cubes

If you like to stay super organised when you are travelling then one of the best things for you to purchase is a set of packing cubes. Packing cubes are pretty self-explanatory. They are cubes that you can separate your clothes, toiletries and other items into. These are extremely helpful at knowing exactly where everything is in your suitcase, they also make your suitcase look super neat and organised. Also, if you prefer to travel with a backpack, it means you don’t have to rummage around in your sack for too long. You simply pull the right packing cube out and from there it’s easy.

A Camera

A camera is not a necessary product to take travelling with you but in my experience it enhances your experience. Think about a trip you went on a couple of years ago and ask yourself how much you can remember about that trip. As the years go on you remember less and less. However if you had some nice photographs to look back on then you can almost relive your memories long after you returned from your trip.

One of the best cameras to take with you on holidays where you will be in water or holidays full of adventurous activities is the GoPro. This little camera is very small, meaning you can fit it anywhere. Also, it can now shoot 4k which is an added bonus.

However one of the disadvantages of a GoPro is that it only shoots wide angled shots. If you’re more interested in an affordable camera that takes high quality photos and can zoom then the Canon G7x is a good camera to opt for.

Power bank

One item that I cannot go without is a power bank. When I’m travelling around in a new city, I need a fully charged phone and camera. There’s nothing worse than when your camera dies and you really want to carry on taking photographs or you’re lost and you need a charged phone to use google maps. Me and my partner also tend to opt for digital tickets for trains, attractions and boarding passes and so we really need to make sure our phones are fully charged.

Universal Adaptor

Whenever you travel to a new country you need to make sure that you have a power adaptor that fits the countries plug sockets. Most countries power sockets vary and so if you want to use your chargers you will need to a take an adaptor. I used to always purchase separate adaptors for every country I visited until I discovered that you can  purchase a universal adaptor that has multiple options to fit multiple socket types. This is particularly ideal if you are going on a long trip and will be visiting multiple different countries. It saves you having to carry around multiple adaptors.

Money Belt/ Bum Bag

One of my favourite items that I always wear when I am travelling anywhere is my bum bag (or ‘fanny pack‘). It is perfect for when you’re going through airports or train stations because all the important stuff is so easily accessible. Passport, money, bank cards are all good things to keep in your bum bag. This also makes those important items more secure because they are right in front of you. A thief will have a harder time stealing those items when they’re in your bum bag than if they were with your other luggage.

A male alternative, or something that may be easier for men to wear, is a money belt. This is because often men wear shorts that can easily conceal it. This little device is a belt with a secret pocket that you can wear on your waist under your clothing. Not only is this a perfect place to hide money, but you can also purchase waterproof money belts that you can wear in the water.

A Dry Bag

A popular item to travel with, especially if you’re heading to hot countries where you will be around the water a lot of the time, is a dry bag. These are bags that are waterproof and can keep your stuff dry when you are: at the beach, on a boat trip and/or round a swimming pool. These can come in many different sizes dependent on what you are planning to put in them.

Extension lead

Another extremely useful travel hack that was recently brought to my attention is to take an extension lead on holiday with you. This means that you only have to take/purchase one adaptor as opposed to however many plug sockets you would need. This is particularly useful if you are traveling with a family and everyone needs a plug socket to charge their phone. Perhaps if you are travelling solo then this may not be something you would need to take travelling with you.

A Good Book

This is just a personal preference but I can not go anywhere without a good book to keep me entertained on long journeys. I usually like to read something travel related or about characters that are going on adventures. One of the last books I read was by one of my favourite YouTubers Psychotraveller and it was about her journey on a working holiday visa in Australia. I have given this book a review and you can read this here if you would like.

Waterproof cover for your backpack

This item isn’t essential but it is a good purchase if you are going to be walking around with a backpack on your back. If it rains whist you are outside with your backpack then without a waterproof cover your backpack and its contents would get wet. This is the last thing you would want as it may make all your clothes smell damp. One simple solution is to purchase a waterproof cover for your back.

Travel Pillow

Last but not least, one product that you should always travel with is a travel pillow. They come in many variations and it can prevent you getting a sore and tender neck on long journeys. A lot of travel pillows can be rolled into small packaging which you can easily tie onto your backpack. This way you do not need to use up your luggage space.

Travelling is a lot more accessible than it was fifty years ago and we only have the internet to thank for that. More people are being educated on working holiday visas by social influencers and searching online means you are more likely to find cheap flights. However, becoming educated on travel is not the only reason that backpacking is increasingly popular. Having a decent laptop is resulting on people using an online presence to work their way around the world. With a little bit of creativity, there are many ways you can utilise the internet to your advantage. Here is just 5 businesses that allow you to travel the world.  YouTube Uploading travel vlogs onto YouTube is one way a lot of backpackers have made enough money to continue their adventures around the globe. After establishing a following on YouTube and other social networking sites such as Instagram, travel vloggers…

Manchester in all it’s glory is a big place. So, understandably there is a huge amount of things to do in Manchester and things to see in Manchester. You may be wishing to visit Manchester for the Coronation Street tour or to see a football match at Old Trafford, but I’m here to tell you that there is so much more that Manchester has to offer. Nicknamed the capitol of the North there is bound to be a few Hidden Gems of Manchester that you are unfamiliar with… Frog and Bucket Comedy Club If you are moving to Manchester or you are visiting on the right day of the week, the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club is a nice relaxed night out. This comedy club is always hosting new talent and you get to watch up and coming acts from as little as ten pound. Or if you are a student you…

What do we think about when we think of spring? Daffodils, sunshine and longer days? Poets write about the spring time for many reasons; it is a beautiful time of the year. A cold and gruesome winter has just ended, and festival season is just around the corner. There are endless reasons to be excited for the Spring time, but for some reason Summer is the season that people get most excited about. Sure, if you’re still in education then you get freedom for month or more but, lets not forget the summer days where the heat is too unbearable to do anything. Summer is the season for everyone to jump on the plane and go on holiday, however, I thought I’d share my thoughts on why Spring is the best time of year to travel. The Weather One of the main reasons I think Spring is the best time…

When another year comes around, there is always the usual people claiming, ‘New Year, New Me’ and for some reason others complain about this. They claim that each new year is the same and you don’t become a new person over night. I disagree with this. I think that the New Year is a perfect time to decide what positive changes you will make in your life. Sure, a lot of people don’t stick to them for very long. But a new year brings new opportunities and experiences and everything is so exciting in January – anything can happen. I predominantly started my blog so that in years to come, I could read back at my posts and reflect on them. So, I’ve decided to write a post explaining all what I am looking forward to in 2019. One day, I may reflect and see if any of this stuff I’m about to ramble on about actually happened.

Graduation

This year is the year that I graduate (hopefully) from university and it’s about time. If you’ve followed me for some time, you are probably aware that me and academia do not see eye to eye. I’m not going to get into all the reasons that I see university as a controlling and uncaring institution. If you would like to read more about that then you can do so in my post about why university is not for everyone.

Anyway, in May I will submit my last piece of academic work ever. This is a huge relief for me because doing something that you hate for so long can really take an impact on your mental health. You’re probably thinking: if you hated it that much, why didn’t you just quit? Well the short answer to this is I hate leaving anything half done at the best of times. Let alone something that I have spent thousands of pounds on. With the end of university brings freedom for me for many reasons…

Business

This year my partner will fully launch his web design and marketing business and I will be working on it with him. I am going to specialise in social media marketing and writing for SEO. Me and my partner are incredibly excited about this because this business will hopefully give us the freedom to work in any corner of the world. After working in retail for many years, it will be a huge relief to stop working for someone else and start working for myself. Instead of being paid by the hour, we will get to control how much money we earn by how much work we’re willing to do. I am so excited to learn a lot more about the online world in doing this. There is also another reason I am excited about this opportunity…

I am going home

After living away from Essex for three years, I will be back spending a significant amount of time back at home. Me and my partner will move there after my house contract ends and so I will get to spend some real time with my family and hopefully reconnect with some friends I lost contact with. This isn’t a permanent residence as me and my partner will be jetting off to Australia to begin our one year working holiday visa as soon as we have the funds for it. Regardless, I just cant wait to really be in a routine of seeing everyone again rather than spending a week at home every few months. This of course means I get to walk my two dogs every day, which I love more than anything.

Travel

My travel plans this year entirely depends on how much money I have in the bank. This year I begin saving for a year long trip to the other side of the world, however I always have the itchy feet to travel and so I don’t doubt there will be a holiday or city break somewhere between now and the end of the year. Me and Neil know that we will have a holiday this summer but we are still torn between places to visit. We know we want a summer holiday under the sun and close to a beach, however we don’t want the hotel to be in the middle of nowhere as we are very active people and love to be doing something all the time. I’m sure we will find something and so I will stuck at the gym till then working on my summer body

Anyway, those are the main things I am looking forward to in 2019. I’m sure new opportunities and experiences will find their way towards me but for now I am looking at the year with excitement but also nerves. Doesn’t everyone graduating university feel nervous about what life will throw their way next?

Comment below what your goals for 2019 are and what adventures you have in store – I’d love to hear them!