Yaaaay!!

Yaaaay!!

  
I am so touched and beyond grateful that I have reached over 1,000 subscribers just 9 months since I created cuddleyourglobe.com

I’m sure many bloggers out there with a million subscribers wouldn’t miss 1,000, but it means so much to me that this many people take the time out of their precious lives to actually read my material.

So, yaaaay!! And thank you!

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That Flighty Feeling…

… Nothing compares to that feeling you get when you have booked the flights you have been pondering on for several weeks.

I just did it!

Next month, a week in New York City, followed by a trip to Bali and Singapore!

It’s been too long, international travel…

The stranger in a pub and his advice…

The stranger in a pub and his advice…

I love it when you meet a complete stranger and they say something to you…. A simple sentence that just falls from their lips like an old apple from a limp tree branch. But THAT sentence will stay with you forever. The stranger has no idea that their blaze alcohol fuelled babble with give you a piece of advice that will change your life forever.

I was sat in a bar one summers afternoon with a friend and we began chatting to a man who had flown back into the UK from Japan where he has been living for several years, teaching English. Due to our mutual love of exploring the other continents, the conversation drew in towards my favourite subject… ‘Travel’

At this point, I had never travelled alone before and was toying with the idea of booking a long haul solo trip to Asia and Australia for a few months. But! I was in a long term relationship. One that I thought was very happy at the time. I didn’t want to leave him for several months and I discussed this with the stranger.

What he said to me changed my life.

“In five years time, which will you regret more? Not going travelling or risking the relationship?”

Sure enough, five years have passed since that comment. I went travelling. The relationship didn’t last, and I can honestly look back with no regrets because I found my passion in life and I found myself. 

 

The Time I almost Died, White Water Rafting

‘Do one thing every day that scares you!!!’ They said.

I’ve spent my entire life being pretty tame. I once even cried the whole way down an abseiling wall. I’d always liked my feet safely on dry land… Until I travelled. Travel pushes you to your limits. So, whilst in Bali I decided to push the boat out and try white water rafting.

Our guide, a slim, young Indonesian man gave us a quick briefing and explained that when he shouts ‘boom’ we need to duck to avoid fallen trees etc. I recall him saying that if we fall in the water it was ‘bye-bye’, and then he laughed. This didn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

He helped me into the boat with my friend and two Australian teenage boys. They were half my age and lived on the opposite side of the world. In every-day life, we would have absolutely nothing in common. Yet in this hour, smashing through the speeding waters in the jungle, they would become my family.

The start of the rafting was gentle, our boat softly pondering through the waters. Giant, powerful cliffs surrounded us and there would be the occasional family sitting on the banks, farming or making clothes. I could hear rattle snakes and cheerful bird songs. Then things started to speed up…

We each had an oar to help row, but naturally were using it to splash as much water as possible at the passing tourists. The world passed by quickly, my eyes were struggling to keep focus on danger, whilst trying to spot potential water-fight warfare. The rocky, green cliffs were whizzing past me in a hot blur. I believe this is where the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome kicked in… Adrenaline started pulsating around my body. My clothes were soaking wet, my finger nail bent right back and I bumped my helmet-covered head on a rock-wall. All the while, I felt no pain.

A collection of boats had gathered, stuck at the top of a small waterfall in the direction we were headed. Our pathway was blocked except for a large rock protruding from the centre of the waters. We ricocheted from several boats and at high speed slid up the rock and became wedged. Before I even knew what was happening, I felt myself in mid-air, violently flung from my boat. I was face up, watching the sky distance itself from me, aware that beneath my body was a sheer drop into harsh, rocky waters. I wasn’t afraid or worried, I guess it all happened too quickly for anything resembling emotion to settle in me.

In that second, the guide (who was half my size) grabbed onto the shoulder of my life-vest and a large chunk of my hair and pulled me effortlessly back into the boat. He actually saved my life. I couldn’t stop laughing and hugging him.

On my next visit to Bali, what was the first thing I did? Booked myself onto a white water rafting session.

Cheaper Flights in the UK

Cheaper Flights in the UK

The Scottish National Party (SNP) are planning to reduce the APD (air passenger duty) which is a large bulk of the tax we all pay on our flight tickets, by half for all flights departing from Scottish airports. This is an attempt to boost tourism, economy and employment in Scotland.

A one way long haul ticket for an adult out of the U.K. currently has APD of around £73. (£12 for short haul and considerably more in premium cabins). So expect to pay half of these in the future if you fly from the chilly northern country.

What does this mean for Brits?

If you live halfway between Scotland and England, it will be miles more financially beneficial for you to fly from Scotland.

Airlines will likely be encouraged to relocate or increase flights from Scotland in attempt to make revenue.

If you book early enough, trains from parts of the U.K. To Scotland will save you money overall when compared to flying from your local airport.

Feeling Alive in The Dead Sea

Feeling Alive in The Dead Sea

Everybody has heard of the Dead Sea with its infamous mineral products, but how many of you have actually been there?

For those of you who haven’t, these are the fabulous reason why it needs to go to the top of your travel bucket list.

  
It’s the lowest point on Earth at 420 metres below sea level. When you are there it is eerily peaceful and feels like you are in a different atmosphere, a different world.

The Dead Sea has many healing properties. It’s unique minerals and solar build up is known to help heal breathing problems along with chronic skin and joint problems.

A lot of people dislike the regular sea because of the creatures who make it clear we are unwelcome. Well, the good news here is that due to the high salt amount in this stunningly giant ionic compound, nothing can survive so you can swim freely without the worry of being stung nor bitten.

The best bit – you can float! The rumours are true. I can vouch for it as a pretty heavy and tall female, it is impossible to actually stand in the sea. The force of the salt content physically pushes you to the surface so you don’t need a lilo to kick back and read a book.

It is disappearing. The Dead Sea levels are dropping by approximately 1 metre a year. In 200 years it is very likely that the Dead Sea will be just dead. As if you needed another reason to get out there ASAP.

Tips on visiting-

Make sure you do not have any scratches or open wounds when you enter the Dead Sea or you will be sorry you did. Also, leave at least 24 hours after shaving before attempting to enter. Take some jelly shoes (yes the ones you wore as a child!) as the sea bed is very sharp-rocky and slippery. In some hotels it is mandatory to wear them to get in the water.

I actually feel extremely fortunate to have been able to experience the Dead Sea. I would return in a heartbeat and urge you to visit before it’s too late.

  

Feeling Alive in The Dead Sea

Feeling Alive in The Dead Sea

Everybody has heard of the Dead Sea with its infamous mineral products, but how many of you have actually been there?

For those of you who haven’t, these are the fabulous reason why it needs to go to the top of your travel bucket list.

  
It’s the lowest point on Earth at 420 metres below sea level. When you are there it is eerily peaceful and feels like you are in a different atmosphere, a different world.

The Dead Sea has many healing properties. It’s unique minerals and solar build up is known to help heal breathing problems along with chronic skin and joint problems.

A lot of people dislike the regular sea because of the creatures who make it clear we are unwelcome. Well, the good news here is that due to the high salt amount in this stunningly giant ionic compound, nothing can survive so you can swim freely without the worry of being stung nor bitten.

The best bit – you can float! The rumours are true. I can vouch for it as a pretty heavy and tall female, it is impossible to actually stand in the sea. The force of the salt content physically pushes you to the surface so you don’t need a lilo to kick back and read a book.

It is disappearing. The Dead Sea levels are dropping by approximately 1 metre a year. In 200 years it is very likely that the Dead Sea will be just dead. As if you needed another reason to get out there ASAP.

Tips on visiting-

Make sure you do not have any scratches or open wounds when you enter the Dead Sea or you will be sorry you did. Also, leave at least 24 hours after shaving before attempting to enter. Take some jelly shoes (yes the ones you wore as a child!) as the sea bed is very sharp-rocky and slippery. In some hotels it is mandatory to wear them to get in the water.

I actually feel extremely fortunate to have been able to experience the Dead Sea. I would return in a heartbeat and urge you to visit before it’s too late.