Destination Bucket List

25 April 2015

I'm a very lucky girl and have travelled well in my 25 years of being on this planet. I went on my first holiday abroad at the grand age of 1 month old, and I guess I've never looked back. I have my family to thank for my travels - every school holiday, we were jetting off to somewhere, and it's only when you start paying for holidays yourself that you realise how fortunate you actually were in your youth. I've ridden elephants in Thailand, trekked in the Burmese jungle, swum with sea turtles in Mexico, run down sand dunes in Cape Verde, snorkelled with stingrays in the Bahamas and had the most expensive cocktails of my life in Dubai to name just a small few holidays. Blessed is the only word to describe my travels.

However, there are a few places on my bucket list that I would love to visit. I think it's important to have bucket list dreams as they give you something to work towards and focus on, and achieving your dreams is half the fun in life. One of my favourite quotes is 'Your dreams don't work unless you do.' Transun are challenging myself and fellow bloggers to name their top 3 bucket list destinations in the hope of winning an amazing trip to see the Northern Lights. I think to see the Northern Lights would be one of those incredible moments that you always treasure so I have all my fingers crossed.

So, onto my 3 bucket list destinations:

1. Blue Lagoon, Iceland - As long as I can remember, I've wanted to visit Iceland and take a dip in The Blue Lagoon. It's one of the 25 wonders of the world and is made up of geothermal water that springs from 2000 metres below the Earth's surface. It's completely natural and the water is always heated at 37 degrees, so rather like a natural bath. The blue hue of the water comes from the minerals in it, as well as the reflection from the sun, but the colour of the water is actually white like milk! I think it would be incredible to appreciate nature at its finest somewhere like this.

2. St Petersburg, Russia - I remember my dad taking two friends and I to see Anastasia back in 1997, and that was it. I wanted to be singing 'Rumour in St Petersburg' for real. The architecture and history has been something I've read about for years now, and to see the Winter Palace in the flesh would just be something incredible. I also studied Russian history when I was at school and the fall of the Tsar and the Romanov family has kept me fascinated.

3. Montenegro - Lots of people don't even know where Montenegro is, but it's somewhere that's been on my travel bucket list for years. My aunty and uncle have been there a good few times and have said the scenery is just outstanding. There's some beautiful lakes, beaches and cities, and is a true gem in Eastern Europe. My favourite 007 visits Montenegro in Casino Royale, so that's a good enough reason for me to visit!

Hopefully I will get to tick these places off my bucket list over the next couple of years. Which countries or cities do you have on your bucket list? Do you have any recommendations that I should add to mine?

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Studland Beaches

19 April 2015

The weather has seemed to be on my side since moving back to Dorset. I think there's been two days of rain since I've been back, and even then it's only been for an hour or so. The UK has been blessed recently with the weather, and I'm currently sitting cross legged, in the garden, on the trampoline, clad in a new bikini (which is rather cute if I do say so myself) whilst writing this blog post. I couldn't really ask for more right now.

Yesterday, I decided to take Max over to Studland to do a walk around the sand dunes. To get to Studland, you can take the ferry from Sandbanks near Poole, to Shell Bay. The weather was gorgeous and everyone was out doing watersports and boating. It was a joy to see and I found myself getting rather jealous of everyone who owns a jet ski. Studland is pretty much all National Trust, so there are some nice facilities on most beaches. I parked at Shell Bay which is the first car park you come to having got off the ferry and walked along the coast line and sand dunes.

I don't know about other people's dogs, but sand sends Max crazy. He just loves running up and down, back and forth until he inhales half the beach and has to cough up his lungs. It's an attractive affair! However, he has the best time and it makes me happy to see him in his element.

They say you learn something new every day, and I was informed that Studland also is home to seahorses. I've yet to see one there but next time I'm back, I'm going to keep my eye out.

I did a small mini-vlog of my walk with Max yesterday. Apologies in advance for quality..I wasn't using my usual vlogging camera as the moving box with my cameras in are sitting at my parents house. Mega fail.

I hope you have sunny weather wherever you are. I'm going to get back to my sunbathing before going for a nice dog walk with Rosie and Bodhi later.

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Life Lately

4 April 2015

It's Easter Weekend, I have nothing on and it's been a while since I've sat down and wrote about what is going on in my life. Max is snuggled on the throw at the end of my bed, I've got reruns of Friends playing on tv and drinking an electrolyte drink to bring some goodness back into my body. I'm a bit more melancholy than usual but it's just a phase, I'm sure.

Time for an update? Probably.

001. LOCATION: I've moved. Again. I know, I seem to be all over the place all the time. I lived in Dorset for two years a few years ago, and I decided to move back, except this time, I'm based in Bournemouth itself rather than in the sticks. I sorted somewhere to live pretty quickly, it's in a great location and I'm comfortable. Surrey didn't have anything for me any more. I only ever made good memories in Dorset so I've come back in my quest to do just the same.

002. FITNESS: I've been running like crazy. I've always enjoyed to run but something has clicked with me recently and it's just like I can't stop. A bonus is that Max loves to run too, so I can take him with me and we run along the beachfront together. Every day, I've been doing a circuit of between 5k - 13k (depending on how I feel) and I'm feeling really on my game. I've also signed up to a gym in Christchurch (which a certain Rosie recruited me for!) and I'm excited to get back to some training and classes. I'm also a new captain for a ladies football team, so loads in the pipeline.

003. BIRTHDAY: I turned 25 last week and I'm still a bit reflective about the whole thing. I honestly thought I'd be in a different position by the time I turned this age. I had always pictured myself being married with a child on the way, but I'm sure there's another path for me. Despite this, I had some nice celebrations including lots of meals (generally Japanese because I can never eat enough Japanese), some of the nicest cocktails I've ever had, and a surprise afternoon tea at The Sanderson.

004. BEACH: Ok this gets its own section because since moving to the coast, I cannot get enough of the beach. I've always loved the seaside and grew up going to my families beach hut every weekend, but there's something even better about living right by the coast in my twenties. Other than my runs along the front, I've been walking Max there in the evenings to watch the sunset, and just sitting taking in the fresh air and clearing my thoughts. Nothing has given me clarity like the beach has before now and I'm so grateful to live a few minutes walk away.

What have you all been up to? Update me.

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