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My summer bucket list for 2016

Probably seems a little excessive to have a bucket list specifically for summer, am I right? Perhaps. I’m pretty sure that’m having a quarter life crisis – I’ve quit my job to go freelance (more on that soon), I’ve decided sleep is for the weak, and I’ve changed my diet.

I don’t think I’ve completely lost it yet, but it’s important to note, these changes aren’t because I’m unhappy – these changes are because I’m scared. I’m totally scared I’m going to wake up one day and I’m going to have realised I’ve wasted my life. That’s why I’m focusing on living, and not putting my career on the back burner.

These aren’t all overly exciting goals, but to me, it’s really important. So here is a list of what I’m hoping to achieve by the end of this summer. I’ll let you in on a secret – it isn’t to get a promotion or to get a pay rise.

Climb Ben Nevis

You may have read my post recently about what an incredible time I had climbing Mount Snowdon last month. This was a real eye-opening weekend for me, because although I appreciate natural beauty and personally think mountains are gorgeous – I’d never actually visited one in the flesh and I had seriously under estimated the scenery.

We climbed Mount Snowdon (you’ll notice I’m using the word CLIMB here), it was super icy, and at least the last 1 – 2 hours we were on our hands and knee, wading though the snow and using our upper body strength to drag ourselves up the mountain. I knew this was going to be challenging; “why don’t you go in the summer?” I heard so many people ask. But the snowy slopes is what I was dreaming of, so this wasn’t an option.

My summer bucket list for 2016 | UK Lifestyle Blog

I’m digressing.. reaching the summit then ascending the mountain in 45mph winds gave me such a rush, and an even better feeling once I’d had a shower and snuggled up by the fire, knowing I’d conquered the mountain and that’s why my legs were aching. Jesus, I make it sound like I climbed Everest – and this is exactly why I’m now infatuated with mountains.


2018-06-04T01:31:15+00:00 April 3, 2016|Travel|

Group China Tour Packing List – 6 Things to Pack for China

Travelling to China can be a testing experience of one’s ability to cope with diverse cultures and massive populations –and how well you know how to prepare for the journey. The purpose of this post is to outline all of the necessary items to bring with you on your journey through China.

Group China Tour Packing List - 6 Things to Pack for China | UK Lifestyle Blog

The Backpack

I am a big fan of telling people to avoid those wheeled suitcases, because often sidewalks are merely obstacle courses, and the wheels don’t fair too well.

And when it comes to backpacks, your best bet is to go for a “clamshell” style bag –giving you non-linear access to the stuff you pack with you on the road. No “first in first out” at the side of the road trying to find that one thing that you packed at the very bottom of your bag.

Some of the best selections for backpacks are made by Osprey and Minaal.

The Paperwork

Of course, if nothing else –before underwear or deodorant—you will need to have your passport and all relevant visas for your China tours for 2016.

In addition to this, it is suggested that you carry photocopies of all your IDs from home, and do not forget any paperwork for prescriptions you bring with you! You never know when a prescription that’s legal back home but is not legal wherever you’re going. Carrying your prescription should keep you in the clear.

Pack Light

Leave room to buy clothes along your journey, as you likely will regardless of what you brought with you. That means go light on the clothing, and stick to staples. Over-packing can add a lot of strain and hassle to a trip, and the benefits of carrying every possible thing you might want to use during your journey is outweighed with down sides.

Merino Wool

China can get hot! Real hot –and humid! Cotton rarely bodes well in Southeast Asia, so be sure to pack merino wool items such as t-shirts, underwear, and possibly a light sweater for night time.

The reason merino wool is a must have is because of its unique naturally occurring antibacterial properties and its ability to wick moisture away from the body. Merino also ages much more gracefully under damaging UV rays, and you can get away with wearing merino longer –much longer than anything cotton, before it starts to feel/look/smell dirty.

Necessary Personal Care Items

It is suggested that you take the following personal care items with you to China to ensure a nice, happy, safe, clean, healthy visit. Bring sunscreen, bug repellent, hand sanitizer, vitamins like “stress tabs” for iron and B complex.

USB Battery Packs

Having network connected devices like smart phones and tablets can make travel feel safer, while providing you a communication lifeline to friends and family back home. Because of all the gadgets the average international traveller brings with them while in transit, it is common to run out of battery juice at inopportune times.

That’s why having a battery pack that your USB devices can plug into and charge from is an incredibly useful thing to pack along for your China trip.

2018-06-04T00:49:19+00:00 April 14, 2015|Travel|

Tips and Travel Hacks for the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the world’s longest railway line which links Eurasia from popular European destinations like Paris and Amsterdam to the heart of Asia: China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and beyond.

And with the growing popularity and predominance of China on the global stage, traffic along the Trans-Siberian railways has been growing and expanding at a never-before-seen rate. With China receiving over 30 million international visitors per year alone, the Trans-Siberian Railway is busy!

Tips and Travel Hacks for the Trans-Siberian Railway | UK Lifestyle Blog

In order to get the most out of the Trans-Siberian rail and to ensure that you have a smooth trip, there are a number of suggestions we would like to make.

Each suggestion has been carefully selected from our friends and esteemed travellers around the globe, with travellers of every walk of life and diverse way of thinking.

We strongly suggest you book your Trans-Siberian trip or tour with a registered agency that specialises in Trans-Siberian tours 2016


If you take a chance on not booking your Trans-Siberian railway journey and playing it by ear, there is a good chance that some parts of your journey may be delayed. It is not uncommon that a number of people will be booking their journey in advance (surprise!) and are likely to fill up all the seats on the train from one point on the Trans-Siberian Railway to another.

Booking in advance will ensure you’re not left behind to find the next available seat along your path.

Our next suggestion is to maximise the limited resources available on the train; bring a metal cup with you to drink the boiled water they have aboard each train car or to make instant coffee, oatmeal, porridge, or noodles. There’s a lot of food items one can make with a little bit of hot water!

Another really great suggestion comes from a more tech savvy “digital nomad”; bring USB battery packs with you. You never know if you won’t have a plug or your voltage adapter will break or fall apart. Having a USB battery pack will allow you to keep your mobile devices charged up so you can continue to stay connected –whether it is for work or for pleasure.

A “digital nomad” is someone who travels for extended periods of time while working from the road, earning a high value currency while spending other currencies day to day –so it is imperative that they’re always connected!

The next suggestion is two-fold and relates to personal hygiene; there are no showers on the Trans-Siberian railway, and you will likely be taking a long journey.

First, bring wet naps to clean in front of the basin in the bathrooms on each train car. Second, consider wearing merino wool clothing items such as underwear, socks, and shirts. Merino wool is naturally antibacterial and will keep odours down while keeping you dry and warm or cool wherever you are, as Merino wool adjusts to your body and surroundings.

Lastly, bring some non-tech games like cards or chess to mingle with neighboring passengers. You’re going to be travelling for a long time so you may as well get to know your neighbors.

Conversation pieces like photos of family or from your journey are also a good idea. Nothing relates the experience of a group of people like photos can.

2018-06-04T00:45:02+00:00 April 10, 2015|Travel|
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