Now this is what happens when I go shopping in bookstores 😂 I totally get side tracked with awesome little bits and bobs. This time all of the items that caught my attention were travel related. Guess I’m already experiencing withdrawal symptoms after being in one place for over a month. So here is a short post about perfect gift ideas for your travel loving friends!


Unique suitcase
Scratch-off city scavenger hunt
Ööloom face blanket
Any Lonely Planet book
Adventure water bottle

Traveling solo might seems like a loner concept, but in all honesty it is just the opposite. This particular way of travel has been the best decision in my life! Here’s why…

say hello to you!

When you haven’t had a decent meal in ages and your feet are killing you from walking all day, then the only person to deal with your cranky ass is You. When you have no idea where to go, 20kg on your shoulders and a dead phone battery, then the only one to save the day is You. These are the moments when you truly start to understand who you are and what you are actually capable of. It is a beautiful start to a long lasting friendship – the one you have with yourself!


Dancing until the wee hours of morning by the canals of Amsterdam with crazy Asians. Taking the hitchhiking virginity of an Ozzie with a MINI Cooper owning Italian couple on the countryside roads of Italy. Falling in love under the lights of Notre Dame when your fingers meet a fellow soul. Friends, adventure, love, these are not lines out of a book, this is what traveling solo feels like. It brings so many beautiful people into your life that it is hard to stop smiling just remembering them all right now.

And yes, who says you might not experience it all when traveling with friends or family, but will you? Will you step out of character, out of your comfort zone and let go?


You don’t feel like getting up early, going to a particular museum, eating in a fancy restaurant? Don’t worry, you don’t have to. Solo traveling entails no compromises, no arguments, no agenda. It is pure freedom to do what ever your soul craves for in that particular moment in time. So sleep in or don’t. Party or don’t. This is your adventure, you decide how it will go!IMG_4613_2_2

So my dear loved ones, who worry about me each time I get on a plane/train/boat, I assure you, you need not worry. Every time I travel solo, I embark on a journey filled with everything mentioned above.

Safe travels my lovelies and see you around the world 😉

Life is short, smile while you still have teeth!

I am a firm believer in the power of happiness. So when I came across a book that had a smiling manifesto in it, I couldn’t help but be excited. The book in question is a quirky little novel by Lucy-Anne Holmes and it is called “Just A Girl Standing In Front of A Boy”. The main character Fanny struggled with depression so her super awesome best friend decided to create a list that she had to follow every single day. That list was called The Smiling Fanny Manifesto.


Now I truly believe that the ten mandatory steps covered in the manifesto will make for a funner (I want this word to exist so badly) and better life, so I decided to share this particular bit of information.

The Smiling Fanny Manifesto

  1. Phone a friend. You can always call me. Just say, “I am calling you because I have to tick it off my list.” And then we can chat about the usual: what we shall name our future children, our top five sandwich fillings, what you would say to Robbie Williams if you bumped into him on the street.
  2. Grow something – not like something different every day, just always have something growing, like a plant! (Mould on an old cup of tea doesn’t count!!!!)
  3. Count your blessings – before bed you have to think of things from the day that were good and that you’re grateful for. One, very random, off the top of my head example could be “my best friend, Philippa”!!!
  4. Have a face-to-face conversation with somebody. Skype doesn’t count, you actually have to leave the house – it could just be, “Lovely day, today, isn’t it? Do you know what the forecast is for tomorrow?” to the man in the corner shop.
  5. Give yourself a treat (doesn’t have to cost money – a nice bath, a trip to the charity shop to try out new outfits, that sort of thing).
  6. Laugh – my favorite – see attached gift!!! (editor note: the gift was 3 DVDs of Fanny’s favorite stand-up comedians live routines)
  7. Exercise (can just be a ten-minute walk round the block).
  8. Smile or say hello to a stranger (has to be a different person to number 4).
  9. Do a kind deed – either helping someone or going out of your way to be nice to someone.
  10. Watch no more than two hours of telly a day.

Doesn’t it seem like a good idea to try these out? It could be fun. 😀 Let me know in the comments if you would dare to start doing the smiling manifesto!