Travel Bubble Opens Between Australia and New Zealand

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was ripped away from us as we were all sent into lockdown. But today it was officially announced that a trans Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will open. Just in time for Anzac Day.

Of course there will be strict rules in place, including if there is the hint of an outbreak then the doors will be slammed shut again. On a positive note, no quarantine will be required on either side of the Tasman. So travellers can walk straight out the airport and once again enjoy freedom.

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was a thing. The events of 2020 has shown us that putting people close together in small spaces is a haven for spreading disease quickly. Will we see history repeat itself, or has society learned the valuable lesson 2020 brought to us.

Let’s pray that this is the beginning of travel being accessible again so that we can enjoy the beauty and culture our planet has to offer – in a sustainable and mindful way.

A Date with YOU this Valentine’s Day

Self love – to truly love another, one must first love, respect and know thyself.

This week I am posting a piece I wrote for my new upcoming online meditation and holistic health business. On Valentine’s Day, the focus is on showing others love. However, before you can fully appreciate someone else; you must first know yourself.

Do you dread each year when the first signs of Valentine’s Day appear? Everywhere you turn there is some reminder that society is telling us that we need to go out and spend money on things we may not normally spend it on. Such as: fancy dinners, champagne, fine wine, expensive gifts, bouquets of roses and indulging in other unhealthy eating habits and behaviours.

The pressure to create the perfect evening can cause you more stress and have the opposite affect than the one you intend.

❤️ Is this really the way society has embedded it into our minds that this is how to show someone you love them?

🧡 Is this how societal beliefs have led us to show how much we value someone?

💛 Do we believe that if we put others first they will love us and we will feel loved in return?

💚 This Valentine’s Day why not challenge yourself to practice self love?

💙 Why not take yourself on a date? A day and night where you focus on YOU.

It may be unnerving at first, especially when you see lots of couples out on romantic dates. But this Valentine’s Day, you have the opportunity to show yourself love – to put YOU first.

To get you started on planning your perfect date with you, below are some ideas how you can practice self-love on Valentine’s Day.

💕 Party of one for dinner

💕 Movie date night

💕 Indulge in a spa day

💕 Bubble bath and champagne

💕 Dress up for YOU

💕 Send yourself roses (or a gift you will enjoy)

💕 Cook YOUR favourite meal

Connect with your inner self this Valentine’s Day and become a healthier, happier, self-loving YOU. In return, you will discover the power and appreciation of strong love for others. 

If you would like to explore more about my meditation and holistic health venture, hop across to Living a Wholistic Life. I will be offering guided meditations and useful tips on how you can live the best life you dream of.

Five Solo Female Traveller Superpowers

We do not need to be superheroes like Wonder Woman gracing the cinema screens at the moment. As solo female travellers we have unique superpowers of our own. Not just to inspire others, but to empower our own confidence, self development and future careers.

Here are five of the superpowers we possess as solo female travellers that you may not recognise yet.

Increased self-awareness of who we are and how we fit into the world with clarity and harmony. We have the strength and power to be our own architect in life. The ability to design the life we want.

Ability to see differences and similarities in cultures. We learn to connect with people from anywhere and engage in conversations, even in other languages. We have an ability to attract random conversations which allows us to develop life long friendships around the world.

We develop leadership traits such as on the go decision making and negotiation skills. We learn quickly how to get the best prices, but respectfully.. We learn how to problem solve and make on the spot decisions in those times when things do not go to plan.

Our self confidence increases along with the capability to handle anything thrown our way. Including the ability to say no and not feel guilty. Most importantly, we develop heightened intuition to know when a place or person does not feel right and know that it is time to move on.

We know how to enjoy the moment of being with ourselves and have the ability to laugh at everything. We know how to be present in our surroundings and appreciate life without judgement.

A New Year – Stocktake your Career

As the champagne bubbles fade and a new year is born, it is time to reassess what our goals will be for the year ahead.  The new year is a good time for re-assessing your career is on the right path.  A time to make sure that what you do makes you happy and drives you to achieve every day. Imagine your career is like a Christmas present. When you unwrap it does it give you a sense of purpose, drive your passion and give you a nice life? Or do you feel disappointed, disengaged and long for something more.? If you answered yes to the latter, it is time to reassess your goals and put yourself back on the path  which makes you happy. Continue reading “A New Year – Stocktake your Career”

La Bafana Giorno

In Italy, Christmas continues until 6 January which is a national holiday celebrated as the Feast of Epiphany across the country. It marks the end of the Christmas season and celebrated with the birth of baby Jesus to the Magi (known as the three wise men). However, since the fourth century the birth of Jesus was moved to 25 December as we know it today. Continue reading “La Bafana Giorno”

Beginners Guide to Cairns

Cairns is the gateway to the a Great Barrier Reef and popular all year around with visitors and local Queenslanders alike. While international travel is still a fair way off, Australians are taking the opportunity to explore their own country. While in Cairns it is best to get out of the city during the day and explore up and down the coast from the coast through to the rainforests. Continue reading “Beginners Guide to Cairns”