• Birthday Cupcakes
    Travel: Wanderlust

    The 40 Before 40 Travel Challenge

    So last week was my 32nd birthday. It was a pretty quiet affair, with a few friends and family for a chilled out Sunday BBQ. Birthdays to me are always a time to reflect upon what I have achieved and lessons learned, but also moving forwards towards new goals and targets. Mainly, travel more! So here I am setting myself a travel challenge. Over a business lunch, my manager mentioned that she was travelling to Malta as part of her personal 50 countries before she turns 50 years old list. It got me thinking that I could set myself a goal over the next eight years to bring up my total number…

  • Travel: Wanderlust

    What Makes A Bucket List?

    The term is thrown around very casually, and it seems that everyone has heard of a bucket list but what is it? Generally, the most common description is a list of all the things you want to try, goals you want to achieve and life experiences you want to have before you die. Simple right? But where do you even start? First, start by really defining what you want in a Bucket List? You can have numerous different bucket lists, whether they are from your home country or places to visit or things to see. Bucket lists make you stop and think what you want to experience in this lifetime. Bucket…

  • Destination: United Kingdom

    Liverpool And The First Emperor Exhibition

    Liverpool is home to one of the oldest and largest’s Chinese communities in Europe. The majority of Chinese migrants arrived in the 1830s, with the trade routes of silk, cotton and wool opening, and more arriving with established shipping lines.  The commercial shipping line created strong trade links between the cities of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Liverpool; mainly importing silk, cotton and tea. Liverpool is still a twinned city with Shanghai. From the 1890s onwards, small numbers of Chinese began to set up businesses catering to the Chinese sailors and some married working-class British women, resulting in many British-born Eurasian Chinese being born in Liverpool. Liverpool’s China Town The Liverpool…

  • Rainbow Parachute In Front Of White Cloud
    Destination: Africa

    Skydiving Over Cape Town

    The shutter door rolls up on the right-hand side of the small aircraft, hovering 9000ft above Cape Town, revealing an expanse of baby blue sky with a spattering of fluffy white clouds. The cold air sweeps in, causing goosebumps. Knees weak, palms sweaty. The skydiving tandem jumper issues his last instructions ‘Bend your knees under the plane, lend back and roll out‘. A short drive from Cape Town is a small airfield home to a well-established skydiving company. They have been operating out of Cape Town and nearby Stellenbosch. The sun beats down on the runway, as divers are meticulously folding parachutes. The place is empty of tourists, and the…

  • Destination: Africa

    Shark Diving in Gansbaai

    The brisk salt air of the South Atlantic Ocean nips as it fills the lungs, in contrast with the gentle swaying of the small diving boat. Twenty minutes out at sea from Gansbaai, an eight-man diving cage attached to the side of the vessel, is ominously lowered. ‘Remember, do not put your hands outside of the cage‘ shouts our guide over the sudden flurry of activity of squeezing into wetsuits. In seeing the immense shadow of a Great White Shark materialises next to the boat, the additional warning was unnecessary. The small town of Gansbaai in South Africa, 100km south-west of Cape Town, is famed for its Shark Diving Tourism,…

  • Photography: How To Guides

    Are Photography Projects and Challenges Useful?

    As we bring in the new year, a lot of casual photographers make a New Year’s Resolution to get out there and take more photos. Some ways that photographers do this is by selecting a ‘photography project’ to focus and motivate them while giving them new ideas on subjects and techniques. This can be quite a good idea, but with so many out there, it can be quite a challenge to find the one that is the best fit. Project 365 Project 365 is probably the photography project that you have heard and seen most about, with the hashtag #project365. There is no other prerequisite, to take a new image…

  • Destination: Oceania

    Bucket List – Bungee Jumping

    A bungee/bungy jump is something that I always wanted to do and living in New Zealand, home of the world’s first permanent commercial bungee site near Queenstown; I knew that this is where I would need to take the leap of faith! Bungee jumping has its origins on the small Pacific island of Vanuatu, where young men would dive off tall platforms with vines attached to their ankles, as a rite of passage into adulthood. Kawarau River As a celebration of completing my degree, I decided to do the jump at Kawarau River in Queenstown. This site has been open since 1988 (almost as old as me!), and at only 43m…