HOW TO STAY FIT AND HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING

I have uploaded my latest video with tips to stay fit and healthy while traveling. Long term travel especially solo travel is extremely tough at times and to then fall down with a sickness is really a test of ones whole being.  After contracting a tropical virus whilst overseas I have complied a list of things to do to avoid sickness whilst on the road.

 

Honeybadventures nominated for Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Travel is in my bloodline. I come from a generation of travelers and have  family living in Canada, Jamaica, America, France ,Australia, Saudi Arabia and England. It is not a hobby, it is a lifestyle choice and traveling and working overseas in the most incredible of places is how I have chosen to live my life. I started this blog and do very little in regards to publicizing so I am chuffed to be nominated for an award by another blogger called Megan who runs The traveling teacher.   

Like myself she travels and works within education her blog gives handy tips for people who travel and she has so far covered luxurious locations such as the Caribbean, Peru, China, Paris and the Amazon. Teachers salaries don’t stretch massively but with her tips you will be buzzing around the world.

 

What is the Liebster award?

The Liebster award is like a chain letter of Love. Liebster is a German world meaning several different things beloved, sweetheart, dearest. It is an award that exists solely online and you need to be nominated by another blogger. So now it’s my turn to spread some ‘Ich Liebe Dich (I love you).  The only sentence I can recall from High School Deutsch.

Question and Answer Time!

What was your first travel destination?

My first travel destination without the parents was when I was 16.  I went backpacking for 2 weeks across Eastern Europe with my friends Nicola and Naomi. We went to Poland, Hungary, Bratislava, Vienna, and Czechoslovakia. It really was a great trip and huge learning curve.

Whats the scariest most extreme thing you have ever done?

I think the scariest thing I have ever done was skinny dipping in the Gulf in the Northern Territory. It is crocodile infested and I can’t swim. I didn’t feel scared at the time … (only that  night when I saw a dozen glistening eyes peering at me on the beach). I then thought… oh they really are in the sea.

Who inspires you to travel the world?

My brother. The last conversation before he suddenly passed away was us talking about travel. He wanted to go to Ohio and I wanted to live in Australia.  He said ‘go do it’….. So I did and I have never looked back.

 

If you can go anywhere in the world where would it be?

This is really hard for me to answer because there are still a lot of places I want to visit. I don’t want to give a cliche answer because a lot of locations really are accessible. I have visited every continent except the Antarctic.  I would love to travel the whole of Africa. Visas are really difficult to get for some of the countries within Africa and some parts are really dangerous. But it’s so beautiful and untouched.

 

 

What is the best memory you have had whilst traveling?

Being out in the middle of the Indian Ocean for a week on a commercial fishing boat. You can’t buy that experience. I was out at sea with no WiFi just the ocean and the crew. The marine life is amazing! Unreal. I loved hearing the sound of the ocean at night and being rocked to sleep by the waves.

 

What was the last country you visited?

Canada- Vancouver BC and Whistler. Write up coming soon!

 

If you could take anyone on your travels who would it be?

My nephew because he would love some of the places I have been to. He was talking about Chinese New Year a few weeks ago. I told him how I celebrated Chinese New Year in Singapore. Secondly, my mum she is not really one for travel, but I would like her to see the locations I have seen. I do miss at times sharing my travel experiences with someone.

Top 3 favourite places you have been?

  1. Maldives  (the sea life is amazing)
  2. Brazil ( beaches food culture and dancing)
  3. Western Australia (The coast line and history as you travel further up the coast is unreal)

 

 

What is the most amazing thing you have seen whilst traveling?

I was invited on to Aboriginal closed land (closed to tourism). I was sitting on the beach under a whistling tree and I watched 2 young local girls spear fishing. It was like a ritual dance the way they spun round and hurled the spears into the ocean as the sun set. It was just so incredible to see.  For me that is what travel is all about.  Watching people in their natural habitat continuing traditions.

 

What piece of advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

You are on the right path. Live your life for you.

 

Now I would like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:

Sharon Janssens is from Belgium and loves travelling her blog is below

traveleatenjoyrepeat.com

Gabrielahereandthere  A Vegan female travel blogger and photographer who is on a mission to visit every country in the world. Her latest blogs posts are about her travels through Africa.

thriftyfamilytravels.com  Melissa runs the blog traveling with her partner and child. She gives tips on how to travel within a budget to far flung locations and with a child.

 

The questions I would like you to propose to your nominees are as follows

  1. Where was the last place you traveled to?
  2. What’s the weirdest thing you have experienced whilst travelling so far?
  3. If I handed you an open plane ticket, where would you go?
  4. What inspired you to start blogging?
  5. Are you a planner or a spontaneous traveler?
  6. What would be your number one piece of advice be for first time travelers?
  7. What would your ideal job be?
  8. Describe yourself in 3 words.
  9. Which post of yours is your absolute favorite and why? (Share it here!)
  10. Advice to other bloggers?

 

Black Travelers Warned Against Traveling To Europe

Racism is still an issue in this day and age. There is no getting around that and as long as this world exists and people are different there will always be racism prejudice and sexism. As well as a whole host of other things. As a black female and most importantly a ‘Global Citizen’ of this world. I think its important to shed truth and light in what can be at times a dark place.

I have been traveling in total for 16 years and the past 3 years on my own. These travel expeditions have taken me through the Middle East, India, South East Asia, South America, USA,  Australia and  Europe.  I have been lucky enough to visit some of the most remote islands on the planet. Islands and countries where men dominate. This has not and will never hold me back from visiting a country. I have never been one to shy away like a wall flower and want to inspire and instill confidence in to others that want to travel.

I feel as though I hold a great responsibility being female young and black. Most of the countries I have visited especially in the Asia region and Eastern Europe, black people are a ‘rare’ ‘exotic’ even ‘alien’.  Peoples preconceived ideas of what black people are like are based on old archaic  wives tales especially among the older generations. Therefore I feel that when I visit countries where they may have never seen a black person in their life. That I hold a responsibility to educate them and be a real life example of what we are as a race.  Breaking judgements that we are uneducated, violent and all live in Africa.

Then on the flip side I want to educate my race that are fearful of traveling to certain countries because they might get attacked stared at bullied, robbed murdered because of the color of their skin.

I am not the only female traveler who is working hard to break these judgemental stereotypes or fabricated stories on both sides of the fence. I get emails and messages weekly from people all over the world to find out what it is really like in Asia being black. I have these questions from both black and white people.

So with this in mind imagine how infuriating it is to  see this video filtering out of the US of A. Fear mongering hate led video. Which is frankly disgusting for Europeans, Asia and black people.  Americans and statistically Black African Americans/ Latinos are the demographic that are least likely to venture out of their country due to fear.

Fear that is fueled by propaganda led tit- heads that have their own agendas. Not only that, it puts other countries and millions of people in a bad light. Videos like this are spread and used to keep people where they are.

In this age more than ever before, we need to turn off the television open our eyes and go and see for ourselves. I am not saying that racism and racist low life don’t exist. Far from it I have experienced racism on many occasions. But as someone who has been to Spain on my own more than 10 times and been to most of these countries and have friends from most of these countries in the video. I am saying it is a stark exaggeration and one that is meant to instill fear and keep people put.

.This video has been viewed over 2.2M times. What are your thoughts?

 

 

In Search of A Unique Holiday

 

A few of my girlfriends have inspired me to create an exciting list of unique holidays.  It is a unique activity in itself visiting a new country but I think more travelers are wanting to spend more time exploring new  hobbies during their vacations and reconnecting with their passions.

We spend so much time leading hectic lifestyles and worrying about bills, life commitments and  the future in general,  that it can be hard to find time for ourselves outside of our duties.

It is important to take time for ourselves and remember who we are outside of the title of breadwinner, parent, employee, partner that is why there are a surge of people opting more for the experience holidays because they simply don’t have the time in ”real life” for recreation.   Below is a list of popular activity holidays:

 

Meditation Retreat

Mediation retreats are highly popular and can be found almost anywhere these days. A lot of retreats have been watered down and are really not the principles and teachings of meditation.

If you want an authentic meditation experience then Vipassana Meditation is a centre I would highly recommend. Location centres are worldwide.  Goeneka Vipassana is great for beginners who are new to meditation. The whole process is explained and the most popular retreat lasts for 10 days. The retreat is not for the faint -hearted. A typical day starts at 4am -9.30pm with no talking or communication with anyone but the teacher for 10 days.  Time is spent in silent meditation which is meant to help eradicate our own sufferings purify our minds and enlighten us to live life  more positively.  Basic food and board are provided and payment is by a form of donation. Here is a link to the Vipassana Meditation Centre

Another Mediation Centre which has been recommended to me is one in the foothills of Thailand. Chiang Mai. Again the principals of donation and silent meditation are the same. This retreat however is probably more for those that are more familiar with meditation.

Yoga Retreat

Yoga retreats are for everyone from beginners to the advanced. The great thing about yoga is that it is accessible to all ages and fitness levels. But you need to spend time choosing your yoga break carefully. Generally in the West,  yoga tends to be Hatha Yoga which is great for beginners with a mixture of slow sequences. I would only recommended Bikram yoga (40degree heat) and Ashtanga Yoga (vigorous sequences ) to the physically fit and experienced. I don’t think I have attended a Bikram class and not seen at least one person collapsing to the floor with heat exhaustion.

Yoga retreats range from the ridiculously expensive to the affordable. A recommendation would be Oceanyoga which is on the beautiful white sanded island of Fuerteventura.   Here is a link to their website for more information: http://www.oceanyoga.net/

 

Writing Retreat

Beatrix- Potter, T.S Elliot, Virginia Woolf and many more great writers of our time have been known to hide away in rural retreats surrounded by the serenity of nature.  Where they have let their creative juices flow and penned award winning literature  There are a number of writing retreats which are teacher led.

 

unleash your talent

Europe

The Arvon organisation have been leading writing retreats since 1968 and some of the courses are applicable for grants from the Arts Council.

Himalayas 

I have always wanted to sit in the hills of the Himalayas and do something magical. So  if you want to learn more about writing there are a few courses through the year to pick from. One that stands out to me for affordability is the the Blogging and pod-casting retreat which is $450 USD which includes accommodation. More details can be found: at http://www.himalayanwritingretreat.com/

tibet writing retreat

Writing retreat

 

 

Culinary Tours

More often than not, I leave a country inspired by their exquisite vibrant cuisines. I arrive home and stumble hopelessly around the kitchen trying to recreate a Kefta tagine I savoured in Morocco or the  Turkish Flatbread I keep craving or the authentic Punjabi Matar Paneer I tucked into in Delhi.

If like me you appreciate your food and want to impress your friends and family with your worldwide cooking skills. Then you might be interested in trying out a culinary tour. Below are a few tours that have stood out to me:

Cooking Vacation in Italy

Cambodia Creative Retreats and Culinary Tour

culinary explosion

Language retreat

It has become very cosmopolitan to  have at least a second language in our tool box. The best way to learn a language is to speak and hear the words spoken everyday. Language retreats are a fantastic way of totally immersing yourself in the learning process. Maybe you want to learn Spanish in Andulacia or Argentina?! There really is an endless list of possibilities.

 

Granada

Cycling holiday

Cycling is a fantastic way of getting those feel good endorphin’s. Cycle yourself fit, meet a great new bunch of people and see amazing sites. There are Cycling holidays for beginners or advanced cyclists.

If you are an adrenaline junkie then cycling Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu is a great adrenaline fix. Or for something a little easier winter cycling in Andalucia 

cycling

 

Why I AM DISAPPOINTED WITH SOUTH EAST ASIA

In this video I express my disappointment in South East Asia. Watch and subscribe to find out why