Author archives: Gemma

5 travel mistakes I made, so you don’t have to

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It’s kind of hard to believe that I traveled for so long and came so far without any major hiccups. But then 2018 seemed to be a year of epic travel and epic mistakes. I don’t think I slackened my defenses. I guess some years are just luckier than others, and clearly, the more you travel the more you’re at risk of at least a few fails. We’ve all proba[...]

The Great Wall of China- 3 spectacular hiking spots

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There’s an old Chinese Proverb that describes the Great Wall so perfectly. “Only those that have travelled the road know where the holes are deep”. I knew as soon as saw the Great Wall of China that I had sincerely underestimated its gritty beauty and vast size. It’s an easy thing to do when most of the photographs we see are merely snippets of reconst[...]

Bittersweet goodbyes- A travel destiny

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You know it’s coming, you’ve done it a million times before. You dread its arrival and you try your hardest to put it off. But the truth is, when you live a transient lifestyle the goodbyes flow thick and fast. It doesn’t stop at people, family and friends. It overspills into countries, cities and places you form an unbreakable bond with. I stil[...]

Everest Base Camp Trek- The Ultimate Packing Guide

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Trust me when I say that when you’re at an elevation of 5335 metres, having trekked about 65 kms, with another 65 kms to get back down, you 100% want to be travelling as light as possible. Every last ounce feels 100 times heavier when your oxygen levels are at 75% and you can barely string two sentences together. So, to start with, plan to pack all the ne[...]

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Packing Up and Leaving Home

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Back in 2012 when I packed my bags and left my home town, I never imagined I’d still be on the road 6 years later. That was always the ultimate goal, but I’ve forever been a dreamer and I knew it would take some working towards. Over those past 6 years I’ve called 2 far away cities home, 2 tropical islands part-time homes, I’ve visited over 30 countries, re[...]

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