Forgive the turn of phrase but f*** me, 500 days! It should come as to no surprise that I've loved the past 500 days travelling. This has been one very long scratch of my itchy feet; I love the planning, the arriving, the exploring and then moving on to the next place. It's not for everyone but it makes me happy!
Do you know what volunteering is? Do you know the benefits to you are huge? Do you know where to volunteer? I am happy to help!
Why have I been off the grid except for sporadic Instagram and Facebook posts? I'd left the stark and soulless Innsbruck youth hostel with too high an expectation of a help exchange in the mountains; positive, serene, calm and hopefully laughter filled guest house running yoga courses. Boy, was I in for a surprise. After 23 days, I can say easily say the hosts are generous of spirit; opening their home and providing food and accommodation but there were a few too many times when I felt like the hired help and to coin a blogger's phrase, this can be considered part 'thought piece'. My time in the Tyrolean mountains has been a slow 3 weeks. I left grateful for my fellow volunteers, mattress, the mountain views, the unexpected sunshine and my food but with a quandary; should HelpX or Workaway hosts explain their religious or spiritual sway?
Finally, to continue on from my week 1 experience of driving for the first time in years; a transport theme, purely by chance! It's a little too easy to write about a fun-filled 7 days so you could almost say this is a novella.
My travels have started and although I didn't go far, a short 283 miles as the crow flies to the Chateau de Jalesnes just outside the village of Vernantes and the town of Saumur. I have had the best first 2 weeks! I came with no expectations and I'm more willing to go with the flow than most but oh yes, the Chateau life is one I could get used to. Impressive place and so lucky with my HelpX companions.
Trying to plan a general route with so many opportunities and places I want to see is hard but my aims are to travel slowly, volunteer and meet people - both locals and other travellers. Here's a really rough route but more updates to follow whilst I'm literally on the road. I am so pleased… Continue reading Rowan’s rough route – first 5 months
What is holiday volunteering? An individual or group wants to provide their time and skills for no financial gain. For their own personal or career development, may be, but mainly for the warm and fuzzies. The individual takes time from their student or work life to support usually 1 week to 3 months. Paying for… Continue reading The pros and cons of holiday volunteering
The country truly is a paradise, in hindsight I think the spirituality of the people affects a visitor quickly by osmosis whether you believe it or not. The sun is hot, honestly scorching hot and I'm a sun seeker....normally! The humidity more than I could ever imagine, I'm sweating in places I've not before. And… Continue reading Bali’s plastic problem
Founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them. Fast forward 120 years and the National Trust is renowned and respected with one fabulously impressive portfolio. According to their website, they now look after 775 miles of coastline Over 248,000 hectares of… Continue reading National Trust at its best