films, Travel

The Volunteer Voyager presents their first movie night

It has been fun watching movies set in the cities I've been travelling. Thank you to my VPN technology. Some were a completely new viewing when in the city whilst I have also included a few firm favourites that highlight European delights. It's Monday, what better way to spend a quiet night in recovering from… Continue reading The Volunteer Voyager presents their first movie night

featured, geography, journey, opinion, route, update, words

Day 1 of month 11, can you believe it, no April fools’ joke. I lost blog focus but I am back and we need to talk

I decided in my little cubicle bed, like any product or service, I needed to 're-clarify my brand'. I've got lots to say and I want to talk with you! I combat my travel procrastination, my revitalised blog starts today. It's healthy to have an opinion. We can do fun, educated and eloquent, can't we?

Austria, featured, route, Travel, update, Volunteering, words

A blog should be honest and a help exchange cannot always be the perfect match

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?  

journey, route, Sustainability, Travel

100ml Zurich? I think you have forgotten some of my wine

I've been a bad blogger, time flies during the good times and apathy descended when limpy [hurt my foot] or in a man-flu sick bed.  Playing serious catch-up!  Firstly, "Oh Switzerland, if only you were more in my price bracket!" and secondly, “as always, are you sitting comfortably?”.

france, journey, Travel

Talking to myself on another Lyon level

I did it before but only behind closed doors. Talking to myself that is. I suddenly realised I was walking down a street, speaking at normal volume and playing both parts of a conversation. I've only been travelling solo for 3 and a half weeks! The tendency was great I s'pose; my easy way to control thoughts and actions - highly recommend it. Talking to yourself that is.

france, Travel

ah mais oui Paree…*insert own French accent

Why has it taken me so long to visit one of the closest country capitals of the world to London?  Who knows, not me.  Wherever you live in the UK, it is simple to travel to Paris whether the French like it or not. You can opt for flying via many UK cities, a short… Continue reading ah mais oui Paree…*insert own French accent

featured, journey, route, Travel, Volunteering

Rowan’s rough route – first 5 months

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