Travellingbag’s new Newsy Newsletter

Travellingbag’s new Newsy Newsletter

Hello there. Wherever you are in the world and whenever you’re reading this I hope you’ve got a brilliant day planned and that you’re out to have some fun, because isn’t that what life’s about really? Speaking of which, in the last 12 months I’ve made my life what I want it to be. I’m living the life I choose and I’ve found ways of losing the stress that once plagued me (creating health issues). I’ve found a way to explore and have adventures and make plans for travel and adventuring around the world. Now I don’t know whether you’re interested in knowing what little ‘ol me is doing or where I’m going or the adventures I’m having but I’m thinking that if you’re reading some of my blog posts then maybe there’s just a smidgeon of interest there. I have plans in the works for the coming months to have some amazing adventures, to do lots of hikes and to explore a part of the world that I’ve never been to before. I’m going to be hiking the length of Hadrian’s Wall in England. If the weather cooperates I’ll be attempting to summit Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK. I’m visiting the Orkney Islands for the first time, checking out the wild and windy coastlines and doing some day walks. I’ll be heading to the Lake District after that to do more day walks and summit Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. Then to top it off I’ll be spending 10 days in Paris on the way home to recuperate from all that physical activity...
Travel Mentoring

Travel Mentoring

I don’t think it’s any secret that I love to travel. My favourite topic of conversation is travel in all its different forms and I’d be quite happy to just drop everything at any time and take off for distant lands. And I think at this stage I’d be quite happy and confident enough to travel just about anywhere in the world by myself. It hasn’t always been this way. There were many times in my earlier days when I couldn’t or wouldn’t have dreamt of travelling by myself or visiting places that I felt were too culturally different or that were likely to pose problems regarding language or food. I guess I felt inadequate if I couldn’t communicate and the thought of eating anything other than the traditional western meat and three veg that I’d been brought up on had me adhering to an Anglo-Saxon travel itinerary. I look back now and realise the opportunities that probably passed me by because I had so many self-imposed barriers surrounding me that I couldn’t bring myself to fight my way through. ‘I can’t’ was always a well used phrase in my vocabulary. Not any more. I’ve grown, I’ve knocked down those barriers, I’ve expanded my world – literally – and visited places by myself that I’d never have considered visiting before, even if I was travelling with someone else. And I’ve felt comfortable doing it. I guess my travel growth phase started back in 2004 when, newly divorced after 30 years of marriage, I travelled by myself for the very first time at the age of fifty. I flew to...
The People We Meet

The People We Meet

As the time gets closer to me heading off on my trip to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall and do some wild walking in the windswept Orkney Islands, I can’t help but sometimes ask myself why I travel as much as I do. Why on earth do I feel compelled to wander far from my home turf and take on what, to many others, is unnecessary strenuous treks when I could be lounging around a pool, sipping cocktails in a luxury resort. Basically, that’s just not my type of holiday. Don’t get me wrong there will be some relaxing and there will be cocktails and wine and good food, but the majority of the time I’ll be hiking and self-catering and coping with whatever the place throws at me. As I train I’m spending a lot of time walking, I’m generally by myself with only my playlist pumping through my headphones, so I get to do a lot of thinking. I can become quite introspective at times and get all psychoanalytical with myself if I’m not careful. Through all the thinking and the analysing and the talking to myself though, I don’t think I’ve come up with a definitive answer yet as to why I enjoy doing something a little bit out of the ordinary. There’s lots of reasons – scenery, culture, lifestyle, but I think that most times that I travel, it’s the locals who have made the biggest impression on me. During my treks in to Everest Base Camp the Nepalese people really made the experience so much better, they are such a genuinely warm and welcoming nation. Travelling...
Walk With Me: An Evening in the Himalayas

Walk With Me: An Evening in the Himalayas

As you know, because I’ve told you on several occasions, I do a lot of walking. And when I say walking I don’t mean a stroll around the park, I’m talking the hiking and trekking type of stuff, sometimes in rather challenging situations. What you also know, if you’ve read my previous blog post, is that I’m making it my mission this year to take you all along with me on my hiking trips. I’ve launched my Walk With Me project which you can read all about here and which will see me dragging you along with me as I train for and then undertake my hikes in 2018. As part of that project I’ve got something special planned for the people of Perth (sorry non-Perth peeps but I’m always open to a bit of enticement from other parts of the globe), I’m going to be running a series of Walk With Me evenings where I’ll be letting you in on some of my adventures – my treks in Nepal, the UK and Australia. A Date For Your Diary The first of these evenings will be coming up on Wednesday 21st March and will be: Walk With Me: An Evening in the Himalayas. Join me for this special evening as I walk you through the stunning scenery of my two treks to Everest Base Camp. Hear about the highs, the lows, the struggles, the challenge and the unexpected and traumatic event that was to change my life. If you’ve ever considered heading up into the Himalayas, if you’ve been before and want to relive those memories or if you...
Everest Base Camp Trek – what to take.

Everest Base Camp Trek – what to take.

I wrote a version of this blog post a few years ago but I’ve had a few people quizzing me lately on what to take on an Everest Base Camp trek so I thought I’d update it a bit. We’re all very different when we travel and we all have different things that we consider necessities, but I do think that when you’re doing something as extreme as trekking 5,500 kms up in the Himalayas, basically as high as you can go without becoming a mountaineer, and particularly when you’re heading there for the first time, it’s time to consider taking note of what those who’ve done it have to say on the subject. I certainly don’t claim to be any kind of expert but, having been up there twice I do know the things that I couldn’t have done without and things that, although not necessities, made life a little easier. 1. The right boots. Logical really. This is the most important purchase you’ll make when you’re planning this big trip, your life will be miserable if you have problems with your feet way up there in the mountains of Nepal. So, a few tips on buying boots: – Don’t rush into buying the first pair you try on, try different brands and different sizes – they all fit differently. – Try them on with the socks that you’ll be wearing. – Spend plenty of time walking around the shops in them and if they have a ramp in the shop (as most good gear shops do) use it and make sure there’s no slipping. – Check the...
Travel – A Matter of Perspective

Travel – A Matter of Perspective

A recent conversation on Facebook with a fellow travel addict raised the issue of how we all see things so very differently, how different destinations, different landscapes, different activities appeal to different people and how what one traveller may consider a boring landscape may see another revelling in its beauty. I mean, and don’t shoot me here, but I consider the landscape of the Australian outback rather boring and the last thing I would want to do is sit looking at its never endingness out of a train window for hours on end – put me on a plane and get me there if I’m crossing the continent. I do get the beauty of its colours and the uniqueness of the vast areas of the uninhabited canvas that Australia possesses, but at the same time I need something to spark my attention, something to wonder at, to consider its history or its power or its past. Others, I know, absolutely love that same vista that I can take or leave. I love buildings in a landscape, in a cityscape or a village setting. I love old buildings and falling down buildings, I love the ruins of the past, the physical history of a place and the buried history of communities that once existed and no longer do. I love delving into what was and roaming the remains that still sit as evidence of the past. Maybe you could consider me a historical traveller or a travelling historian but my travel itineraries certainly aren’t limited to areas of historical significance. If I’m doing landscape travel give me coastal scenery, calm...
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