So this is not my usual travel related Blog post but something that is still as equally as important to me and something which I am very passionate about.
Did you know that…..
•Approx 39% of ambulance staff suffer from PTSD
•Approx 91% of ambulance staff have experienced stress or suffered poor mental health
(Statistics taken from Mind)
For the last few months I know I have suffered from poor mental health. Triggered by a personal bereavement in the most tragic of circumstances and being forced to return to work too soon after this, I soon found that I was becoming upset and angry at the world. I was turning into an irrational and anxious person that I didn’t recognise and I didn’t understand why this was happening. I found I had no motivation to do anything and simple daily activities were turning in to a chore. I found it difficult to be at work because I felt like no one understood how I was feeling. And truth be told nobody did understand how I was feeling because nobody knew what I had been going through as I hadn’t been open and honest about how I was feeling or what had been happening, instead choosing to just keep everything to myself and try to deal with it all alone. But my grief was consuming me. This, combined with the NHS pressures we as Paramedics are continually facing, started to become too overwhelming and being at work at times just felt tiring, tedious, demanding and stressful. I found it increasingly hard to bite my tongue toward patients who had called 999 for insignificant reasons and became resentful of being there. I felt like not only had I lost my spark, but I had lost my care and compassion.
Continue reading “Self care isn’t selfish 🖤”
As I write this latest Blog post I am sitting in a harbour side bar in the port town of Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, also known as the gateway to the Komodo Islands. The view across the flotilla of pirate ship shaped boats and out to the famed dragon dwelling Islands in the distance is spectacular and I feel incredibly content as I sit here with a refreshingly cold Bintang in my hand.
I realise that I am more blessed than most when it comes to experiencing these kind of moments. I have always loved to travel and have been lucky enough to visit many places across the world due to my time working for Virgin Atlantic and thanks to my continued passion for adventure, but it has only been since I turned the age of 30 that I have really embraced travelling solo and started to enjoy it.
Continue reading “How solo travel will change you (for the good…..and for the bad) 🖤”
Kazimierz | Auschwitz | Polish Food
I honestly don’t think that the novelty of Bournemouth Airport will ever wear off! I only discovered the joy of flying from what I previously thought was a ‘tin can’ airport during a trip to Palma last summer. It’s great, I can literally leave my house and be checked in, through security and in departures (I say departures loosely as there is only a small bar, a WH Smith and a coffee shop) all within 30 minutes – it is THAT easy. Now, I know nothing beats the excitement of a trip to Heathrow (the Duty Free shopping at Bournemouth is also non existent by comparison 😂), but for this little getaway it was a fine choice of departure.
Continue reading “Kraków | March 2019”
My passion for travel began when I started working as Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic at the age of 18. I didn’t have a plan when I left school (I didn’t really excel at anything…..probably because I hardly ever showed up) and the thought of university TERRIFIED me. So, going against the grain of everyone else that was submitting their university applications, instead I decided to embrace the shiny red shoes, the red lipstick and go see the world.
Continue reading “A b o u t M e 🖤”
Solo travel is great, until you need someone to put suncream on your back 😂
I have spoken at length about why I prefer to travel solo and the positive effects that I find it has on my own mental health and well being. I stand firmly by the fact that everyone should experience travelling alone at least once in their life.
Thanks to social media I can watch other fearless females take on the world as they gallivant around the globe all by themselves and ultimately, this is what inspires me to follow suit and do the same. Instagram and Twitter is flooded with articles and headlines encouraging solo travel and I have embraced this concept myself many times now, building up my confidence and pushing myself further out of my comfort zone with each new trip that I embark on.
Continue reading “The true reality of travelling alone…..🖤”