I had come from a country where Kate Moss, thigh gaps and visible rib cages were all the rage. And I was a woman in my early twenties so unsurprisingly my beauty standards were a bit fucked. And I had just landed in Central America. In the land where big booties, juicy thighs and sensuality were the catch of the day. It felt like a fucking revolution!
I feel like every woman has a bit of a complicated relationship with their body. From a young age it feels like everyone around us is telling us how to feel about our own bodies.
We are told that in nearly every way possible that our body is wrong…..
Solo female travel has always been slightly taboo.
And Latin America has always stuck out to me as one of those place you just don’t go alone as a woman. I remember being 18 and I was thinking about travelling to Latin America so I asked a friend who had recently come back from South America. He said to me, explicitly, Latin America is not a place for a woman alone. That well and truly threw a big old bucket of water over the fire that was a dream trip to Peru for a while.
Fast forward a couple of years and there I was living in Nicaragua alone working with a charity after well and truly saying fuck it, I’m not going to wait for someone to do this with me, I’m doing it, even if it means I’m going at it alone!
Workaway works on the simple premise; “will work for food and shelter”… The twist is this work is not zzzz yawn worthy. You can work doing whatever! For example, I have used workaway to work on a llama farm in Yorkshire, a yoga retreat in Andalucia, teach children in the barrios of Nicaragua and work as a bartender/tour guide in a hostel in Guatemala. The possibilities are literally endless.
Solo travel was something for me that started as a necessity, but has changed my life forever.
Previous to this point I had never actually wanted to backpack alone, it always seemed super lonely, and to be honest a bit sad.
However, I reached the point where I realized I could spend my life waiting for someone to join me or I could brave it alone and actually achieve my goals.
It is often said necessity breeds innovation, and this is no truer than in Nicaragua. Statistically Nicaragua is the poorest country in Latin America and the second poorest in the entire Western Hemisphere. Nicaragua, could like other developing countries, throw environmental concerns to the wayside and focus purely on economic improvement but they don’t. Why? Because like most other countries affected frequently by natural disasters our global environmental crisis impacts on a completely different level.
#Vegan is officialy in fashion, so it makes sense that Bristol, England’s trendiest city, has followed suit being officially voted the Vegan Capital of the World. So ramblings aside, I am here to tell you the local insider secrets of the 11 best plant-based spots in Bristol!
I absolutely loved travelling in hostels and would recommend it to anyone. It’s a great place to meet people, to hear incredible stories, and lets be frank… meet some of the weirdest people you’ve ever met in your life… However there is a dark side… badly behaved guests!
Why being an eco-friendly backpacker is important! Only when travelling do we truly see …
“So this one time on my gap year….”. We have all heard gap year cliches… but what actually is the truth about gap years? Do you have to literally be in Burma chundering everywheeerrrrreee? Are they really worth the hype? Is it a rite of passage or is it just pissing around for a year?
I’ve written 10 honest pros and cons based on my own gap year experience…