Another Sunday and another great day exploring in the sunshine. This time at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, somewhere that I've wanted to go explore for ages. I finally have 4 wheels again so my ability to venture further out just increased dramatically and this place found itself at the top of my list for a little afternoon wander. I'm glad I had my sat nav at hand to get to this place, seems you literally have to get lost in order to find the gardens, I kind of liked that though. The place in general is very relaxing; the scenery is so capturing, so much so that the hours will just fly by. There's tonnes of photo opportunities so my GoPro finally got some good action alongside my legs with all the walking. Definitely worth a visit.
Route 66 was a long lasting addition to my ever expanding bucket list but it's one that in 2014 I fortunately was able to tick off. Over the course of 3 weeks I travelled 2500+ miles, crossed through 8 separate states and thoroughly enjoyed the various cities that I visited whilst doing so. I included my own little side trip towards the end of my journey, making my way to Vegas before departing towards Death Valley and my eventual end point in Santa Monica; not part of the original Route 66 but an awesome inclusion that gave me some of my best moments. My trip started in Chicago, Illinois. I arrived at the airport and shot off to collect my car; I'd never driven in another country and I'd never driven an automatic. Add a quick snow storm to that mix and you can imagine how interesting my initial drive to downtown Chicago was.
What a beautiful day it was today. Another excellent opportunity to get out and about and explore many of the brilliant locations that are just so close by. Today I got the bike out and free-styled a route to Pencarrow House and its beautiful accompanying gardens. Next time we have a sunny weekend like the one we've just enjoyed I urge you to make this visit as it's just a tremendous way to spend a day. Cycle the Bodmin camel trail, pull off around halfway down and make your way to the top of a pretty steep back road hill. You should take in views of the vineyards at Camel Valley so once these appear you know your on the right tracks. Once you near the top of the hill just cycle a small section of road, all sign posted appropriately towards the house. It's actually a nice leisurely cycle and the perfect way to make room for a bit of naughtiness in the cafe at Pencarrow.
Hey everyone, just a quick blog post here detailing three of my favourite National Trust locations that I've visited so far. I've still got so many to explore which fills me with excitement but if I can even start to get you slightly interested in making a visit yourself then that is great. I personally don't think there's any better way to spend a weekend than wandering around a beautifully persevered house that is just bursting with history and character. Not only that, you can then head outside hopefully into the sunshine (I've been fortunate enough to have this most visits I've made!) and explore some exceptionally maintained gardens before making a quick pitstop into one of many quaint little cafes. Just a great way to spend a day. You can get a National Trust membership which for a small annual fee will entitle you to free parking and entry at an extensive list of locations so get one sorted and get exploring. Enjoy the read.
I've already started to have a slight look back on this year and in complete honesty, after evaluation I am very happy with how 2016 has panned out thus far. Don't get me wrong I know we still have December to see out but that hasn't stopped me from putting in some planning for next year. Some huge changes were made this year for me personally and I see them as the foundations that are now firmly laid down ready to form a solid 2017 and beyond. Amongst many other goals I have business/work wise I can't wait to get a little more travel done next year so I've formulated a little travel wishlist below including the top locations I'd like to explore first. Due to the nature of my work it's hard to just jet off for a few weeks, hence why I tend to take short trips if I do go away. An example being my super fun filled Rome trip I took a few months back; all the highlights are detailed in this blog. In the future I definitely plan to take some longer trips away but for now the long weekends work brilliantly and they are so enjoyable. Having a short time frame away means you cram as much in as possible, ultimately resulting in a very fulfilling little trip. Carry on reading below and check out some of the phenomenal places I hope to visit next year; if anyone has any good info on any of the locations message me and fill me in.
Hey all. Not a wordy blog here which the title hopefully indicates, bit more of a visual focus today which I hope you like! I've spent a bit of time just sifting through a few of my old photos and I just had to share a few; I hope it makes for a good blog post as it seemed to in my mind at the time. By all means I'm not yet a hugely well travelled person but looking back at some awesome moments and experiences has just inspired me and motivated me to study more, work harder and get my next trip booked. Although I haven't yet been to a fraction of what this world can offer, I've definitely done some cool things and caught some awesome moments on camera, I can't wait to do more and when I do you will be informed via blog post immediately. Hope you enjoy the pictures and get inspired to get a little trip of your own lined up soon.
Hey everyone. Apologies for the lack of posts recently; I've been furiously building a new website for One2one Fitness and I can happily say that it's now live. Check it out at www.one2one-fitness.co.uk and have a good look around. With that task complete I must say I'm looking forward to getting a few more blog posts out and this one has been perfectly timed. As the title suggests, it was many years ago that I made the journey to Poland however my parents ventured there this past weekend and I kindly asked for them to take some photos for me so I could reminisce and get a blog up. Poland is a country bursting full of history and I can remember eagerly waiting to land in order to become more educated on as much as possible. With so much history, you could spend a long time there soaking it all up and learning but I had a specific agenda to follow. As I'm sure you know, a big part of its history is based around Hitlers reign and the terror that occurred at the nazi concentration camps. During my time in Poland I visited both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II or Birkenau as it's alternatively known. It's so hard to put into words what it was like to walk around these camps knowing what dreadful things occurred there and seeing up close where it all happened. Strangely though, this being said it's a trip I'd recommend you to make because the perspective it gives you on life is outstanding and it will likely change your views on a lot of the problems that you think you have in your life! It certainly did for me.
Hey everyone. So I'm here with my second travel blog and this one is all about my awesome little adventure to Iceland. I've already uploaded a short YouTube video compiling the highlights of my trip so be sure to check that out. Now what's with the title 'Un-finished business'?! Simple to explain; I didn't manage to see the illusive northern lights whilst away after trying to do so for 3 days. I had some stunning weather whilst visiting however the evening skies seemed to provide a nice cover of cloud consequently hiding what I'm sure would be a spectacular light show. I already see myself going back to Iceland one day however I'm even more motivated to do so now as I want to catch a glimpse of the northern lights in person. Missing the lights did not however put a dampener on my trip; I did tonnes of exploring and had a great experience whilst doing so. A quick heads up for anyone who does head to Iceland; use Reykjavik Excursions for everything as they were so reliable and more than helpful for the duration of my stay.