So something kind of mind-blowing has happened recently – I’ve had to add that I’ve actually got a published work to my resume!

Even if the subject is kind of whacky and may seem like it’s not at all related to travelling, it was something I have a lot of life experience in, and it showed me that writing about things you’ve experienced is much easier than writing fictional stories and trying to imagine what these imaginary people are going through. Maybe I was never cut out for fiction, because characters echoed people I knew and myself, rather than taking on a life of their own. Maybe I was always meant for non-fiction writing? My blog does go very well when I actually pay attention to it…

I think that’s another thing I like about books – when you’re done writing, they’re there and finished. It’s not constantly progressing and doesn’t need to be tended to and maintained all the time. Maybe this is why my plants always die? I like the idea of something being finished, tied-up neatly and ready for consumption by others. There’s a certain feeling of accomplishment knowing you’ve completed something.

And this feeling of completion is sooo good that I’ve started planning for a bunch of other books again. Since nobody is paying me this time, I have free reign to write whatever I want, and this time it’ll be just my name on the book – not that I mind sharing the cover with my awesome mother. So while I work on my next few books (which actually means write a lot, drink a lot of coffee, and then delete a lot go text) you should go and check out the newly-published ebook.

If you buy it now, you’ll also get a free book that’s the start of my mum’s next series, the A – Z of Travel Planning. So you can learn how to clear your junk, make some cash, and then put it towards a good cause – travel! And it’s dirt cheap – you really have no excuse now!

 

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It’s shocking how absolutely out of date this blog is! Nearly all of my information is out of date.. perhaps at work tomorrow if I’m not too busy I’ll be able to get it at least a little bit up to date. Including a new widget counting down to my next trip instead of endlessly counting away from my first trip.

I’ve been slack, I know! So everyone just turn their attention to my last post and forget about the on-going construction happening in my little suitcase.

See you on the other side!

This is just a little post to keep me sane because my life is so busy at the moment, and it’s also to remind me that I need to consistently blog on here so that people will actually visit and have something interesting to read. (helpful hint: it’s not this post)Mountains Photo

At the moment I’m about to tell my boss I need time off, and next week I’ll be booking flights home so that I can give her a definite return date and make sure that I’m able to get a full six weeks off, which is the timeframe Tim and I have settled on for our trip.  I’m also trying to get everything together I’ll need for my upcoming trip to Melbourne (19 more days!) which includes money for accommodation, packing & unpacking my bag a million times and putting away as much of my pay as possible before I go so that if I do get the urge to spend, I have the means to do so. I’m hoping, however, that I keep my head screwed on and don’t spend any money by reminding myself that by the time I’m in Melbs, it’ll be less than 100 days until I set foot in Malaysia and everything is cheaper over there.

Ahhhh, I’m so excited to be going, I keep having dreams about temples and markets and tuk tuk rides. Only 105 days left now, and I will be spending all but about 75 of those. An interesting thought!

So everybody makes resolutions on the New Year, and by about mid-February (if we’re lucky) we’ll have forgotten about them or given them up. I’m notorious for breaking all of the resolutions I make every year – once I was only 6 hours into the new year before I’d broken one. And once you break one, it’s a lot easier to let the rest go as well.RPK Tramplin

Lately I’ve decided I’m going to try and fight my natural defeatist attitude in life, so that I can actually get things done. To help, I’ve decided to stop making resolutions for the new year, and instead I’m just going to make resolutions right now. Actually, let’s call them goals. Resolutions just seem like they’re doomed to fail – a goal is waaay more achievable.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

So here are my (travel) goals:

And just for the sake of it, here are some personal goals as well:

You might be asking “Why is this loser posting goals we really don’t care about?” Well, first off, I’m not a loser because I actually won $10 on a Scratchie the other day. And secondly, it’s to keep me motivated. Now that my goals are on the Internet, I feel a lot more pressure to stick to them and not crash and burn out after three days. So if I’m slacking, I want people to let me know!

I’ve been doing a whole bunch of stuff lately, mostly just meeting amazing people from all over Europe (United Kingdom mostly though) and hanging out with them.

I know that I need to blog about everything that’s been going on, from my creepy couchsurfer guy, to English teaching scams, to cocktail buckets on Khao San and so on. But when I think about blogging I really just cannot be stuffed, and I know it’s because I’m one of those writers who needs to be “in the mood” to actually get anything good out. Which will probably be a really annoying trait for me to have seeing as I just got accepted into a Bachelor of Communications (journalism) and my main task will be writing.

Anyway, I’m going to try and get up to date with everything that’s been going on, so stay tuned for things that will probably make my parents a little freaked out. Mum, it was only two cocktail buckets AND I shared them!

If you’ve been paying attention (and reading this blog) then you should know by now that I’ve moved home and have been trying to decide what I want to do with myself now that I’m sans family. Of course, the first thing I have to do to be able to well, live, is get a job.

Now, I’m not really keen on the idea of a job, and of work. My idea of a perfect ‘job’ is doing something I love and enjoy, but one of the sad facts of my life is that I am just not educated or qualified enough to be considered for any positions doing something I genuinely enjoy, unless chance steps in and something unexpected and brilliant happens. And whilst I’m  not a pessimist, I do live in a world of logic, and so I know the chances of a publisher finding my blog and asking me to write a book are very slim. Which means I need to go and join the workforce, become a productive member of society and all that jazz.

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So today I am having an epic struggle. I just got hired to write articles and someone is going to actually pay me for it. Awesome, right?

Not really so much. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I started jumping around all excited when I got the email that said someone wanted to pay me to write for them, and the poor guy who happened to be sitting next to me must’ve thought I was out of my mind. So I’m really excited to write, and I was more excited to find out my first article was going to be about travel. I’m practically a travel master by this point, so I figured it would be really easy. Except when it came to the first sentence, I was stuck. Writer’s block was so bad that I couldn’t even write a BAD sentence to get me started.

So I started talking to my friend felix who lives in England, and I asked him what the coolest place in the world was. He told me something I really didn’t expect. He said “wherever you feel safest.”

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Please excuse any parts of my site that may not work properly in the next week.
I’m currently going through some theme changes at the moment and may not have time to jump on and keep fixing any bugs that may arise.
If you find something broken, please head on over to my contact page and let me know.
Also, if you know of a good, clean, simple theme that is a lot nicer than mine is now, PLEASE let me know!

Because I’m just about ready to pay hundreds of dollars for a course in coding to make my own damn theme. I hate the ones on WordPress at the moment.

There’s SO many things I could be writing about right now. I should tell you about my cooking classes and riding elephants and white water rafting in Thailand. I could tell you about the scams at the Cambodian border and small children and monks who managed to scam me. I should tell you about the long boat to Laos and all the great people I met. I could tell you about riding (and crashing) a scooter in Vietnam, and the tailor that wanted me to marry him. I would tell you about all this. Except why should I?

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Okay, so this title is completely misleading. But don’t worry, I wanted it to be.

I love blogging. If you leave me alone with a laptop and even a semi-questionable Internet connection, I will barely be counted in the world of the living until I need food or drink, or the computer dies. And even then, I can go another twenty minutes or so before I act on any needs. Not gonna lie, I once continued trying to scroll down my Tumblr dashboard for a few more minutes after my computer died out. In my defense, I had had no sleep and was outside where the screen was practically black in the sunlight anyway. Stop it. Stop judging. I’m actually vision-impaired. So you’re JUDGING A DISABLED PERSON. I hope you feel bad.

Regardless of what a bad person you are, this post is about blogging. So just try and focus on that instead of your imminent acceptance into the fiery pits of hell.

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