Friday, 1 July 2016

Things I've Learnt Whilst Travelling.

I've been looking at my blog with something of a critical eye recently. Not in a bad way, I've just been making a few tweaks. There are more posts on the front page of the site now, it only took me six years but I learnt how to do page breaks! I want to try to make the blog more engaging for people who've been reading it for a long time at the same time as keeping it informative and interesting for readers, new and old, who are looking to plan their travels. It's a difficult balance to strike and I feel like I've been veering a little too far in one direction and not enough in the other in the last year.

I want to write some shorter posts to compliment my travel epics. Some will be silly, some will be more personal, some will be mini-guides to places I just stopped off at for a sec. Basically I'm going to start blogging more. Yay!


Tuesday will be my regular posting day; expect the usual city guides, restaurant reviews, and stories about volunteering, festivals, etc. Then each Friday I'll be posting shorter posts like this one. Don't hold me to the days of the week, when you're travelling the internet can be a fickle friend!

This is a part serious part tongue in cheek post. These aren't all of the things I've learnt whilst travelling, far from it, and they aren't the "OMG I've had an epiphany about my life" moments, but they're all true facts!

• Humidity is my nemesis.
• People grabbing me in public is annoying everywhere.
• I will spend a silly amount of cash on vegan cheese.
• My accommodation standards are lower than I thought (I spent a month sleeping in a mouldy room and shared a train carriage with upwards of 20 cockroaches on an overnight train) but I draw the line at sleeping in sketchy abandoned buildings.
• I actually couldn't quit Netflix!
• Depression doesn't just go away because you're living your dreams (duh)
• I want to save all of the animals.
• I can't save all of the animals but I'm damn well gonna try.
• Manspreading is alive and well everywhere.
• You actually cannot go to Tokyo and just be okay with not being able to shop. You'll buy a huge bag in the shape of a bunny, fill it with glorious things, and not regret it for a single second.
• European soy yoghurts are still the absolute best.
• Tea actually is awesome.
• Train travel is my favourite but I am also a mega fan of road trips and flying. Especially if I get an upgrade to business class.

I hope you enjoyed reading. Feel to leave me any constructive criticism, or comments, about my blog below, and don't forget to have an amazing weekend wherever you are.

24 comments:

  1. ha, I figured out the page break thing a while ago and put it in a post or two. Then NEVER remembered again. ah well!

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    1. Haha, oops. No biggie - there's no law about needing page breaks!

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  2. Yay!! I'm excited that you're gonna blog more! Also, I'm super jealous of European soy yogurts. I've never had any, but I always hear that they're the best. And ugh .... manspreading is the WORST!

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    1. It really is supremely annoying. Also, I wish soy yog's were something you could send in the mail. I'd totally post some to ya.

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  3. yay for more Jojo!! I know you're super active on Twitter, but I'm not on T, so more blog posts will make me super happy! Ah, travelling. The good, the bad, and the ugly! ha ha . love love love

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    1. ps. teach me how to do page breaks! is it hard?

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    2. Aww, yay! I'm excited that you're into my plans. And OMG Amey, page breaks are SO EASY! So y'know when you're writing a post there's the little torn paper icon next to the insert video icon? Just pop your curser where you want the page break to appear and then click that! It's THAT easy! The only other thing you need to do is adjust how many posts you want to appear on each page in the posts, comments, and sharing section in settings and then you're all set.

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  4. I am so excited you are still blogging and posting! I love reading about your adventures. :)

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    1. Thanks Egusta! That's so nice to hear!

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  5. Ugh- manspreading....... my dad was recently the victim of manspreading on the bus from the guy next to him. He said very loudly and firmly; 'Could you close your legs please'. I am taking lessons.....

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  6. I would sleep in a sketchy abandoned building before a moldy, roachy room I think...

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    1. Interesting... I definitely swing the other way! I guess I've seen too many horror movies!

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  7. Yay for more blog posts! Sometimes, I prefer the shorter ones, when I'm short on time. =)

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    1. I definitely feel like that when I'm reading blogs sometimes so I thought I should start reflecting that in my posts.

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  8. Yay, look forward to reading more of your posts :)

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  9. Yay for more blogging! :)
    Humidity used to be my friend. It used to wrap me up like a gentle, warm, fuzzy blanket. But now it it tries to destroy me. Why humidity, why?

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    1. Yay indeed! I literally cannot imagine enjoying humidity. I totally can't comprehend how that feeling could be good but I hope you get the love back!!

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  10. I'm not on twitter but i wanted to reply about the dandies marshmellows situation- if you have a friend near trader joe's in the US they now sell vegan marshmellows!! Just $3 a bag :)))
    Ttrockwood

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    1. Thanks for the tip! Maybe I'll have to see if some American friends can send a care package my way.

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  11. My poor hubby isn't allowed to touch me, at all, when it is humid out... I feel the same way you do about it. It just makes me feel icky! I loved south east Asia on our 'round the world trip, but the humidity definitely humbled me.

    I agree with pretty much all the rest of your things you've learned, too! Except the Japan specific one as we didn't get to Japan. But I am a sucker for all things rabbit, so I'm sure it would apply...

    Happy trails!

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    1. Thankfully my husband feels the same about humidity so we keep a safe distance from each other unless we're near air con!

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  12. Oh gosh I think I draw my line at roaches! I keep trying to get over my bug fear and failing. Palmetto bugs in New Orleans almost scared me to death, especially when they kept being in my bed!

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