Move. If only it were that easy!

I'm not sure if you have seen this video yet. It's an advertisement for STA Travel and, in my humble opinion, is one of the most eye-catching videos out- I'm surprised it hasn't gone viral! The amount of amazing places that feature in this little clip is breathtaking and to be honest, makes me more than a little jealous!

The premise is quite simple. It encourages us to move. To not stay in one place for too long, not to allow ourselves to 'settle', to explore what the world has to offer and to experience new and foreign things.

Sounds like my dream life. I would love to pack up my life and live like a nomad for at least a few months! However, the simple premise of 'moving' is sadly, not so simple to achieve for this poor student- it seems money issues (oh and studying) always have a way of ruining your plans (or a least putting them on hold for a while)!

S'pose I should start saving now if I want to get 'moving' before I'm 30!

Rachel xoxo

Quote for the day #1

This is such a great quote...

That book is a must read!

Rachel xoxo

London calling!

Oh London, can't I just be there already!?

I love London!!

I am certain of this, despite never having been there before. I feel like, of all the cities in the world, London was tailor made just for me. And here are five reasons why...

1. I have a thing for Royals

LOVED the Royal Wedding!
Actually, I wouldn't call it just 'a thing', it's more of an obsession! Lucky for me, the epicentre of all things Royal is London! If I could catch just a glimpse the Queen, I would lose it!

2. I love the architecture

St Paul's is so beautiful!
I don't think there is anything that can lift a bad mood better than a good stroll around some beautiful buildings. By this logic, I think being in London will leave me with an irremovable smile. The grandness and intricacies of buildings like St Pauls Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament are what sets them apart from anything I could see here in little old NZ.

3. I'm a bit of a history freak

The Tower of London, the holy grail of British history!
After being settled by the Romans in 47AD (thanks wikipedia!), the city has gone through a lot! The establishment of the monarchy, a number of wars, a religious divide, the bubonic plague, the great fire and its rebuild, the great depression and of course, the endless pomp and ceremony of Royal weddings, funerals and jubilees. All this has left me with so much to explore, and I plan on seeing it all!

4. I'm a big tea drinker

Tea and scones, anyone?
I've never got the taste for coffee, it's far too bitter! No, me? I love the smooth, comforting taste of a classic English Breakfast tea. I know I would love it all the better served in a cute teacup with canapes on the side while dining at, say, the London Ritz Hotel!?

5. I love pretty clothes

Topshop, I will shop in you one day!
London is one of the top fashion cities. Some of the world's best and most well-known brands come from the London boroughs. While Alexander Mc Queen, Burberry and Stella McCartney are nice, I will be just as satisfied with the more affordable brands such as Topshop, Zara and River Island. I can't wait to experience these stores and their products for myself one day! My inner fashionista is DYING to get her hands on a good pair of chinos!

Ahhh, we have so much in common, London and I. It is certain to be a life long love affair!

Rachel xoxo

Oh the places I'll go!

One day...

It can't be just me. I can't be the only one who want's to explore the world. I can't be the only one who is dying to walk the bridges of Amsterdam, have high tea at the Ritz in London, have a picnic in Central Park or explore the interwinding canals in Venice... am I?

My life at the moment is an, admittedly uneven, balance between tec work and my constant day dreaming of the places I will go. This blog reflects my overwhelming preference for the latter. While I really should be doing assignments right now (the amount I have to do seems to grow by the day), I am instead, here, in the process of starting what is likely to become the mother of all procrastination tools- my tutors will not be pleased!

Expect to see plenty of pictures of beautiful places, quotes, music, videos, articles... Anything and everything travel related that inspires, excites or interests me will probably feature here. I really hope you enjoy this blog as much as I know I'm going to enjoy writing it.

I will leave you with a quote to inspire your inner traveller. It's from a very wise source...

be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So... get on your way!"
-Dr Suess, Oh The Places You'll Go

Rachel xoxo