Oh Bali, I love you.

Amongst my top 3 places that I travelled was the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia.

I’d heard incredible things about Bali before going there, but I didn’t think I’d fall in love with it as much as I did. After flying in to the sweaty hustle and bustle of Denpasar, I was relieved to begin my Bali journey in the much more tranquil, cultural and crafty town of Ubud. Surrounded by Bali’s iconic rice fields, Ubud has so much to offer. As well as it’s incredible landscapes there’s plenty to do, such as eating at one of Ubud’s healthy organic cafes, visiting the Monkey Forest or checking out the local Art.

As cultural as I like to be, I do have a guilty pleasure… Pizza. And on that note, we found an absolute gem in Umah Pizza. I won’t bang on too much about pizza when I’m writing about Bali, but if you happen to be in Bali craving a pizza, get yourself down to Umah’s!

One of the best ways to really explore Bali is going on a tour (in a taxi). We booked our driver in Ubud and as a lover of waterfalls I asked if he would take us to see one (not originally in the set tour). It was a fairly long journey (a couple of hours north) but we finally reached GitGit Twin waterfall, which was absolutely beautiful. As Agung, our driver, picked us up early, we managed to get to the waterfall when it was completely empty and enjoy some time swimming before other people began to arrive.

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There were a few other places that we visited on the tour including some of Bali’s stunning rice fields – I cannot even describe the colours and charm of the scenery as my words won’t do it justice. We had lunch and coffee overlooking the fields in a little Balinese restaurant and the views were just incredible. We also visited our driver, Agung’s home and drank fresh coconuts that his Uncle gave us, which tasted amazing and was such a great addition to the day.

I could write about Bali literally all day, but I’ll save some (and my favourite part!) for next time. It is the most amazing, beautiful and serene place, especially when you explore a bit deeper away from the more touristy areas.

Peace, love and waterfalls all day long

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OH HELLO ENGLAND, we meet again.

After 6 absolutely INCREDIBLE months travelling around the world… I am back to reality.

Now, the initial novelty of getting back home, seeing all my friends and family and having a good old fashioned “knees up” is beginning to wear off. My sun-kissed skin is getting less sun-kissed by the day and as I am temporarily without car, I am beginning to get slight cabin fever. Coming back from travelling the world and having adventures every single day is quite strange really. I feel as though so much has happened during my travels – I’ve met so many people and done so many crazy things – but now I am back home I feel like no time has passed.

So, during my time away I visited 8 amazing countries, each offering something unique to my experience. Despite that, I feel like I still haven’t even scratched the surface and am already beginning to get itchy feet for another trip. The countries I visited are as follows: Canada, America, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia (Bali), The Philippines and Thailand.

My favourite country and new home away from home is the GORGEOUS Fiji. (I’m currently plotting how I can move there permanently and unfortunately it is not as straight forward as I’d have hoped!) Before I went away I thought beaches like that only existed in my dreams… but no. It is a real-life paradise offering island life at it’s absolute best. As a backpacker, island hopping in Fiji is fairly easy and best left unplanned and spontaneous in my opinion. Initially staying at Bamboo hostel on the mainland in Nadi, fairly near to the airport, I planned my trip to visit a couple of the islands through my hostel and it turned out to be super cheap and easy! The people in Fiji are also unbelievably friendly and will go out of their way to help you and make sure you feel right at home – which I definitely did!

I shall document more stories of my travels now that I am back at home, trying to re-live every single bit! Now here is a photo of a beach in Fiji for some #wanderlust inspo!

Peace and love and all the beaches x

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The Richmond Night Market, whales and a cheese flavoured potato spiral 

Vancouver: Part 2 

After my UBC mates had departed and new people moved in to their dorm beds, I began to feel like it was my bedroom and these were my guests… I’d normally ask where they were from and why they were visiting Vancouver but the majority had been on trips to Whistler and Banff (a place I didn’t know much about at the beginning but people RAVED about it… To me it was a mysterious place with a funny name but I acted like I knew more!) Turns out Banff looks and sounds incredible and I wish I went to, so if you are going to Canada, plan better than I did!

That said, I would not change anything about those 5 days apart from I would have extended them! The day of my university crew’s departure I booked myself on to a whale watching tour through the hostel but the weather hadn’t been great so far so was a bit apprehensive about paying $150 for the trip when I didn’t think I’d see any whales (a girl I’d met previously said she saw none). I had also annoyed myself by panic buying the lunch that the whale watching boat provided, rather than being savvy and bringing my own. The guy that worked at the hostel had booked the trip on the phone in front of me and I always make the wrong decisions when rushed, so paid $10 for a rubbish sandwich and a couple of cookies. However, the actual whale watching was incredible. We saw two transient orcas and a humpback whale!! After watching Blackfish on Netflix, and becoming obsessed with Orcas, to see them in the wild literally made my life. 



The night following the departure of my university crew, a new girl moved in to my room from the UK who’d been traveling around the US before coming to Canada. As I’d been pretty unsuccessful trying to get an invitation to go on any adventures with a few of the new girls in my room, feeling a little disheartened assuming I’d be either dining alone or sleeping that evenung, a new girl moved in. She was from the UK, really friendly and invited me to go with her and a friend to the Richmond Night Market, which so far I knew nothing about. (Obviously I accepted the invite.) 

The Richmond Night Market is a weird and wonderful place. It is filled with Asian Food Stalls and other Stalls selling stuff you never knew you needed until you were blinded by the lights of the market. I would definitely recommend a visit but if you buy a spiral potato thing (they are really popular) on a stick, don’t get the cheese flavour. Just trust me on that.

Peace and Love from little Buck 

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Wanderlusting daydreaming

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Wanderlust: ” a strong desire or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world” 

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(Images taken from WanderlustJewellery.bigcartel.com)

All I can think about at the moment is traveling. Procrastination from the dissertation takes me to lusting over exploring new places…

However, this post is actually about a jewellery brand combining my wanderlusting with one of my other favourite things… Shopping for pretty things. Wanderlust jewellery is a bohemian jewellery brand inspired by travel. And I’m now obsessed. They have so many gorgeous designs, including beautiful elephant rings rings and “wish in a bottle” necklaces (my personal favourite!)

I follow Wanderlust Jewellery on Instagram and the gorgeous pieces of jewellery always catch my eye! I would recommend lovers of jewellery and serial wanderluster’s to check them out!

Peace love and Wanderlust

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