10 Reasons Why I Love Travelling

10 reasons why I love travelling

1. It's personally challenging- I remember my first international solo trip (minus going to France) during my gap year when I decided upon being told I wasn't medically able to go to South Africa, to go to Australia. It felt so liberating but also scary doing it solo. Freshly 18, I had only travelled to Europe and America, and had never decided to do something so big on my own. Anxiety has been a big struggle for me and it was such a big challenge to do it, but I did somehow, and it's led to meeting my future husband (I hope..!) and living in Australia now. Although I was so upset I couldn't go to South Africa, it was the best decision I ever made.

2. It's helped me to find myself- A cliche, but somehow being somewhere completely different really gets you to understand the core of who you really are. When you're not surrounded by familiar things, and armed just with your thoughts and yourself, you become more aware of what is important to you in life.

3. The food- I couldn't go without mentioning food. Gosh, do you know how much I love food? Even as a vegetarian and coeliac I love trying new food and eating local produce. There's nothing I love more than exploring French farmers markets or seeking out the best coffee joints when i'm travelling.

Australia breakfast

4. Getting to experience new cultures- The world is so big and full of different things, it's so interesting and exciting to explore. Sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in your narrow day-to-day life and forget how diverse the world is, and it's pretty amazing!

5. Seeing the world's natural beauty- The world is such a beautiful place. I often find I become immune to appreciating it, and travel really reminds me of how jaw dropping it really is. My memories of growing up every summer in the South West of France are full of snaking rivers, sunflower fields and beautiful old buildings. Then I went to Tasmania and saw Australian landscapes at their finest and was blown away at that too. 

Gordons Dam Tasmania

6. It recharges my batteries- It reminds me of why I work so hard and hope to do well in life so I can explore the world. There's nothing more motivating than the idea of travelling far and wide.

7. Meeting new people- Every journey you make you'll meet new people, and although you won't always stay in contact there's always something you learn from them. One of my childhood best friends lives in France, and i'll forever appreciate the memories we had together as children and teenagers. Unfortunately we don't get to see each other as much anymore, but having friends around the world is awesome.

8. It renews my love for home- It's often easy to forget what you love about home. Since moving to Australia, I miss feeling cold, having that warm and cosy Christmas (it's just not the same in the sun), the cheapness of food and the history! When I next go back I'm definitely going to appreciate these little things!

9. The new experiences you wouldn't otherwise try- I wouldn't have jumped off a bridge into a river as a child, canoed and kayaked hundreds of times, climbed and abseiled, cuddled a koala or driven on the other side of the road if I hadn't have been travelling!

10. Staying in local accommodation and experiencing the local lifestyle- Me and M love staying in AirBnB accommodation which allows you to get a feel for local living without paying the massive hotel prices. Often it's much better value too! It really gives you a feel for how people life around the world.

AirBnB Lake District

What do you love about travelling?

5 Small things that make me happy #1

1. Chocolate in cute packaging. From cute bunnies to koalas, it makes the chocolate taste better. As a child I would savor and ration my one egg that Easter bunny had got me and it would last me months. Although Australian chocolate doesn't taste as nice as British chocolate due to the anti-melting agent, I still found it really fun to marvel over the cute designs this year.

2. Escaping in the world of Hogwarts. Recently we watched all the DVD's and had a massive Harry Potter marathon which was so fun. It really does bring back so many childhood memories as I grew up with the books. I recently purchased all the books from a garage sale which i'm really looking forward to reading when I get the chance. 

3. Getting my contact lenses in the first time. Do you know how long I spend attempting this?! I've recently started buying monthly contact lenses after testing out daily ones and I really like them but some days I have no luck in getting them in. On the days when my eyes are cooperating I almost high-five myself when I get them in first time as it can be such an annoyance.

4. Having a good cup of tea. You know when you just really need one and it tastes just right? Yeah, that feeling. I've managed to source Yorkshire Tea here in Australia which i'm eternally grateful for. Hurrah globalisation! You can take the girl out of Yorkshire but you certainly cannot take the Yorkshire out of the girl! 

5. A perfect nights sleep. When you wake up and feel fully rested and ready to conquer the world. This rarely happens for me as I have trouble sleeping, but when it does happen it's amazing!

What are the small things that are making you happy at the moment?

Cookbook Lusting

I've been lusting over several cookbooks for a while now. Since we are still currently residing in a relative's house, we don't really have the room or justification to buy these books as we don't get to spend too much time in the kitchen, but I can't wait until we move into our own place and can start cooking new recipes together again, and these books are making me even more excited to do so! 

I really try to make a conscious effort to 'eat clean' and have since made Mr. Nomad more aware of what he eats. As I have Coeliac Disease and I'm a vegetarian, I've always been pretty aware of what's gone into my food since being diagnosed.We don't really eat out often or get takeaways, with me preferring to cook from scratch to know what's in the food we eat. Although we don't really eat organic, I hope to move closer and closer to this when we have the means to do so. We recently watched Food INC which just reinforced the importance of knowing how your food is grown, processed and ends up on your plate. 

Hemsley and Hemsley: The Art of Eating Well - Jasmine Hemsley & Melissa Hemsley
I like the ethos behind Jasmine and Melissa's approach to diet- a healthy diet leads to a healthy mind. It also includes gluten-free baking which is obviously great for me as a Coeliac. The photography looks really vibrant and bright which I find really helps inspire me to cook. A few recipes I like the sound of are: apple and raisin quinoa slices, huevos rancheros with guacamole and chickpea & broccoli salad with rocket pesto.

Eat. Nourish. Glow - Amelia Freer
Amelia's book is all about getting rid of processed and refined foods from your diet which I'm all for. Although I never want to be on a 'diet' as such, I always aspire to eat cleaner. It's also focused on 'holistic health' which addresses how a good diet alongside exercising helps you to be in a better mental place. 

The Green Kitchen - David Frenkiel
All the recipes in this book are vegetarian which is ideal for me. Generally I find making vegetarian dishes pretty easy and as Mr Nomad is a meat eater, I've got used to making vegetarian versions of meals, but it's always good to expand your knowledge. A few recipes I like the sound of: vegetable lasagna and cherry and blueberry crumble.

Deliciously Ella - Ella Woodward
Ella's book has been talked and hyped about in the blogging an YouTube community at the moment, although I have to say it does look as good as everyone says it is. Some delicious sounding recipes include: sweet potato brownies, super-food bread and almond butter fudge.

On a side note, I hope you like the new design of Nomad Notebook. I'm still tweaking a few bits, but so far i'm really happy with it.

Let me know what you think about the new design! Also let me know if you have any of these recipe books or have any that you recommend