Birmingham, UK


As we've all learned recently, there are going to be times where travel as we know it is just not possible. Whether it is due to finances, or you know, a global pandemic, sometimes you're just not going to be able to jet off.

So how have I been 'travelling the world' without even leaving my house?

Collage of photos from my travels

A big part of travelling for most people is trying out new and exotic foods. Although I'm the fussiest eater known to man, I too love trying out new dishes and tasting foods I never have before. So when I can't try those things in their natural setting I just have to make them myself, or get food poisoning trying.

I'm a massive fan of oriental foods so I've been trying my hand at chow meins, stir frys, fried rices ect. and I've got to say, I think I'm getting pretty good at slapping those meals together! I've also been trying my hand at a couple of european dishes such as Polish Sausage, and Chicken Souvlaki. Maybe I won't be eating these things in my preferred settings but for now at least, I'm bringing a little taste of travel to my own home.

My favourite recipes at the moment are:

If cooking isn't your thing, I'll bet drinking is and there's no harm in whipping up your favourite holiday cocktail now is there?

Photo of the chicken souvlaki I made
Another photo of the chicken souvlaki
Chicken Souvlaki 

Another easy way of seeing the world is through travel shows and vlogs. The internet is saturated with fantastic travel vloggers capturing every inch of the globe and telling their stories along the way. I know I could sit for hours watching someone else explore, even if it does leaving me wanting to get up and go myself.

My favourite travel channels at the moment are:

- Backpacking Bananas

If you have Netflix I'd also recommend the following:

- Expedition Happiness

- Dark Tourist

- Ibiza (not a travel show, but it eased my longing for adventure for an hour or two)

Front cover of Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy
Inside shot of Full Tilt
Full Tilt Ireland To India With A Bicycle - Dervla Murphy

If you're looking to get offline for a while, why not lose yourself in a good book? I've travelled thousands of miles with some incredible characters over the years, and lately I've rekindled this passion for reading. Over the last couple of weeks I've been dipping in and out of Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy. Murphy is an inspiring travel writer who in the 1960s rode alone from Dunkirk in France, all the way to India. Her journey is detailed in this book, and although I'll admit some of the use of language and the opinions are definitely of that time period, it is a fascinating read.

One other thing I've found that surprisingly helps ease my post travel blues is looking back over my happy holiday photos. Reliving my own memories and remembering the beautiful places I've seen not only fills me with good nostalgia but pride too. Seeing so much of the world is actually a big achievement for me and especially when I look back at my solo trips, I'm reminded again that I can do anything.

Over the last couple of weeks I've actually been curating and selecting photos to print so that I have hard copies of my favourite snaps and I can fill my room with my travel memories. Even if I can't globe trot right now, I can always be reminded of my past holidays.

Myself standing in front of the rock sculpture at Albert Docks in Liverpool
Various photographs from my travels in the last year
Places featured: Liverpool, Krakow, Malaga

So maybe travelling isn't my reality right now, but until I can go back to catching flights not feelings, I'm doing what I can to experience what the world has to offer from the comfort of my own home.

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  1. What a brilliant idea!!!! Grace - those pictures of those skewers literally make my mouth water! They look incredible. I thought so when I saw them on Insta. I must give that a go. I love the idea of bringing a taste of the country to your home! :-) Dharma X

    1. Thank you! I've doing whatever I can to bring a bit of travel home with me! x

  2. Such a wonderful idea - I am really missing travelling right now.

    1. Thank you! travelling is one of the things I've missing the most so if I can ease that in any way I will! :)


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