Two days to go…packing list 

Accidently didn’t post this…oops.
In 38 hours I will be boarding my first plane!
So, what kind of travel blogger would I be if I did not list every single item I’m travelling with or take photos of them in a laid out symmetric fashion? 
Usually I would only take hand luggage and place nothing in the hold. But with the suncream and mosquito spray I need, I’ll be carrying both types. 

However, my hold luggage is only 40L so can be placed in the fuselage if needs be (with my smaller bag within it). 

Hand Luggage 

This has everything I need to keep me entertained on board, as well 
Bag: Osprey Daylite Plus – Black 

Not pictured: GoPro waterproof pole, GoPro tripod 

Hold Luggage 

Bag: Osprey Farpoint 40 – Black 

Not pictured: White short-sleeved shirt 

Peace, BA 

Hello / Goodbye

Hello again!

Since we last spoke, which was at least two months ago, a few things have come and gone in my life:

  • I’ve handed in my notice
  • Enjoyed the final two months of my grad scheme
  • Received shining recommendations from my colleagues
  • I’ve met a wonderful guy and enjoyed every day we’ve spent together
  • Then broken up because I’m leaving this week
  • I have watched Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, both at midnight showings on a school night
  • I’ve bought ice-lollies as the temperature rises
  • Started to buy the last few bits for my travels (my pack list should be my next blog)
  • Visited new places and been on a few adventures
  • etc.

However, as I type, it is six days until my departure.


I left work last Friday. Since then, I have been seeing friends and family, catching up with those who are dear to me and filling my time with positive things.

My best friend has joint me from Manchester for these final few days, he and I are zig-zagging across the home counties to see as many of my friends as we can.

Hence the title of this blog, my time right now is filled with two simple but endearing words. Hello. Goodbye.


The time I spend with these people is bittersweet, as even in the boiling Sun which has hit England this June, this will be the last time that I see them for a while. For a period longer than I have gone before.


On the flip-side, these emotions are countered by my excitement and anxiety to get going.

I enjoy this limbo that I am in but I want to start my summer. I want to go and make memories next to a lake. I want to care for and encourage children to learn and challenge themselves. I want to meet other young people with similar interests. I want to celebrate Canada day!

I also want to swim, to run, to play baseball and to kayak! (Is that the correct verb? To kayak?)


My bag is packed.
My farewells are said.
My ticket has been purchased.
My visa cleared.


Goodbye England.
Hello Canada.


Peace, BA.


P.S. I had this in my head whilst writing this piece, anyone with me on that one?

Three Months Until Take-Off!

Today, Saturday 25th March, marks the three-month point until I fly to Canada!

This time, in three months, I’ll be sat on a plane at London Gatwick, waiting to take off and on to a bright and joyful summer!

Here’s a few things I’ll be doing before then…

  • Buy mosquito repellent (as I’ll be by a lake in summer. Not making that mistake again)
  • Go on the Stag Do
  • Go on the Hen Do – there’s benefits of being gay surprisingly
  • Get vaccines
  • Roughly plan what I’ll be doing in South Africa
  • Hand in my resignation letter
  • Plan leaving drinks
  • Sell clothes
  • Sell telly
  • Sell DVDs
  • Get visas
  • Sell everything that isn’t coming with me around the world
  • Move out of my flat
  • Move back to London
  • Go to my friends’ wedding
  • Pack my bag – [I’ll be doing a post about my packing list soon]

And that’s just the shortlist!

Peace, BA.

Nomadic Apples Origins: Fred the Minion

A few months before I scooted off to Mexico, a guy called Louis (whom I lived with) won a Minion at a fair. We called this minion Fred and Fred sat in our kitchen for several months, watching over our burnt pizzas and toxic fajita fumes.

When the time came to move out, my friend Louis forgot to take Fred and as I was the last person in the flat I asked Louis if I could take Fred with me to Mexico. Louis agreed.

Since that moment, Fred has been my travelling companion – escorting me to any foreign destination that my heart takes me.

We had fun in Mexico of course,


“We made it”

And in the US,

But since then, Fred has also seen

  • Amsterdam


  • Oslo

Cruising the Oslofjord

  • Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

  • Warsaw

Sigismund’s Column, Warsaw

  • And a lot of Italy, including the very impressive Coliseum

The Coliseum

and the giant lemons of Pompeii!


In Pompeii

  • And most recently, Copenhagen.
    Fred loved Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens – Fred enjoying a Glogg


Peace, BA.

First Post: Welcome

Hello! ¡Hola! Bonjour!

Somehow, in the disorganised mess that is The Internet, you found my blog. So first of all, welcome!




This blog was made with two main goals:

  1. To be a personal journal for my journey around the world
  2. To be a port of call for any interested friend or relative to find out what I’ve been up to recently
    (* P.S. Feel free to drop me a message on WhatsApp if you want a chat properly!)


But naturally, what comes of this space will be determined by my future preferences and my audience’s ideas.
In the future, I may wish to change it to a photo blog [unlikely], a way to connect with other travellers [likely] or a diary harbouring my ups and downs of travel [more likely].


Whatever reason brings you here, I welcome you and I hope you find this site useful.


Peace, BA.

Title Photo Rights: Cyanide & Happiness