Such a fun day:) A huge order from ASOS arrived today from which at least 70% of the clothes had the perfect size and cut. Yeeey :) And the sun was shining today! Looking outside the window and seeing sunshine makes working much much better immediately! For dinner Michael and I went to So Restaurant near Piccadilly Circus. Hadn’t eaten Sushi for a while so I was happy to finally have some nigiri and sashimi again. And they also served Fatty Tuna which is so hard to find in London or generally outside of Tokyo I guess. So Restaurant’s sashimi platter is quite reasonably priced whilst the single nigiris are a bit more expensive than average. But it was yummy anyway :) After dinner we headed to China Town for a quick neck and shoulder massage. It’s not the fanciest of all places but I love the Chinese deep tissue massage and it’s literally a walk-in massage place: Give them 15 minutes and you feel like a newborn!
Fancy some sushi in London? This is the link to So Restaurant.
I love travel quotes as they always inspire me to plan my next trips :) My affinity with travelling and exploring was born when I watched my first Indiana Jones movie. I was around 8 years old and entirely fell in love with the way he would travel to far away lands and have the most amazing adventures. It still took me another 10 years until I was allowed to travel on my own though. Once I finally turned 18, I went to Malta with my best friend. We stayed around one week in two different hotels and had an awesome time exploring the island and its rocky beaches. From there on I was hooked and decided I want to go travelling forever!
Nowadays I still love all sorts of travel from fancy hotel & city hopping in Europe to exploring remote beaches in South East Asia. And I’m a huge fan of adventure travel and sports such as surfing, skiing, canyoning, rafting, caving, hiking and really just being in nature. To get inspiration for adventure travel read this one for a 7 m fall in white water rafting in New Zealand and to learn about the cultural differences in Europe read this one for travel lessons learned.
And here are my favourite 50 travel quotes that will make you want to want to quit your job and start your adventure of travelling and exploring the world. Don’t forget to share some of the travel quote tweets to inspire more people to travel :)
Best 50 Travel Quotes of All Times
Adventure & Travel Quotes
1. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” — William Feather
3. “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life and in change there is power.” — Alan Cohen
4. “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd
5. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anais Nin
6. “Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” — T.S Eliot
8. “Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.” — Annie Besant
9. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if we only seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharlal Nehru
10. “Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.” — John Amatt
11. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
15. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller
16. “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
17. “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – “WOW – What a Ride!” – Hunter S. Thompson
18. “If you can’t live longer, live deeper.” – Italian Proverb
19. “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
20. “I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” — Diane Ackerman
22. “A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” — Wilfred Peterson
23. “Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.” — Alan Sachs
24. “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” — Ambrose Redmoon
25. “Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!” — Friedrich Nietzsche
Life & Travel Quotes
26. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag.
27. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
28. “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
29. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
30. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener
31. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury
32. “Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” — Henry David Thoreau
33. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
34. “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy
35. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been. Travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux
47. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
48. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
49. “Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” – Ray Bradbury
50. “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
Bonus Life / Travel Quote
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs
What’s your favourite travel quote? Let me know in the comments :)
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There is usually always something that I spot in hotels that can be improved. This means that I generally don’t find many hotels where everything is perfect without a single reason to complain. The Imanta Resorts Punta Mita Hotel though seems to be one of these places. When we were staying in Sayulita for a few weeks, friends of ours flew in and stayed for a few days at the Imanta Punta Mita. As they didn’t want to leave the hotel to join us surfing in Sayulita (now I know why!), we decided visit them instead. So happy we did this! The hotel is seriously paradise!
The minute our friends told the hotel staff that they were expecting guests, the staff literally didn’t stop asking them when exactly we would arrive, whether anything special should be planned, whether we would have any diet requirements etc.. I guess you could say that the staff was super attentive :) And as the hotel wasn’t fully booked, there were around three waiters per guest – what more could you want!?
When we arrived at the entrance gate of Imanta Resorts Punta Mita the receptionist at the gate greeted us and a golf car was sent to pick us. The super attentive staff also knew exactly where our friends were at that moment and brought us to them – obviously our friends were hanging out at the private hotel beach :)
The entire beach for ourselves
The hotel is very small with respect to number of guests yet immense when you look at the hotel facilities and site. It feels like they literally bought the entire jungle around the hotel. The Imanta Resorts Punta Mita even offers private hiking tours to explore the hotel’s jungle preserve.
Now you can imagine how many other people you’d find sun bathing on the beach… NOBODY. That meant that we had a huge and super beautiful beach just for the four if us :)
After a bit of swimming and sun bathing we had lunch which was super yummy. Then of course we started drinking margaritas! After around 2 margaritas each we moved over to the sun beds and then went for a little walk to the Silent Zone of the SPA :)
Don’t drink and body board!
And another margarita later we decided that it’s the perfect time go body boarding! (Guys, don’t do that, especially if the waves break super steep onto the sand!) Rather than just having fun in the white water we, of course, had to swim out a bit to catch the (unbroken) waves properly (what a stupid idea!). The first wave smashed me face first into sand. I bruised my chin and my shoulder. After that I realised that the broken waves are probably much more fun after 3 margaritas.. The moment I turned around to check when the next wave was coming I saw how first Michael, then Jonas, were repeating the same face plant into the sand that I had just done! Oh well.. the wonderfully attentive staff immediately brought us some ice so Michael could cool his jaw.. fun times!
The cutest baby turtles in Punta Mita
Around sunset we had almost forgotten our little injuries and it was time to release baby turtles into the sea (read more about this here). It was so much fun, aren’t they super cute!?
For dinner we got changed and then went up to the roof top bar for some yummy food and, well, another margarita :)
The Imanta Resorts Punta Mita is seriously amazing and makes the perfect hotel for a honeymoon in Mexico. To read more about the hotel, click over to their website here.
Isn’t the weather super lovely these days? Looks like spring has finally arrived to the UK! And this makes it the perfect time for a little weekend trip to enjoy the sunshine even more :)
If you haven’t been to Edinburgh yet, move it to the top of your travel bucket list! Edinburgh is such a beautiful city with incredibly friendly people and stunning medieval architecture. I’m so happy that two friends of mine have moved there recently so I have even more reasons to fly to Edinburgh again and again :) There is so much to do in Edinburgh! Whether you just want to sit in cosy cafes, hop from one Whisky bar to another, visit the impressive Edinburgh castle or join the Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour at night :) – this city will never get boring!
Top 5 Reasons Why Edinburgh Rocks
1. The Medieval Heritage
I love medieval towns and cities and Edinburgh has plenty of incredibly beautiful medieval architecture including the Edinburgh castle, lots of cathedrals, and houses and shops. Just walking around Royal Mile will make it easy to imagine what life in Edinburgh was like hundreds of years ago. Did you know that part of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile was simply built on an already existing street? Head over to the Real Mary King’s Close for a walking tour that will lead you through a subterranean labyrinth of underground streets just beneath the Royal Mile. This museum is seriously one of the most amazing museums I have ever been to. You are guided by a costumed character who brings you so close to the stories of the people that lived there hundreds of years ago, totally loved it!
2. The Whisky
Edinburgh is actually the city in which I discovered my love for Whisky! The first time I tried Whisky I really didn’t like it at all, it tasted so strong and not sweet at all. A couple of years later I went to Edinburgh and joined the Scotch Whisky Experience next to the Edinburgh castle and whoosh! That’s when my Whisky love was born :) Apart from the ‘official’ Whisky tasting beside the castle you can also just choose one of the countless incredibly quaint and cosy little Whisky bars that are located everywhere in Edinburgh and especially in the old part of the city. Have a look at the menu in one of these bars – they serve SO MANY different types of Whisky, it’s amazing :)
3. The Size
Though being the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh doesn’t at all feel like a capital city. It’s not overpopulated like many other capitals and instead has the vibe of a smaller university town. You don’t need to take the tube for everything like in London- you can WALK! There are lots of great little spots in walking distance from each other that are perfect for having coffee or a picnic. Just stroll around and be led by the wonderful vibe and ambiance. You will definitely come across a cosy and super beautiful little shop or cafe in a narrow alley that doesn’t at all have any capital city vibe to it :) Or go for a walk up to the National Monument and explore Calton Hill for amazing panoramic views of the city. If you like Rome or Barcelona, you will also love Edinburgh :)
4. The People
Though it may be a bit hard to understand Scottish people if you are not used to their accent (sorry, Scots!), do try to mingle with them. They are incredibly friendly and warm people and will make your Edinburgh experience even more fun. And the accent from Edinburgh is actually not that strong, so you will probably be fine and understand most of the conversation :) Guess what, even the taxi drivers are super welcoming and friendly!
5. The Location
First of all, Edinburgh is super easy to get to. Just fly in directly to the airport or take a train to Edinburgh. The train from London, for instance, only takes around short of 5 hours and passes through super beautiful landscapes. Second, Edinburgh is the perfect hub for exploring more of Scotland. If you don’t have time to fly all the way to New Zealand, just do a road trip through Scotland which pretty much counts as a mini version of New Zealand :)
Have I convinced you yet to put Edinburgh on your travel bucket list? In a nutshell: For a short weekend trip, spend all the days in Edinburgh; for a longer trip, also head up to the highlands (read this for inspiration).
This post is in collaboration with Great Little Breaks, a travel company with lovely little weekend breaks and last minute deals for lots of destinations in the UK. And if you don’t fancy a city break, check out their amazing countryside breaks :) Can’t wait to go travelling again!
Chocolate lovers, listen up! If you will ever visit Kyoto, plan in some time at Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House, a lovely cafe specialised in organic chocolate. The place is a bit hidden which actually isn’t bad at all as it makes you walk through a quiet residential neighbourhood in Kyoto which is a super pleasant walk for an afternoon. It’s also a great way to see something else in Kyoto except shrines and temples (which, of course you SHOULD visit! – click here for a super pretty one).
It doesn’t take long to walk to the cafe although I think I needed three times the time that was suggested on google maps. This time I didn’t get lost, I just stopped so many times to take pictures of the neighbourhood and its little shrines and historic buildings hidden in between the houses.
Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House
When you arrive you are first supposed to take off your shoes (it’s Japan!). I was also greeted by a cute (huge) dog :) I love dogs so for me that was an awesome ‘hello’. I’m not sure if she is part of the ‘interior’ though, so she might not be there all the time. Be prepared to meet a cat or two though. I am allergic against cats but I didn’t feel anything at the cafe, so if you are allergic as well, you will probably be fine. As mentioned, Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House is known for its amazing hot chocolate and chocolate cakes, chocolate pralines.. well all things chocolate really. And, as you know, I LOVE CHOCOLATE. So for me this was a bit like heaven on earth :)
Interior of Nama Chocolat Tea House Kyoto
You are seated on tatami mats on the floor (Japan!) in a really beautifully decorated Japanese tea house. There are a number of small tables and also some bigger ones if you are coming with friends. I came with my Kindle and found a lovely little place next to the window / front yard entrance. The place is really so pretty so it doesn’t matter at all where you sit. I’d try to come on a weekday though as the tea house isn’t too big and may be a bit more crowded on weekends.
Best Chocolate cake in Kyoto!
I ordered a matcha tea and a chocolate cake with strawberries. The matcha tea was served with a little chocolate praline (super yummy!) and the chocolate cake was much bigger than expected (yeeeey!). After having finished my chocolate treat the owner of the Nama Chocolat Tea House came over and joined me for a short while. She is such a lovely person who had been living in Kyoto for ages but is originally from Canada. We chatted for a while before I continued reading in my kindle while having another tea. Have you tried matcha tea? It’s amazing!
I’m a huge fan of quirky, cosy, little cafes that are a bit different than the usual Starbucks etc places. If you are as well, you will love Nama Chocolat Organic Tea House :) The tea house is located here 76-15 Okazaki Tennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8335 , Kyoto. Google maps works great for this one!
Though Nha Trang has become quite touristy during the recent years, it has quite a number of fancy beach clubs and restaurants, SPAs and luxury resort hotels. When we were in Nha Trang we stayed in the Mia Resort Hotel, one of Nha Trang’s best resort hotels. It is such a beautiful hotel with excellent service and an amazing private beach area – you can’t go wrong with it.
Mia Resort Hotel
Mia Resort Nha Trang has a number of private villas that are perfect if you are after a very relaxed and peaceful holiday all set within a wonderful garden and luxury hotel facilities. For most of the days we didn’t even leave the hotel complex as it was exactly what we are looking for – total peace and relaxation. The food is amazing with a great choice of Vietnamese and Western food. There is an excellent SPA and most of all you have a beautiful beach just to yourself. The hotel is designed to not be crowded so you will always find a spot where you hear nothing but the waves, are supplied with delicious cocktails and can read you Kindle for hours and hours :)
The villas are super beautiful with lots of attention to detail, a big outside area and a huge bathtub :)
As you know I’m such a beach bum. Give me hot weather and a beautiful beach (for either surfing or scuba diving, or both!!) and I turn into Little Miss Sunshine. Nevis is a little island in the Caribbean that has exactly that: Beautiful and remote beaches with amazing scuba diving and snorkeling sites. I’m not sure about the surfing but the friend we stayed with did lots of kite surfing, so the water adventure sports addicts will be happy in Nevis, too :)
Our Way To Nevis
We flew with a good friend of mine from London to St. Kitts from where we took a ferry over to Nevis. There we stayed with Oli, a good childhood friend of my friend’s. Can’t believe he actually grew up in paradise. His Mom told us that the first few years the only clothes he had were flip flops and boarder shorts haha. Then he was sent to the UK for boarding school.. from sun to rain.. poor little one!
His Mom lives in a beautiful house from which you have a stunning panoramic view. I loved it when it was heavy rain and thunderstorm and we were sitting on her balcony, drinking wine and watching the rough weather unfold.
Things to do in Nevis
There is so much to do in Nevis! We generally spent our days in sunbathing in beach restaurants, scuba diving, exploring remote beaches or just driving around to see more of the island. One day we went sailing and did some fishing and snorkeling which was lots of fun. I love watching the sunset on the ocean. On another day we got up super early in the morning to climb the mountain in Nevis. That was such a cool day. I didn’t enjoy the way up that much but the way down was hilarious! My friend and I turned into little monkeys and fooled around for probably one hour until we were down again haha.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, have a look at the photos below :)
Little Beach Bar/Restaurant
The perfect view during a thunderstorm
Exploring remote beaches in Nevis
Traffic in Nevis..
Sailing and catching our dinner..
Bye, bye, can’t wait to go back to little paradise! To see another beautiful beach in the Caribbean, head over to Cuba here.
Mykonos is an incredibly beautiful island with a picture-perfect town of white houses with blue and red doors and windows. One of the iconic landmarks of Mykonos is the row of windmills from the 16th century which is located on a hill above Mykonos town. Though famous for its beach parties Mykonos is home to lots of quiet lounge clubs, excellent restaurants and cafes. It’s an island perfect for everyone no matter if you are seeking a romantic honeymoon, a stylish beach weekend trip or a crazy party weekend.
There are various bus companies that go from La Paz in Bolivia to Arequipa in Peru. You can take a Bolivian bus company (not the best standard) to the border of Peru and then continue with a Peruvian bus company (much higher standards and safer vehicles). My two favourite Peruvian bus companies are Tepsa and Cruz del Sur – both have been around for a long time, have a frequent service and modern & safe buses.
Another option is to go with Peru Hop which works like the usual hop on and hop off tourist bus that you see in bigger cities. The difference is that Peru Hop offers this hop on hop off service across Peru up to La Paz in Bolivia. There are two routes you can take from La Paz, either to Cusco or to Lima. Both stop in Puno and then split into the two different lines. The one to Cusco goes straight up and the one to Lima stops in Arequipa, Nazca, Huacachina and Paracas.
Peru Hop is perfect if you want to discover lots of different places in Peru and are looking for a cheap way to do so. It’s not a ‘luxurious’ way to travel but quite comfortable as in everything is arranged for you and you can even book accommodation and trips on the bus. That said, it’s catered for backpackers and so the options are mostly for hostels. The entire vibe is quite ‘backpacker’ like and also the trips are mostly for ‘younger’ travelers from 20 to 40 years old. If that’s exactly what you are after or if you are travelling alone, definitely go with Peru Hop. If you are after a bit more comfort and honeymoon style travel, consider a different bus company for your trip through Peru.
How we traveled from La Paz to Peru
We decided to go with Peru Hop from La Paz to Arequipa and then take Tepsa for the way straight from Arequipa to Lima. The bus that picked us up in La Paz was quite old, not comfy at all, no seat belts and no toilet (…the Bolivian style of going by bus). But no worries, this won’t be the bus you will have to spend the night in! As soon as we passed the Peruvian border we changed into a modern bus (…the Peruvian way of bus travel). Yeey!
From La Paz to Copacabana
The way from La Paz to Peru was still quite pleasant though as the way to Copacabana was super beautiful with great views of the Titicaca Lake (photos below).
We stopped for a few hours in Copacabana on the Bolivian side of the Titicaca Lake. There we had time to relax in a cafe and join the tour to Isla del Sol, an island around an hour away by ferry from Copacabana.
From Copacabana to Arequipa
In the early evening the bus tour continued from Copacabana towards Puno on the Peruvian side of the Titicaca Lake. Depending on which bus company you cross the border with you may be accompanied by the bus personnel to pass by the different border controls. Well, or not: when we went from Cusco to La Paz with a Bolivian bus company, two guests got lost for more than one hour. Peru Hop went WITH their guests to make sure that there are no issues.
We arrived in Puno later in the evening and took a break to get dinner. Most of the bus guests went together to get some pizza which was fun and perfect to chat with some fellow travelers. A few other guests decided to pursue their own dinner plans. So in the end everyone was fed and happy.
The bus takes around 6 hours to go from Puno to Arequipa where you will arrive super early in the morning. I think we arrived around 5 am. Lucky us, our hotel receptionist (who slept in a little room behind the reception desk) heard us banging the door and let us in. Our rooms were already ready, too , and we could still get a few hours of sleep before exploring Arequipa.