Where I’ve Been Around The World

If you’ve been around since the beginning, you’ve probably picked up on my fear of travelling. Planes, boats and even push bikes… you name it, I’m just a big baby when it comes to leaving the comfort of my own home.

Although I’d like to travel a bit more in the future, right now I’m an anxious mess and until I’m comfortable leaving my flat and walking around my own home town without wanting to tear up and run home, the rest of the world can wait just a little bit longer.

Places I'd Love To Visit

The places I’d love to go if I wasn’t such a scaredy cat

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However, in the past, I have travelled a little bit. A lot of family holidays were based in the UK, which is most likely why I’m completely in love with the idea of travelling our gorgeous little island before venturing out any further. We saw some beautiful things. Me and Matt even took the plunge and went on our first major holiday abroad together in 2014, which was a huge step for us as a couple and for someone who’s scared of flying!

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So, Where Have I Been?

England:

I was debating whether or not to include England in this post, as it seems a bit obvious, but travelling around the country is one of my favourite things and I have hundreds of fond memories with my mum, dad and brother from our holidays. There’s still so much to see, too.

I’ll always favour England over anywhere else – not only because it’s unbelievable how many of these stunning beauties are so close to home, but because I’m completely sentimental and it reminds me of all the great places I went with my family.

Bobby Bee's Camping Yorkshire

Camping was our jam. Bobby Bee’s, April 2011.

Mothershipton's Cave Yorkshire

My mum was always holding the camera. Mother Shipton’s Cave, June 2011.

Devon Family Holiday

Devon was gorgeous. It was an insanely long car ride, but the views were worth it. Devon, July 2011

The Hole of Horcum

We went on walks and hikes. Going right into the heart of The Hole of Horcum was a great one. Hole of Horcum, August 2011.

Forge Valley

I could go on and on and on… Forge Valley, July 2012

Wales:

As above, I umm-ed and ahh-ed about including Wales, but I guess it’s not England, so it’s not like I’m being completely cheeky.

Even though I absolutely love Wales, I’ve only ever been once. It was a family holiday to Mumbles, near Swansea Bay, in July 2009. It rained like mad and you couldn’t get signal (fair one, we were practically in the middle of nowhere), but it was so insanely pretty. Me and my brother spent a lot of time together on this holiday, and we’d go down to the empty beaches and take photos. I even saw scuba divers going into the sea, which was a first for me.

Mumbles Lighthouse

Source: Trek Earth

I’ve since told Matt about this holiday, and he likes the idea of it just as much as I do, so we’re planning to go again at some point.

Note: I was going to share my own photographs… but then I saw the quality of the images from my 2009 camera phone and decided against sharing those pixelated demons where our faces aren’t even decipherable!

France:

When I was very young, so young I don’t even remember, I went to France with my family, on a trip to Disneyland. Does it count if you can’t really remember? I’m going to say yes.

The only thing I can remember is one particular trip through a maze… Up until a few years ago, I actually still used to have nightmares about it. I remember a giant Queen of Hearts peering over a huge maze bush, and a really horrible booming voice. I vaguely remember my mum telling me to shut my eyes, saying “don’t look” because I was scared and crying. Who knows? Maybe my infant brain was playing tricks on me, but I’m surprised I love Alice in Wonderland so much still to this day. It sounds terrifying!

Belgium:

In October 2007, I went on a school trip to visit a lot of WW1 memorials in Belgium. Still to this day, it was one of the most amazing things I’ve done and I can’t believe I have the opportunity to see something so incredibly moving.

Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial

Source: CWGC

I visited the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, Tyne Cot Memorial, Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Memin Gate (to watch the Last Post Ceremony). Just, wow. Because it was almost a decade a go (well, that’s the first time I’ve been able to say that… I feel old), the quality of the images are horrendous and I’m hoping to revisit all the memorials with Matthew and my camera.

Portugal:

The family holiday to Portugal was another that I can’t quite remember. I’ve seen photographs, that are stored away in a dusty red photo album somewhere at my mum’s house but I can only remember random bits of information.

I remember my obsession with PokΓ©mon (especially Pikachu) was intense at this point in my life. I remember these weird boiled sweets that were in separate wrappers, but they were all attached and were as long as snakes. That’s about it. Again, I’ve heard stories and it sounded great… apart from the whole nearly-drowned brother story (he didn’t, he’s good now).

Tunisia:

The furthest place I’ve ever travelled to is Tunisia (before everything kicked off, the world went to shit and the next door resort was victim of a terrorist attack. Sad times…). It was a bloody experience, I’ll tell you that. I’ve never been so stressed out in my entire life but I’m glad we did it.

Once the horrible plane airport fiasco was over (we arrived too early, and didn’t sleep for nearly 40 hours), once the hysterical plane journey was over, and after the locals had stopped trying to steal our luggage, it was all good. The resort was stunning, and everyone was insanely friendly. We met some wonderful people, who we still talk to to this day too.

We had a private beach, and that is what made the holiday for me. The resort would hold games, like boules and mini golf, or we could just sunbathe and enjoy the many, many free drinks allowed in the all-inclusive wonder. It was gorgeous! One of my photographs actually won us Β£1000 in Thomas Cook vouchers in a competition too, so I’m definitely glad we went.

Tunisia Holiday

The view from our balcony. It wasn’t even Spring and we had skies like that. Very lucky! March, 2014

Tunisia Holiday

The apparently award-winning photograph of the private beach. It was beautiful. March, 2014

Tunisia Holiday

Playing games on the beach with some great people. March, 2014

Tunisia Holiday

This is bloody early March… I can’t even imagine what August looks like. March, 2014

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I couldn’t really ask for much more. I’ve been very lucky to see such lovely things, to have a family who showed me England’s beauty and a fiancΓ© who was willing to put up with my crying in order to find ourselves on the continent of Africa.

Where is the best place you’ve travelled, and what’s the furthest?

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-Morgan

50 thoughts on “Where I’ve Been Around The World

  1. New Zealand is the furtherest for me. And you can’t really go any farther than that. Too many places that I loved visiting! Tunisia was my first holiday without my parents and the first time I left Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia are absolutely stunning, I loved living in Thailand and England, and I had a great family holiday in Malta. Hahaha, I could go on for a while πŸ˜›

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    • Wow, you get around haha.
      New Zealand is a dream of mine that I doubt I’ll ever have the courage to live! I can imagine it’s insanely gorgeous though.
      Tunisia was my first parent-free holiday abroad too actually.
      As if you lived in Thailand, that’s incredible. How long was that for? :O

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      • I spent a year in Bangkok, which was an amazing and character-defining experience. Hahaha, it was my first time living on my own πŸ˜› It was really like jumping out of the nest to learn how to fly.

        I only visited the Northern Island of New Zealand (still want to go back for the rest), which is not as green as you might think since there is volcanic activity everywhere. It’s beautiful, but in a very gritty and rugged way.

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  2. The furthest I’ve gone in the States is from northeast (where I’ve spent the majority of my life) to the southwest (Arizona), and that was my first time flying. Otherwise I left the continent to spend 4 years in the British Midlands. πŸ™‚ After having endured transatlantic flights, I can concretely say the idea of long distance travel is a lot less appealing than it was 20 years ago. A jet-setter I am not… I prefer to stay a while (sometimes a long while!) when I get somewhere.

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    • You either have it or you don’t I think! My love for my home and my bed is greater than my love for travels. (That sounds boring, but I’m not, I promise haha!)
      Being from the UK, it’s hard to even imagine an intense cross country flight, and I sometimes forget how bit America is!

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      • I’ve never cared for “wide open spaces”…I think the closest I get is the edge of the Highlands or the Adirondacks. We live in New York state now, but I grew up mostly in New England, in states only about as big as Wales or Northern Ireland…so smaller is better in my view!

        It’s also about familiarity and routine and knowing what to expect that makes me comfortable… I really like the kind of day trips you can take, where you spend an hour on a train and go to a fun park or museum or aquarium…and you’re home in time for primetime TV and a frozen pizza. πŸ™‚

        To many people, they would claim that as boring…but these are also the people who think absolutely nothing of working 9-5 every single day…and to me that sounds utter torture. A lot of it is simply individual perspective.

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      • Exactly. I’d much rather spend my time doing lots of little things, such as day trips and camping, than go on large trips. I think it’s more varied, and then in turn, it’s less boring! πŸ™‚

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  3. Wonderful post, dear Morgan! Places you visited are enchanting! I have been to many places and all of them I liked. I do like Paris, always romantic, and Monacom a bit adventurous. I adore Poland and its High Tatra and I love traveling around my country, especially western part where there are mountains!

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  4. I’ve never been outside of North America, but by no fault of my own. I’ve been to Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, Bahamas. I had two trips, one to Sweden and one to Hong Kong, both scheduled and both cancelled because of things. Sweden was because I was getting married and Hong Kong was because my parents had to come home from there and we were in the middle of adopting. Good reasons, but sad I didn’t get to go.

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    • Wow, considering you haven’t left the continent you’ve been to some incredible places! Hawaii is on my dream vacation list. I doubt I’ll ever get there, because of the distance, but I’d love to.
      On the other hand, Sweden is practically on my doorstep. The difference distance makes!

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  5. I used to live in the Philippines and I also travel around the country a lot, there are so many great places to discover! Now that I’m in the UK, we’ve been going to Wales frequently and I agree it’s beautiful over there. We spent a week camping at Shell Island with my in laws. It was the summer so it’s crowded but otherwise, gorgeous place! We also like to do a lot of camping and walking at the countryside and the woods, you can never run out of places to go to in England πŸ™‚

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    • I had a friend who had family in the Philippines and I was always so jealous when we visited. They had a small hold with chickens and pigs and it looked so simple and happy.
      I agree. The UK is great. I love camping! We used to camp as a family almost every weekend :). I don’t drive yet though, but I can’t wait to get back to walking around the woods and the country like you :).

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  7. I think it’s legit that you included Wales! I was there just last summer (to go to the Doctor Who Experience – happiest day of my life so far!) and I loved it!
    Thinking about the farthest I have travelled, I’d have to say Oregon. I went there alone at 15 for my exchange semester. It was scary and exciting and I have some of the fondest memories of there.

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    • Omg, me and Matt are going on a Doctor Who holiday in Cardiff in April, and we’ll be going to the Experience too! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I didn’t want to be disappointed!
      Wow, that’s so far. You’re from the UK aren’t you? I bet that was a long flight.

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      • That’s great!!! Little advice, if you want to do the film location tour as well as the general DW Experience, you have to buy the tickets online. They don’t sell them at the place itself and you can only buy them in combination together. I didn’t know that beforehand and all the filming location tours were fully booked when I got there.
        I am actually from Austria πŸ™‚ I had a connecting flight in Frankfurt and from there it took 8 hours or so. I like flying though! I always befriend the flight attendants.

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      • Thank you for the tip, but it’s actually a coach trip package, so the holiday price comes with the tickets and tour included! We don’t drive, so it’s the only way we thought to do it haha :).
        Wow, Austria! Beautiful country. You seem so friendly, that it’s no surprise that you make friends with all the staff ha! πŸ™‚

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      • Ah okay, that makes sense! I spent 2 weeks in Cardiff and I just took the water bus there like 3 times hahahaha
        Thank you! I am always trying to be the way I want people to treat me. And I like Austria, even though I want to move abroad one day. It’s one of the better countries to live in.

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      • Are you a Torchwood fan too? I want to visit “Ianto’s door” haha :).
        I think most people seem to wanna leave their home town/country, whereas others think they’re just magical! People are weird like that. Or we all just like change :p.

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      • OH MY. That’s amazing. That’s so good. I hope it’s still there, I was worried I was living in the past and it would be removed! I can’t wait to see it.
        Ah, that’s fair enough. What field are you in? πŸ™‚

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      • Everything’s a little faded from the sun, but still there πŸ˜€
        I studied film, TV and media production. I’d either like to work for a book publisher (maybe in marketing) one day or as a TV producer. Not really that exciting possibilities in Austria for that though.

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