| MY PERFECT SUNDAY

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Although I’m usually working on the weekends, I always like to imagine my ideal Sunday. Personally, I think its the best day of the week. I know its Monday the next day, but because I always work mixed shifts it doesn’t really make a difference to me! So here goes my perfect Sunday…

  • Waking up at 11:00am. 
  • First thing to do when I get downstairs? TEA. I’d make myself a very big cup of tea.
  • Turn that SKY box on. I think its a Friends kind of day. Comedy Central pls.
  • Have a nice hot shower. Feel fresh and comfortable. Change into the ultimate cozy clothes. 
  • Tea is all gone. Hungry. Bagel time.
  • Marathon of Friends is over. 
  • Bring the Ps3 down. Netflix that shit up. Continue watching episodes of a TV show.
  • OK too much technology for one day. Siblings are coming over soon. Need to socialize.
  • Eat a roast dinner. Because it’s Sunday and obviously that’s what we gotta eat.
  • Watch a classic film with all of them. Something like Home Alone, The Goonies or Stand By Me – because those films never get old.
  • Socialize some more.
  • Haven’t been the gym in a while. Might go later.
  • Doesn’t go later.
  • It’s 7pm. Time to go on ASOS and purchase something amazing for myself.
  • Read at least two chapters of a book. (If I’m reading something at the time)
  • What’s been happening on Insta/Twitter today? *scrolls down*
  • 9pm. I begin to write down my plans for the next coming months. How much money will I need to save in order to pay off my trips? Continue researching travel companies and see what they offer. Notes everything down.
  • Watch a few Vlogs and read a few blogs. Love da shittt.
  • TripAdvisor. Time to read some reviews for places in the UK and pretty much everywhere else.
  • It’s been a long day. 
  • Tea. Chocolate. Movie. Bed. ♥

And that guys, is my ideal Sunday.

Alice x

| JUST A LITTLE THOUGHT . . .

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This time last year me and my friend finished work at 11:00pm. Whilst walking to the petrol station to get our scratch cards and Red Bull (we were quite addicted) she mentioned to me that her life long dream was to go travelling.

At the time I didn’t really think about travelling much, because my main goal was to save money and go to drama school. However, working in a hotel soon changed that, and before I knew it, I jumped onto the travelling bandwagon. 

As soon as I got home, I researched travelling for hours. Backpacking, travel companies, cheap flights, hostels, activities Etc. This constant researching occurred for a few months more, and finally, I presented all of these things that I had stumbled across to my friend, but she didn’t really seem… as bothered or committed.

Fair enough, we both live two different lives, but I couldn’t help but think – if she wanted to do it years ago, why hasn’t she done it? Then it hit me. To go travelling, you need to be motivated, determined, and able to drop of everything at the drop of a hat. This was ideal for me as I had nothing stopping me, all I need to do is save some money, plan, and jump on that plane with no regrets. 

In the space of a year, I managed to book two massive trips, plan them all by myself, and save up for them, leaving me with a bit of money left over (Always a bonus). It just makes me think, if I can do this, then anyone can, right? 

If you really, and I mean really want to go travelling, you won’t let anyone stop you. Some people say they really want a travel buddy. Sure it would be great, but if you didn’t have one is that really going to stop you from going and creating the best experiences of your life? This is your life. Screw everyone else, do what makes you happy. You don’t need people to hold your hand. You don’t need Grow a pair and learn to become more independent. Because life is really going to pass you by if you keep waiting for people to tag along.

Do you. Live YOUR life to the fullest.

Just a little thought…

Alice x

☉ | WHATS ON MY BUCKET LIST?

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Life is short, right? Do we wanna live an average life, or die knowing we lived it to the fullest? Here’s my bucket list…

Go skydiving

Learn a new language 

Waitress at a Cafe in Paris 

Conquer my biggest fear

Go Skiing

Pursue my passion

Befriend a stranger

Go scuba diving/snorkeling

Climb a mountain

Make a difference in someones life

Visit Taj Mahal

Bake a cake

Go on a Longtail boat in Thailand

Cook a Christmas dinner

Walk the Great Wall Of China

Go to a full moon party in Thailand

Do an all nighter in Vegas

Fly in a hot air balloon

Do volunteer work

Pack a bag and set off for a random location with no itinerary

Hike Angels Landing in Utah

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Swim with dolphins

Live in a different country for at least six months

Visit a volcano

Fly in a helicopter

Learn sign language

See the Northern Lights

Trek to Machu Picchu

Visit the Amazon

Go whale watching

Visit the Grand Canyon

Go mountain biking in Moab

Get married in Vegas(not legally)

Go horseback riding at a cowboy camp in Texas

Dive the Great Barrier Reef

Set foot on Antarctica

Take a great American road trip

Take a European road trip

Get high in Amsterdam

Travel around South America

Climb the famous rocky steps in Philadelphia

Be on TV

Go to Drama School

Star in a movie

Go camping

Fly first class

Jump off a cliff

Sail a boat

Rappel down a waterfall

Rappel down a cave

Snowboard

Learn to surf

Whitewater rafting

Wrap a snake around my neck

Feed a Koala Bear

Ride an Elephant in Thailand

Hold a Monkey

Swim with Sea Turtles

Walk on a black sand beach

Knit a scarf

Jump into a pool fully clothed

Work on a pottery wheel

Go to a drive in movie

Go Stargazing

Ride on a Ferris Wheel

See an Opera

See the Tour De France

See a Wimbledon match live

Watch the IMDB top 250 movies

Skinny dip

Learn to juggle

Drive Route 66

Do the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Learn the Hula in Hawaii

Visit Lake Louise

Witness Niagara Falls

Travel around Canada

Visit the White House

See the Golden Gate Bridge

Visit the Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Visit the Yellowstone National Park

Have a picnic in Central Park / New York

See the Statue Of Liberty

Take a selfie in Times Square

Visit the Empire State Building

So there you have it. These are the top 86 things on my bucket list. I’m sure there are so many other things that I would like to experience, see, learn or witness before I die, but I just can’t think right now OK. Oh and BTW, those highlighted are things that are happening in the next year or so. HOW EXCITING!! 

I really enjoyed writing this. 

What’s on your bucket list??????? 

Alice x

C O N T I K I | Thai Island Hopper West Adventure

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IN 90 DAYS I’LL BE IN THAILAND, BABY! 

  • Who did I book it with? Contiki.
  • Who are they? Contiki are a Travel group which offer unique trips around the world for pretty much everyone aged 18-35.
  • Pick and choose out of 50 countries & leave with absolutely #noregrets. Want an eight day adventure? Or is that too short? Okkkkk, 20 days alright for you? More you sayyyyy? How about fifty days! That’s right. You will always be able to find a trip with Contiki that you are so longing for.

So what will I be doing? ll be hopping islands from busy Phuket, heading over to paradise on legendary Koh Phi Phi, and then finally, Krabi to witness it’s incredible views! I’m hoping to visit Tiger Kingdom, famous temples, scuba dive in beautiful exotic water, and take a day trip at the James Bond Island. As well as that, I hope to enjoy “The Beach Experience” (in reference to Danny Boyle’s The Beach which starred Leonardo Di Caprio, 2000).

I decided to book this trip as Thailand is on the bucket list for me. It hasn’t always appealed to me weirdly enough; but after my sister came back from Phuket in April this year, boy was I jealous. The photos couldn’t have possibly done it justice. It looked absolutely stunning. It’s also cheap as hell out there, so I thought… Why not? If I can afford it, why the hell not?

Another good thing about this trip, all the essentials are included in the price. Accommodation, travel, food and a few other inclusions! 

So far there are around fourteen people on the trip. Who in which are mostly from New Zealand or different parts of the U.S. I think a few people are bringing friends, but there will also be a lot of solo travellers as this is extremely common with Contiki. Wooooo to travelling alone! (Because I’m doing that).

I’ll be writing a review on the trip afterwards, so stay tuned!

Alice x

Reasons why I want to travel

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To become more independent. I feel like in the last 20 years I’ve relied on my parents/older siblings a LOT. Each day I look at my countdown app to see how many days I have left until I’m jetting off out of the UK by myself. Even typing that made me feel a little woozy. It’s a bloody scary thought! What if I get lost in the airport? What if I miss my flight? What if I lose my luggage? OMG where’s my passport? Don’t tell me I’ve left my travel visa at home? See what I mean?! Realistically, it all comes down to initiative and common sense. If I get lost in the airport (which 98% will happen because I’ve never flown by myself before) I’ll ask someone for help. Erm, I’ve been counting down the seconds for this trip since like forever, am I really going to forget the most important documents like my passport and visa? I think not! But it’s still something in the back of every first time travelers mind, and once I experience this daunting airport experience by myself, I’ll definitely become more independent.

To meet new people. I’ve lived In Hounslow, London, for 20 years now. That’s my whole life. Secondary school consisted of seeing the SAME faces for seven years. Even going outside of Hounslow sometimes meant bumping into people I pretty much always see. I’ve worked some boring jobs, which meant having to endure people I didn’t particularly like or click with for days after days. That’s the thing. It gets so very boring, and I know it’s a cycle that everybody has to go through, but personally I need to meet some new people now, hear some different voices, share my passion for travelling with like-minded people who all in all just wants to have a good time. Meeting new people in different countries and learning about the way they live, why they decided to travel, the places they wanna go, what things they want to tick off their bucket list, their culture, sharing unique & special experiences with people, having connections with people who live on the other side of the world is a rare thing, but I want to experience that. No, I need to experience that, and I shall!

To learn about myself. After all I’m going abroad alone, I won’t have my pals and family there to support me, nobody will know me. It’s up to me to be able to make friends, cook at camp, clean up after myself, budget my money, overcome POSSIBLE fears (from what I’m aware of, I’m not scared of anything like heights etc, could I be wrong?) What am I really like to live with? Will everyone like me? Or will some hate me? Can I handle being on the road in a small van with strangers for up to 8 hours on a sunny day when I get travel sickness? Will I be able to wake up super early everyday? Truth is, I don’t know, because I haven’t experienced it, but I know it’ll be a learning curve for me and will make me stronger as as a person.

To see what the world has to offer me. I’m 20 years old, how am I supposed to know what I want to do in life if I haven’t gone out and lived it?

AND of course, to have the BEST time of my life.

Do you want to travel? Let me know your reasons why!

Alice x

COAST TO COAST SOUTH | TREK AMERICA

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Would you just have a look at that amazing map. That’s right, me, Alice Kerr,  will be trekking over nineteen states, from the North East to the tip of Florida and on through plains, National Parks, mountains and canyons to the Wild West Coast and the sparkling Pacific Coast. I’ll pass through tribal lands and the towering buttes of Monument Valley, listen to vibrant Jazz and Blues in New Orleans and hike the awe-inspiring trails at the Grand Canyon, all of which make this one HELL OF A ROADTRIP!!

At the beginning of the year, I had one of those motivational talks with myself. “Alice, this year you’re going to get yourself booked onto epic adventures, plan away and save money like your life dependended on it!” I just kept thinking, I’m young, I should be living, not being bored to death cooped up in some godforsaken office. – so I booked myself onto this trip, looks amazing, right?

its organised by a travel company called Trek America, who offer a range of tours from four days to three months! My trip is primarily a camping trip, with some nights spent in hotels, hostels, cabins and Bnbs, and we are transported from location to location by our experienced trek leader who will drive us around in a mini bus. There are usually around twelve people on each trek, however I haven’t met anybody from my trek yet as it is still early days!

I’m getting excited/nervous just thinking about about it. I’ve never done anything like this before & it’ll be so challenging. This trip will  involve going out of my comfort zone, as I’ll be with a group of strangers for 33 days! I’ll learn so much about myself, as well as having an awesome time and hopefully make some friends for life.

if you’re interested in doing a tour with Trek America, google it now! You won’t regret it.

I’ll be blogging closer to the date about what I’ll be taking with me, where I’ll be staying & other things like Visa information & spending money ETC.

Have you been on a tour with Trek America before? Tell me your experience!

Alice x

GAP YEAR(S)

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When I was around eighteen years of age, I wanted to leave school & go on to either university or drama school to study acting. It was something that I thought would 100% happen. I had no doubts. When everyone, including myself received our grades at the end of sixth form, there were happy faces, sad faces, and blank faces like mine. To be honest, I didn’t really know what to feel. Reality hit me. Did I really want to study for another three years? Or did I want to experience something new? yuup. you guessed it. I was craving a new experience. Which is why I decided to take a gap year.

I’ve come to notice that gap years are frowned upon. A lot of people think that it’s just a fancy word for doing nothing with your time, and they’re wrong. After sixth form I set out a plan for myself. Get a job, save as much as you can, go on holidays and get private acting tuition. I thought it would be a piece of cake – I was wrong!

I started working at New Look, it was alright. The people I worked with were cool but it was a lot of hard work. I wasn’t working full time so I was only receiving around £400-500 a month which I thought would be enough, little did I know! Like any teenage girl with a bit of money in her pocket, I decided to spend it on either clothes or going out. I only worked there for about 6 months so in the end I had saved nothing. stupid me.

I then started working at Holiday Inn, which was a right laugh! Not only did I gain hospitality experience, but I actually enjoyed going into work. The people that I worked with were fun & kind so I had nothing to complain about. I also saved a bit more cash (as I was working full time) so that was a huge bonus. So, I had a full time job, saving for what I thought would be tuition money, but as the months went on, I found myself slowly drifting from this objective, but focusing more on travelling. oh, I  ♥ that word.

It turns out, witnessing people from ALL over the world come in & out of the hotel everyday, embarking on their amazing adventures & telling me all kinds of stories, kiiinda changed my whole perspective on life. ( I’m aware of the cheesyness)

This doesn’t mean that I’ve completely forgotten about going to drama school, but before then I would LOVE let my hair down and travel. We only get one life and I refuse to just get a degree, get a job and have a family. There’s so much to see, so many people to meet & SO much to learn.  I can’t wait to share all of my upcoming adventures with you all!

So that’s why I decided to take a few years out of education, to live, to explore.