Category Archives: Travel with Katie

Every adventure I have whether on day trips around the UK to amazing experiences abroad.

Highlights from our London Mini Break


Jon and I ultimately planned to go to Wales or Bristol for a few days as a belated Birthday mini break for me. However due to his work schedule he was asked to be in London this Sunday to photograph Kobe Bryant, not wanting to miss this opportunity he asked if I wanted to come along and we’d stay an extra day just to enjoy some of the sites of London. I agreed because it had been a while since we’d had a city break and it would be a nice change of scenery, considering most of our destinations have been in nature and I really fancied seeing some art!

We were up at 5:45am to be on the road by 6:30am. Arriving in London at 11:30am, Jon rushed off to the venue where the event was being held and I spent 3 hours walking around Oxford street and leisurely lounging in a cafe over hot chocolate and reading a short story collection. Jon met up with me at 3pm in the Lululemon store and we had a bit of fun with their photo booth! The rest of the day involved locating our hotel, having an evening stroll around China town and the river front watching street performers and nosing in late night open book shops.

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Yoga in Bulgaria & Yoga Thoughts

yoga in Shpika, Bulgaria
It’s been a short while since I’ve posted anything on this blog that is yoga related and about my own personal yoga journey. I felt like I just wanted to share with you a few photos from my time in Bulgaria practicing some yoga whilst we were on day trips as well as some thoughts and life reflections I have already been discussing with my partner. First of all, I don’t know if you have noticed but I am a lot calmer than I used to be. In previous posts and in articles I was a woman ablaze with anger seeking justice and respect for my life choices whilst encouraging others to stand up for what they believe in too. But now I am beginning to see the fruits of my labour and people can see all my hard work is slowly paying off, the critics have nothing to be critical about and so I am left in peace to do what I want and it feels marvelous to explore my life without feeling weighed down by judgement. I personally detest unwanted meddling masked as advice, I enjoy constructive feedback when I ask the person I feel is appropriate for the advice but other than that I’m extremely headstrong and will reject opinions I never wanted in the first place, which can make me appear rude and abrupt to the person who is rudely telling me how to live my life (without my consent) Oh the Irony!

I personally don’t understand the need to be negative and critical of others, to me its a waste of good energy and really emphasizes how mean an individual is at their core and then I question why that person ended up like this? A kind of bitter resentment for their own life that they have to crap on other’s choices and journeys?
traveling yogi, Buzludzha

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I Dream of a Place…

Bulgaria, living abroad, dreaming
Being back from Bulgaria and reflecting on all the traveling I’ve done these past few years has really made me think clearly about the life I want. I know most people come back from holiday with the blues and the stress of going back to work but my sadness runs much deeper. I genuinely dislike coming back to the UK and its because I know in my heart I do not belong in that culture at this time in my life, maybe I’ll feel settled in Britain in the later years?

The moment I woke up the first morning in Bulgaria and I felt the warmth of the sun kiss my skin, the freshness of water melon upon my lips and the creak of the old wooden floorboard upon my bare feet, I was in heaven. I felt alive.
There is a deep yearning within me that wishes to live in a place that has a gentle atmosphere to its way of living, with a soft spiritual undertone. I dream of a place where I live in a simple abode near the sea or surrounded by never-ending woodland on the fringe of a small town. Of I place where I wake up and I don’t feel cold or damp and constantly need to wear slippers to keep my toes warm. Of a place that actually smells and sounds delicious.
I dream of a place where the fireflies sparkle at night and the wolves howl at the moon from a distance. Where the crickets sing and I watch bumblebees leisurely slurp nectar from flowers.

Whenever I go on a trip, it’s not just to relax and forget my stresses back in the UK, Jon & I actually research the country and it’s towns we visit to see if it could be called home? We even look at what properties are available in local estate agents and we weigh up the pros and cons of the location’s lifestyle, so far we’ve both agreed that Pokhara, Nepal is our favourite location to possibly live, in the future. I know people who live abroad and (for example) teach English online to earn money, who run tours and workshops, one friend on a whim went to work in a yoga studio in Portugal for a year and before that she was teaching SUP Yoga in Australia. I have read an article of a man leaving behind his horrible job as electrician for street lights in which he’d spend the cold winter months in rain jackets fixing lampposts on a meager wage to now running his own small boat cruises in Spain and being financially comfortable. The concept of having a job and working is changing and many jobs can be done wherever in the world. I know graphic designers who work from home, as do HR business assistants and even beauty therapists who’ve converted a room in their house into a small salon/therapy room. So, ‘home’ as well as ‘work’ can be ANYWHERE you want it to be!

The realization that living abroad is actually a possibility for me makes me happy. I just need to do my Teen yoga teacher training this August and get a few belly dance and kids yoga classes done to boost my resume then I think I need to take the risk. I want to experience drinking coconut milk from an actual coconut, to wade in the sea with manta rays, to learn new tribal dances from the locals, to slowly learn their language and read a book on a hammock right on the beach as I eat healthy, locally grown produce. To sit on the beach and not feel a chill in the air, to see the sea shimmer Bioluminescent waves created by blue algae and to be greeted by hummingbirds or exotic looking parrots on my balcony in the mornings would just be pure bliss to me.

To also be in a place that doesn’t treat me like a weirdo for my spirituality. Bali for example has this beautiful, feminine spirituality in its culture. They have small temples in their gardens dedicated to spirit guardians of the home and you have to honour them with flowers and food. How beautiful is that? I want to be in a place where I’m treated like I’m normal for talking about the chakras, moon blessings and dream interpretations.

I don’t need a big fancy house that’s worth a lot of money when I die or a luxury car and a massive paycheck every month. I just want to enjoy what I do (most of the time- no job is perfect), be financially comfortable, live simply and humbly, be as Eco-friendly as possible, travel as much as I can and love every moment that I’m alive and experiencing amazing things.

I dream of teaching English perhaps in a local Thai school as well as teach belly dance and yoga classes or retreats on the side.
Jon dreams of working on his travel photography, create videos of his explorations and perhaps run photography tours around the country we have chosen to settle in whilst continuing his freelance work as a commercial photographer for brands. And we don’t have to do any of this in the UK.

My mum always says “What is meant for you, will never go past you.”
So we shall see if we can manifest this life for ourselves, even if it’s only short lived, I’d love to be able to say “I did that.” and one day tell stories to my Grandchildren of all my adventures!

Portugal, the Algarve: Lagos

Lagos
we stayed over night in a hotel in Portimao instead of heading back to Faro so that we could catch an hour long train journey to Lagos. The main reason we wanted to venture here was for the cliff side walk which makes this part of Portugal famous. The coastlines here are breathtaking and another destination to put on your bucket list.
Lagos is probably our favourite place during our stay and we both said we could live here, although we have no idea what the high season is like however it did appear less commercialized than Portimao.

Lagos town has quaint shops and your usual souvenir stores alongside cobbled streets and beautiful architecture, it had a sleepier aura than the high rise resort complexes of Portimao. First we ventured to a local fish market to see the locals doing what they do best. The Portuguese are renowned fishermen throughout history, hence the reason why so much of their murals depict sea goddesses and mermaids on stone walls and I am pretty sure they have their fair share of pirate tales too!
Lagos is a harbour town so there are all kinds of fish on the menus of all restaurants, we stepped into a local fish market and found it intriguing because there was an array of fish, squid, crab and octopus plus this is their livelihood and it’s good to be involved in another culture somehow, it was also great for Jon’s photography, capturing a small glimpse into how people live in a different culture.

visit Lagos

attractions in Lagos

the beauty of Lagos

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Portugal, the Algarve: Portimão

Portimao
To have a whole day in Portimao (during winter with less hours of sun) we were up very early to catch the first morning train. I think we were up at 6am to be at the station by 6:30am and on the train at 6:45am. We decided to book an overnight stay in an apartment in Portimao since we planned to visit Lagos for our last day and so it saved us from going back to Faro only to board an even longer train journey to Lagos. Getting on a train in Portugal is very easy, much like the UK, you just turn up and buy a ticket.

We arrived in Portimao at about 9am which is perfect timing since all the businesses were getting ready for the day. We opted to find our hotel first in order to leave some of our things in our room. We were a little bit disappointed with the weather because rain was to be expected and I forgot to bring my rain coat. From sunrise until 11am I was cold and felt a bit damp but I didn’t let it bother me too much since how many people have opportunities like this, to travel and enjoy another culture? The weather was expected to clear up later in the day and Jon bought me a breakfast burger to cheer me up!

algarve

Portugal

visit the algarve

visit Portugal

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