How to make your first solo trip a successful one

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For those uninitiated into the world of solo travel, it can seem a daunting prospect to pack your bags and set off on a journey by yourself.

My first true solo trip happened during my third year of university when I flew to Lithuania to conduct some dissertation research for a few days. I remember sitting on the Ryanair flight at 6 pm, shaking with excitement as I was on a trip by myself for the first time.

Of course, I was in Lithuania to do work — but nonetheless, there is an excitement that comes with travelling for work…

Here’s when you should too

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I have a secret to admit. I have intentionally failed job interviews and I will probably do it again in the future.

The first time I did this was when I was about 18. I went to a job interview and was completely blindsided. I can’t remember the details, but I do remember having a completely different idea of what the job was going to be. When I arrived for the interview I was informed the job was door-to-door sales and completely commission-based.

At the time I was extremely blunt and told the interviewer I was no longer interested in…

A guide to getting out of your overdraft and staying out.

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When I finished my UK master’s degree last year, I was a couple of hundred pounds into my overdraft with very little income, if any, to try and climb my way out of it. Despite the fact that we have student “loans” here in the UK, we are lucky that you only have to pay it back when you start to earn a certain amount.

Unlike the United States, where you begin paying back your student loans as soon as you graduate, here in the UK, you only start to pay back once you earn above a certain threshold. …

I don’t miss a single thing about it either.

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In January of this year I finally pulled the plug on my de-activated Facebook account; I deleted it completely alongside my LinkedIn profile. I’m left with just one social media — Instagram.

Approximately 18 months before this I deleted my other social media — Twitter and Snapchat being two big ones.

I am liberated.

Until you live without social media, you don’t realise what you’re not missing. I don’t miss family arguments and debates in Facebook comments or seeing some acquaintance posting their entire night out on their Snapchat story. I don’t miss the toxic “work porn” of LinkedIn.



Don’t let society tell you otherwise.

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I grew up as part of a family in which drinking was the norm. Be it at family gatherings or my parent’s various work functions, I was constantly at events where drinking was the sole point of the event, and if people socialised or networked — then that was an additional benefit.

As a result, I grew up thinking that alcohol was not only the norm but the expectation in day-to-day life. I thought it was normal for people to have alcohol with every meal, but as I’ve grown older I’ve come to realise that sobriety is normality.

When I…

Gaining exposure to the Bitcoin market using Coinbase Earn.

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Are you interested in investing in Bitcoin but worried about the volatility of the market? Maybe you’re worried that you’d be buying at the peak of the market? Well, I want to show you one way you can own Bitcoin without putting any of your capital at risk.

Step 1: Open a Coinbase account.

You’re going to need to open an account with Coinbase (affiliate link — you get $10 worth of free Bitcoin if you buy or sell $100 worth of cryptocurrency — Don’t worry this isn’t the essence of this article!).

You’ll need to have your photo and I.D. verified and will have to…

Pushing past your perceived potential

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Perhaps you are tired of your current exercise or work routine. You might be stuck in a bit of a rut, lacking motivation. If that’s the case, then I’ve got the challenge just for you.

It is David Goggins’ 4x4x48. It’s four miles, every four hours, for forty-eight hours. The challenge is not only a test of the body, but it is equally a test of the mind.

You will need to overcome sleep deprivation, soreness, and fatigue to finish the runs. The challenge, however, is meant to be achievable for “everyday people.” …


But I keep ending up here! #hometowntourist

A seaside town on the east Kent coast. Photo credit to the author.

My whole life I’ve spent trying to get away from my home town.

“It’s small.”

“It’s boring.”

“It’s full of old people,” I used to say to myself.

I don’t even know if I could really consider it my hometown. I’m 24 years old and in those 24 years, I’ve probably been here for about 4 years of my life. That’s what happens when your dad is a foreign diplomat, traversing the world every three or four years.

I took on that same nomadic mindset as I got older. I don’t have many friends here — the result of a…


The tourism industry employs 1 in 10 people globally

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In 2019, tourism (directly and indirectly) accounted for 10.3% of global GDP ($8.9 trillion) and 330 million jobs globally (1 in 10 of the working population) (source).

You don’t need me to tell you what happened next, we all experienced it in some way or another. But just to put into perspective what happened in 2020, ten straight years of increased tourist arrivals globally from 2009 to 2019 dropped 74% to levels not seen since before 1990 (source).

Behind the statistics and numbers are real people. Not all of them lived in countries that could afford a $1400 government handout…

Travel. Culture. Living abroad.

Combining your passions with travel.

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Travelling for the sake of travel is enjoyable, but I believe that travelling to pursue your passion creates for a more immersive experience.

One of my great passions in life is coaching rugby. Since becoming an adult and being responsible for my own life (to an extent!), I’ve always tried to travel to further my coaching career.

I’ve always believed that “enjoying travel” isn’t a personality trait or a substitute for one. Travel is a means to an end, not necessarily the end-all and be all.

Everyone is passionate about something — for some, it might be writing; for others…

Benny Lynch

Like many 24 year olds, just trying to find my place in the world. Travel, sports, finance - not necessarily in that order.

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