A Look Back: Bath, England

Founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans, the city of Bath in South West England was cherished for its natural hot springs used as a thermal spa. Bath is one of 1,052 World Heritage Sites, and it happens to be one of my favorite spots I’ve traveled to.

Can’t believe this was 4 years ago!

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A Look Back at London

In July of 2013 I was off to London to study abroad for a month as a part of Northeastern University’s Dialogue of Civilizations program. I wasn’t blogging back at that point, so I figured I’d share some snapshots from my time there with y’all.

Photos below are a mix from London, Bath and Stonehenge.

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Got to see my main man, JT, at London’s Wireless Festival. He was incredible, as always.

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Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Create Your Own Adventure

Howdy, y’all! Hope you enjoyed the compilation video above…it’s not quite up to par but since my laptop crashed I have limited footage from my travels to work with! Womp womp. Luckily, my friend Michelle was the photo queen and her camera has the coolest feature that takes a few seconds of video before each photo is taken. Awesomesauce.


Since returning from my month-long travel stint, I’ve developed a new pet peeve. People telling me they “wish” they could do what I did…it’s driving me mad! YOU ALL CAN DO IT. Stop tying yourself down to what you think you’re supposed to be doing. It’s easy to rattle off excuses and obligations, and there are certainly valid reasons like finishing up school or what have you…but still. Don’t become a workaholic curmudgeon. (A lot of people also cite being in a relationship as an excuse which is something I can’t understand as someone who’s never been in one.)

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Last weekend, one of my best friends from college called me on a whim (waking me up), told me she was in town and heading south to Virginia for the Dave Matthews Band show…and I was invited. But I’d have to get ready and leave ASAP. My first reaction, which she accurately predicted, was “whaaaat.” Then, I immediately started thinking of all the reasons I shouldn’t/couldn’t go:

I just got back from a trip; I should be saving, not spending money.

How was I going to get back home? She was my ride there, but not back.

I had plans in NYC that night to meet up with folks I met during my travels! How could I cancel!?

Then, I could’ve kicked myself. Like, Jackie. You weren’t worrying about ANY of those things when you were off adventuring like a nomad drifting from one place to another, right?! So I said YES! I knew my traveling friends would totally understand too.

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Such a fun spur of the moment road trip! Thanks again for the invite Ty! I got in the car!!


 

In other news, I really want to get a job just to save money to be able to attend the University of Westminster next year. But then I’m wondering if it’d even be worth it…but I really want to live in London for a year…and then travel Europe after that. But we’ll see. I think I’d also be content working as an airline gate attendant which I’ve been looking into. Fast-paced, on my feet, great travel perks, interacting with tons of different folks…

Career suggestions? Fun spur of the moment travel stories? Share below!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Let Me Wander

Just as a painter paints, and a ponderer ponders, a writer writes, and a wanderer wanders.

Two years ago, I was taking a month-long documentary filmmaking class in London.

One year ago, I had a full time job as a PA at ABC News in NYC.

One month ago, I embarked on a solo journey to the West Coast for the first time.

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Vancouver, BC

Now…I’m back home in NY, deciding what’s next winging it. As much as I adore this city, I’ve realized how much your job (or lack thereof) really defines who you are here. One of the first questions you’ll have to answer upon meeting someone new in NY is, “what do you do?” But I’ve learned in my travels that your job doesn’t have to define you. I got to know others as human beings and vice versa; it was wonderful.

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Kerry Park, Seattle

Some have asked if I’ve gotten “it” out of my system. Traveling that is. Um, no. This is just the beginning. I was born to wander. You’re not learning or growing if you’re stuck doing the same thing day after day. What fun is that?

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Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, BC

I want to live in different places, continue to meet new people and enjoy all of the little things along the way. I’m not waiting “to be happy one day” like so many others. I was inspired by other travelers who sold everything, quit jobs and made moves all for the sake of travel and adventure.

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Seattle, WA

It’s amazing how little you can get by on. One of the things I actually enjoyed most in traveling was not having a whole wardrobe to choose from everyday; I felt like a cartoon character who wears the same outfit ALL the time. It was oddly freeing.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination; happiness is to be found along the way not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it’s too late. The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.

In other news, I was accepted into a graduate program at the University of Westminster for Sept. 2016! So maybe this time next year I’ll be jetting off to London again. Stay tuned…

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

There’s nothing more British than High Tea…

Full Disclosure: I hate tea. The aroma, the taste, everything.

I figured if I was going to come around to liking tea in any place in the world, it would most certainly be England. Folks there adore the stuff so there’s got to be something special about it, right? Perhaps. But not for this gal.

This is a conversation I’ve had on several occasions:

Friend/Foe/Person I don’t know: “Want some tea?”

Me: “No thanks. I don’t like tea.”

FFP: “Hmph. I bet you haven’t tried ____”

Me: “I’ve had tea in LONDON. Trust me, tried ’em all. Will never like. Where the coffee beans at?”

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So why would I of all people go to grab high tea in London? Because it’s quintessentially BRITISH and I wanted to of course! More for the food than the tea, obviously. Plus it was a fun opportunity to dress up, act fancy and dine in the famous Harrods Tea Room. 

My friends and I opted for the ‘Georgian Afternoon Tea’ which consisted of:

  • A selection of finger sandwiches
  • A selection of freshly prepared tea pastries from the patisserie
  • Warm, traditionally baked scones served with warm clotted cream, strawberry jam, rose-petal jelly and homemade lemon curd
  • Your choice of Harrods’ fine tea

The whole deal was £39 per person (roughly $60 U.S.) which may seem like a hefty price for someone who hates tea as much as I do, but hey when in Rome London…

DSC01086I opted for some kind of fruity/berry tea which was tolerable for a few sips but that was about it.

The food though. Who doesn’t adore finger food?! And I’m not talking Totino’s pizza rolls (…who am I kidding those are great…) but like…Harrods’ is a whole new level of FANCY, DELICIOUS little sandwiches DSC01083and pastries/cakes. I still dream about the mini lobster rolls. They were just so.good. Another great thing about this high tea business is you get to try one of everything! No awkwardness of having to split things in half or decide who gets to try what…you get it ALL! 

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie