From Bangkok to Kraków in 96 Hours

Being away from my husband for the last two months, meant that we both wanted a little bit of time to reconnect. Just as us – doing the thing we both love. Travel. Our chosen destination this time, a place which Vince has wanted to visit for a long time, Kraków. I’ve never wanted to…

Recognising Success in Failure

I played 9 holes of golf on tuesday. The course we played was close to my home town about 30 minutes away. Bunsay Downs Golf Course. It was a beautiful english spring morning. Riotous green fields.  The smell of cut grass. A twitch of hayfever tickling my throat. I love the Badgers Course – it’s…

Drug Dens, Ghost Ships & Sand Flea Bites

I’d heard stories about this place since arriving on the island. The stories ranged from being told that inside the huge cruise ship, located close to the beach, drugs were cooked, card games played and tourists banned. Lives could be threatened if going in. Words were uttered about suicides – eerie visits and ghostly encounters….

Songkran. Thai Culture & the Power of Tradition.

Songkran… Thai New Year. A celebration which my daughter had wanted to experience when she lived and worked on Koh Tao as a Divemaster, a couple of years ago.  I felt excited this year to be able to be part of the celebrations, in my work as a Therapist on the little island of Koh…

Scuba Dive Koh Chang. Know Your Limits.

Know your limits. I’ve heard this statement so many times and in the scuba diving realm, knowing your scuba diving and decompression limit, is incredibly important in dealing with the challenges of being human and breathing underwater. Not our natural habitat. But what about other limits? I’m leaving Koh Chang soon and recognised that although…

How to Create New Neural Pathways in the Brain.

I’ve always loved to learn, on all levels and this morning, around 5.30 am, I found myself laying awake in bed and thinking about creating new neural pathways through the love and happiness brought about by my travels and how our choices in life can help or hinder us in doing so. What I’ve learnt,…

Thai Food to Tempt the Tastebuds

One of the best things about Thailand is trying out the local and national dishes. Living on Koh Chang for four months, enabled me to enjoy the varied and mainly delicious recipes, native to the country and from around the world. Pad Thai was served with large flat ribbon noodles. Chicken with Thai spicy herbs…

Be Mindful of Your Happiest Moments to Create a Blissful Life

Travel can teach many things and one of the lessons I’ve learnt, is how it invites you to explore, discover and then build a life filled with bliss.   Be aware-I’m not saying that life will not have challenges or difficulties along its path. What I’m saying, is that if you choose to recognise and…

10 Tips on Developing Happiness in Everyday Living

One of the things which I have learned as I walked the path which has finally brought me to Wellbeing. Is the importance of happiness: Happiness is not something which just happens – it is an art to be created and defined It requires dedication,  patience and perserverence It needs the development of inner listening….

How Opening My Heart Keeps Me Working As A Therapist

There was a moment as I resided within my little room, provided for me by DARA as staff quarters, when I felt the pain of my heart widening. Laying on my bed, earphones in. Listening to the playlist on my iphone that my daughter had created before I left the UK. No one had ever…

Fancy a holiday in Thailand? Try Koh Chang!

Koh Chang… I had never heard of the island until I was offered a job as an Addictions Therapist for DARA – a luxury drug and alcohol rehab situated in the jungle and towards the farthest and least touristy end of this little piece of heaven. One of my favourite places to visit was White…

What Working In A Rehab In Thailand Has Taught Me About Reverse Culture Shock

I wondered how tough it would be this time around… Reverse culture shock I mean.   After spending four months working as an addictions therapist  at the luxury resort, facility DARA. A boutique rehab perched atop a craggy hillside, overlooking the gulf of thailand’s sparkling emerald waters and nestled in a snug of the national park…