The Camino. Go at Your Own Pace.

The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage designed to go at your own pace that leads to the Cathedral of Compostela, Spain; the resting place of Saint James.

Way of St James

The Camino de Santiago (commonly known as the Camino Trail) or (Way of St James) is a pilgrimage trail that leads to the reported resting place of the apostle Saint James in the Cathedral of Compostela in Galicia, Spain. It’s an individual’s journey so they go at their own pace and there are no designated start or finish times.

People from all over the world Christian or not, opt to take the pilgrimage for multiple reasons and a few of my friends have successfully achieved travelling (walking that is) the whole 800km (approx. 500 miles) journey. As it can take approximately 30 days, some people opt to do sections at a time, year after year.

The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage designed to go at your own pace that leads to the Cathedral of Compostela, Spain; the resting place of Saint James.
The Camino Trail
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Honesty Comes From Lighting fires?

Interesting how certain moments in time can mould us and how honesty comes from lighting fires. I was 8 years old and in hindsight an appropriate age.

Time can mould us

Interesting how certain moments in time can mould us and how honesty comes from lighting fires.

When I was 8 years old my brother and I were expected to come home from school and be responsible until my parents came home from work.

Although some of you might gasp at the thought of an 8 & 7-year-old being at home alone I don’t ever recall being scared about being on my own without parental supervision.

Years later relatives used to say that I had to grow up quickly.

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The Stingrays Made Me do It

Have you ever had that feeling? I have a few times. It’s scary but if others are doing it you know you’re not going to die. The Stingrays made me do it.

You’re terrified

When you first try something that’s foreign to you and completely out of your comfort zone, sometimes you can be overcome with fear. You’re terrified and to the point that you have second thoughts.

And, it was only a few hours earlier, you were fine with at but at the last moment something changed.

Have you ever had that feeling? I have a few times and it’s scary. But if others are doing it you know, that you’re probably not going to die. Right?

My story starts in the Cayman Islands where I was on a Caribbean cruise and we were docked at Grand Cayman so with multiple choices as to what to do for the day, apart from visiting Margaritaville, I opted to take a half day trip to swim with the Stingrays.

The Cayman Islands in the Caribbean look after those who have chosen to make a life of travel.
Margaritaville is a signature landmark amongst ‘Parrotheads’.

Why not! They’re beautiful creatures that don’t have teeth and these ones didn’t seem to harm humans either so what could go wrong?

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Need Eyes in the Back of my Head

Need eyes in the back of my head

This experience was in Xian, the base for those wanting to see the world renown Terracotta Soldiers and it’s something I’ve wanted to see.

I was soo excited but first we were taken to the city wall that was built to protect Xian from invaders but on this day I needed eyes in the back of my head.

Once at the top of this massive structure, we wandered freely and my backpack was balanced and fully loaded for me to carry safely. Succumbed

Succumed

Wandering on my own, I ended up in a building that housed a group of small stalls that sold trinkety things where I was succumbed by a stall worker.

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Ways to Organize a Retreat.

Like-mined people

Retreats have become very popular over the past 5-10 years and this could be because of the ‘group’ environment that’s been created through Social Media.

These like-minded people agreed that more human interaction is required so decided to find ways to organize a get-together so they could share and grow their interests instead of just meeting up ‘virtually’.

These gatherings were soon streamlined and due to popluarity became known as a style of a Retreat.

Originally a retreat was a spiritual gatherings where people could bring the body and mind back into balance spiritually and while this is still the case, people have realized the massive benefits so more centres continue to open.

A newer term was phrased which encompasses some of the original and part of the new concept so ‘Wellness’ became a household word.  

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Vanuatu. South Pacific Islands Getaway.

Vanuatu. South Pacific Islands

Living in Australia gives you the fortunate opportunity to visit Vanuatu South Pacific Islands. From Brisbane they’re just a quick 2 hour flight and although slightly North West of Fiji their culture and geographical landscape are quite different.

These islands are perfect for a quick weekend away! Lying under a palm tree sipping on a Coconut Daquiri while watching the Pacific Ocean lap the beach and coastline is a favourite past time. How good is that?

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Ways to be More Productive on a Business Flight.

Ways to be more productive ona business flight

Always the way

Whenever I have a business flight coming up it’s a concern about the time that’d be lost because I’m just sitting a plane so there’s always an intention to make the best use of this time and find ways to be more productive on a business flight.

It seems that having ideas of small tasks that I can do just flow while I’m driving or in a situation where I’m not able to write it down. Isn’t that always the way?

Only one idea

Believing something will come up, I trust myself but what usually happens is I have only one idea: The multiple half completed word docs that require my attention but after an hour or so, I’d much prefer to do something else such as a task that wasn’t so tedious or overwhelming and ongoing.

Ways to be more productive ona business flight
A Device that Holds Great Ideas
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Fiji. South Pacific Island Getaway.

South Pacific

Fortunately, living in Australia opens the opportunity to enjoy a South Pacific Island Getaway for a quick few days. This is because these islands are only a couple of hours away by plane for those who live in SE Queensland.

New Caledonia is the closest with Vanuatu next and then Fiji only taking a maximum of three and a half hours but these island nations are just a ‘drop in the ocean’ (pardon the pun😊) as there are hundreds more to explore!

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A Few Rules When flying

Do’s and Don’ts

In a previous blog I discussed some of the ‘get to know’ information for booking an online flight and so the next step would be, having some knowledge or understanding of a few rules when flying. Some of these do’s and don’ts can seem a little unusual.

We all live with different cultures, philosophies and beliefs so when flying we’re going to be literally ‘rubbing shoulders’ with an unknown person and because of this we need to consider all concerned.

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WHAT TO KNOW WHEN BOOKING A FLIGHT ONLINE

Ways to be More Productive on a Business Flight

2500 Flights per day

Did you know that Atlanta, Georgia USA is the current record holder as it has approximately 2500 flights per day? With this volume of flights to choose from it’d be beneficial have an idea of what to know when booking a flight online.

Even if you’re not flying out of Atlanta but you’re departing from Memphis, Melbourne or Manchester, there are still so many flights to choose from. Why not make things a little easier and help yourself to minimise costly errors when booking a flight online.

As we know, time is money so understanding the basics of the industry will benefit. Also, finding what suits you will lessen the possibility of getting caught somewhere; literally or financially.

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