Tuesday, 2 February 2016

For When the Wanderlust is Too Real

   My wanderlust is sporadic; sometimes I'll be completely content with staying in my room, reading a good book in bed with a cup of tea, watching the world go by and just being alive. For example, after spending three weeks in the Philippines with no hot water and persistently itchy, red ant bites on my legs, I was perfectly happy to spend the next week or so back in the UK doing absolutely nothing apart from being thankful for all the comforts that we take for granted.

   Other times, I have this wild urge to get on the next plane out of the country and explore beaches, towns and countrysides that I couldn't even dream of. Usually, I get this kind of feeling after reading Suitcase or flicking through Gary Pepper Girl.

   Regardless of my day to day feelings, one of my life goals is to travel well. I want to die knowing that I've visited all the places that I wanted to visit, satisfied in the knowledge that I've seen all that I could have possibly seen in my lifetime, as not doing so is a very frightening prospect. It's this ambition that keeps my wanderlust topped up.

   I've visited three continents and 12 countries in my life, which is a lot more than some my age, and a lot less than others. By the time I'm 30, I want to increase that to five continents and, well, a lot more countries - and this year, I would love to explore the UK and Ireland some more because we have so much right here on our doorsteps, but for some reason we don't think it's very exciting. Think of all the amazing locations - Stonehenge, The Giant's Causeway, Tresco Abbey Gardens, Portmerion (need I say more?) - and tell me that this isn't a beautiful place to live?

   However, for those times that the UK isn't enough, this top from fivepoundtee.com* sums up how I feel quite nicely. A simple cropped vest, this can be dressed down with ripped jeans or dressed up with a midi skirt - and once you've worn it out, it's ideal for wearing whilst lounging round the house, reading a good book in bed with a cup of tea...

   Shop the look here.


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