Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Post travel thoughts

Hi everyone,

It has been a long while since I last wrote on here. But a sudden pop of inspiration and urge to write has brought me back tonight (I didn't mean for that to rhyme).

(I actually started this post a few months back but couldn't bring myself to finish or publish it until now).

So here goes, "post travel thoughts".

Traveling isn't free. You got to work to pay for it, even if that means 7 days a week with no time off. People often see the highs but dispose of the lows. Being able to travel doesn't run solely on "luck". Sometimes, it's about wanting something and doing whatever the hell you need to do to achieve it. It's about putting in time to plan and hard work to make it happen. I can honestly say that I am proud of myself to be able to do what I did.

But what happens after 1 year+ away?
Most people are scared to return home after traveling. Simply because the majority of us have no job to return to, no house, no car. We will return with less money than we left with, but feeling richer than ever. Rich with experiences, with friendships and rich with memories we can forever look back on.

But that's not all. Traveling is a risk we take when we decide to leave our lives behind. It is expensive and it is not as easy as it looks. Plane journeys are horrible and overnight buses are a pain- literally. Hostels (backpackers life) can be dirty and people may steal your food. Your hair becomes dry because you may not condition it as often as before, and you will learn to appreciate a clean towel and a home cooked meal.
There is no doubt in any of that, but traveling is the best thing I chose to do. It changes us as a person, and it changes our perspectives and outlook on life.
We learn, we grow, we overcome and we realise what truly matters.

You will meet all kinds of people, from all over the world. Some you will have an instant spark with, and others you may struggle to find a connection or topic to simply keep the conversation flowing. You may not necessarily have anything in common, but that will not matter as long as you share that same love for travel, or the way you both admire how the sun disappears in the horizon.

Since coming back, I have realised how much yet how little has changed. Everyone is still living the same as they did before: same jobs, same locations, same lifestyle. I'm not saying that's bad, just that I haven't missed out on as much as I thought I would.

When I first came back (last week of June), I was happy to be reunited with my family and friends again. But shortly after my arrival, I couldn't help but wish I was back in Australia again. I was so nostalgic that every night before bed, I would look back to pictures on my phone just to reminisce a certain moment. How depressing- right?!
It's crazy and scary and exciting how "home" doesn't have to be the place you grew up, but instead where you "grew" as a person. Where you found the "best version of yourself". And don't we ALL speak about finding and being that person?

After 3 months of being back, what I have finally come to realise is that (as corny as it sounds), happiness truly DOES come from within; not from a holiday destination or a travel location.
Whoever you are when traveling, whatever feelings you have and whatever you like about yourself, bring all of that back with you. Bring the best version of yourself HOME with you.
I have accepted that the person that left UK back in May 2015, isn't the same person that returned June 2016, and that is completely okay.

Before I left Engand, I often worried about the future and stressed over things that weren't even worth my time. But when I moved to Australia, I was so happy and free and inspired; so I thought to myself- why not bring that part of me back to England? The answer is- I can, and I have. So I wanted to share this with all of you, to say that you can too.
Don't allow your days to be dull and grey. Be the positive and happy person that you are whilst on holiday. Remember that you are STILL you, wherever in the world you are.
And I am still me whether I am in Australia, in Thailand, or in England. 

I hope I managed to make some sense tonight. It's currently 1am and I have had a busy day at work so forgive me for the babble and any typing errors.
Oh! Career update: I decided to try something new. Every day is challenging and exciting so I'm constantly learning which is great!!!

Thanks for reading! :)

Keep smiling, keep inspiring.
Love L x.

PS. feel free to catch me over on Twitter/ IG for daily updates (since I don't regularly post on here).
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New Zealand, 2016.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

How to survive lengthy bus journeys

Hi, everyone!

Sending greetings from New Zealanddd!
It is absolutely freezing here, but the scenery here is making every minute of our trip so worthwhile!

Today's post is about surviving lengthy bus journeys (as the title already suggests, but may also be applied to other forms of transport too).
I feel like I have definitely experienced enough bus journeys during my travels over the past year to share a few things I have learnt along the way.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

March Update: Sydney to Cairns

Hi, everyone.

It has been a while since I last wrote a post- as usual, but here is a little update.
For some reason, I always find myself sipping on tea (current favourite is Lauduree's The Roi Soleil) whilst listening to Canon in D Major as I type- it has almost become a part of the blogging routine!

Sydney to Cairns

Saturday, 2 January 2016

What does it mean to be successful?

Hi, everyone!

How are you and how is your 2016 looking so far?

I have been reading a lot of posts pop up on my social media recently, about goals and plans and how to achieve them and how to be successful in 2016. And it got me thinking, about how subjective "success" really is; about how goals can shape people's minds (in both a good and a bad way- I won't go into detail right now).

Friday, 1 January 2016

Hello, 2016!

Hi, everyone!

I started 2015 in Manchester and ended it in Sydney, Australia.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Australia, chapter 1

Hi, everyone!

I have officially been in Australia for 2 months today. Pretty crazy how time goes by so quickly, hey.
Do you guys remember 7 months ago when I announced that I would be flying to the other side of the world for an indefinite amount of time? Yes, it has been 7 months already! Previous blog post for those who would like to have a quick read: (http://www.lilysuen.co.uk/2015/01/hello-australiaaaa.html).

I said I would try update you all as much as I can, so here goes.

Saturday, 18 July 2015


Hi, everyone!

Big big apologies for going AWOL for the last 2/3 months. Life has been pretty crazy but damn amazing recently. Thailand for 32 days (MANNN, WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!) and now in Australia. Still feels surreal that I am here, but the surroundings around me; the beautiful city lights; the fast-paced environment and my random rushes of feeling home-sick constantly remind me that I am no longer in the UK.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Family, Friends, Travel, Work.

Hi, everyone!

I have been lacking time and energy recently, hence the lack of blogging. But today, I have had a sudden urge to write after a very inspirational conversation with one of our regular customers at work. It started when my boss questioned how and why this 70 year old man is still so hard-working. His reply: "I enjoy what I do, and I rather work than sit at home all day watching TV". I knew from there, an interesting conversation was about to spark.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Busy bee

Hi, everyone.

Can you believe that we are half-way through March already? It felt like NYE just last week; not long left until the Summer and overdue holidays that we are all looking forward to- the only motivation to keep us going for the next few months!

Friday, 6 March 2015

"Who do we think we are?"

Hi, everyone.

Since this post is one month late, would this count as a "Flashback Friday"?
A series of images taken with (or in this case "by") my friend, Chun (Adam) on 04/02/15 around Ancoats, Manchester.
Let the pictures do the talking.