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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Ways Solo Travel Changed Me

Ways Solo Travel Changed Me
Thursday, 20 July 2017
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I am a strong believer that everyone should travel solo at least once, travelling with friends has a massive appeal and is incredible fun. However solo travel enriches you on a deeper level, you learn lessons about yourself which you would of never discovered.

Solo travelled proved to myself of just how much I am capable of, if you had told me a year ago I would be travelling Australia alone for the most part, I would not even be able to comprehend that little stressed, anxiety consumed me was even capable of attending a party surrounded by mates let alone putting myself out there to the big world wide in my pure venerable state. I have been able to handle everything that was thrown at me, by myself, come up with solutions to every problem and this a irreplaceable quality.

I learnt what was important to me, what made me truly happy and what my priorities in life are. I felt truly content, and so very happy with where I was and what I was doing. I just wanted to see more, do more and soak up more of this amazing country. I realised that happiness is something you should endeavour to discover in everything you do, life is way too short not too.

The importance of my family, and true friends became very apparent. Although I often wished they were experiencing things with me, it made me appreciate them even more. I realised just how lucky I am to have a family that supports every single decision I make, regardless of what they think of it. I have friends who have stuck with me, taken interest in everything I've been doing despite the time difference. My friends and family are all so busy living their own lives, but they still had time to take an active interest in mine and for that I am eternally grateful.

I learnt that comparison really is the thief of joy. To enjoy what I was doing, being inspired what others were doing, but not let anyone else's pictures or stories make mine seem any less impressive. I mean I left school, came to Australia, travelled and worked for 12 months and had the time of my life, nobodies adventures could compare to what I've experienced, the memories, the lessons I've learnt. They are all mine, and mine only.

I learnt true independence, something which I had never experienced before. Not only could I do whatever I want, with no one stopping me, I was also completely responsible for myself, for my safety and for my adventures. Nobody was going to stop me partying till the sunrises, but nobody was going to pick me up and tuck me up into bed while I nurse my hangover either.

The list could go on and on, solo travel teaches you so much and you will come back a completely different person than when you left. 

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

New and Improved

New and Improved
Sunday, 16 July 2017
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So I've been blogging for over three years now, which is crazy. I started this blog one Christmas after watching endless YouTube videos on cold evenings snuggled in bed. I discovered the likes of Tanya and Zoe. But also people like Chloë Morton, Emily Canham and they are who inspired to start this blog. 
I realised I love makeup, I wanted to be apart of this community so as well as reading and watching, I started writing and sharing my own content and people started engaging. I have never found a passion like blogging, something that I felt like I could do but something that I also could develop and improve. Constantly wanting to make it better, produce more content of a higher quality. 
When I came to Australia nearly a year ago, posts began to fizzle out. I felt less inspired to write about makeup, I didn't find the time and so I stopped. Despite this my blog has always been important to me, always on my mind and something I was not going to give up on. So, I'm relaunching it. I'm starting over, and am going to reignite my passion but with a new twist. I always intended that O is for Ottilie would change and develop as I changed and developed, so after this year away its time for a big change.
Loads more travel posts, I've travelled round a lot of Australia, captured loads of memories which I cannot wait to share, tips and tricks I've picked up on the way. I've found a new passion, or hobby in travelling and discovering the world and it's something I want to share, to write about and promote. 
I want content to be regular but not forced, I haven't earnt a penny from this blog so I'm not about to fund non stop trips across the globe just for new content. There will be times when I'm not travelling and therefore will not have new travel posts to share, and if I'm perfectly honest who knows what I'm going to write about. Maybe when I go home, and get reunited with my ridiculously oversized makeup collection that passion will once again begin but right now I hardly wear makeup, so how can I talk about it, test it or share it. A little part of me does miss it though, so the keep a balance, I will continue with beauty posts just expect a little more variety. There really will be something for everyone. 
I named my blog O is for Ottilie to allow myself to be myself on my blog, talk about whatever I wanted, and therefore change was inevitable. But change is exciting, and sometimes just what you need. 

It's been a long time since I posted, so here goes to a fresh start and hopefully another few years of O is for Ottilie. 

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

End of An Era

End of An Era
Thursday, 13 July 2017
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Twelve months ago I sat in Hong Kong airport and wrote this post, sleep deprived but full of uncontrollable excitement for the adventures which were awaiting me. Hours of travelling left, but more than half of it behind me, even the thought of another 10 hours sitting on in a cramped up plane couldn't dampen my mood. 

Twelve months on, I am sitting in Hong Kong airport writing this post. My year has come to an end way too quickly, 10 hours ago I turned my back on the best thing that ever happened to me. Gave my friends one last quick hug goodbye, walked through the gate and didn't let myself look back once, the idea of returning home fills me with pure terror, I feel like an idiot, I have never been as happy as I was in Sydney, travelling Australia, making amazing memories with my mates and I left just like that, I refused to let myself feel the emotion of leaving, because no one will ever understand the experience which I have had, the changes which I have gone through, no one else shares those memories except the few special people I made them with.

Australia was everything I imagined and more, I have fallen so hard in love with this beautifully, unique yet oddly familiar country. The people, the beaches, the animals everything has made me fall for this place which I am now putting miles between me and the sunny beaches of Sydney. I cant put into words how much I have learnt, grown and changed during this year. I never want to take any steps back to how I was before I left, because Australia has changed me only for the better and I will be eternally grateful for this.

Australia has stolen my heart, England no longer feels like home but a place where people and things that I love are. A place I must return to no matter how scared I am, because I need to see people, to show them how I’ve changed, I have wanted to cuddle my dog for twelve months and in 10 hours that will be exactly what I am doing. I can’t wait to give my parents a massive hug, and explain how thankful I am for everything they have done for me, for letting me follow my dreams and do whatever I want with my life. My best friend is going to have the surprise of her life when I walk through the door, days before I am supposed to return. I can’t wait to give all my beautiful friends massive hugs, tell them how much I missed them and hear all about their adventures. I cant wait to see my granny, to see her excitement of seeing me for the first time in a year to share all my amazing memories with her and to talk for hours. Coming home is bitter sweet, and the start of a new chapter for me.

I have had so many amazing experiences, seen so many beautiful places. My passion for travel has grown and grown, and I am bursting with content to produce for you guys. I want to share all of this on my own little space on the internet, I have missed blogging so much. I want to write about travel, lifestyle while still having beauty posts here and there. I can’t wait to show you this amazing country through my eyes, my life filled with travel is only just beginning.


So while this is one of the rawest posts I have ever written, I am in an emotional turmoil, this is just me spilling my heart. Stick around for the journey, the more exciting posts are yet to come.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Long Haul Flight Survival Guide

Long Haul Flight Survival Guide
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
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Not everyone is lucky enough to be swanning around in first class at the front of the plane, however if you are lucky enough to be jetting off on a long haul flight chances are your off somewhere pretty amazing and far away. The only thing between you are your next adventure is a painful eight hour plus journey, here are some of my tips to surviving long haul flights in the easiest way possible.

Seating.
No question about it, if you are travelling alone get an isle seat, and one preferably in the middle lot of seats. Despite what you think, on a twleve hour plus flight you will need to get up, and go to the bathroom, and it is 100% better to be the person who is woken then the person who has to wake someone up. If you also manage to get an isle seat in the middle set of seats on the plane, there are two sides that the middle person can exit meaning that you have less of a chance of being disturbed.
If you are travelling as a pair, you can try booking two seats with a gap in the middle and hope that nobody books that seat. Also if someone does, usually they are more than happy to swap the middle seat for an isle seat!

Clothing.
Comfort is key, there is no arguing with this that if your going to be sitting in the same seat for 16 hours its not worth it to be anything but comfortable. When I flew to Australia I wore leggings, t-shirt, a big jumper and a big scarf. I always find flights very cold, so my big scarf doubled up as a blanket. I also packed a pair of slipper socks in my hand luggage, which again I would highly recommend, so comfy and if you pack a pair with solid soles you can get away with wear them for the entire journey.

Hand Luggage.
Try and resist the urge to over pack your hand luggage, you do have to lug it around with you everywhere so over packing is just a pain for you in the long run. You can usually take a hang luggage and a personal item, such as a laptop case or handbag. I tend to keep all travel documents, and items which I need immediate access to on the flight. Then storing my actual hand luggage item, with expensive items such as my laptop and camera which I won't necessary need on the flight in the over head locker. Also pack your bag sensibly, items you'll need on the top of the bag to avoid unnecessary  unpacking and repacking of the bag.

Sleep.
The little sleep which you manage to get on your flight is not going to be quality sleep, so don't ever plan to arrive at your destination full of energy and ready to go. If you can time your flight so you arrive at night in your destination, this also helps to tackle jet lag but means that you can go to bed pretty much as soon as you arrive. People try and time sleeping on the plane, to get into the new time zone however personally I just try and sleep as much as I can.

Entertainment.
All long haul flights now come equipped with a TV, and in flight entertainment however the quality and variety of this varies hugely from flight to flight. Throwback to flying home from Thailand with the choice of three set films playing on repeat continuously through out the flight, on a tv screen smaller than a postcard. Also there is only so may films you will feel like watching. I always take a book, or my kindle. Music, to help me sleep and block out the general plane noise as well as well as alternative entertainment. Accept the fact that there will be a time when you will be bored, your stuck in the same seat with limit space to move around for eight hours plus boredom will strike, but by having alternative entertainment you can try and avoid this as much as possible.

Food.
Plane food is not famous for being the most nutritious, pick your options carefully. Make sure you are staying hydrated and take snacks. If you ever feel peckish on a flight, you can request snacks or walk up to where the air hostesses prepare the food and there are extra snacks and drinks which you can just help yourself to as you please. 
Saturday, 31 December 2016

Things What Happened In 2016.

Things What Happened In 2016.
Saturday, 31 December 2016
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2016 is a year which will be going in history books, and in years to come school students will be studying this year and all the major world events which happened. Trump became US president, the UK voted to leave the EU, mass shootings happened across th
e globe, people became terrified because of their skin colour, sexuality, beliefs. 2016 has been a weird one. However aside from these major world events 2016 has been possibly one of the best years for myself personally.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Managing Money Overseas

Managing Money Overseas
Monday, 12 December 2016
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Taking money overseas is a much discussed topic, and something to really think about before your trip. There are a lot of options, all of which have pros and cons and instead of their being a best option its more of a case of choosing what suits your needs and the type of trip your going on.

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