Toni

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6 simple ways to meet new people in Sydney

Though Sydney is surrounded by water, it’s still a city and has many of the traits of a city – it’s a stressful, fast-paced environment, people are cliquey and it’s really hard to wrestle your way into friendship groups and
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My Australian roadtrip wishlist

In case you didn’t realise, Australia is a big country so when any traveller says ‘road trip’, what we really mean is let’s check used car prices on Gumtree because it’s the only way to really see what we want
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The unconventional inspiration which began my Australian dream

In my time here in Australia I have met a lot of people; a lot of people like me. Here to experience the ‘Australian dream’ for a year or two. But ask them ‘why’ and you are usually left with
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Welcome to the relaunch of Reclaiming My Future

So what’s new? Absolutely everything; from the way it now looks to the way it’s going to sound, I am using this relaunch as a fresh start. Something huge happened last year; I changed and only in writing for my
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On quitting travel blogging & what’s next

Firstly – did you miss me?! Doubtful. With the amount of travel blogs and sites out there on the ole interweb, I doubt my silence even registered. However, that’s about to change (I hope). You see, there’s been a good
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The day you get told you have an incurable illness…

There are a great many things in life that we can control. What we eat, what we say, what we do; the list is endless. But one thing I have recently discovered is that health is never really in our
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Sydney observations from a first-timer…

After spending the last five months in the sunny part of the world, I’ve noticed a few things here and there that I thought were funny, weird or just interesting and so wanted to share my Sydney observations for your
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The very abrupt ending to my Australian adventure

And so, dear readers, I write to you with the news that my Australian adventure is coming to an end through need rather than choice. A lot has happened since you last stopped by. Despite saying I was ready to
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The emotional journey to Australia Part 2: The Big Reveal

I’ve written just 2 posts since I arrived in Australia 3 months ago; this will be my third and I confess that I have missed writing greatly. You may wonder what the hold up has been; after all, I’m in
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A day out at Palm Beach

If you don’t already know it, Palm Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches for two very good reasons. It’s where the fictional soap/drama Home and Away is filmed (extremely popular throughout the UK and Europe) and it’s quiet,
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The emotional journey to Australia Part I

I suppose like all good stories I should start at the beginning. Except, given that I have no current direction and feel so lost, the beginning seems all but a myth. I’m struggling; greatly. In ways that words could not
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Confession: I don’t want to go to Australia

Being that I write online; the internet affords me the luxury of lying or at the very least; pretending to be something or someone I’m not. And yet, despite this, I have decided to be open with you more than
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The truth of travel, suicide & why you’ll never understand

Last week there was a death amongst the blogging community; a suicide.  Anita Mac of Travel Destination Bucket List took her own life and even people that didn’t consider her to be a close friend struggled to come to terms
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I’ve quit my job to begin a life of travel

It’s a pretty bold title isn’t it?  Happily I can say that it’s all true.  Today was my last day of work.  After 6 years with the same soul-destroying company, I have finally quit my job to begin a life
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Is Damian Aspinall a naive conservationist?

In case you don’t know who Damian Aspinall is, he is a casino owner and conservationist; not a combination you read every day.  He runs the Aspinall Foundation, a British charity that works to promote wildlife conservation.  He is most
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A letter to my homeless father

Dear Dad, I knew from an early age that our story would never end well but it was Saturday 13th July that you changed our lives forever That was the day you died. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.
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I’m a lousy backpacker because: I like my sleep

You know that whole philosophy of ‘you can sleep when you’re dead’ that does on the rounds online when people are trying to inspire you to get the most out of your day?  Yeah, well if I don’t sleep, you
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Why conservation is much more complicated than you realise…

This post is the first in my conservation series in which I look at zoos, sanctuaries and conservation around the world.  Please keep checking the ‘conservation’ category for more posts over the coming weeks and don’t forget to subscribe to
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The day my world stood still with enjoyment

This past weekend I travelled up to London for the Summer Stampede Festival at the Olympic Park otherwise known as part of the Gentleman of the Road tour, a concept borne from and headlined by Mumford and Sons. On Saturday
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Reasons NOT to travel the world

There are many posts out there in the blog world telling you why you should go travelling but we all have excuses in our head not to take the plunge so here’s a a reverse post; reasons not to travel
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Change is gonna come…

It’s been a while since we’ve spoken and I’m sorry for that. Truth is, I’ve missed you. I could tell you that I’ve been busy or that I’ve had a serious case of writers block but it would be a
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Dear Women, what the hell is wrong with you??

Let’s start this post with a little disclaimer shall we? I’m a woman. I have two boobs, two nipples and a vagina that even porn stars can’t make look pretty (seriously, vaginas aren’t pretty however you ‘maintain’ your hair). Most
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It’s ok: To feel lost in life

‘It’s ok’  is a new series I’m starting where I discuss the more difficult aspects of life and travelling and hopefully help you work through the big, bad or scary things because we all need a little reassurance every now and
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How one post about sex lead to an amazing opportunity and lessons

So, some time two years ago, May 28 to be precise, I wrote a post about my ‘road romances’ or ‘sexcapades'; however you want to call it and it caused quite a buzz in the blogging community because at that
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Wait, there’s a WHAT over the wall??!

After the enjoyable few days I’d spent on the exotic island of Zanzibar, I was ready to head further into Tanzania knowing that it would mean getting closer (in time and distance) to us doing our Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
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Why internet friends are real friends…

Have you noticed that with technology our friend circles have drastically increased?  And I’m not talking about Facebook friends who you never talk to (that’s a post for another day) but real friends that you can turn to without question
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Photo Essay: The jaw-dropping tropical Zanzibar!

Normally I write instead of stay quiet but today I’m going to do the latter so I can let the beauty of Zanzibar speak for itself; you’re welcome The local children were pretty curious to see a bunch of white
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I am The Undateable!

I was talking to a friend the other night (and when I say friend, what I really mean is some girl I met whilst travelling that I barely ever speak to on Facebook because actually, in the real world, we
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The exotic times in North Zanzibar

In my last post, I talked about the amazing Stone Town with its endless alleys and photo opportunities but I have to admit that my real love lies in the North of the island.  Everything from the beach bar, hotel
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Falling in love with Tanzania and Stone Town

For those keeping track of my Africa tour posts, you’ll remember that the last post about my journey was about Malawi and why I didn’t love it but thankfully the very next country changed my emotions 180 degrees because I
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This is how my acceptance speech goes…

“Oh wow! I’ve just won a {insert jackass company name} award!  I can’t believe it!  I mean, I know I’m inspiring, helpful and an amazing photographer but I just didn’t believe in myself until {Jackass company} sent me digital proof
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Instead of looking back at 2012, I’m looking forward…

Now, technically the title is a bit of a white lie because I will look back on 2012 a little but when you start reading about my year, you’ll realise why I’m focusing more on looking forward to 2013. You
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So many emotions. So few words.

Last night I went to a gig.  But it wasn’t just any gig.  It was a gig in which I saw one of the biggest and best bands in the world right now in a theatre in my home town
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Travelling with no regrets; budget v experience

Whether you’re a budget backpacker or just on a cheap holiday, money is often in the back of your mind and you wonder whether you can treat yourself to an expensive meal to celebrate a birthday or spend a little
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What happens when you get bloggers block

We all know what writers block is. That’s when some stiff British old man with a pipe and first generation computer has forgotten his train of thought and can’t finish his book about the new fox hunting without the fox.
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Don’t save money – spend it!

Well ok, so the title is a ‘slight’ generalisation but the real title ‘save for your next big trip and cut back your spending but still treat yourself every now and then because you should do everything in moderation‘ seemed
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Malawi and why I didn’t love it

Everyone has that place when they travel.  The town or country that everyone adores and can’t speak highly enough of and you get really excited about going, then you get there and don’t enjoy yourself.  I’m sad to say that,
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Why are travel bloggers so nasty towards eachother?

I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time but always backed away from it because I didn’t want to stir up a hornets nest but I’ve now got to the point where I literally want to smash
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How to save money to travel AND buy things

How to save money to travel Everyone talks about the need to save money to travel. They tell you to stop spending money completely but that’s not very practical when you have to buy things FOR travel such as clothes
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Why do we call ourselves solo female backpackers?

Are YOU a solo female backpacker? The ever-controversial Mr Peach wrote a post recently about how he really doesn’t think much of the whole ‘solo female backpacker’ label and that, basically, we’re not in the 1950s anymore so what’s the point
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Letter to my passport

Dear Passport, This week, after 10 years of being friends, it was time for you to say goodbye and it was hard. You see, you’ve done more for me than I ever could have imagined and I’m not sure I
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Another 8 reasons I hate the British summer

Around this time last year I wrote a pretty popular post – 7 reasons why I hate the British summer. Reasons such as men getting their moobs out and women walking around shops in their bikinis. Well, the sun has
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A post with no name

I think this is about to become the most honest post I have written or will ever write and I’m still not sure whether I want to hit ‘publish’ at the end of it but, I’ve been honest with you
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Travel the world in just one market

There are many famous markets throughout the world that epitomise the country and area that they’re in but as far as I’m concerned, there’s only one market that does it all: Camden Market in London. There’s nothing worse than being
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Reclaiming My Future has had an extreme makeover!

So, after looking and feeling drab for longer than anyone should be allowed to, Toni finally stumped up the cash for my extreme make-over!  Armed with money, a list as long as my bingo-winged arms and lots of ideas, I
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6 quick-fire ways to stay healthy on the road

There are many ways to become unhealthy on the road which can, in turn, cause you to have a few days feeling rubbish both physically and mentally wishing you could fly your mum out to you for some TLC. So
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The who, what, when and where of my travel inspiration

Easyjet Holidays have come up with a great initiative amongst the travel bloggers to get people talking about what inspires them to travel, appropriately called #Inspiretravel on Twitter.   Our chance to be honest about the ‘who, what, when and why’
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Breaking down and building up

Sometimes in life everything just stops.  Something happens and you just stop living. At the beginning of February, something happened in my life and overnight, I stopped living.  I suffered a breakdown and needed weeks off work and time away
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Taking a microlight flight over Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls may not have been that impressive, on ground level, when it’s dry season but from up in the air? Simply breath-taking. It was my last day in Zambia and I was up for 7am waiting to be picked
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Being Cinderella for the night

Ok, so slight exaggeration. I didn’t have glass slippers, I wasn’t going to a castle in a pimped out pumpkin and Prince Charming turned out to be gay but you get my drift…I went to a ball! I think every
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