Sorry for the delay

Just yesterday whilst in St Kitts my ship Adventure of the Seas docked at the same time as Grandeur of the Seas and I was fortunate enough to meet up with my first Adventure Ocean manager from what will be two years ago next Sunday. Pierre was kind enough to remind me that I haven’t updated my blog in a while so thank you Pierre for this motivation.

I am going to add another day to my 2015 adventure in Costa Rica, which you can find on the drop down menu and I have finally written up my trip to Budapest in August.

Thanks again Pierre and it was good to catch up with you. And if you’re reading, it wasn’t bad seeing you too Jack, my good friend from Ovation of the Seas.

Humanitarian aid – Post Maria

DSC_0243This cruise is going to be something approaching normality for us here on the Adventure of the Seas. On the back of two weeks that has been a truly unique experience, providing aid and transportation for those who were effected by Hurricane Maria. Itinerary changes, an extended cruise and a cruise cancelled for paying customers is a brief summary but doesn’t begin to cover a few weeks where most of us haven’t known what would be happening the following day.

Voyage 841 began as a normal one week cruise but the path that Hurricane Maria was taking meant that we would avoid the scheduled islands of St Kitts and Antigua which had both already suffered from run ins with Hurricane Irma a few weeks before. Our first port was St Cruix, a port replacement for the ruined St Martin and after that we took a safe route down to Bonaire and Aruba. St Cruix would get hit by Maria a few days later and we would return a week later to evacuate hundreds of residents and stranded holiday makers.

The vibe onboard was strange. The world-class entertainment that can be found on all Royal Caribbean ships around the world continued, meals were served in our various restaurants but there was an air of uncertainty. Guests, the majority of whom came from Puerto Rico, knew that there was a category 4 hurricane aiming for their home. On the one hand they might have felt grateful that they were safely away from danger but on the other, friends and family would still have to face that danger, as well as thinking about a home with all of their belongings left to the mercy of mother nature.

News stories began coming in showing the destruction Puerto Rico had suffered. Reports suggested that there would be no electricity on most of the island, maybe for as much as 3 months and the airport was closed meaning those not from our home port would be stranded. Captain Thomas, a Puerto Rica resident himself, kept the ship informed of the plans as regularly as possible and the decision was made to sail to Fort Lauderdale where guests could choose to disembark or remain on board a further three days and return to Puerto Rico.

I must commend my employers Royal Caribbean at this moment and everybody onboard Adventure of the Seas who rolled with the punches helping in any way possible during this time of uncertainty. Over 3,000 guests were seen personally to find out if they would remain on the ship or disembark in Fort Lauderdale. Assistance was provided (in many cases financial assistance) to reschedule flights with many airlines that were unhelpful and even extortionate. I heard of one family who were being quoted $5,000 to return to Mexico. Free internet was provided so guests could follow the unfolding events and contact family where possible and the everyday running of the ship was maintained, with prices dropped to half-price, to keep spirits high and try to give what ever comfort possible.

After two days at sea we arrived in Puerto Rico. Our usual dock had received a lot of damage, and still today two weeks later is looking battered. We docked in the spot where our ships that are visiting the island mid-cruise usually dock, in old town Puerto Rico. Old town didn’t look to badly effected but as we were in the capital we were looking at some of the most solidly built buildings on the island and news stories had already made it clear that other areas were badly effected. We remained overnight and looking out there were very few buildings with the lights on and it was a very eerie atmosphere. With no guests on board we crew were given the opportunity to use the water slides and the pools that night and it was nice to relax before the crazy few days to come.


Royal Caribbean had made plans to evacuate people from Puerto Rico, St Cruix and St Thomas over the following days. The line outside the ship the following morning was huge but the government already had a manifest of people who would board our ship. Throughout the day people arrived on buses, with dogs cats and birds. Crucial supplies for the island were taken off the ship and tired looking people got on. A similar scene awaited the following day in St Cruix. Where we docked there aren’t many buildings so the damage wasn’t evident to the naked eye but the day after in St Thomas battered structures littered the hillside, strong metal had been left twisted and dented and the swimming pool outside the bar Senior Frogs looked derelict as if it hadn’t been cleaned in years. In contrast to the sad-looking landscape, loud carnival music was being played from somewhere just off the ship and some of the islanders were out there partying. It left a smile on my face to see those people getting on with their life despite what they had been through.

The following two days at sea on route to Fort Lauderdale were draining. There were many different types of people onboard, far from our usual clientele. The majority showed true gratitude for the help they were receiving but laced in there were some whose attitude showed an entitlement to help and could even be rude. There were rumours of others who didn’t even require evacuation and sadly just took the opportunity for a free cruise. We had many children onboard who come from undisciplined backgrounds so running games at points was impossible in a room containing up to 60 kids. children played rough together, argued and required extra vigilance but it is an experience that I would never want to change. It was easy for me to keep my temper as I only had to imagine what some of these kids had witnessed, in some cases just throughout the hurricane, in other cases through life.

We arrived in Fort Lauderdale and Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley came onboard to deliver a ship-wide message, wishing the best to all guests (including their dogs, cats, birds, hamsters and the single guinea pig onboard). Off the ship media coverage witnessed the arrival of the Adventure and when I got off later in the day there were still a lot of people around the terminal, some with messages of thanks written on posters. Some of the most cynical people may whisper that Royal Caribbean has provided so much help in order to get positive news coverage but what I have witnessed with my own eyes goes way beyond any media coverage. From things as small as our housekeeping team having to clean up dog crap from all over the ship all the way up to cancelling a cruise so that we could evacuate those in need and deliver crucial supplies.

When we debarked our guests it was time for us to take a couple of days to relax. We would remain in Fort Lauderdale overnight (with a midnight curfew) followed by two days back to Puerto Rico with no guests on board. We arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday on Friday and begun slowly embarking guests for the cruise starting today, Saturday 7th.

FB_IMG_1507054363774From Fort Lauderdale a group of us decided to make the 45 minute drive to Miami for a well deserved day out. Myra, Jasmine and me went out to rent two minivans whilst other people finished debark and other jobs. We returned to the ship with two big white Chrysler, 7 seater, ‘soccer mum’ vans. I always thought driving an automatic would be easier than a manual but it was a very weird sensation to cruise down the freeway, on the wrong side of the road, my left foot twitching as it wanted something to do.

We had a great day out on Miami South Beach. We took a walk to the beach, which was still recovering from the effects of hurricane Irma. We then found a really cool beach bar for food and drinks. Some of the group went to a shopping mall and others took a walk around before re-joining at the original bar ‘The Clevelander’. It was a quiet evening as it was a Tuesday night and the weather was windy with sessions of heavy rain but our group of crew members were determined to have a good time and there was such an awesome vibe in the place.

Over the next two quiet sea days, we did deep cleaning of working areas during the day and partied at night. Our pool party was postponed due to weather but the pyjama party in the bar usually reserved for guests followed by the party down the Royal promenade helped us all unwind ready for getting back to normality.

Outside the ship, our usual turnaround-day dock is in ruins. The steps to the deck four gangways are twisted and ruined, the roof is missing in places and it all looks derelict but still guests arrive, using the deck 1 gangway. Just past the port, the usually quiet small airport is buzzing with activity as military planes and helicopters fly supplies around the island. We remain in hurricane season, with Nate heading for New Orleans right now, but I feel very safe onboard Adventure of the seas. Thankfully we have taken no unnecessary risks messing with storms and have been on hand to provide aid to those in need. I feel quite proud to be a part of Royal Caribbean at this time.

Hurricane IRMA aftermath

DSC_0246Less than two weeks ago, I walked along deck 12 on my way to work and looked out at the tropical paradise of St Martin. At the end of the pier where we docked there were a host of multi-coloured shacks stocked with souvenirs to be sold to the +3,000 guests that would step off the Adventure of the Seas. Further in the distance you could see the palm trees standing proud along the road as a guide towards the picturesque beach off to the left of the ship. In the amazing blue waters were people having fun on Jet Skis, Paddle boards and engaging in other types of water sports.

DSC_0031_1Today I walked the exact same path along the top deck and the scene was completely different. The shacks vanished, the palm trees look bedraggled and tired from trying to stand up to 200 mph winds and the only people to be seen were getting off a bus and lining up solemnly to get onto our cruise ship that has stopped on a Humanitarian visit.

Last week it was business as usual on my ship the Adventure of the Seas and as we set off from our home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was blissfully unaware that I was in the vicinity of a natural disaster of such an enormous scale. At our next port, Curacao, I received some concerned messages and I saw news stories online which showed a category 5 Hurricane in the area but the blue skies and blazing sun gave no hint as to what was a few days sail to the north of us. We had a slight change to our itinerary and visited Bonaire rather than St Kitts but all seemed well.

We arrived back into our home port: Puerto Rico, San Juan. Where we dock, looked a bit wind beaten but, other than some power failures, that part of the island looked OK visually. The itinerary change for the next cruise had us spending two days in Aruba instead of our planned trip to St Martin but I can honestly say that I am very happy that a decision was made to make a Humanitarian visit to the devastated island on the second day of the cruise.

In the wake of the monster Hurricane IRMA Royal Caribbean has postponed cruise vacations on some ships.  Empress and Enchantment of the Seas are ready to assist in Miami and Majesty will visit St Martin and St Thomas. On our Humanitarian visit we have provided provisions and have picked up 300 guests to be safely delivered to other islands.

I was at work this morning as we approached St Martin. Looking out of the window of our Adventure Ocean Aquanaught room at 10am I could see the island looking much the same as all of the other Caribbean islands. Multiple shades of beautiful blue in the ocean leading up to the shores masked the havoc that had been reeked. As we got closer and closer over the next hour I began to notice buildings that had been semi destroyed and palm trees, which in our minds we associate with good times and relaxation drooping sadly towards the ground.DSC_0243

When we docked next to a military ship I could finally see the scale of the destruction. Where there once stood buildings there is just flat ground. There are huge crates, that you would usually see on the back of lorries that have been blown around and the strong metal casing crushed. Up on the hills, that look down on the port, damage to buildings is evident including one of two sturdy looking water towers that has had the top blown off.

DSC_0035_1Even from deck 12 I could see the haunted look on the faces of some of the people that we are here to evacuate. For five days now they have been stuck on the island with no electricity and little to no contact with the outside world. I can’t even begin to imagine what they are thinking, going through the tedious process of boarding the luxury vessel having feared for their lives just a few days before.

Today has been a truly humbling experience. Guests and crew remained on the ship and we could only see but a fraction of the damage done by IRMA but it was enough to make me value the small things in life. I’m glad that the company that I call my employers are doing so much to aid those in need and I feel for all those effected!

Appreciate the small things. Live with no regrets.

Barcelona with the boys

1555525489830For years, my old uni house mates have talked about going on holiday together so I was very surprised back in April when I managed to find some WiFi and there were 600+ messages of bad ideas, terrible jokes (mainly Josh),  taking the piss out of each other and reminiscing on times passed.  But the boys finally got themselves together and organised a trip to Barcelona.

Out of the six of us that shared a mustard yellow house, down Ceylon Place, in Eastbourne for two years,  five of us were able to go. Unfortunately Andy was busy, but I was lucky enough to go to Budapest with him the following week which you’ll get to read about in a later post.

On Monday morning John and myself drove from Oxford to Barnet where we left my car and Haggis and Josh picked us up for the remainder of the journey to Stanstead Airport. Westwood would fly out the following day as he had a wedding to attend.

DSC_0030Pretty much as soon as we arrived at the airport the fire alarm sounded and everyone had to evacuate the building. The process was unhurried and I wasn’t entirely convinced that staff knew the exact procedure. Having worked on ships where every employee has a specific emergency duty to carry out if an alarm were to sound (and those duties are practiced in crew drills every two weeks) I was very underwhelmed with the response at Stanstead Airport. The lack of urgency and the short wait outside suggested that nothing serious had happened thankfully but their evacuation process could definitely use some work.

Inside the airport, having finally got through the snail slow airport security, one of the boys suggested having a beer. Now there is something about being in an airport and being in holiday mode that makes it almost acceptable to be drinking alkohol at 9 in the morning. The excitement of seeing each other and trying to recreate that uni feeling was setting the tone for how the rest of the week would go so if you’re reading this hoping for some travel advice on the culture of Barcelona, I’ll save you some time. There wasn’t any culture. Unless you count the British binge drinking culture.

The flight went fine, good old Ryanair made sure our seats were scattered all over the plane to try and convince us to splash that extra £10 to reserve specific seats. So we all just slept in preparation for the lack of sleep which was sure to come.

We arrived in Barcelona early afternoon and jumped into the prearranged taxi with the driver who spent the whole 20 minute journey on his phone. I think the idea of a hands free kit is kind of redundant when the driver spends so much time looking at the phone to make the calls.

Thankfully we made it safely to the apartment, booked through Airbnb, but there was no one there to great us. The driver, who spoke no English, called the owner of the apartment and she assured Rixon that her friend would be on hand with the keys in about an hours time. We had lunch, and yes, another drink,  and returned to find the owners ‘friend’ cleaning the apartment! So we dumped the bags and went for a walk complaining about the lack of organisation and thinking about the bad reviews we were going to leave (which in true lad fashion we never got around to).

IMG_20190821_121053The apartment was about a half an hour walk from Las Ramblas and a further 20 minutes to the beach so after the walk, stopping off for further beers and cocktails on route we jumped in a taxi back to the apartment which was finally ready. The five bedroom flat was very spacious and across the road from a supermarket (and 4 or 5 very questionable looking bars) so there was no further complaints after our initial arrival.

The rest of the week followed a very similar pattern: drinking, wondering around aimlessly, talking about things that we should do but never doing and being very hungover! In the day I was especially bad and didn’t really come back into this world until early afternoons.


On our second night, after telling everyone that he never takes his phone out when he’s drinking, Rixon lost his phone having accidentally left it in his pocket when we left the flat.

On our third night I had a really nice meal around my cousin’s apartment before re-joining the boys for a night out that included one hour all you can drink at a bar followed by entry into one of the main nightclubs. As I met up with the boys at the start of the night, eating tapas, and drinking (again) Josh was just leaving as he wasn’t feeling well. My head told me that I should go back with him. But FOMO prevailed and I ended up carrying on.

Our fourth and final night we decided a pub crawl was a good idea. I mean we always do pub crawls by wondering around in search of an ever elusive ‘better place’ but this one was official. Great idea the day before flying home.


We were very lucky that our flight wasn’t until late afternoon otherwise I’m not sure I’d have made it home. It was a very different kind of get away than my other two.  We tried to recapture our youth for five days and it was awesome to hang out with the lads for a week. Even if it did drain the life out of me. I’m not as young as I once was

Sailing around Greek islands


It has been a really crazy two months, which I can’t believe has already come to an end. Today I will be concluding my tour of the London airports and flying out to Puerto Rico to join Adventure of the Seas. I’ve been constantly on the go since signing off the Ovation, at the end of June and I feel like I’m going to need a holiday to get over my holiday (yea that’s right, I’m still not calling it a vacation even if I do work for an American company).

The first week at the end of a contract, as always, consisted of catching up with friends, sleeping and coming back to reality. After that, a bit of work for my good friend Alex Eadle’s electric company helped fund trips to Greece with mum, flying from Heathrow, Barcelona, with 4 out of my 5 old university housemates, flying from Stanstead and finally Budapest with the fifth university housemate flying from Luton.

Each of my trips were completely different from the next and this post is going to go through the most unique of the three holidays which was a week on a 40-foot yacht sailing around some of the Greek islands near Athens.

DSC_0015_1My mum Christine, or Mrs C to those of my friends that are lucky enough to know her, has a highly stressful job working as a therapist so I was more than happy to join her in a relaxed trip on a boat sailed by an ex colleague. Her ex colleague, John, has recently begun a business with his partner Katie, providing sailing holidays where you can learn the basics of sailing or simply kick back and relax.

Flying with mum meant going a bit up market from my usual easyJet holidays and catching a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Athens. By coincidence we caught the same flight as John who had been to his daughters graduation the day before.

In Athens we shared a half an hour taxi from the airport to Flisvos marina where we met Moli, the centre piece of Santipurna Sailing and our home for the next week.

We each had our own cosy little cabin that had a double bed and not much else. That evening we ate at a nice taverna overlooking the harbour, with a view of Panathinaikos football and basketball stadiums, which sit side by side on the opposite side of the marina.  We were then rocked to sleep for the first time. Sleeping on a boat is so easy I’d spend a large chunk of the next week doing it.


Early the next day, safety briefing completed, we made the way out of Flisvos using the engine before being able to unfurl the head sail and make the most of a light wind to float soundlessly across the small channel toward the island of Egina. Relaxing is not a sufficient way to describe that five hour sail in the 35 degree heat. Sleeping, reading and a bit more sleeping was how I passed the time before arriving in a beautiful little bay surrounded by hills and a small taverna.DSC_0045_2

We spent three nights in two amazing little bays, out at anchor held steady by a rope around rocks on shore (which I swam out to attach myself whilst avoiding sea urchins). The other two nights we spent in marinas wedged in amongst other yachts like a car park.

DSC_0059_2Each morning, Katie would produce amazing breakfasts and delicious lunches in the afternoon with just two small hobs to work with. I’ve been to restaurants with huge kitchens that don’t come close to the quality of food that she produced in the confines of the tiny galley. In the evening, more often than not, we would eat at reasonably priced tavernas where the fresh Greek salads put all salads everywhere else in the world to shame.

IMG_20170724_083003_063I spent the week in the crystal clear waters, relaxing and learning how to paddle board. Whoever it was that told me that those things are easier than they look is a liar because the first three attempts to stand up left me with salt water up my nose. I paddled around for a while on my knees and it did actually become much easier after that.

We headed back for the mainland on Thursday and battled through waves that were definitely higher than the forecasted 3 meters. A very rocky journey got us back to where we began for our final night.


We weren’t flying until late on the Friday so we had the opportunity for a cultural experience as John and Katie welcomed their next guests to the boat. The tram took us half an hour to get into Athens centre where we looked around the first stadium to host the modern Olympics, a temple of Zues and finally the world famous Acropolis. The whole experience left me marvelling at the ingenuity of those that came before us, especially when you see the cranes and scaffolding up for renovation work and you imagine how they must have built the amazing structures without such help.

We caught our flight later that evening, mum with a healthy tan and looking immeasurably less stressed out than a week before when she had just finished the school year.

I sit here on the plane (that looks more like a bus) at Gatwick airport, the fourth different airport I’ve seen this month and reflect on how amazing my last two months have been. Thanks to my

friends that I’ve caught up with, however briefly, in the last two months, see you next in February

What do you even do on ships?

So there is no short answer to this question. No, wait, that’s a lie, I always give the short answer when people ask. So I’m going to attempt to give the full answer in this posting!
If you’ve asked me what I’m doing at the moment and I tell you ‘I work on cruise ships’, there is no polite way of putting this but that’s the shortened version of the short version and I probably can’t be bothered to talk to you. Sorry if that’s you.
DSC_0141If I say something along the lines of ‘I’m a youth staff for Royal Caribbean, so basically I keep kids entertained whilst travelling the world.’ you are in the majority category. That is an extremely basic summary of my job but in truth, child care is my primary role but any youth staff will tell you that we are also fire fighters, first aiders, health and safety officers, welcoming committee, crowd control, entertainers, dancers and even lifeguards on certain ships. Some of the veterans of the company (Yea Pierre, SherLynn, Patty, Lana, Adele I’m talking about you) speak of the good old days before cross utilisation when a youth staff just dealt with kids but that’s ancient history and before my time!
There isn’t really an average day for us but here’s the simplistic guide to what we do: Adventure Ocean (AO) is the name given to the kids programme on board all Royal Caribbean ships. The programme caters to 3-11 year olds and is the same across the fleet, it is a free drop off service where children are signed in and out by parents from 9 in the morning till 10 at night (parents can also pay to leave their kids after 10 if they want to go get on the session until 2am). The age groups are split into Aquanauts 3-5 year olds, Explorers 6-8 and Voyagers 9-11. Generally you will have two members of staff in each room with up to 30 Aquanauts or up to 50 Explorers and Voyagers. I’ll give some details about the activities in a later post.
Teens is also free but the teens come and go as they please, opening times vary on different ships but the discos usually run until 1 or 2a.m. During high kid count the age groups will be split into 12-14 year olds and 15 to 17 year olds.FB_IMG_1513191176291
Royal babies and tots is a paid service for 6 months to 3 years old. I can’t tell you that much about it because I have successfully avoided having to work in there throughout my 3 contracts. Most babies, particularly in Asia, are terrified of me so that has helped my case but a preference for working in teens on my part has kept me there. All youth staff can be scheduled to work in any age group but generally there are a few nursery specialists, a few teen specialists and everybody works in Adventure Ocean.
There are three different styles of days whilst working on ships: Turnaround days, Sea days and Port days (and occasionally hybrid days like Port Klang which is such a crap port that it’s a port day that runs like a sea day).
All ships have a home port where they return at the end of each cruise for example Miami, Southampton, Sydney or Singapore. The lengths of the cruises vary depending on the clientele for example the Asian market prefers shorter cruises so 3/4 night itineraries are the norm where as out of the UK two-week cruises around the Mediterranean are normal. On a turnaround day the ship returns to the home port, the old guests are off usually before midday and the new guests are on by mid afternoon. So to answer a common question yes there are pretty much always guests on-board 365 days a year.

On a turnaround day a Youth Staff will be scheduled for a number of different roles:
Debark usually means waking up at silly a.m. to help the old set of guests off the ship (not good when you’ve had a goodbye party for a leaving colleague the night before)
Open house and registration is greeting parents, explaining the programme and helping them fill out consent forms which must be filled out before a child can be signed in to AO.
Gangway is meet and great with all of the new guests and answering any questions they have (about the whole ship so knowledge of all different departments is required).
YEP is handing out youth evacuation plan wristbands to ALL children between 3-11 that get on the ship (always fun in China when guests completely ignore you or think you’re trying to sell them something).
Once all guests are on-board Youth staff go around to the different muster stations (the place guests would go in case of an emergency) during the pre-departure safety drill and put wristbands on any children who were not caught during YEP or, in most cases, who ripped their bands off.
In the evening the first session of the cruise usually runs for two hours in AO and Teens will usually be open for the whole night.
IMG_20191124_165507Sea days are usually very straight forward but can be extremely long and busy because the kids get bored, especially on the smaller ships, and AO gets swamped. There are three sessions, morning afternoon and evening with family activities e.g. discos, trivia etc, run in-between.
Port days are what most of us are there for. Another answer to a common question: we do get chance to get off the ship and explore but in 5 months + of working we don’t get a day off. If we are lucky enough to be off during port hours, chances are that we will work in the morning, helping to sort out tour groups, or crowd control during the debark process or helping guests in wheelchairs off the ship and then working again in the evening.
AO is open at the same times as on a sea day but between sessions staff take the kids to get meals whenever the ship is still in port. So if the ship is in port until 4.00pm then staff will take kids to lunch. If the ship is docked until 7.00pm staff will take the kids to both lunch and dinner. If you are working on a port day we call it a ‘Port Zone’ which is working straight through 8.45 in the morning to 5/ 5.30 in the afternoon. These can be one of the worst things in the world if you are tired for any reason (probably you just couldn’t sleep properly). The morning session from 9-12 is usually fine as you’re running on the adrenaline of getting up, the two hours between sessions when you take the children for lunch is the killer. After lunch you feel the food coma on the horizon. So you’re struggling. And you know there is still the three hours of the afternoon session left. Killer.
So that is what every youth staff will do across every one of the 25 ship in the fleet.

DSC_0350Other jobs that youth staff are required to do vary from ship to ship. Welcoming guests to shows; helping sport staff with activities such as bumper cars or roller skates; or supervising pool areas/ water slides are just some of the shifts that we might be scheduled for, usually as an hour shift before being replaced by another youth staff.

Being a youth staff and working on a cruise ship really is like no other job in the world. It’s an amazing job you can love it, hate it and love it again all in one day. It can be very difficult to work every day for over 5 months and be away from friends and family for that whole time. To live, work and play all in the same place can be testing but the amazing people you meet and the stunning places you visit make all of it worth while and then some. On our largest ship, Harmony of the Seas, there are 2400 staff on board there will usually be staff from between 50 and 100 different countries working at the same time so there is the chance to meet people from all over the world and I do feel truly blessed to be able to say I have met good friends from many different countries. Other than the travelling that is my favourite part of the job!

Day 1 of Costa Rica

I am going to post every day of my 6 week trip to Costa Rica back in 2013 just click on the drop down menu and hit the link. So not to overload those who would take the time to see what I got up to I will post a day or two every week. Very weird reading back and seeing what was going on in my mind at 23 years old. Feels so long ago now!

Why not?

I often tell my friends: don’t ask yourself why? ask why not?

For a long time I’ve seen blogs as a self-indulgent tool for people who believe their opinions to be more important than they actually are. A recent change in perspective has made me decide to give this a go.

Whilst on holiday in Budapest with my old Uni house mate Andy we began reminiscing about our six-week trip to Costa Rica back in 2013, I pulled up the notes that I made about our trip, but never got around to fully editing. Andy was the first person to have read any of it in the five years since writing it (or at least beginning to write it). I plan to start getting some of that trip up on this site, better late than never right? As well as some more recent highlights from some of the places that I visit whilst working for Royal Caribbean International.

I’m blessed enough to lead an incredible life and have seen some amazing places both with work and during my holidays. In the last two years I have seen Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Gibraltar, Portugal, Belgium through work, I have been on holiday to Barbados, Spain, Greece, Hungary and even cycled around the whole of Belgium and I’m probably forgetting places as well. My mum will be the first to tell you that I often under sell the experiences I’ve had so maybe I can get some of the enthusiasm that I forget to use, whilst talking, into this blog.

Perhaps you’re a friend who cares what I’m up to, maybe you’re an acquaintance who just feels like being nosy, or it could be that you’re a complete stranger (or maybe it’s just you mum). Who ever you are reading this blog I hope you find what I get up to in my life interesting. If not, I’m sure when I read this back in the future when my memory is shot to pieces, because let’s face it, at 27 I already struggle to remember what I had for breakfast this morning, I will enjoy reliving the things I’ve seen and done.