Thailand

Can totally see why this is a gap year destination. Culture, beaches, parties and elephants, it is just such a fun, beautiful country. Even though we didn’t cover the North as much as the South, I think I can say its amazing all over. First destination in Thailand was Bangkok, which we heard was stuffy,…

Happy Things

I have decided that every now and then, I will do a blog post with a load of recent things in life which make me incredibly happy. These posts may not be often, but as I am trying to keep Optimistic & Happy Maisie around, these will happen. SO, here we go ~ Cut To…

Life Worries

It’s always frustrating when you’re finally happy in life, you’ve got an exciting future ahead of you, good group of friends, and you’re just happy but then someone comes along and ruins it. Because at the moment its happening to me. At the moment, I am so excited for the next couple weeks – Leeds…

Laos

To be perfectly honest, we did not see much of Laos due to the fact we were only there for 4 days. So this may be why I did not like it at all – I just found it boring, unexciting and not a very nice place (well, the parts we went to!) compared to…

Tokyo

Tokyo was the most culturally different city we visited. I loved it. Everything about it was sleek, organised, and just fascinating. We arrived late at night, and hopped into a taxi to stay at a family friends apartment in Akasaka, which turned out to be a perfect location as it was only a 5 minute…

Hong Kong

Firstly, hello! I am back from probably the most adventurous, fulfilling and expensive 13 weeks of my life. I loved most of it, obviously there were the odd moments where all I wanted was to be home with my family. However most of the time, I fell in love with the adventure filled days, from…

Countdown to Travelling: 2 Weeks!!!

2 weeks before I go away, a week till I quit my job. SO bloody excited to quit work, it’s been a long 7 months working there for almost everyday! All worth it though (I think). Like I did genuinely hate the job at times, like for a while I used to just get home…

Countdown to Travelling: 3 Weeks

Ok so I may have skipped 11 weeks on this countdown, but hey ho. 3 weeks left! So excited now yet also beginning to feel a bit nervous, as I have never gone to Asia, and also never been this far away from home, and never been away for 3 months! However hopefully it will…

I GOT INTO UNIVERSITY!!!

I GOT INTO UNIVERSITY. I am so, so, so unbelievably relieved/excited its crazy. Yesterday, I opened my emails after work, wondering if UCAS have emailed. 50% of me wanting them to email me, other 50% not wanting them to email me. But hazar, by the luck of the Gods, there in front of me on…

“Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”

I cannot explain how much I hate this question. It just makes me feel incredibly under pressure to say an impressive answer, as if I totally have a plan of what I want to do. It’s unfair, to expect a person to know what they’ll be doing in a few years time. Life’s unpredictable, stuff…

How to Try to Stay Positive When You Feel Like Shit

In my previous post, I explained how recently I have been uninspired, not looking at the world optimistically, and just spending most of my time worrying and panicking. It is weird; some days I wake up, thinking ‘You know what, work won’t be too bad today, so-and-so is on my shift with me, and it’s…

Packing List for Travelling

7 weeks today until travelling begins… crazy to think I am going next month! Still remember the exact moment when we booked it, and paid off the flights and the tour. So with around 2 months to go, and because I am getting ridiculously excited, I am already thinking about what to pack. I have…