Commuter Etiquette 101

One of my biggest bug bears is my two hour each way commute into London for work. I really wanted to share with you all what I consider the basic rules of being a commuter. If I’ve missed anything please add feedback! I’m sure there are tons of us where these things p*ss us right off!

First things first, do the British thing and form an orderly que! You know what I’m talking about, on the platform before the train has even left for this journey, we all bunch together and do the awkward shuffle, but you all mentally know where you each stand in the pecking order of boarding the train. Until the train pulls in and there’s always one numpty who doesn’t know the system, who tries to swoop in amoungst the huddle, and get on first. Step aside my friend! You need to earn these stripes!

Secondly, coffee in the morning, perfectly acceptable, I (like most of Britain) can’t function until I’ve swallowed a gallon of caffeine in the morning. Breakfast on the train however is murky waters, banana? Fine. Croissant? If you must but please mind the crumbs. An Apple? Absolutely not, you might as well hold a speaker over the crunch. And don’t even think about a maccy ds, you might enjoy the smell as it wafts through your senses but I would rather not smell of chips until lunchtime.

And now we’re off, all begrudgingly making our way into the city, now is not the time to call your bestie, or your boyfriend, or even your mum for that matter. None of us want to hear about your neighbors aunts dog who recently split up from the family hamster. Keep it schtum, texting is fine but for the love of mankind please turn off your keypad bleeps!

Great, we’ve established the basics. Now, reading the newspaper. Perfectly fine, I, on the other hand do not wish to read it so please don’t open it all up in my grill, and bin it after! On that note bin all your rubbish, no one wants to Kim and Aggie their seat before the commute home.

And finally, when we all get off, treat it as you would an airplane. Closest to the doors off first, everyone else depart row by row, and help the poor 5″ girl who put her bag on the bag holder and is now too much of a short ass to get it down!

South African Adventure

I really wanted to share with you guys our amazing experience in South Africa. If you ever get the chance to go to this beautiful place, grab it with both hands and book it up!

Bumping into a male elephant in Kruger

I was so unsure before we went, I’m much more of a luxury hotel/ beach vibes kind of girl, but this trip blew my mind.

We booked a 13 day tour with G Adventures, and tagged some extra days in Cape Town on at the start, and a couple extra at the end so we could do a day trip to Botswana. We’d used similar tour groups before but I have to say this surpassed all my expectations. A lot of this comes down to the tour guide and group, and we had the absolute best of both! A real mix of ages and nationalities which made our group balanced.

Just to note this trip was not a slow paced, relaxing trip. It’s made up of early mornings and a fair amount of travelling to squeeze it all in, but it is so worth it!

Here was our basic itinerary for just under 3 weeks

Day 1/2 – Cape Town .We had an extra 3 days before starting the tour in Cape Town and honestly you could do a whole 2 week holiday just here! There is SO much to do. We visited a selection on vineyards in Stellenbosch and are still drooling over the scenery and wine 6 months later

Day 3 – Travel to JobergDay

4 – Jobery/ HazyviewDay

5 – Kruger. This just so happened to fall on my birthday, and oh boy what a day to remember! We were lucky enough to spot the top 5 and the general buzz within the trucks is incredible.

Day 6 – Letaba Ranch, this is an unfenced area within Kruger but much less mainstream

Day 7 – Greater Kruger Park

Day 8 – Morning Sun Nature Reserve/ Zim

Day 9 – Zimbabwe 

Day 10 – Matobo National Park

Day 11 – Hwange National Park

Day 12 – Victoria Falls

Day 13- Victoria Falls

Day 14/5 – Botswana

I hope this sparks an adventurer within you! Feel free to ask me about our trip because I could honestly talk about it for days.