Seminyak | My Travel Adventures Part 3 & Saying Farewell to Bali

Those of you who follow me on social media will know that we left Bali on Monday and made our way to Australia for the second leg of our trip.

After a relaxed first week in Ubud and a very funny trip to Gili T in the middle, our last week in Bali was spent in Seminyak at the incredibly beautiful, Legian Hotel.


The Legian is one of those hotels that when you walk into, you never want to leave. From cold towels to welcome drinks, insence burning outside our door, and an upgrade to an amazing suite and free champagne, our trip here was pure luxury and relaxation from beginning to end.

We did have plans to keep exploring Bali while in Seminyak, but apart from a few trips out to the locals shops and a wander around the streets, we didn’t do a whole lot and that was perfect! We knew we had a busy month ahead travelling around Oz so we decided to make the most of chilling out in the gorgeous hotel surrounds while we could.

The hotel faces out on to the beach giving you the most gorgeous view as you lay on your sun lounger soaking up the rays. They offer free afternoon tea everyday from 3.30pm, and there is full pool service if you want to enjoy a cocktail or two throughout the day too.

Many evenings we would lie on our sun lounger in pure relaxation to take in the stunning sunset views and watch the sun going down over Kuta beach. The sunsets here are some of the best I have ever seen, truly beautiful.

One amazing thing the hotel does is protect local wildlife, in particular baby turtle eggs laid in the sand in front of the hotel. They are at risk from being killed by the many tourists wandering the beach, or from other pray who kill them. So the hotel protect and nurture them until they are hatched and old enough to go back into the sea.

During our stay, eighty baby turtles were being put back into the ocean and we were invited to take part in the whole thing. We were, one at a time, given a bowl of water with a baby turtle in it and allowed to gently let it go on the beach where it made its way into the water safely.

It was such an incredible experience to be part of and by far, is one of the coolest things I have ever done!


This hotel was just perfect from start to finish, we have stayed in some gorgeous hotels before but this one might just be the best of them all. It made our stay in Seminyak absolutely amazing and we would definitely go back if the opportunity ever came up again.

Kuta beach, the area where our hotel was situated, can get very busy with tourists, and the whole area of Seminyak is a bustling tourist hub. Hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars line the streets – it is much more built up than Ubud and doesn’t have as much culture on its doorstep the same way Ubud does. Therefore it may not be to everyone’s taste.

However, there are lots of tours you can book with your hotel or local tour companies to temples nearby, and they also do day trips to Ubud and other areas of Bali if you want to base yourself in Seminyak and explore from there.

We loved our stay in Bali from beginning to end so if it’s on your travel bucket list then I would say to you, don’t hesitate anymore, this beautiful place is definitely worth a visit. It really has something for everybody.

Sorcha x

Gili Trawangan | My Travel Adventures Part 2

After our five days in Ubud, we left the luscious, mountainous countryside and headed for some island living over on the Gili Islands in Lombok. We were ready for some beach time and chilling out on an island paradise.

There are three Gili Islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Labak and Gili Air, all of which are located off the coast of Lombok and about an hour and a half away from Bali’s Padang Bai harbour by fast boat.

When deciding on which Gili Island to visit, we opted for Gili T because it has a reputation of being a fun island and houses some of the nicer hotel accommodation of all the Gili’s.

We were collected early from our hotel in Ubud by our fast boat company, Blue Water Express, and I really couldn’t recommend them enough. From our transfer from Ubud to Padang Bai, on to Gili T, then back again and our transfer from Padang Bai to our hotel in Seminyak, the whole process was seamless, comfortable and enjoyable. The staff were very friendly and professional, and made everything so easy for us. All we had to do was show up!

Anyway, we arrived on Gili T around 13.30pm in the afternoon, giving us plenty of time to explore the island throughout the day. We only had one night on Gili so we wanted to be sure we had time to enjoy it.

When you first step off the boat on to the beach you are greeted by a big colourful Gili Trawangan sign with lots of people drinking, hanging out and watching the world go by. Waiting for you to come off the beach are swarms of locals who immediately start haggling prices with you for a lift to your hotel in the only used form of transport on the island, a horse and cart. It is both charming and crazy all at the same time.

We agreed a price then hopped on board our cart and began the short journey to our hotel, Aston Sunset Beach. 

The horse and cart ride was one of those experiences where you kind of pinch yourself to see if it’s really happening. The horse carts are decorated in the brightest, colourful silks and Pom Pom’s, and our driver was super friendly and chatty. As soon as he found out we were Irish, he spent the next ten minutes saying ‘What’s the craic?!‘, delighted with himself that he could greet us in our own ‘language’! I taught him a few actual Irish words like Slainté, and told him any Irish person would know what it means. His enthusiasm was infectious and he kept us laughing the whole way to our hotel.

When we arrived at our hotel we checked in and were brought to our room. Just as we had begun to settle into the relaxed island life, we were quickly shaken back into reality. Oh, dear, god! 

The room was dark, dirty, and worst of all the burgundy colored sheets had very questionable stains all over them. Certainly a step down from our Ubud mountain oasis. We decided to forget about it, and head out to the pool for a swim and a cocktail. Again, oh, dear, god!

The pool was filthy, and after a quick dip we had to abandon ship for fear of what we were swimming in. At this point, we just started laughing because what else could we do other than make the most of it. At least the cocktails were good. There and then we decided the only thing for us to do now was get drunk and enjoy it!

We made our way down the beach to the Ombak Sunset Hotel and the famous swing in the sea. I have been dreaming of sitting in that swing in the sea for many, many years now and if I’m honest, is probably the only real reason I wanted to visit Gili T. But the minute I saw them everything else washed away and I was just bursting with excitement.


I made my way out to the swing as the sun was starting to go down, and got some amazing photos. I also somehow managed to convince Dave to swing on the double swing with me, and a lovely German girl took photos for us. While Dave wasn’t that enamoured by it all, I was in my element and it was definitely a highlight moment that I won’t forget.


Following our swing, we found ourselves a cosy spot on the beach where we sat on beanbags, ordered more cocktails and just as we were about to settle, realized there was a wedding about to take place right beside us and we had a front row view. So now we had the beach, sunset, cocktails and a wedding – a full night’s entertainment, what more could you want?!


From the bride walking down the flowery isle, to their personalised vows, drinks reception, group photos, dinner and later the speeches, we got to be part of it all and it certainly made for a memorable evening on Gili T. Kim and Steve, if by some weird coincidence you ever happen to read this, thanks for letting us crash your wedding! Oh and Kim, your vows were hilarious!

I wish I had some cultural wonders to share with you all about the island, but our culture that day and night was alcohol. The beach and the alcohol saved us, and if I’m honest there’s not much else to do there.

When we did finally return to our hotel room, no amount of alcohol could help us stomach the thought of sleeping in the multi-stained bed and so we upgraded our room to the highest level available and managed to get a few short hours of sleep.

After a quick stroll and bite to eat the following morning, it was time to say goodbye to island life and make our way back to Bali. 

So should you visit Gili T? Definitely if you’re not fussed about accommodation and want to party the night away. There are also a few nice boutiques and some hotels have spas, they are pretty basic but what you would expect from an island I suppose.

The other Gili islands are apparently much more chilled out so they may be your best bet if looking for a quieter island escape. But be warned, the accommodation is 3-4 star at very best. I think even saying 4 star is a push to be honest.

All in all, we had a great time on Gili T, mostly because it gave us a lot to laugh about, and many funny (and weird) stories to take home with us.

Sure what is travelling for if not to make memories and tell stories?!

Sorcha x

Ubud, Bali | My Travel Adventures Part 1

Well, today marks one week since we jumped on that Emirates plane and began our two month trip around the world. As many of you know by now, Dave and I got married last December and decided that our first year of marriage would be spent having a ‘Year of the Holiday’, and basically just one big honeymoon.

We have been to some incredible places already this year, but really we have been gearing up for the main event, a two month trip taking in Bali, Australia and Thailand.

Our first stop was the beautiful cultural town, or more specifically district, of Ubud in Bali. Apart from my Eat, Pray, Love notions about what Ubud would be like, and some stories from friends who have been here before, I really didn’t know what to expect but it wasn’t long before I fell for its charm.



Ubud is rough and ready in many ways, but to me, that’s what makes it so beautiful. Luscious, vast green fields, paired with palm trees sprawled along road sides, make it every inch the tropical countryside you imagine it to be. It is beautiful; it is warm (in both senses of the word); it is friendly; it is spiritual.

We arrived late last Friday night to our hotel, Uma by Como Ubud, a paradise hideaway in the middle of what can only be described as the mountains. Again, luscious greenery accompanied by the sounds of many birds and insects, made us feel very much part of the tropical surrounds.


Our hotel was the perfect place for a bit of rest and relaxation, but close enough to the town so we could explore as we wanted.

I could talk for days about all the things we did, and probably bore you half to death, so instead I will share my highlights with you all:

Yoga

Every morning our hotel ran a free yoga class from 7.30-8.30am to start the day off in a calm, spiritual way. Overlooking the hills surrounding the hotel, it is easy to feel at peace and settle your mind for the day ahead.

Unfortunately I didn’t get quite as much yoga in as I would have liked, but we only had five days here and had a lot to pack in. I would say however, if you’re looking for a yoga and meditation retreat style holiday, then Ubud is the place for you.

Hindu is the main religion, but Buddhism is also widely practiced as well as varying forms of meditation.

Rice Paddies

The rice paddies are something that really have to be seen to be appreciated. Yes, I had seen many pictures of them before I left for our trip, but nothing quite prepares you for their expanse.

We visited Tegallang rice terrace, which like all rice terraces, is made using a unique Balinese irrigation system, and produces four different kinds of rice.

The layers of terraces are so perfectly landscaped, you can only imagine the time and effort that went into creating them, but apart from being obviously practical, they are incredibly beautiful to look at too.

A really popular thing to do is hire bicycles and cycle through the paddie fields, and I think it would be a great way of seeing them up close. However, if like us you’re short on time then don’t worry because a quick walk through will give you just as great an experience.

Casa Luna

Casa Luna is a restaurant located in the centre of Ubud town, and was recommended to us by my Sister who had been before. 

If you read some of my earlier travel posts, you’ll know that one thing I was very much looking forward to trying out in Bali was some local Jamu. For those of you who don’t know, Jamu is a type of herbal medicine that is believed to have healing properties for both mind and body. It comes in many forms, but one form it comes in is in a healthy juice.

As soon as I saw it on the menu in Casa Luna I knew I had to try so I ordered it, not quite knowing what to expect. I was told their Jamu was a combination of Tumeric, Lime and Honey, full of antioxidants and apparently good for fighting cancer and healing the liver. 

So being the good sport that I am I took a big gulp, and tried not to wince as I swallowed. The flavour was let’s say, unique, and I only managed to consume half the glass before I had to give up.
I convinced myself that half was still good enough though and was happy with my Jamu experience. I don’t think I’ll be having it again though! Lime and honey absolutely, but the amount of Tumeric was just a little much for me. Ah well,  when in Rome as the saying goes… 

Ubud Market

I’m not a big one for markets, especially in 33 degree heat, but the Ubud market is famous for both its products and haggling so I couldn’t wait to pay a visit and see what it was like. And it didn’t disappoint.

It was everything you imagine a bustling market to be; busy, overcrowded, and loud, but at the same time had a calmness about it in a way that I find hard to describe. Like everything in Bali, it somehow manages to be peaceful and crazy at the same time. 


As we wandered through the streets admiring everything from bright silk scarves to beaded necklaces and copious amounts of incense, we soaked it all up and enjoyed haggling with locals as we did some shopping.

It’s not a huge market so you wouldn’t need more than a few hours to cover it all, and is definitely worth a stop during any trip to Ubud.

Elephant Cave

I didn’t know what to expect when visiting the Elephant Cave (Goa Gojah), a Hindu Temple dating back to the 11th century. Goa Gojah is essentially a holy place where locals and tourists alike come to give offerings to the Gods and practice spiritual meditation.


The temple has many stone statues of Buddhas and Gods, which all surround the actual Elephant Cave. The cave itself has a scary looking face at the entrance and is said to be an Elephant’s face based on the face of Ganesh, a Hindu lord worshipped by all who visit.


The temple is quite a peaceful and extraordinary place to visit, though bustling with tourists and locals alike, it has managed to keep a calm and still atmosphere, and the burning smell of incense makes you feel like you are in a different place and time. 

I asked our tour guide if locals get annoyed with all the tourists visiting holy places such as these, but his immediate response was that Hinduism is for everyone, Ganesh is for everyone, Sing Ken Ken! (meaning, no worries!).

And that for me, just sums up Ubud right there. It’s the people that makes it so special. They are happy, they are always smiling, they are friendly, they are chatty; quite simply, they are as charming as the town they live in.

It is a special kind of a place. I remember when I went to India for the first time, I was young and had never been anywhere like it before, the initial culture shock took some getting used to. But by the time I was leaving, I had become accustomed to the local way of living and didn’t want to leave. That is how I feel about Ubud.

I can see why so many people pack up and move here to lead a yoga and meditation filled spiritual life, it certainly is peaceful. 

But that’s not for everyone and although sad to say goodbye to Ubud, I’m now excited for the next stop on our adventure.

Sorcha x

Hello from Bali

Well, after twenty five hours of flying and travelling, last night we finally arrived in gorgeous Bali. It was unfortunately late in the night when we arrived so we didn’t get to take in any of the beautiful surroundings, but got our first taste of Ubud beauty this morning.


As we are still struggling with jet lag, today we decided to enjoy our hotel, lay by the pool, snooze and generally just have a lot of relaxation. And it has been glorious!

We are staying in Ubud for four nights in the gorgeous Uma by Como Ubud hotel, and so far we are loving every second of it. The people are amazingly friendly, and the hotel surroundings are just stunning.

A lot of my blog posts while I’m away will be micro posts, given that I won’t be able to write full posts daily. I do however promised to share one full post at least once a week. 

Now we’re off to get dinner and have a cocktail or two so I shall be back with more posts soon!

Sorcha x

Travel Thursday | Beauty Around the World

Well, I can’t believe I’m writing this, but today marks just three weeks until Dave and I head off on our big adventure to see the world. Many of you will already know this if you’ve been reading my blog posts of late, but if not, then let me fill you in.

In three weeks time, Dave and I are embarking on a two month trip around the world. Yes, I really just said that. I can’t believe it myself. Eeek! When I say around the world, I really mean the other side of the world namely, Bali, Australia and Thailand. We’re just packing up, heading off, cameras and suncream in tow, and going to see where the adventure takes us. Somewhere good I hope…

As amazing as my trip is going to be, I don’t want to let my blogging fall by the way side while I’m gone, so I’ve decided to set a few blogging challenges for myself. Hence the purpose of today’s blog post.

I blog mostly about beauty and lifestyle, with a little bit of travel thrown in here and there when I visit different places, but because I’m going to be gone so long, I was concerned that travel posts may take over and not all of you will be interested in reading those posts. So, to make sure I cover topics everyone will be interested in, there will be a beauty challenge, a lifestyle challenge and of course, a travel challenge (the last of which let’s be honest, should be a doddle).

While I haven’t decided on all the challenges just yet, I have decided on one and that is, the beauty challenge. The first challenge is for me to discover, trial, test and blog about at least two beauty products or rituals native to each place I visit. So whether it be buying makeup from a local cosmetics company, having an amazing facial or massage experience, or giving a weird and wonderful local old wives tale a try, I’m going to challenge myself to embrace, blog and put them all to the test.

I’ve started researching beauty and skincare in each of the countries I’m visiting and already I’ve come up with a few gems. Here’s a look what awaits me:

Bali

Image: Tripadvisor

From what I’ve read so far about Bali, inner beauty is deemed just as important as outer beauty, in other words, healing and looking after ourselves from the inside out. Apart from regular massages, yoga and mediation, many Balinese use herbal heeling recipes, or Jamu it is known, to keep them healthy and glowing.

Image: Pinterest

Jamu is said to be full of anti-oxidants with amazing age-defying properties so needless to say I’m intrigued. I plan on routing out some Jamu filled products during my stay to see what all the fuss is about. I think there are Jamu teas and drinks too.

Image: Pinterest

There are also several Indonesian cosmetics brands, one in particular I keep coming across is called, Caring Colours. Now, I’ve no idea what the products are like, I’ve tried using google translate to learn more, but unfortunately I think I’ll just have to wait until we get there to suss it out.

Australia

Image: Pinterest

Australia is way ahead of the curve when it comes to certain beauty products and rituals. They do beach waves (and I mean the hair kind) better than anywhere else, they embrace natural beauty both in their look and in the products they use, and there are just so many Aussie brands I am dying to try out.

I’ve been in Australia before, I spent three months there about six years ago. But, it was my last stop on a ten month trip around the world and I was pretty broke. So beauty and makeup sadly didn’t get much of a look in back then, but I’m going to make up for that this time around.

Image: Pinterest

Perhaps the most famous products to come out of Australia is cult favourite, Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, which is said to be a miracle ointment made from 100% natural ingredients. It is good for chapped and cracked lips, minor burns, sunburn, insect bites – you name it. And it was even voted ‘Most Popular Lip Balm’ in Tripadvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards – who even knew there was such an award? It sounds very similar to my trusty Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream, so this is first on my list of products to try when I arrive.

Apart from Lucas’ Papaw, there are so many other Australian cosmetic and skincare brands I’m sure I’ll discover during the trip, but what intrigues me even more are some of the natural beauty remedies or old wives tales that are still used to this day. From applying almond oil all over your body after a cold shower; to putting apple cider vinegar in your hair for extra shine; to using basil to get rid of spots and blemishes, the Australian’s definitely know how to embrace the alternative. And although a bit apprehensive, I think I’m going to have to give some of these a try to see if they really do work.

Thailand

Image: Tripadvisor

Well, we all know that in terms of beauty, Thailand is probably most famous for its massage. I cannot wait to get a real, authentic Thai massage. I’ve heard they are sore, uncomfortable and a bit awkward, but I’ve also heard that you feel feckin’ fantastic afterwards.

Image: Pinterest

Spa culture is big in Thailand, and it’s one of the things I’m most looking forward to about our trip there. Because of this, several high quality holistic, natural skincare brands have shot to fame over the past number of years and by all accounts, they are amazing. Two of the most recognised and seemingly popular brands I’ve come across through my research so far are Siam Botanicals and another brand called Thann.

Image: Siam Botanicals

Aside from the fabulous spa culture, the Thai women also have some secret beauty rituals of their own. They believe mango is the cure for, well, pretty much everything from spots to cuts; Tamarind pulp is apparently a great skin exfoliator; while seaweed is reportedly their secret to shiny, bouncy hair. I’m not feeling very brave right now, but I’ll just have to man up – all in the name of beauty as they say!

Who knows if I’ll come across any of these brands whilst on my travels, I may discover many other weird and wonderful rituals and products instead, or I may discover none. But that’s my challenge, and I choose to accept it.

I’m hoping I might learn a thing or two, and maybe come home with incredibly gorgeous glowing skin just in time for Christmas? Or maybe I’ll have a few disaster stories that will do nothing more than give us all a great laugh! Either way, it’ll be an experience.

The countdown is well and truly on now, so be prepared for plenty more travel posts coming your way soon. And if you’re not into the travel posts, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with lots of beauty and lifestyle too.

Sorcha x

Travel Thursday: 8 Weeks To Go, Help!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you will know that shortly I am heading off on a very big trip. A trip that let’s be honest, I had no idea would take place this year, but somehow the stars aligned and it is really happening. Eeeek!

I know many of you will have heard me talking about this already, it’s not really new information, but last night I endured the stark realisation that we are leaving in less than eight weeks. Eh, what?! I don’t know where the Summer has gone to be perfectly honest with you, once I finished up work at the end of June I had so many plans and now it’s almost the end of August and I’ve only achieved about half of my goals.
But sure look it’ll be grand, there’s nothing I can do about that now, and now that our trip is so close, it’s time to forget about Summer goals and start planning for that. But, by planning I’m not actually talking about the trip itself, that’s all done and dusted (being the organisation freak that I am). The planning I am actually referring to here, is, wait for it… PACKING.

Packing. Where to start? What to bring? How can I pack for a whole two months and not bring every single thing I own?! I’m one of those ‘just in case’ people, you know the ones who bring everything away just in case they need it and it sits at the bottom of the suitcase for the whole trip? Yep, that’s me.

I’ve travelled before, I spent almost ten months travelling the world about six years ago, so I should be a pro at this stage. But, things were different then, I was backpacking, I was on a budget, and anything that came with me was basic, multi-purpose, and cheap. But not this time. This time it’s not just backpacking, it’s suitcases, it’s hotels, it’s nice restaurants, all of which mean I will need nice clothes, good makeup, clever accessories, great books, and even a pair of shoes or two.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this trip is not going to be all luxury, no. It’s going to be a mixture of budget and beautiful, and therefore I need to plan everything meticulously.

So this my lovely readers, is where you come in!

I need your help. I want to know all your must haves for travelling, the good, the bag and the ugly. I have a fair idea of what I need but the best advice anyone can get is from those who have been there, and done that. So, please, please, please help a sista out and let me know the following:

  • What was your must have makeup for travelling?
  • Any skincare you couldn’t live without?
  • Did you regret not bringing something with you?
  • Best books to read while seeing the world?
  • Your favourite item you brought that you used over and over again?
  • Best piece of advice you were given about going on your trip?
  • One thing you couldn’t have survived without?

I need every little morsel of information you have, stories, products, tips, whatever.

If you have specific tips for the places we’re going to which are Bali, the Gili Islands, Australia and Thailand, then please send them my way too. All the info on our trip is in my original travel post which you can read here if you want to know all about it.

I’m so looking forward to reading your comments, tips and stories, I would massively appreciate it if you could comment below with them all. MASSIVELY!

So on that note, I shall sign off and await all your comments with baited breath.

Sorcha x

Hello World, I’m Coming To Get You

It’s official, it’s real, and it’s happening. Eeek! Those of you who follow my Instagram will perhaps already know what I’m about to announce, but for those of you who don’t then here it is – the Year of the Holiday is about to get epic!

As most of you will know by now, for our first year of marriage, Dave and I decided to travel to as many places as possible, to see the places we’ve always wanted to see, to experience new cultures, to go on lots of adventures, and over the past seven months we’ve managed to pack a lot in. But now we’re taking it to a whole new level.

In October we’re going to embark on our biggest adventure yet and go travelling for two months. TWO MONTHS! To some of you that might not seem very long to see the world, but we’ve both been travelling before and the purpose of this trip is to get to the places we didn’t get to last time around. It’ll also be our first time travelling the world together.

Our first stop? Bali. Beautiful Bali.

We both have friends and family who’ve been to Bali travelling or on honeymoon and I’ve never heard anyone say a bad thing about it. From its beautiful green rice fields, to incredible culture, from amazingly friendly people, to white sandy beaches, Bali sounds like it has got a little bit of everything worth seeing.

I also have a romantic view of Bali from reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s adventures there in Eat, Pray, Love. I may have mentioned this before but that book had such a profound impact on me. Not because I think a medicine man is going to dramatically change the course of my life or anything, but because I love yoga and meditation, and the dreamer in me wants to find myself a little bit.

And being brutally honest here, I am the type of person to give a medicine man a visit too.

Our plan is to spend five nights in Ubud soaking in the culture, then head over to Gili Trawangan in Lombok for one night. I’ve heard to Gili islands are really worth a visit, and I’ve been longing to stand on the swing in the sea at sunset for quite some time now!

After that we go back to Seminyak and relax by the beach for five nights before heading to our next destination, the grand old continent of Oz.

I’ve been to Australia before, as has Dave, but while he spent a short bit of time around Cairns, neither of us travelled the East Coast. I spent most of my time in Sydney working while I was there, and apart from one weekend visit to Melbourne and Brisbane, didn’t get to see anything else. So this time the plan is to hire a car and spend a month travelling from Cairns to Melbourne. 

There are so many things we want to see and do. We want to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef even though the thought of it fills me with fear, we want to sleep on a Whitsunday island, we want to try to surf in Byron Bay, we want to go to a show in the Opera House, we want to eat delicious food in Melbourne and drink beer on the beach in St. Kilda. We want to do as much as we possibly can.

After Australia we make our way to Bangkok where we plan on spending two weeks discovering Thailand. Again, it’s probably not a huge amount of time to see everything we want to see there and so we’re sticking to the west side.

We will spend two nights in Bangkok to get our bearings and of course soak up the madness that is the infamous Koh San Road. Having spent three months in South America a few years ago, as well as a few weeks in India a few years before that, I’m used to the culture shock of different places, I absorb it, I thrive on it. I’m excited to see Dave’s reaction though as he’s never been anywhere like it before and I imagine the culture shock will be somewhat the biggest in Thailand. 

From Bangkok we will fly down to Phuket for a few days to relax in a nice resort before then making our way to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and finally the last stop on the trip, Railay in Krabi. 


I’ve heard the beaches in Railay are incredible so we decided to finish our trip there in a gorgeous five star hotel as it will also coincide with our one year wedding anniversary. What better way to end our trip and celebrate being married a year than on a beach in Thailand?!

Writing about it now, I still can’t believe it’s going to happen. But it is. Although it’s been in planning for quite some time now, on Friday we booked our flights and made it all official.

Simply Sorcha was never intended to be a travel blog, my regular readers will know I write about everything from beauty to fashion to anxiety to meditation, and to travel. It’s a blog about all the things happening in my life, and things that I love. But for two months of this year, it will most certainly become a travel blog.

I’ll take you all with us, I’ll share our stories, our experiences, our favourites and least favourites, but I’ll try keep some beauty and lifestyle posts in there too. 

So there you go, our big news. To say we’re excited is an understatement, it’s literally a dream come true.

I’m currently lying in the sun in my back garden, taking in the joy that is a sunny Dublin day. So for now, I will say goodbye as it’s time for me to get back to my travel guides.

Hello world, I’m coming to get you…

Sorcha x