The Sleeper Bus

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In December 2019 I made the decision to leave the UK and set off to travel the world. My initial plan was to live and work in Australia for 6 months and then travel south-east Asia, but after just a few days in Australia, I decided that it wasn’t for me.

That, coupled up with the bush fires and early warning signs of Covid-19 (feels like a distant dream, right?) meant that I set off on my travels earlier than planned, and caught a plane to Bali after spending 5 weeks in Melbourne.

After a further 4…

A sleep disorder may be considered “low risk” but can be more harmful than you’d think.

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When I was a child, I used to have nightmares often. My mum had to take the curtains down in the bedroom because I could see skulls in them, and we visited the doctor because my sleep continued to suffer. Until the age of 11, there was always a spare bed in my room, which my mum would push next to mine and soothe me to sleep.

The nightmares were so vivid until one day, they simply stopped. Instead, they turned into dreams — of me flying, or sitting on some grass in the middle of a field. At 16…

Experience in sales can help you achieve freelance success

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Before becoming a full-time freelance writer back in 2019, I spent over three years working in a sales-based job. I was a recruiter.

Before you roll your eyes and click “exit story,” — hear me out. I know that there’s a lot of stigma around recruiters and the industry overall, but not all of us are bad.

I didn’t ignore candidates, and I took my job seriously. Did I think at one point I was living a similar lifestyle to Jordan Belfort in Wolf of Wall St? Potentially. But don’t throw shade at me. I was 21 and loving life.

And why I’m grateful I did it alone

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In December 2019, I packed my bags and flew to the other side of the world; Australia.

However, my solo travel didn’t start until February 2020, and it was truly one of the most enriching and challenging experiences of my life. Ironically, I hadn’t planned to be on my own, per se.

I did feel overwhelmed a lot of the time I was in Australia, and although I cherished the amazing memories that I made with friends old and new, a lot of the people I’d met were at the “end” of…

They will come back, one day

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I’ve been mulling over 2020 in my head for a few weeks now, especially as we are in our third national lockdown here in the UK. This lockdown, however, feels different. We are all incredibly tired, our metaphorical shoes scuffed from dragging our feet in despair.

Mentally, it’s been taxing. Some days filled with laughter and jam-packed with voice notes over WhatsApp. Other days it’s anger and resentment, waking up with a sore jaw from clenching with anxiety all night. But, most days, it’s glossy-eyed, glazed over and bored.

This led me to question…

They don’t care about Covid-19

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Three days ago D’Angelo Wallace made a YouTube video which was nothing short of a masterpiece. For those of you who don’t know who D’Angelo Wallace is, he’s a YouTuber who produces thought-provoking content on varying hot topics.

Whether it’s general news, influencer circles or online “drama”, D’Angelo covers it. However, it’s important to note that he doesn’t fall under the category of gossip. It’s more social commentary over anything else.

I’ve watched D’Angelo’s videos sporadically over the last year or so, and randomly landed on his channel when the drama unfolded between famous YouTubers…

Because the food in Australia is pretty delicious

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Before the world had to shut down due to Covid-19, I was fortunate enough to travel to Australia, Bali, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia — and during that time I ate some pretty amazing food.

Melbourne was a quirky and backpacker-friendly city, with a ton of amazing food and drink spots.

So without further ado, here are some of the most memorable places I ate in Melbourne!

Mao Please | CBD

In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD lies Mao Please, a restaurant which offers a wide range of Chinese dishes including Cantonese, Sichuan and Hunan. …

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And why we should celebrate the small wins

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As someone who recently chose to follow a plant-based lifestyle, it was great to see so many people partaking in Veganuary in 2021.

Since October 2020 I started to follow a plant-based diet, and aside from a week of indulgence over Christmas, I’ve stuck to not eating any animal products and honestly — it feels great!

One of the key things I’d spoken about in my column was the importance of small steps when transitioning to a plant-based diet, as I believe an all or nothing approach is counter-productive for people who…

And why large corporations should be held accountable.

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Living a zero-waste lifestyle is following a set of principles and practices that reduce your waste to “zero”. The reason why I put zero in inverted commas is that the idea of being zero-waste is something I'm sceptical about, and a lot of others are, too.

The concept of zero-waste, however, is admirable. It’s living your life in a sustainable and eco-conscious way, putting the environment and wellbeing of the planet before yourself. …

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