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Here’s something you may not know about me… I’m a huge geek when it comes to dinosaurs, space shuttles and national geographic programmes. I love it! I find it all so interesting, I could watch documentaries on these things ALL DAY LONG!

Recently mega babe Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad) featured in ‘Face The Wild’ segment on National Geographic. She set out on an expedition to Anza Borrego Desert and put her skin to the test with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence! Under extreme conditions she fights dehydration, dizziness, and dry heat with this product! You can check out the full video here….

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the product with you, however, if it keeps her skin looking insane with those extreme conditions, I want to try it!

I’m going to talk about how we shouldn’t let ANYTHING hold us back from what we want to do. Concerns, worries and what-if’s shouldn’t stop us from going out there to explore this BEAUTIFUL world. No matter how big or small our concerns are, we have to push through our comfort zones, and really live.

Last year, as many of you know, I set off on a 4 month adventure, although, when I first set off, I didn’t know if I was going to last 4 months…. I could kind of see myself coming home after 4 weeks (I lasted the 4 months!). I love my pampering products, clean clothes, clean sheets, basically I love feeling clean, so the idea of living out of a backpack and staying in hostels was worrying me. I knew I couldn’t let this stop me enjoying an adventure of a life time, but I’d be lying if I said it was playing on my mind.

It sounds ridiculous I know, I was about the travel some amazing parts of the world and I was worried about not feeling clean, not having clean clothes, not being able to wash my hair and not being able to feel nice, in the grand scheme of things, it sounds pretty pathetic, but we all have our qualms!

I set off with an extremely heavy rucksack which was so heavy that I had to sit down to put it on, full of toiletries! Honestly, I was so worried I wasn’t going to be able to buy things out there, that I took everything. From micellar water, to spot cream, to a different day time moisturisers, night time moisturisers, foot cream, eye cream, I seriously could go on for ages. If you’re going on holiday, fair enough take it all, but did I really need the amount of stuff I took, no, absolutely not.

After 6 weeks, I had used up a lot of it, I ditched some of it and funnily enough, I was able to buy top-ups out there. Eye rolling at myself right now! My back was really in pain from carrying this stupid almost 20kg rucksack around on my back and digging in to my shoulders, that when I finished travelling the first country on the itinerary, I threw away LOADS of things. Clothes I hadn’t worn, unnecessary toiletries and stuff which I just didn’t need.

Did I die without all of those things? NO! I saved my poor back, and it made my travels a lot easier! I was so so glad I lightened up my bag, and just kept the essentials.

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Travelling is about making memories, being in weird situations, not understanding a word of what anyone is saying, just pointing and guessing on the menu, sleeping in a room full of 12 bunk beds, getting lost, seeing these incredible places, meeting new people, understanding different cultures, really appreciating how lucky we are to live in England and just LIVING!

The worries I had were so silly and when I wiped them out of my head, I lived the dream I had always dreamt of and had the most amazing few months which I’ll never forget.

I urge you to forget the worries, grab a map, and go and explore! What’s the worst that’s going to happen?

You can read my top tips for travelling here!


This post is in collaboration with SK-II and National Geographic

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