On the first day of school every year, we always go around the room and you have to introduce yourself with your name, where you're from, and a fun fact about yourself. I dread this activity. Apart from never knowing what to say for the fun fact part, I never know where to say I'm from. If you asked me what my passport said, I would say the UK – although I haven't lived there for five years. If you ask me where I live, it would be Dubai – although I don't hold a passport from here. If we were asking in terms of my school, I would be American – although every time I visit America it's on a tourist visa. If it was where my parents were born, it would be Tanzania – although I've never lived there. If you were asking me about my ancestry, I would be a mix of Middle Eastern, Indian, and African. If you were asking me where I see myself in the future, I would not even know what to say... This question is so complicated to me – and any other expat – that it's impossible to fit into a quick sentence. So how do we know where we are really from?
As this decade comes to an end and we see 2020 approaching it's time to start reflecting on the past year and set goals for the coming year – and even the coming decade. In previous years I've shared my own achievements from the past year and goals for the coming year in blog posts, but this year I thought I would do something a little different. I want to focus on one specific resolution that I think a lot of people may share, and which I believe I can share some advice on – travel! As an expatriate and Third Culture Kid, I have had the opportunity to travel to many different places around the world from vibrant and buzzing cities to remote rural villages. I love writing about my travel experiences on this blog and sharing my advice with you guys, and on your side, my travel posts are usually met with great enthusiasm! This year I am going to take a more forward role in writing about not only travel advice but sustainable travel advice, something I started in the summer when I wrote about New York; hopefully, I will be doing this in collaboration with the Unsustainable Magazine, a magazine I have written for before.
It's not often that I get time to explore the country I live in, the UAE, and even when I do, I usually visit restaurants or attractions within the city. However, this week when I had a few days off school I knew I had to spend them exploring something out in the desert. I had read about the 'ghost village' or 'abandoned town' in Al Madam and I was curious to see it myself. So my family and I got in the car, drove up to Sharjah, and decided to search for this ghost village.
I was brainstorming ideas on how to make sustainability accessible to you guys in a fun way, not something you see all the time, and it hit me! Why don't I link sustainability to something I already write about a lot: travel! My travel posts are some of my most popular posts, and while I won't pretend to be a perfect human, whenever I'm on a trip I always make a conscious effort to make environmentally cautious decisions. I know as well as you guys that it can be really hard to be sustainable while on vacation, you're not in your home and you don't have access to the resources that you usually do, but that is why I want to create these travel guides for you: to make sustainable travel a little more accessible.
This winter was my first visit to Byron Bay, and I'm pretty sure it's not going to be my last! I loved spending each day waking up early, walking down to the beach, and eating so much delicious food at some very cute cafes. Before I got to visit Byron Bay, I had seen so many bloggers on Instagram visit this place and eat some great looking food. So by the time I actually visited Byron Bay, I had an extremely long list of all the places I wanted to go to. As you know if you've been reading my blog for a while, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. So naturally, most of the places we tried out were really great breakfast and brunch places. I hope you enjoy seeing photos of the food as much as I loved eating it!
The name of this post might seem a little weird. Who knows... maybe that's why you clicked on it, maybe you're intrigued about what a 16-year-old girl is going to tell you about economics and life changes? Well, this post is not about one simple hack that will change how much money you spend or [...]
A couple of months ago I visited Morocco for a photography immersion experience. It was honestly one of the most amazing trips I’ve been on, and I’ve been waiting to share some of my photos with you guys! I learned a lot about photography while I was in Morocco, and I’m proud to share this ‘Morocco through my camera lens’ post with you guys. I hope you enjoy my photos, and that they can give you a little taste of what my experience was like!