Our Apollo Barn Van.

Hello you lovely lot!

Hope you’re all well and having a lovely July so far. I feel like I need to apologise for the late upload of this post, I just was soaking in Bali life after Australia and needed to make sure I included absolutely everything you need to know about van life and travelling beautiful Australia in a van!

During mine and Kirstys trip we spent majority of our time in three different styles of vans, living our best van life. It’s was quite a daunting thing travelling to the other side of the world , especially with the thought of living the whole 7 weeks in a van! But I can confirm it was the best 7 weeks of my life, and there’s no other way I would have spent it. Having a home on wheels was the best decision we made. Each van we had on our adventures we instantly became attached too and we miss it already. Im going to include everything from where to start, costs, what’s it like and tips and tricks below to living van life and experiencing it all in amazing Australia. Of course this is my experience, but hopefully it gives an insight into van life and whether it might be for you…

How to get started- Where to Hire and what to prepare for:

Where to begin!! Myself and Kirsty lived in three different styled vans throughout the 6 weeks of our adventures and had the amazing help of Ratpack Travel and their incredible services. If you want a hassle free start to planning your van life adventures then they are your go to!! They are owned and operated by Sammy who is also a backpacker, the RatPack team can help you book tours, experiences and transport and offer so much advice when it comes to seeing Australia and New Zealand. Once they find the most affordable and best rated option they then apply a discount making it at least 10% cheaper than actually booking direct! I honestly couldn’t recommend them enough!

Ratpack helped us organise all our vans in all our different locations, and as they have a good relationship with all the camper van and car rental companies, a 10% discount off the price is always guaranteed when booking with them; which is ideal when it comes to saving too as Australia can be pricey! They compare all the different vans available and their prices for you and let you know the best options, it basically makes booking a van super easy, cheap and stress free!!! If you’ve already booked your flights to Oz / NZ and have dates hit up the link below and they can make a price comparison for you:

 

https://www.ratpacktravel.com/camper-vans/

 

Not only that but they offered us so much advice when it came to exploring Australia and booking our experiences, such as The Whitsundays tour, Fraser Island and our Sky diving Experience in Airlie Beach. Sammy from RatPack was the biggest help and has experience so much of Australia so hearing all his tips and tricks was so ideal. They also have a WhatsApp Support chat, which is so handy when your on the road and in need of any advice. There page also offers so much inspiration for planning and general advice, so if you do fancy checking them out: CLICK HERE!. If you have any further questions about Ratpack Travel then please feel free to comment or send me a message over on instagram or message them on WhatsApp +61450381801 to get your planning started!! (CLICK HERE TO WHATSAPP THEM)

Sky Diving booked through Ratpack Travel.

Costs:

Van life costs…so this does depend on what style of Van you go for, where you drop off the van and lots of different factors which you can tailor when you plan with RatPack Travel! However, I will leave all our costs below so you can get an idea of what we had and experience.

There are a few things that will impact the cost of your van, such as pick up and drop off points– if you drop off your van somewhere else this is an extra cost. How many of you there are/how many beds you have or whether you have a hi-top van or two seater. Milage- dependant on your trip plan, of course the cost of petrol will be more.

1st van Hire: We picked up our first van, a Camperman Van hi-top 4 bed van, in the Gold Coast for 18 days and drop her off in Airlie Beach ($250 more for dropping off in another location). For Insurance we had everything covered expect roof, windscreen or tyre this was $400.00 in total. Then the total cost of van one came to $1296, plus $500 refundable deposit. (To be noted: This was through Ratpack travel and was a Camperman Van.)

2nd Van Hire: Our second van, a Apollo Hippie Drifter (small two seater) we had for 9 days and picked up and dropped off in Melbourne. For Insurance we had full cover including windscreen and tyres, and a total of $330. Then the total cost van to $535.18, plus $100 refundable deposit. (To be noted: This was through Ratpack travel and was a Apollo Hippie Drifted Van.)

3rd Van Hire: Our last, and most boujii van of them all was for 11 days, in a hi-top four bed with Autobarn Van Company. We picked her up and dropped her off in Perth. For insurance we got full cover for $360, and this was a total cost of $900. (To be noted: This was through Ratpack travel and was a Autobarn Van)

Fuel Prices: On average around $70 dollars lasted us around a four hour drive.

Camping Prices: There are different options for camping, and there is always the option to free camp. however, every few days the van does need to be plugged into electricity but using the WikiCamps app, camping sites are super easy to find! Myself and Kirsty only did powered campsites, as we needed power to charge most evenings for work. For campsites for two people on a powered site we paid between $33-$45 a night. This includes your power, water, shower and toilets and a camp kitchen. We opted to using the camp kitchen due to limited space in the Van.

Things you need to know: Tips and Tricks

  1. Choos the style of your van to suit you: In mine and Kirsty experience, as we both had hi-top vans (4 person max) and smaller seated van (2 person max). We would personally never go back to a low top van, after experiencing both I think having a hi-top is just a lot more hassle free! Especially when your living with another person/people, the space is needed! Also if you decide on free camping, a hi-top is again more hassle free when it comes to cooking in the van and being able to move around. We also personally wouldn’t have more than four people in a van, there was three of us in a hi-top big Apollo Van and it was still such a tight squeeze! Although it was manageable, I think four would have been quite intense!
  2. WIKICAMPS: This app is now your go-to!! It’s a fiver on the App Store, but so worth it! The app shows you campsites (powered/paid or free) across the whole of Australia. On our travels, we used this daily to help find the campsites, see their facilities, read reviews and see photographs. It allowed us to be very flexible
  3. Fuel: Always check how far your next drive is and make sure your tank is full!!! During our adventures in Western Australia, we had an experience driving towards Point Anns through the national park where we really thought we weren’t going to make it back due to petrol…it was a Sunday, in the middle of nowhere and we just made it back to the only petrol station around for miles!!
  4. Bring an Extension lead: Ideal for travelling anywhere around the world, but vans usually have only one or two plugs so this just allows you to charge multiple things at once which is ideal!
  5. Kangaroos and animals: In Australia, it’s important to really watch out for wildlife and animals, especially at dusk or in the early morning. Kangaroos can jump out without looking, and there can sometimes be road kill in the middle of the roads which can get in the way!
  6. Travel in summer: Travelling Australia in winter was still amazing, but do it in summer if you can!!! It was hard to stay warm.
  7. Buy Tupperware and meal prep: Top tip when your on the go and trying to save in Australia! Meal prep! We found making meals in advance meant we had more freedom in the day to eat on the go, whilst exploring and saved us money!
  8. Have a day bag: whether you have a rucksack or suitcase, it’s hard to have space when there’s two or more of you in a van. Myself and Kirsty found having day bags with our essentials in such as toiletries/ underwear and outfits in meant everything was hassle free and easier to move around and get ready in the mornings. Also saving the time from having to open up and try rummage through your big bags!
  9. Plan your route before the day: To help save time and allow you to know where the nearest petrol stations are and campsite, I recommend planning a night before or day before if your doing any long drives. Petrol stations can be far from one another, so its good to know where you can stop along the way!
  10. What the Van comes with: All our vans came with bedding, tea towels and pots and bans and cutlery also. Some of them sometimes came with washing up liquid but some of them didn’t! So once you get the van all you really need is food, washing up liquid and tea! 
  11. EMBRACE AND ENJOY it: Van life is amazing! Of course, it takes some getting used to but you adjust to taking things in turns with the people your living with, moving around and getting things in and out. And you get in a rhythm of the lifestyle pretty quick! I personally think Van life is the best and only way to experience Australia! Being in control of your adventures, how long you stay in places and where you stay and explore is amazing- there’s no time limit and you are in full control of how you spend your time. It’s also like your own little home on wheels. I found it so nice being settled in each van and felt sad saying goodbye to each one. So embrace it and enjoy every second!

I hope this may answer some of your questions or helps with any interests you may have towards van life and exploring Australia. It was some of the best few weeks of my life, and I’d do it all again if I could! I’ll be posting my Australia round up post shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for that as that will talk more about my overall experiences and if you fancy watching my Van life videos too: CLICK HERE!

If there’s any more questions you have then please feel free to message me or comment below, happy to answer the best I can!

Love, India Moon.

Van One: Camperman Van.
Van Two: Hippie Camper.

Hello lovelies ! Hope you’re all well and have been enjoying some sunshine!!

My lovely two and a half week Bali trip has come to an end, so I thought I would share a little guide of the last two and a half weeks and some places I’d reccomend visiting if you ever decide to come to beautiful Bali!! 

I travelled to Bali four years ago and spent a month here and Kirsty has also been around a year ago so we decided to choose some of our favourite places for this trip to visit over the space of two weeks. 

We started by landing in Denpasar Bali and booked a little Air BnB in Canggu for two nights; Linked here! Through this Air Bnb we pre booked our taxi because sometimes you can be over charged from taxi services at the airport, so I’d recommend trying to pre book a taxi if you have a stay pre booked or just asking a Bluebird taxi to keep it on the metre whilst driving to your location.

We drove straight to Canggu, because from experience both Kirsty and myself, really disliked Kuta so just wanted to avoid going there. This is just personal preference, but it’s super busy, a lot of rubbish everywhere and the scene reminds me of a Magaluf strip, if I’m being honest.

In Canggu we stayed at this gorgeous Air Bnb Bungalow (linked here)   , it was super cute and it’s super easy to find places to stay via booking.com or Air BnB! 

Air Bnb Canggu.

Also Bluebird taxis were super easy to stop whilst they drove past here. But I would recommend if you find a taxi driver that has a WhatsApp number, I’d recommend getting that as it makes it easy when your booking them to locations to just send a WhatsApp! 

Whilst in Canggu there’s so many gorgeous places, little cafes and fab beach clubs you can visit! We didn’t have time to visit them all, but I’ve written the list below because they are all musts if you ever come to Canggu or Seminyak Area! 

  • Coffee Cartel Bali 
  • The Loft 
  • Kynd Community Cafe 
  • Lola’s Shaking All Day 
  • Cafe Organic 
  • The Shady Shack 
  • Machinery cafe 
  • Clear Cafe Bali 
  • Nalu Bowls
  • Revolver Espresso 
  • Sisterfields
  • Watercress 
  • Sea Circus 
  • Milk & Madu 
  • Little flinders 
  • Holiday Canggu 
  • Mr Warung 
Lolas Shaking All Day.
Machinery cafe, Canggu.

Machinery cafe, Canggu.

  • BEACH CLUBS:
  • Mrs Sippy Bali 
  • The Lawn 
  • Potato Head beach club
  • Como Beach club Bali
  • Echo Beach Club
  • Finns Beach Club
  • Sundays Beach Club

The Lawn, Canggu.

Finns Bali.

Finns Bali.

Finns Bali.

We then travelled from Canggu to Ubud, to stay at the gorgeous Om Ham Retreat and Resort (linked here) for the first few nights. This Resort was on a deal on booking.com which was why we chose to stay here, and turned out to be such a gorgeous place, amazing staff, lovely yoga in the mornings and incredible Oreo milkshakes and breakfast. (Link go booking.com here) . This retreat was a 15- 20 minute outside of the centre of Ubud, but the resort offered taxis or a shuttle x3 times a day and it wasn’t far at all!

Om Ham Retreat.
Om Ham Retreat.

After our first day exploring the Ubud Markets and visiting the monkey forest, we decided to hire some bikes and drive the hour from Om Ham Retreat to Nung Nung Waterfall. The drive was beautiful via bikes, minus the numb bums from sitting on the bikes for too long. Was so worth it! The waterfall is incredible, and although it’s a massive trek down and up it’s worth the amazing views at the bottom. (Pictures below) 

Ubud Markets.
Monkey Forest, Ubud.
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Nung Nung Waterfall, Ubud.

After staying at Om Ham Retreat & Resort for two days and exploring some of Ubud’s Markets, the Monkey Forest and cute cafes we moved onto our next stay at the beautiful Nang Ade Villa through Parama (linked here) this was a super affordable Villa, with four big rooms, a nice living space area, kitchen and beautiful pool space, only 10-15mins from the centre. The staff here were so lovely and it was such a nice place to have to ourselves for a few days. We ended up hanging out by the pool a lot, visiting more cute cafes and exploring the area. On our last day in Ubud, we rode our bikes about 12 minutes from Nang Ade Villa to the Rice Terraces. Probably my highlight of Ubud, they were so incredibly beautiful and I loved walking around them for a few hours and there are so many cute cafes you can go to that overlook the gorgeous Terraces. I highly recommend visiting them if you go! 

Nang Ade Villas, Ubud.

Rice Terraces, Ubud. Tegalalang.
Rice Terraces, Ubud. Tegalalang.

Ubud has so much to offer and is so beautiful! There is also a lot of amazing luxury resorts and spas that you can pay day entry into, and hang out by the pool also! I have left a list below of some reccomended places to stay,eat  and explore whilst in ubud!  

Ubud: Hotels and pools you can visit for the day with entry fees.

  • Jungle Fish 
  • Rock bar 

Ubud amazing places luxury places to stay: 

  • Jungle Fish 
  • Black Penny Villas 
  • Zen Hideaway 
  • Own villas 
  • Bisma Eight Ubud
  • Goya Boutique Resort
  • Komaneka at Bisma
  • Chapung Se Bali Resort and Spa
  • Origin Ubud
  • Como Uma Ubud
  • SenS Hotel and Spa, Ubud.
  • Mandapa Ubud
  • Viceroy Bali Luxury Villas
  • Padma Ubud
  • Kamandalu Ubud Resort
  • Maya Ubud

Best Boutique Hotels:

  • Stone House Ubud
  • Blue Karma Ubud
  • Wapa Di Ume Ubud
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Places to stay affordable Villas/ Spas. Also look on Air Bnb and booking.com as the options are endless and there are some amazing deals on there.

  • Nang Ade Villa (AirbNb) 
  • Om Ham Retreat and Resort (booking.com)
  • Cahaya Ubud Villa
  • Taman Bintang Villa Ubud
  • Darra Ria Villa Ubud
  • Inang Villas
  • Santosha Villas and Spa
  • Suparsa’s Home Stay
  • Rouge Villas & Spa
  • Jiwa Guest House
  • Kajane Mua Villas

Places to eat in Ubud:

  • The Elephant 
  • Zest 
  • Ibu Susu Bar & Kitchen 
  • Dumbo 
  • Casa Luna 
  • La Pacha Mama 
  • Milk & Madu Ubud 
  • Alchemy 
  • Watercress Ubud 
  • Yellow flower cafe 
  • KAFE 
  • Clear Cafe 
  • Ubudian Cafe Bali 
  • Akasha (vegan cafe) 

We then got a shuttle bus from Ubud down to Padang Bai Ferry port, to catch our fast boat ferry (2hours) to Lombok (Bangsai Ferry Port). There are two types of ferry’s you can get over to the Gili islands or Lombok, the fast ferry (2 hours) or the slow one (4-5hours) or you can fly for super cheap to Lombok (1-2hours: if you have under 30KG luggage unlike us) but it’s super straight forward and easy to do! 

We chose the fast boat as Kirsty and myself get super boat sick so this was the best option for us. The ferry’s also stop off at the Gili islands so if you haven’t visited them, I highly recommend stopping off for a few days and experiencing them. I’ve left a bit of information about the Gilis below, in terms of stays and cafes. Although it’s been four years since I visited (old blog post here) , Kirsty went recently so we’ve piled some tips together below. (Gili air was our favourite)!  

If you go to the Gili islands: Must go to cafes below! and a few stays I’d recommend. I didn’t stay on Gili Meno and also only visited for Lunch so haven’t included much on Gili Meno below.

  • Kayu Cafe (GILI T) 
  • Gili Bliss (GILI AIR)
  • Nalu bowls (GILI AIR) 

Gili Air stay:

  • Andin Bungalow (low budget)
  • 7 Sea Cottages (low budget)
  • Salili Bungalow (mid budget)
  • Bambu Cottages (mid budget)
  • Captain Coconuts Gili Air (high budget)
  • Grand Sunset Gili Air (high budget)
  • Sunrise Resort (high budget)

Gili T budget places to stay:

  • Gili La Boheme (low budget)
  • My Mate’s Place (low budget)
  • Gili Klapa (low budget)
  • Madison Gili (mid budget)
  • Resota Twins (mid budget)
  • Villa Ombak (high Budget)
  • Pearl of Trawangan (high budget)

Once in Lombok, we headed from the port to the South of Lombok and headed to our first stay at Blue Monkey Villas (linked here) a gorgeous stay with a beautiful view overlooking Mawun Beach. Although Blue Monkey Villas is slightly out of the way from Kuta, Lombok (the centre) it’s defiantly worth a stay and Jeff the owner is super lovely and can do pick ups and drop offs if requested! Pictures below of Blue Monkey Villas: 

Blue Monkey Villas, Lombok.
Blue Monkey Villas, Lombok.
Blue Monkey Villas, Lombok.

We then moved onto our next stay in the centre of Kuta Lombok to Bamba/So It Goes (linked here). Which is the most beautiful “poshtel” ever! There is the option to stay in private double bed rooms or dorm rooms made up of six beds. The private rooms sell out super fast, however because there was six of us we had a full dorm of just us and this worked perfectly. The dorms are massive double beds, with locker storage units and a curtain so you have full privacy when in the dorms. The bathrooms have drying racks, showers and toilets and all the facilities are absolutely stunning! Also the comfiest bed I’ve ever stayed in. Also not to mention the beautiful pool, pillow comfy area, Bamba Restaurant Food and incredible cocktails. This place was mine and Jamie’s favourite relaxing spot, we loved the music and had some lovely evenings having cocktails here. 

Bamba, So It Goes, Lombok.
Bamba, So It Goes, Lombok.
Bamba, So It Goes, Lombok.
Bamba, So It Goes, Lombok.

If you are in Lombok there is also some fun places to go out, such as Bus Bar which is a 5 minute walk from Bamba and super fun! They do pizzas and play music till around 1am, we had such a laugh here. And if you fancy continuing your night, Rasta Bar is where everyone usually heads out from Bus Bar afterwards about a 15 min walk or 5 minute bike ride around the corner situated on the beach and it’s super fun for dancing! 

After some days exploring and having fun (all recommendations for this below). We moved onto the beautiful Villa Strata, this 5 bedroom villa is around 15 minutes from the centre and about a 8 minute drive from Tanjunn Ann Beach. It was the most incredible place I’ve ever stayed. The staff were incredible, and you have the option to have breakfast, lunch or dinner made for you if requested. The 360 views here were out of this world, always catching the beautiful sunrises in the bathrooms and sunset from the front of the house. The amazing open interior means you constantly get the insane views and light throughout the Villa. We had an amazing stay here, and if you get the chance I couldn’t recommend grabbing a group of you and all chipping in together to stay here! 

Villa Strata, Lombok.
Villa Strata, Lombok.
Villa Strata, Lombok.
Villa Strata, Lombok.
Villa Strata, Lombok.

I’ve also listed some of our favourite Lombok food places for amazing breakfast, lunches and dinners, as well as our favourite places to stay and the beaches to explore below. 

Lombok places to stay:

  • Bamba: So It Goes.ID 
  • Blue Monkey Villas 
  • Villa Strata 
  • Katamaran Resort 
  • Mana retreat.

Places for Yoga:

Lombok places to eat:

  • Bamba 
  • Milk Cafe (oppersite Bamba) 
  • El Bazar 
  • Kenza Lombok

Places to go out and have a dance. 

  • Bus Bar – good pizza and dancing! 
  • Rasta Bar (usually a spot to go to after Bus Bar finishes at 1am.) 
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Beaches to visit in Lombok: More info on the beaches linked here.

  • Tanjung Aan Beach
  • Segar hill (to sit and watch sunset) 
  • Mawun beach 
  • Selong Belanak (Good for beginners surfing)
  • Senggigi
  • Pink Beach
  • Tangsi Beach
  • Batu Payung
El Bazar Cafe, Lombok. Banana Bread Pancakes, an actual dream!

After Lombok we return via fast boat ferry, back to Canggu for our last few days. There are so many stunning places to explore and stay in Bali and Indonesia that I’d recommend exploring that I saw on my previous trip so I’ve left a few of those places and tips below also, because my lists go on for days. Bali is just such a beautiful place. 

On the last few days in Canggu, we stayed briefly in Seminyak at Alam Boutique Resort (linked here) pictures below. This is a newly launched resort with lots of different sized villas for groups or couples, offering spa treatments in the rooms, all day food and lovely flowered baths!! The attention to detail here was incredible, it was super clean and it was so lovely being able to experience the opening of this beautiful place. Alam boutique is situated super close to Potato Head Beach Club so whilst we stayed here we had an evening at Potato Head before heading to our last stay at Mojo Resort. Mojo resort was a super simple but lovely stay just outside of Canggu (around 10 min drive from the centre) with a nice pool and rooms. And as i mentioned above, there are some super lovely cafes to visit and beach clubs to go to in a Canggu. 

Alam Boutique Resort.
Alam Boutique Resort.
Alam Boutique Resort.
Alam Boutique Resort.

Anyway, that sums up our amazing two week trip in Bali. I’ll be sharing soon my top ten tips when visiting Bali, so keep your eyes peeled and lots of Australia and the Philippines posts coming soon. I hope this is in some way, was helpful if any of you decide to visit this incredible country and if you have any further questions, then please feel free to DM me on Instagram (@indiaamoon) with any questions or comment below! And if you do visit, have the most incredible time!!!!!! 

Love, India Moon.

 

Potato head Beach Club, Canggu.

Hello Lovelies,  How’s it going!

So it’s finally becoming all wintery and it’s starting to get freezing… I spend a lot of my time reminiscing about my summers, and recently decided to find some of my old travelling pictures. So, I thought I’d do a little post about my little adventure to the Gili Islands. I’m going to talk about some little fun tips about all three of these beautiful islands, just so I can talk and think about them a little bit longer…

I was lucky enough to travel around Indonesia with three of my close friends, and we decided that we had to experience all the Gili Islands! We headed by boat from Nusa Lembongan to Gili Trawangan, which is known as the more busy and party island out of the three! It’s Beautiful! We spent the afternoon looking for a place to stay which wasn’t hard as everyone at the boat port all offer loads of places to stay. As we were on a low budget we just settled for anywhere clean with a bed and shower, as we would spend most our time outside our room exploring anyway.

Gili T is so lovely, you can ride around the whole thing and the sun sets are one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen. It’s incredible and of course they have the famous swings which you can sit on and watch the sun go down.

Theres also a turtle reservation so you can see all the little baby turtles the island look after to keep the population of turtles going.

After spending a few nights on Gili T on the beaches and drinking lots of Bintang (the beer there which is really good). We decided to do a day trip snorkelling to Gili Meno, we were told this was a quieter island with less noise and attractions and when we got there again it was so beautiful and very open with a few nice hotels. It seemed like a great place for a couples holiday however we wanted to stay somewhere with a bit more going on, so a day trip was just enough for us!

Then we went to Gili Air, which we loved!! It was easy to bike/walk around the island and was a great place for us to relax. We spent most of our days playing cards in beach cafes and swimming in the sea and enjoying the peacefulness. And at night you can see the glowing plankton (bioluminescent plankton), which makes the sea look like it has thousands of stars in it.

So if you ever get the chance, I recommend going to at least one or all three of these islands, they are all beautiful! Here’s a few photos from my trip!

Love, India Moon.

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Gili T all above ^ Gili Air Below!

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Hello!!! I thought I’d write my first post back about some of the things I got up to this summer!!

Although I spent a lot of my time working to save for University, I’m also lucky enough to have my two lovely grandparents living in Penzance, Cornwall. I spent a few weeks there learning to surf, going for big walks, and lying on the beach!! I’ve grown up visiting Cornwall, being on the beaches covered in sand and getting thrown around by the waves, it is one of my favourite places on earth. If you haven’t been I hope this post makes you want to go because I’d recommend going here to anyone. Its my little escape!

My first two weeks away, me and my boyfriend Jamie decided to do a surfing course for 4 days with Smart Surf School, on Sennen Beach! I surfed a bit in Bali and absolutely loved it, so I wanted to learn some more skills and try and become a little better.

Sennen is one of the most beautiful beaches, and Me and Jamie were so so excited. We went down early on our first day and couldn’t wait to get in the water even if it was a little cold at first (once your in and in your wetsuit and focusing on learning, you don’t even notice). Smart Surf school were amazing too, Sam Smart and his Brother Seb Smart are great surfers and teachers, who have a wonderful team, all of whom are experienced surfers and life guards. They taught us so many techniques and we had such a laugh with them. The great thing was they teach in small groups and believe the best way to learn is getting out and doing it! After about 20 minutes of warming up and getting to know the boards, we were in the water testing out our steering and paddling techniques, and by day two we were already standing up! Me and Jamie absolutely loved it, although a small tip, remember not to put suncream on your forehead, as Jamie went blind for a good five minutes in the water…

If you ever get the chance to go to Cornwall and wanna try surfing lessons go check out Smart Surfs Website they are such a cool bunch of people and I can’t wait to go back and have more lessons with them! http://www.sennensurfschool.com

 

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a few photos of us surfing. 

There are so many beautiful places to visit in Cornwall, I have so many favourite beaches there and I always try and visit them every time I go down. My Grandparents also live very near to the little habour called Mousehole, which is a small fishing village and it’s so so lovely. It’s a stunning place to walk through and sit and look out from the habour, or even spend an evening in the lovely restaurants. I highly recommend ‘2 Fore Street’ restaurant, their food is incredible…I can’t stop thinking about it.

I could talk about how much I love Cornwall forever but I think I’ll save some of it for another post soon and tell you all about the different beaches you can visit, otherwise this post may go on and on… and for now I’ll just show you a few more photos of the beautiful places I went in Cornwall during summer…

Love, India Moon. 

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Hello guys! It’s officially been a year since I was travelling in South East Asia and it was one of the most incredible experience’s. I’ve decided to share with you bit by bit all the beautiful places I saw and some little tips and all the must do’s whilst travelling, and I will start by telling you about one of the best days of my life. Whilst I was in Chiang Mai I  was extremely lucky that I got to spend the day with the most beautiful animals ever.

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This baby elephant was the sweetest.

I’m sure many of you know some of the disturbing truths about Elephant cruelty thats goes on around the world and that many are exploited by forcing them into a life of walking for hours a day with a horrible chair that digs into their sides. The tourists that sit on their backs are usually unaware about all the cruetly that goes on within this industry. Lets just say I strongly disagree with these beautiful animals being used so that tourists can watch them do tricks, or ride on their backs. One of the hidden truths is that these beautiful creatures have to be tamed to be able to be ridden and this process can be extremely brutal.

Whilst I was in Chiang Mai in Thailand, I knew I wanted to see these amazing animals. I wanted to go to an Elephant Sanctuary, a place where they are cared for and no longer in pain and somewhere I could contribute to support their new lives. After much research, we decided to go to Happy Elephant Home, where we could spend the day with these gentle giants. There were four rescue elephants that had been overridden and abused in the trekking and circus industry. However after years of injuries and abuse, they were finally rescued and brought to this safe place, where they are now able to roam free and play in the nearby river and eat a lot of bananas and sugar cane. 

It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I loved being surrounded by such beautiful and gentle animals and I can’t even begin to put into words how amazing they were. We spent the morning listening to the owners tell us their stories about where each of the four elephants and the new little baby one had come from. It was heartbreaking hearing about how awful their past experiences had been. One of the lovely female elephants, Molo, had been in the treking industry and still had wounds that still hadn’t healed even though she had been with Happy Elephant Home for a year and a half, (which you may be able to see in some of the photos). She suffered so many awful cuts which left scars and I felt heartbroken hearing about her story. It was hard to understand how anyone could cause these animals such pain. We spent that afternoon having a mud bath with the elephants, which was great fun and I loved playing in the mud and being completely covered from head to toe with them. I know now how much elephants love to throw mud all over themselves… Lets just say everyone got covered!

We then spent the rest of the afternoon bathing in a cold river with them, splashing them with water and rubbing their backs. I remember, I slipped over at one point, and thought I’d stepped on a snake but Molo had just wrapped her trunk around my leg, which allowed me to not fall.

 It is difficult to put it all into words how amazing it is to be surrounded by them, so if you ever get the chance I seriously recommend going and meeting them. I know one day I’ll be going back.  

 

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Thank you happy Elephant home for an amazing experience.

If you’d like to book with them heres their website: http://www.happyelephanthome.com

love, India Moon