All posts tagged: travel

Finding positives in Trump-induced anxiety

When researching Millennials for a university essay, I read that we are the first generation to have been raised in an age of terrorism, internet culture, and job and financial uncertainty. The combination of them all has made us the most anxious generation to date.┬áBrexit and now Trump have become another addition to the growing list of anxiety agitators – for me at least. I spent last Tuesday in turmoil as I stressed and fretted (read: ate junk food and cried over the climate change that Donald Trump doesn’t believe in) as to what the future may hold. Call me dramatic, but thinking of all that our generation is facing – higher debts, lower incomes, home prices, financial crashes, rising racial tensions, Instagram likes (only half kidding), plus all those mentioned above – drove me into a state of panic. However what the internet doesn’t need right now is another opinion piece on how screwed we all are. What we do need is some thought as to how our own passions or skills can be …

Soul and Surf India

India Part 1: Soul and Surf

Just after ten o clock in the morning on the edge of a clifftop in Varkala, India, there’s a small group of people enjoying breakfast, swapping stories and coffee, sharing anecdotes and monkey jam, full of food and free of worries. Look quickly and you’d think this was a group of close friends, family even. Look closer and you’ll see it’s a mixed group; guests and staff, Europeans and Indians, surfers and yogis. Strangers yes, but Soul and Surf’s specialty lies in making strangers feel like friends and their resort like a home where everyone is welcome. It’s a rare thing with accommodation. In the balancing scale of atmosphere vs luxury, you can usually peg hostels weighing down the atmosphere side and hotels tipping the luxury side. Soul and Surf sits perfectly in the middle, balancing both with ease and a confidence that comes from 5 years of extremely happy guests and 5-star reviews (check out their Facebook and Tripadvisor). It’s this welcoming atmosphere that makes it a perfect place for solo travellers, especially first-time …