Dear Future Self

“How many crossroads are you allowed to have in life? I seem to have a lot of crossroads. I think maybe I crossed back across the same road too often.” – Queen Latifah

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Travel Throwback: My First Overseas Trip

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Prior to 2010 I had never been overseas. As someone who had grown up in a family where money was sometimes (actually, kinda often) tight, overseas travel was not something that I’d experienced. Because of this, I didn’t even have any real dreams or desires for overseas travel. It didn’t really exist to me.

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Bucket List: Make Origami + tips and tricks

Bucket List: Make Origami, www.chasing-emma.com

This is probably one of my more unusual bucket list items, but I personally find origami to be a rather amazing and beautiful art, especially if it is done with beautiful paper. As a teacher I’d thought creating origami was going to be a great and easy activity to assign my students one chaotic Friday afternoon, but boy was I wrong. Origami is deceptively difficult.

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Exploring Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

Bucket List: Explore Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, www.chasing-emma.com

If you’re anything like me, you’ve never heard of Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, colloquially known as the Summer Palace. But trust me, you should definitely know about it and it should be on the top of your to do list the next time you’re in Austria.

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Bucket List: Ghost Hunting

Bucket List: Ghost hunting with Adelaide's Haunted Horizon's Ghost Tours

Do you have someone in your life who is hard to buy for? It was this exact dilemma that lead me to search for Adelaide experience packages that I could gift instead. After cycling through the ‘normal’ experience packages in Adelaide (think: luxury car hire, wine tasting, hot air ballooning) I eventually stumbled across the website for Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons and was instantly intrigued as they not only offered ghost tours of various sites, but they also offered ghost hunts. Being a non-believer but a complete scardy cat I thought, why not?

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Bali Tips for First Timers

Tips for your first time in Bali on www.chasing-emma.com

To be completely honest, Bali was never really on my bucket list. I associated it with Aussie bogans, cheap drinks and clearly staged Instagram photos of girls in flowy dresses. It was never a place I could envision myself exploring. However, after my friend convinced me to spend 2 and a half weeks in January with her in Bali I have changed my mind and firmly believe that Bali is a great place to explore, though there are a few things that you should know.

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Adventures Getting to Gili Air

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Gili Air. A place of crystal clear waters, amazing snorkeling and island community. The Gili Islands really are all they’re made out to be on Instagram. But what’s not generally included on Instagram is how to get there, and how getting there or back can in itself, be quite the adventure.

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A Guide to climbing Mt Batur

Tips and Tricks for Climbing Mt Batur Chasing-Emma.com

I’m sure you’ve seen the photos on Instagram. A vibrant sunrise abover the clouds, highlighting a steep volcano in the distance. This is something that can only be achieved by climbing Mt Batur, Bali’s most active volcano. But don’t let that scare you off since climbing Mt Batur has become one of those must have adventures if you are in Bali.

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Bucket List: Climb Mt Batur

A view from near the base of Mt Batur, Bali on Chasing-Emma.com

My legs were burning, sweat was dripping down my back and down the sides of my face, and I huffed and puffed like a pack-a-day smoker out on a casual stroll. Apparently we were at the 90% point and only had a small section of rock scrambling to go before we reached the summit of Mt Batur. It was dark and cold and I was considering stopping for one last break when I realised that I could see the top. It was only a couple of meters away. I pushed myself onward and pulled myself up the last lot of rocks.

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Bucket List: Get a Fish Pedicure

Are you ticklish?

I sure am. Somedays you only have to brush my arm and I’m in hysterics. Getting my fert massaged requires immense self control to not kick my therapist in the face. This being the case, the last place I ever though I’d find my feet was in an aquarium being nibbled by little fish.

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