16 Must Have Travel Apps

Sunday, 31, August, 2014 1 , , Permalink 0

It seemed only fitting that my second Lifehack article be more "wings" than "roots". So, here are the 16 Best Travel Apps You Must Have For Your Next Trip. I've tried and tested all of these! However, I've recently decided that the Jetlag Genie - although great in theory - is not the ideal way to handle jetlag. I know this, because I'm writing this post from LAX after a 14 hour flight from Melbourne, while waiting for my (delayed - grr!) flight to JFK. This week I used the Jetlag Genie to try adjusting to the NY timezone before my trip and maximise my holiday time (by waking up at stupid times like 4.30am on a Tuesday). All that's happened, is ...

3 Lessons from the Girls I’ve Been

Sunday, 24, August, 2014 3 , , Permalink 3

You've probably heard the famous words by George Bernard Shaw - Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. I didn't always agree with this. A hopeless romantic at heart, I believe(d) in things like fate and destiny and reincarnated souls - life was about discovering the person that you innately are. Over the past 27 years, I've come to realise that this was perhaps a belief of convenience - a comforting thought that I alone was not responsible or accountable for how things turned out. Shaw suggests that we have the power to create who we are - that it is not necessarily predetermined or limited by fate, genetics or circumstances. We are in the driver's seat. A scary ...

50 Cities & 50 Coffees

Sunday, 10, August, 2014 2 , , , Permalink 0

This week, I wanted to share with you two articles that made my heart flutter with excitement - each representing my love of all things Roots & Wings. #1: Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime. If you ever needed a travel bucket list, the Huffington Post just gave it you on a silver platter. I'm heading to No. #3 (New York City) for my fourth visit in as many years in a couple of weeks. Now, I'm a glass half full kind of girl, so reflecting on the 23 out of 50 cities that I'd visited in my 27 years was like a nostalgic walk down memory lane: 1) Venice, Italy 2.) Seville, Spain 3.) New York City, USA 5.) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6.) London, England 9.) ...

Bring on the hard choices

Sunday, 3, August, 2014 2 , , , Permalink 0

Recently, I watched a TED talk by Ruth Chang (a lawyer, turned philosopher) on How to make hard choices. It has completely revolutionised the way I view major life decisions. I only wish I'd had this insight 5 years ago. Life - although I feel our twenties in particular - is full of hard choices. Where will I live? What will I study? Which job will I take? Will I marry him/her? Should I move to New York? Should I buy property? I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Ruth suggests that we have misunderstood hard choices. Rather than being a source of stress and anguish, she says that we should cherish hard choices as opportunities to step up and be active participants in ...