Podcast Favourites

Hey everyone, summer is in full swing and this past week I’ve been working a lot so thought I’d do more of a chilled out post. But don’t worry the next few weeks are going to be jam packed with exciting things!

Recently I have been listening to a lot of podcasts on my walks to work or while at the gym instead of music. It’s a different way of checking out by being able to focus on the podcast topic completely. I have also learnt a lot too so I thought I’d share some of my favourite channels. I listen to all of my podcasts on the apple podcast app.

Fit and Fearless

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This podcast had to be my absolute favourite, It’s my go to 90 percent of the time. The podcast is run by the girl gains; three girls Tally Rye, Zanna Van Dijk and Victoria Niamh who are fitness influencers/PT’s. The podcasts features a different special guest each week where they chat about having a healthy relationship with food, your body and exercise while busting myths within the fitness industry. It’s quite a specific topic relating to exercise and working out so might not appeal to everyone. However, I do think it is a must to listen to especially in todays society!

Power Hour

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I find this podcast really motivating. Adrienne Herbert chats with a different guest each week about their life an their believes, the things they are passionate about. Towards the end of each episode she asks them about their morning routine, otherwise known as their power hour. The power hour is the idea of waking up one hour earlier to utilise that time to do what you need or want. It’s interesting to hear about other peoples morning routines and can be very motivating and inspiring too!

Adulting

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I love this podcast. Since turning 20 life has been a bit crazy. No one knows what they’re doing but it feels like everyone else knows and you’re the only one who doesn’t. It’s nothing like being in high school where your friends are given to you and everything your suppose to do is what you have to do. And you’re no longer a teenager so you can’t blame everything on that either. This podcast approaches the challenges of adulthood that no one ever talks about or teaches you about, from friends to money and everything you can think of in-between. It’s honestly a life saviour and a must listen for anyone heading into their twenties ad beyond!

Climate Queens

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This a fairly new podcast which releases once a month so there aren’t many episodes to binge on. I find this one the most educational to all the ones I have listened to. Katie and Clodagh discuss the human impact on the planet revealing shocking statistics that are honestly quite scary followed by things we can do to help! So far they have covered fast fashion and food waste. Both episodes are eye opening and informative so are great to listen to if you want to educate yourself on what you can do for the planet! I can’t wait to see what this podcast brings in the future!

Positively Selfish

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This podcast by Robyn Lee focuses on putting yourself first, doing whats best for you and not being apologetic about it. The most important person in your life is you. Amongst this special guests are featured and they discuss all manner of topics and everything life throws at you. Some guests include The Fashion Fitness Foodie (Lucy Mountain), Tally Rye and Dr. Joshua Wolrich. It’s another chit chat podcast but a must listen honestly!

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This podcast is run by Laura Thomas, a registered nutritionist so I personally love it! She talks about all things wellness featuring guests who have their foot in the wellness industry from doctors to bloggers and mindful experts. I personally love how this podcasts takes nutrition from all angles which is why I listen to it. Although a lot of her episodes are nutrition based, other topics are covered such as freelancing, hormones and education and there are so many to choose from!

Currently these are my top podcasts and I tend to go through phases of listening to a lot of one series at a time. There are so many I have queued up that I cant wait to listen to such as Obsessed with Killing Eve (on the BBC sounds app), Well Far: the running podcast and Give me Strength with Alice Liveing. If you guys have any favourite podcasts¬† comment below, I’d love to check them out! Thanks you for reading!

Peace out guys x

Kew Gardens

Hey everyone! This week I took a visit to Kew Gardens. My last memory of visiting here was a school trip in Primary School so it was so fun to have a wonder around! I mainly took this visit to work on some photography and learn more about my camera so I thought I’d use this blog post to share some of those photos with you guys!

However, I would highly recommend visiting here! It’s such a lovely day out especially if the weather is nice. There is so much to see and you can have picnics allover the grounds!

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Stair Case in the Palm House
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View into the Rose Garden from the Palm House
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Bumble Bee on the Great Broad Walk
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Cacti in the Princess of Wales Conservatory
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Thanks for reading, let me know in the comments if you’ve ever visited kew gardens or a similar botanical gardens!

Peace out guys x

Support your National Parks

First off, I’m sorry for missing last weeks blog post. Angel and I have been road tripping around a few of the National Parks on the west coast. We visited four parks in total and I thought I’d share our itinerary with you all!

Los Angeles – Joshua Tree National Park

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This was a short drive, only 2 and a half hours. We stayed in Hidden Valley Campsite which is one of the first campsites you reach as you drive through the park from the West Entrance. It’s actually quite beautiful, for a desert. Giant grey boulders tower the sky line. It’s bright, so bright from the reflection of the sun off the white sand on the floor! As we drove through we saw fields of Joshua trees that reminded me of something out of a Dr. Seuss. But the best time to see this park is in the evening, not only because of the scorching heat in the summer months but because of the sky.

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When the sunsets it turns the rocks golden and when it gets dark, it gets really dark. So dark that you can see the milky way! Standing and starring up at the sky when it’s lit by thousands of stars you can actually see is unreal! It’s like nothing you have ever seen before. Living in the city creates too much light pollution to see the stars properly and you don’t appreciate the number of stars there actually are until you see it. Thousands of tiny lights twinkle in the black sky and you can see a faint shimmering blue ring that curves across the sky, the milky way! It’s not clear or obvious but it’s noticeable enough to know that it’s a galaxy.

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Joshua Tree National Park – Grand Canyon National Park

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The drive from Joshua Tree to the Grand Canyon was a whole lot of desert. The black roads and freshly painted white and yellow lines popped out against the flat sandy landscape. 5 and a half hours later we arrived at the Grand Canyon and set up camp in Desert View campsite. I’ve seen plenty of photos of the Grand Canyon but nothing prepares you for how big it actually is. Deciding to hike down really shows you how big it actually is.

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During the summer they advise you not to hike down between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm because of the heat down in the canyon. We began hiking around 9 am and reached the bottom at 1 pm. The heat didn’t get too bad until we were almost at our final check point but then we had to wait two hours for the heat to go down so we could walk back up. Down is optional but up is mandatory.

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One evening we watched the sunset over the Grand Canyon while a storm rolled by. You could see the individual lightning bolts shoot out from the sky as the sky changed from blue to orange.

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Grand Canyon National Park – Sequoia National Park

This was the longest drive by far, 9 hours. The land scape changed from dry desert to pine trees and as we hit the pine forests the smell was overwhelming. For miles all you could see was rows and rows of deep green trees. We arrived at Sequoia late making driving down the winding roads in the dark slightly daunting. Once we got to the park entrance we saw that there was only space in one campsite, 70 miles away. So we ditched camping for one night and stayed in a hotel near the park.

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The next day we spent a few hours in Sequoia visiting the largest tree in the world in cubic meters. The sequoia trees are huge and tall. It makes you forget what a normal tree looks like and makes you feel so tiny.

Sequoia National Park – Yosemite National Park

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The drive from Sequoia to Yosemite is only 2 and a half hours. On the way we drove through the hills as the sun was setting and I have never seen a sunset like it. The sun looked like¬† a fire roaring through the gaps in the hills. When we arrive at Sequoia we thought it was so beautiful because it was such a difference from the deserts we had been surrounded by. But when we saw Yosemite Valley we realised we hadn’t seen anything. Whilst hiking we met this guy backpacking around Yosemite who said that everything in the park was perfectly placed and he was 100 percent correct. As you drive through the valley the grey rocky mountains peak through the pine trees towering over you with waterfalls running down them.

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Our first hike was a short one up to sentinel dome. At the top is a panoramic view of the park where you can see both Yosemite falls and Nevada falls with the half dome sitting right in between. It’s incredible! Our second hike was my favourite though. We took a 3.5 mile hike up the mountain to Yosemite falls. It was a hard hike and at one point I felt like we would never get there. When reached the top clambering over rocks we came across a small pool at the top of the waterfall and people were jumping off the rocks into the fresh clear water! The rocks allowed you to climb right to the edge of the falls and watch the water crash over the cliff face. It was a long hike but it was definitely worth it!

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In parks like the Yosemite theres constant warnings of blacks bears. At the campsites food has to be stored in these special boxes to stop the bears getting hold of any food. The bears are curious enough to break into cars to get hold of any food and they are known for being aggressive when they can’t get any more. Once they become aggressive park rangers have no other option but to shoot them so it’s so important that food is stored correctly! One morning we were preparing to leave the campsite when someone saw a bear. We headed over and this baby cub with light brown fur was crawling the shrubbery in between campsites. It was amazing! We had to be careful not get too close incase the mum was around.

Each national park is so unique and so beautiful in it’s own way. If any of you ever get the chance to visit any of them you definitely should! The entrance fee for most National Parks is $30 for 7 days but you can buy a pass for $80 which allows you entrance to all the National Parks in United States for one year. So go support your parks!!

Take a peek at our video if you want to see more of each national park!!

Peace out guys x

The Start

Hey guys, My name is Sophie, I’m 18 and from London, England. I am currently studying Sports and Exercise Science at university and started this blog to share my travel experiences. While I am studying there will also be other lifestyle-type posts included as, unfortunately, I am not able to travel regularly. For example my favourite restaurants, my workouts and just general life chit chat.

I am a complete beginner at this blogging business so bear with me while I learn the ropes. I’m very excited to begin so without further ado, here is my blog! I hope you enjoy!