2013 is here, and It will be the best year of my life!

I hope that you have all had an amazing Christmas 2012 and I wish you all the best for 2013. May your year be full of travel and exciting experiences! This was the last Christmas that I will be spending at home before my sabbatical. Hopefully next Christmas will be spent on Bondi beach or…

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Coincidence or fate…

I have had so much news over the past 48 hours that will affect my travel plans significantly. Then I looked at the cover of my new issue of Wanderlust magazine. I saw that it featured articles about solo travel, the Great Barrier Reef and Darjeeling. Three things that relate to me because of my…

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Welcome to Pearls and Passports

Hello! I’m Stephanie and I have created this blog to document my sudden desire for travel. I have always been very ambitious with regard to my work life but I have never contemplated long term travel. Before now! I always thought that I would live to work and my desire for a good job has…

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Two months until my round the world trip commences!

I first started thinking about my trip in April 2011, since then I have done a lot of work trying to save up for the trip, organise my itinerary, get granted my sabbatical and researching safety, what to do and what to bring! I hve been thinking about this trio for so long yet it is…

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I got granted a Sabbatical!

Today I received the news that I had been anticipating for weeks. I have been granted a sabbatical from work! This means that I will have a job to go back to when I get home from travelling around Asia and Oceania! This is amazing news and such a bonus in this economic climate. One…

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Missing Munich

   The post travel blues really do suck. I realised yesterday that I’m a lot happier when I’m travelling than when I’m static at home. I crave new social interactions and I love learning about different cultures, histories and languages. Travel enables me to do all four everyday! Ah well, only 14 more weeks until…

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I have bought my (perfect) Backpack!

I have finally bought my backpack, one of the most important items for my round the world trip! After reading various travel blogs and advice from friends who have travelled I decided to buy the osprey kestrel 68. I have only heard good things from osprey and the bag is really light with loads of…

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Germany here I come!

Today I am going to embark on my second solo adventure! It’s different to the last one because I have nothing arranged once I get to Germany. I’m just going to get to the hostel and see where life takes me! During my time in Germany I hope to practice photography and see some of…

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Remember remember the fifth of November…

In England the 5th of November is known as ‘bonfire night’ or ‘Guy Fawkes night’. It’s is a celebration of the fact that Guy Fawkes, a member of the gunpowder plot was arrested whilst guarding explosives that were placed beneath the House of Lords. It celebrates the fact that king James the 1st survived this….

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