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How to Travel to Cambodia with Kids // Guest Post

It is my delight to introduce today's guest blogger, Hridya of Coins N Maps. Hridya is an incredible family travel blogger based in Malaysia. Hridya and her family have had the amazing opportunity to travel the world and share their experiences. Have you ever wanted to travel the world but were unsure how to do so with children? Here are some of Hridya best tips for travelling Cambodia with your little ones: 

Hidden Gems of Victoria: The Grotto

With so many amazing sights to see throughout Victoria, it is often overwhelming where to start. It can be difficult shifting through the "touristy" spots to find places that embody Victoria but aren't going to be overflowing with tourists.

 The Internet makes it increasingly difficult to find these hidden gems and for them to actually stay hidden. I've debated writing an entire piece about my favourite place in Victoria for a while. It's purely been for selfish reasons.

 Roughly 20km west of the 12 Apostles you'll find The Grotto. Without fail, I've never been here, and it was overflowing with tourists. I'm not sure if it's because most tours stop at the 12 Apostles. Maybe it's because people are sick of driving and just want to go home. Maybe it's because everyone starts at Torquay and makes their way west. Whatever the reason, I'm grateful because it means I get this unique hideaway (mostly) to myself.

Formed from a sinkhole, the cavernous feel the Grotto provides helps seclude you from the world. You're able to get an excellent window framed view of the ocean while being protected from the harsh winds.

Even during the busiest time of the year, there isn't a lot of traffic. The people who do venture to the Grotto do not tend to stay long. I would guess this is because most have just come from the 12 Apostles. If you're going to compare the two, you're going to be disappointed. It's like comparing apples and oranges; you simply cannot do it.

On my days off, this is where I choose to escape. It is the perfect place to get away from the city, enjoy the ocean, and read a good book. The drive away from the city is long enough to clear my head so that I'm not distracted while reading. All I need to do is settle myself in and start reading.

On my most recent day off, I ventured here with my mum. She had finally come out to visit from the US, so I was incredibly excited to share my favourite places with her. We took the long drive out and spent some time relaxing and reading. Time slipped away as I read Incidental Hero. And before long, it was time for us to head off to our next adventure.

Even my mum loves to read.
If you're ever in Melbourne, this is definitely a must see on any list. If you've visited the Grotto before, share what you thought about it in the comments below! Do you have a favourite hidden gem of your city? Tell me about it!

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How to Find Motivation When You Have None

This entire week I’ve tried so hard to have the motivation to do anything. Even the simplest tasks have been incredibly draining. I’ve found leaving the house to be a daunting, terrifying task. My bed and cuddles with my extremely cuddly puppy dog have been difficult to move away from. My trips to the gym are being cut shorter and shorter. Frankly, I’ve had enough. As I sat today at the gym trying to find the motivation actually to work out, I knew something needed to change. But where do I possibly start?

Throughout my life, I have had days (sometimes weeks or months) where I simply do not have the motivation to do anything. I wouldn’t go as far to say that I’m lazy, but just sometimes my anxieties inhibit me from functioning normally. Working in mental health, I’ve been given the tools to be able to identify and help combat these fears, but often it is easier said than done. As my anxiety gets stronger, my motivation decreases. So how does one fight back and regain their motivation?

Remember to Breathe
This is the most important first step in regaining motivation. Whether it's a lack of motivation to go to the gym, the lack of motivation to complete an assignment or any other reason you have zero motivation, one MUST remember to breathe. Try breathing in for 4 seconds, holding that breath for 4 seconds, then exhaling for 6 seconds. This type of rhythmic breathing will help relax your mind and body. Struggling to focus on your breathing? I often like burning peppermint oil or lighting a candle to release a refreshing smell into the room.

Create a List
For some, this task can further decrease the lack of motivation because the list becomes overwhelming. For me, it helps me to prioritise what needs to be done and what can wait. Writing a list allows me to see what needs to be completed visually. I write them in order of importance. The positive reinforcement of being able to cross something off the list is incredibly gratifying.

Get Out of the House
Sometimes only leaving the house for a quick walk is enough to jump start my motivation. Leaving the house seem like too big of a task? Try leaving your room. Force yourself to walk to the kitchen or the lounge room. Maybe do a few walks up and down the hallway. This might be the hardest part of your day, but if you wrote “Get out of bed” on your list, you’ve now accomplished two amazing things!

Do Something That Makes You Happy
To some, this step may seem counterproductive, but that is not the case. For some, allowing yourself the freedom to choose an activity that you really enjoy is enough to spark your motivation. Try to stay away from watching your favourite TV show because this could lead to binge watching. Instead, take a bath, read a book, read a story, cook a meal, whatever it is that will bring you some happiness, do that thing!

For me, nothing is more relaxing than taking a drive to the beach and reading a good book. I recently took a trip to one of my favourite hidden gems of Melbourne and spent some time reading. The book of the day was Optimal Exposure, a great murder mystery that involved two of my favourite things: travel and photography. I especially love murder mysteries because it allows me to focus on the book and (temporarily) forget about what is going on in my life.

Give Yourself a Break
Sometimes no matter what you do, you simply won’t be able to find motivation. That’s ok. Everyone goes through various struggles throughout their life and if you’re struggling, it’s ok. Give yourself a break. Allow yourself the time to lay in bed and do absolutely nothing. Just ensure it doesn’t go on for too long. If you didn’t accomplish everything you wanted throughout your day, just find time the following day. No worries! It will get done.

Finding motivation can be extremely challenging. If you’ve tried all of these tips and found nothing was successful, try using an accountability buddy. Sometimes working with someone who’s experiencing something similar will help get things done. What do you do find motivation?

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The Best Holiday Gifts for the Traveller in Your Life

*The holidays are right around the corner. If you live in Australia like me, you’ve been bombarded with holiday goods since the end of September. The holidays in Australia are slightly different than the white Christmas’ I had in the US, but some things are still the same. I’ve always struggled on what to get people for Christmas. I think it could be simply because I overthink everything! I thought it would be fun to do a little holiday series for those who often struggle to come up with gift ideas. 

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Today is all about buying for the favourite traveller in your life. This person jet sets all over the world, what could you possibly get them that could equate to the experience of immersing oneself in a new culture? I personally think people who travel are the easiest to buy gifts for. Here are some of my top gifts ideas of this holiday season:

Scratch the World Map

I finally bit the bullet and bought one for myself. I’ve been super envious of all my friends who own one of these maps. It’s so exciting to be able to scratch off a new country! I've put mine above my bed and then placed photos of my travels around it. The most amazing centre piece to my room. Every traveller needs one of these maps in their lives. 

Love this map? Get it here.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding
This book was recommended to me via the Girls LOVE Travel Facebook group. I have to say it is incredible! I always look for a good book to read while travelling (or even back at home) and I’m jubilant I stumbled upon this book. I highly recommend this book. I think eventually I need to make a whole post about books to read when travelling. 

Be sure to get yourself a copy by clicking here.
Multi-purpose Travel Wallet
The perfect gift for keeping all of your travel needs beautiful and organised. I never travel without mine! It helps keep my boarding pass, passport, important documents, and what not organised and in one place when travelling. This is incredibly helpful at the airport. You don’t need to go digging through your bag, struggling to find anything, while the people in line behind you get steadily more and more impatient because clearly, this is your first rodeo. 
Organise yourself for your next flight
Handbag Organiser Inserts
Oh, my sweet Lanta. I used to have one of these, and in between moving from the US to Australia, it died. My purse is a giant jungle of lost things. Finding anything is impossible! When I had my organiser, everything was neatly organised. This is definitely on my holiday wish list. 
Organise my messy purse NOW!
Travel Journal
Every traveller needs a travel journal! Whether it’s a blank journal, a travel wish list, or a travel journal with a little bit of prompting, it is a journey must have! I personally have a small journal that asks where I went, where I stayed, who I met, and then a place to write general information about that trip. It has a travel packing list, a place to write down the information about where I’m staying, and a place to write down emails and addresses to all the people I send postcards home to. 
One of many travel journals to choose from.

Airline Gift Cards
This. This right here is every traveller's dream. Who needs a $20 Starbucks gift card when you could give a $20 airline gift card. It may not be a whole flight but that $20 saved on a flight could be days worth of food and activities in a foreign country! 
Southwest is just one of the many airlines that sells gift cards!
My wanderlust is never satisfied. When I return from a trip, my soul longs to see more of the world. I’ve found some fabulous home decor that shares my spirit. As I tend to keep museum stubs, plane tickets, and other mementoes from the various countries I’ve visited, I keep those items hidden away in storage books with a map of the world or the particular country. These books blend seamlessly into my bookshelf, and it's easy to access when I want to go on a trip down memory lane.
Aren't these awesome?
Recently on the Girls LOVE Travel page, someone posted a world map duvet cover, and I instantly fell in love! Even just looking at the picture jump started the hamsters in my brain to being planning my next adventure. To come home and cuddle in such happy memories would be awesome! 
My bed NEEDS this!
Another great gift is some artwork. Yes, there are pictures from every trip lining the walls of a traveller's home, but sometimes it is also important to incorporate various pieces of art. For the traveller who does not return with art pieces from the countries they visit, why not get them a beautiful canvas art piece or a decal

These are just a few ideas if you’re stuck on what to get the favourite traveller in your life. Are there some gifts ideas I missed (I’m sure I did)? Share what gift you would like to receive most or gift ideas I did not include in the comments below. 

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