The West Coast Diaries: Portland

The next stop on my West Coast trip: the city of Portland, Oregon. I was SO excited about this as visiting the Pacific Northwest has always been #1 spot on my bucket list and being in Oregon meant I would finally be there! I’d also heard so much good stuff about Portland, from its quirky vibes to its incredible vegan food scene.

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My Travel Bucket List

This list is a constant work in progress…

Places:

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Greenland
  • Argentina
  • Hawaii
  • Guyana
  • Switzerland
  • Faroe Islands
  • Borneo
  • Myanmar
  • Alaska
  • Austria
  • Portugal
  • West Coast of Ireland
  • Nepal
  • Iceland
  • Pacific North West, USA

Experiences:

  • Surf in Hawaii
  • Surf in Australia
  • Work abroad
  • Circumnavigate the entire World
  • Trek in the Himalayas (Annapurna Circuit)
  • Everest Base Camp
  • See a musical on Broadway
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Fly first class
  • Roadtrip across America
  • Eat at Champs Diner, NYC
  • Work at a summer camp

Where/ what is on your travel bucket list?

-Millie xox

24 hours in Paris

When I’m travelling I love to try new things, and on my recent trip to France I decided to travel overland by train rather than flying! I got the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris and then the fast train to Bordeaux the next day. This left me with about 22 hours in Paris: one night at a hostel and some time to explore…

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My Gap Year (part 1)

As my gap year comes to an end, I’ve been thinking a lot about all that I’ve experienced and accomplished this year. If I think back to this time last year, it’s hard for me to believe everything I’ve actually done, and how far I’ve come in 12 months. I decided that a post like this would be exactly what Millie-one-year-ago would like to read, so I’m hoping it can help some people in the same position as me last year!

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A New Direction…

Hey guys!

I know it’s been a painfully long time since I’ve posted on here. I was really struggling to find things to write about, and it took me a while to realise that that’s because I don’t really find this blog very interesting. I started off wanting to be a ‘lifestyle blogger’ but the big flaw in that plan is that I don’t actually enjoy anything that lifestyle bloggers write about… Sure, I love reading lifestyle blogs, but being the voice behind one really wasn’t for me. It wasn’t until I returned from a month on the West Coast USA that I realised what  I was really passionate about: Travel.

When I got home, and even whilst I was still out there, my mind was full of post ideas for the first time in months. I want to share all the information I wish I had at the start of this adventure, and share the details of all the adventures still to come. Obviously this blog will still contain some lifestyle-type content, but it won’t be the main focus.

I’m hoping to completely revamp this blog over the coming months (both content and appearance-wise) but have started with the baby step of my own domain name, yay!

Thanks for your patience whilst I got back to this, and I hope you look forward to seeing where this goes 🙂

-Millie xox

p.s. follow me on Instagram @AmeliaCDowling to stay up to date on my travels!