Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Make a Travel Flag

     This week I bought myself a new rucksack for my forthcoming trip this August. The bag ticks all the boxes in terms of practicality and durability; however, it lacks in style. I tried to opt for the nicest colour, and ignored sneers from BHW oh how "colour is not important, it's how the bag performs." As an aesthetically-minded person, I find it very hard to not think about how things looks.  As soon as I returned home with my pack I began thinking about how I could make it prettier.  Promptly I started making my very own "HMS Voyager" flag to hang at the front of the bag. Now my bag looks interesting because I found a way to inject my personal style into an ordinary item.
     Below are some images on how I created my travel flag. Go on give it a go, style-up your own backpack.

I opted for EMS Women's Long Trail 60 . It has excellent back support which for me is super important due to my back problems. The bag also has lots of handy compartments, including storage at the bottom, which is ideal for a sleeping bag, and water bottle holders, as well as clips for hanging items (great for wet bathing suits that you don't want to put in with your dry clothes as you travel). 

I cut out a triangle shape for my flag from some scrap fabric.

I cut a ship from this super cool map fabric which captures the theme for my "HMS Voyager" flag. 

I sewed the ship onto my flag,  hand embroidered "HMS voyager," and fixed ribbons across the top for easy fastening to the bag.

Now I am excited to use my rucksack!!!!

Here is a flag I made for BHW on his trip to South America last year.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Getting excited for another big trip.

The anxiety of planning a trip has now led to excitement.  I can now feel the wonderful butterflies in my stomach, fluttering sweetly. The count down can begin. In four weeks time I will fly to England with BHW, where I will kiss goodbye to family and friends, and then head to Nepal to backpack for six months. 
     With only a few things left to get ready for the journey my mind is now left to dream about the adventure that will soon be a reality.  As I research daily for the trip, I find myself saving images that excite me. I thought I would share some of them with you, so you too can dream away about your adventures to come. 

1,Mahareo Khengarji Pragmalji,1879. 2, Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson. 3, Ketly, Hiking Poster, 1972. 4. View of Mont Everest 1935.

5. Tim Walker shoot, Vogue. 6. Taj Hotel, 1950s travel sticker

Hampi 2011

 Hampi 2011

Jaipur, 2011

 Pushka 2011

Udaipur, 2011

Myself and BHW have been watching the film 'Darjeeling Limited' on repeat, after a hard days work it reminds us of the magical journey ahead. 

x HMS x

Launching Hostel guide

I am starting a feature called 'Hostel Guide' which will be a review of places I stay. Using a simple point system from 1-5, I can give a useful guide on places to stay. 

First review coming August!!!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Book Log...

Finished New York

A chilling tale and the reminder that we never know what is around the corner. I could not put this book down from the moment I started, I highly recommend.