Anatomy of this Outfit: Hat – Local shop in Fuerteventura | Sweater – Thrifted | Coat – Dolls Kill | Tights, socks and shoes – H&M

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Yesterday, my family and I flew back from Puerto Rico. Upon arrival, despite having every intension of updating LFB, I ended up climbing into bed hoping only to take a nap, but instead woke up at 6 am in the morning – which would explain yesterday’s missing post. (Hey, shit happens sometimes!)

This does, however, lead me right into the topic of today’s post: travel – or more specifically: adventuring. Now I have written a lot on LFB about life as an ex-pat in terms of planting your feet firmly on soil other than the one you grew up on. What I haven’t talked much about is the lure of constant exploration itself.

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Although I do think that it takes a certain kind of transient mindset to be able to pick up and move someplace new where you must carve out a life for yourself on an entirely new continent and expose yourself to an entirely new language and confront a culture vastly different to the one you grew up around on a daily basis, it isn’t the same thing as being being an adventurer. To me, an adventurer is a person happiest with a life sprinkled with constant travel; a person who may or may not know where he or she will be in 6 months.

With that being said, a place that I can really call home is important to me. I am very happy to have a home base, and there is always something so comforting about coming back to your own special sanctuary. But I enjoy life out of a suitcase just as much. As long as I have my health, my laptop, camera, and a wireless connection, I’m a pretty happy camper.

My ultimate goal in life is to be able to live a life in which I am able to balance time home and time away. Because the need to explore is part of the fabric of my being but stability is important and my two little fur angels and friends I have in Berlin are my second home.

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The funny thing is that I never really thought of myself as particularly adventurous. Even up until a few years ago, many of my insecurities held me back from trying new things or exploring the world on my own. But looking back 2015, I have been able to travel to so many fantastic places for work and play, check “conquer your fear of the ocean and go surfing” and “travel-solo” off of my bucket list, and have cultivated a burning desire for exploring the world.

So for 2016, I have decided to take part in the “12 in 12” challenge – to travel to 12 different places in 12 months. I have already started January to a good start and have concrete plans for February and March, with trips to Austria and Czech Republic lined up.

However, in addition to my goal of traveling to different places, I also want to set some goals for what I actually want to do and not just have uprooting myself blindly each month as the goal. Because part of conscious living is setting an intension behind each action and knowing why you are doing what it is you are doing. I don’t just plan on traveling to rack up bragging rights and scratch more places off of my “countries I have visited” map. I want to go places because they fill my heart with happiness and my head with memories.

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In 2016, I hope to…

001: Fit in a few more solo trips
002: Go on adventures with friends
003: Continue traveling for work – either for photography gigs or LFB-related things
004: Get closer to nature – sensing another camping trip in the making!
005: Make it to southeast Asia
006: Swim in a lake or river
007: Ski in the mountains (will be checking this baby off the list in a few weeks!)
008: Go on a yoga retreat
009: Travel to Iceland
010: Watch the sun rise on the beach

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Whether or not all of these things are possible in 2016 have yet to be seen, but the goal is there and I will be doing everything in my power to make these hopes a reality. Looking forward to all these adventures reminds me that the key to living an enriching life which fulfils us and creates positivity is to look with excitement on the things we will do, not look with disappointment on the things we do not have.

Because one of the most important things travel has taught me is to value experience over things and to collect more memories than objects. Hiking in the El Yunque rainforest in Puerto Rico and doing Yoga on the beach in the morning as the rain fell from the sky, only to reveal a rainbow arcing over the ocean, are two memories that I will always hold near and dear to my heart.

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These experiences make my life richer without me ever having to reach for my wallet (minus the flight expenses, of course, but I’m pretty sure you’re picking up what I am putting down) or experience buyer’s remorse. We live in a world where we are taught to look at the things (read: objects) missing from our lives which cause us to become trapped in a continuous cycle of unhappiness. When happiness is dictated by what we own and what we seek to acquire, we are fighting a never ending battle and happiness will always be a shining goal in the distance, just out of reach.

But when we choose to collect memories and look forward to new experiences, we view life as something beautiful which can only expand to become more lovely in our eyes. These adventures do not have to even be big ones to far away places but the small adventures that happen each day – a trip to the farmer’s market, or a picnic with friends in the park. We start to look at what we have and not what we don’t.

I cannot wait for all the new experiences I will be adding to my list of memories and to be reminded each time of how “rich” life truly is.

What are you travel goals for 2016? What do you hope to do and where do you hope to travel?

Photography: Sandro
Editing: Rae

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Stay conscious, Rae


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Rae Tilly

Rae the EIC of LFB and YEOJA Magazine. She is also a photographer and social media influencer.


  • Morgan Miller

    Omg I love your hair! It[‘s so unique and gorgeous :)
    -Morgan x

  • aahhh you look beautiful! that sweater is so dreamy! may i know what’s your lipstick? it’s gorgeous *-*

    ah enriching life. my dad always say to take every opportunities because the regret of not doing it would haunt you for the rest of your life, so say yes to challenges! travel far! go to that party! take that bungee jump leap! i want to travel to more beaches this year. also japan or australia if i can. i am saving hard so i can go places. fingers crossed! and yes please come to SEA esp indonesia! we have beaches and mountains and yummy food! :DDD


  • Alice

    What an incredibly cool look! Your sweater is beyond gorgeous!

    Fashion Soup

  • The Czech Republic is awesome. I absolutely loved it and I’m hoping to go back one day when I can afford it (it’s not expensive, just my job pays so fucking badly and high living costs). Iceland is also on my places to visit, for the Northern Lights, but it seems to ‘fashionable’ these days, I swear everyone seems to be going to Iceland, and I don’t like people in my nature, so I might wait for that to die down. I’m a huge believer in life’s little adventures, like you said, picnics and farmers markets. Sometimes it’s important to be a tourist in our comfort zones.
    Also, that jumper looks super!

  • I definitely agree, valuing experience over materialistic things makes for a happier life.

    In 2016 I’m hoping to travel around the UK! I’ve been wanting to go for years and now I think this year I’ll be able to do it.

    Isabel Marcelo

  • Elizabeth Hisle

    If I get to travel at all I will be a happy camper. Firstly, I would like my husband to find a good job so that we can actually take a vacation. We’re seeing a band in Louisville, KY in March though – maybe we can do some urban exploring!

    P.S. Love the location. Do you have tips for indoor photography?

  • The Beaute Blend

    I love your hopes for 2016…so inspiring! I look forward to watching where this year takes you! Beautiful photos!

  • Couldn’t agree more. I, too, hope to one day be able to have a place called home, but to also have the luxury to travel to many places. I think it’s wonderful that you’re setting this “12 in 12” challenge. I wish you all the best <3

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

  • Winfred

    Awww this post was just beautiful like you missy
    you’re really pretty and the photography is amazing!!! what camera do you use (hope you don’t mind sharing hehe)
    I’m leaving this blog having learnt something new: Travelling helps you value experience
    thanks for sharing

  • Oh my goodness I’m obsessed with you! Love your hair. I really loved this post! Have a great day!


  • sileas

    That’s wonderful plans! I feel the same, a stable home base is just as important to me as exploring different places. I just booked my flights to NYC in spring and I hope there’s more to come *yay* Hope you’re enjoying your trip to the mountains! Servus ;)

  • Love the braids and that red lipstick is perfect with the blue. Great style girlie!

    XO, Jessi

  • Love your beanie and you look super cosy in your jumper! I’m definitely looking forward to your travels, as for me I really want to go to more nature reserves and actually see natural products being made (honey in beehives etc) :)

    Pop over to my blog!


  • Gloria

    What a gorgeous look!!! Love this post!

    the Glamour Taste

  • Kait Elizabeth

    This is such a gorgeous post! I love traveling and the 12/12 idea is fantastic. I can’t wait to follow along! Hugs, Kait

  • I love your 2016 list, it sounds like a fun filled year you!!
    also your socks look so cozy =o)

  • You have a good heart with a very open mind. That’s two good thing to adopt for an adventurer. Always exploring and learn new things not for bragging rights but to learn and be a wiser personally. I see that coming over to South East Asia is one of your goals. If that’s happening, and you’re coming over to Kuala Lumpur, please drop me a message and I would love to meet you in person =)
    I would love to visit Russia and South America someday. That’s in my bucket list =)

  • Sophie Lee

    Love your travelling resolutions <3 and thank you for your inspiring post :)

    xoxo, Lastestbag – Best Bags 2016

  • Love this post, and love your writing! Being able to balance time home and time away is something I hope to do as well, as I love new adventures but also love having a place to come home to. Also, a big “YES” to Iceland, I haven’t been but it’s a place I’d love to explore.

  • I am really loving your style! keep inspiring me! xoxo! Thanks for commenting on Qing’s Style. I hope you always keep in touch!

  • minaali

    YOUR HAIR. <3

    The Snap Narrative

  • Yellowicing

    Yet another lovely post! I totally agree, all too often we get bogged down with fixating on what we don’t have rather than appreciating what we do have (I’m guilty of that for sure)
    Travel certainly enriches your life in ways material possessions can’t.
    I’ve been sorting out my diary this morning and I hadn’t even realised how much stuff I have planned over the next few weeks, which has made me feel grateful for all that I have.
    Love your outfit too!

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

  • I just love you! Your style, your way of writing .. ♥ Really nice article! Hope your wishes come true ♡

    ♡ Nature photos ♡

  • Oh my goodness, “12 in 12” excites me so much! I can’t wait to see your journey unfold over the blog and for us to feel included in it through photos and you achieving your goals! I moved around a lot due to my father’s job and it was such a great experience, although I always love coming home I get so excited by exploring!


  • Diana Maria

    You have such an inspiring mindset, and I love your travel goals for 2016. I completely agree that it’s so much more fulfilling to have goals when travelling instead of blindly setting off just to check off more destinations off of your bucket list. This is one thing I’ve been working on doing for a while now, since this kind of travel leaves you with such lovely memories! I can relate to this so much, I love having a home base, but I also love travelling and not knowing where I’ll end up in the next few months! I can’t wait to read more about your adventures xo

    My Lovelier Days

  • Beauty Follower

    Great beanie, matches so well with the hair’s colour!

  • Love the whole outfit, looks super comfy and chic. I love your hair by the way

    Nashia | MakeupandBeautyMayhem

  • One piece of advice I’ve heard is to “spend your money on experience, not things” and I think that holds so true to the heart of this post. We do live in a time where there is a huge fear of missing out in both experiences and material. It traps us in a constant state of unhappiness because, as you said, you’re always searching for what isn’t there rather than the blessings you possess. The most exciting part of your itinerary to me is Iceland – I’d love to visit there someday!

  • Mademoiselle Coconath

    Great post! Your outfit is so cute!


    Mademoiselle Coconath