Category Archives: 25 new things

New thing 3) Learn about flight Co2 emissions

Before the age of eighteen, I had only flown once. Since then I’ve flown each summer for a holiday.

In September we’ve booked our first leg of flights for our round the world trip:

Manchester-Rekyjavik-New York

New York – Los Angeles

Los Angeles-Honolulu (Hawaii)

Honolulu- Nadi (Fiji)

Nadi-Auckland (New Zealand)

That’s five flights. And that’s only the first half of our trip. After New Zealand we’ll most likely fly to South East Asia via Australia.

The above makes me feel understandably excited, but as a resident of the planet, I’m horrified by the carbon emissions.

According to UN statistics:

“CO2 emissions generated directly from the tourism sector account today for 5 per cent of global CO2 emissions but this may be higher (up to 14 per cent) if measured as radiative forcing, i.e. the warming caused by CO2 as well as other greenhouse gases. To understand the magnitude of these numbers it should be noted that if we compare tourism with the emissions of countries, tourism would be the 5th bigger polluter worldwide.”

We need to be conscious of our our carbon footprint whilst we are away…

This is what we will do:

1) Use local or public transport wherever possible. We will be biking and walking as much as we can whilst we are away. We’ll avoid hiring cars where public transport is possible.

2) Invest in carbon offsetting. There are many projects that counterbalance the emissions from flights, such as tree planting.

3) Travel light. We will take one rucksack each that we can ourselves carry.


New thing 2) Run 10km

In September I noticed I was out of breath when I got to the top of our stairs in our house. Enter running shoes.



I ran and I ran. I ran until I could do 5km without stopping. Then I did 5km twice a week.

I decided to challenge myself to doing 25 new things before my 25th birthday, and a 10km run was one of them.

Bank holiday Monday, I plug myself into Strava. I ran and ran. I had a clicky hip and a blister on the bottom of my toe. I got lost. I ran for an hour and twenty minutes and I accidentally ran 16km. (whoops!) Direction is not my strongest sense!

Luckily, Tom is so good at navigation that I call him Tomtom. He’ll be in charge of map reading next year!


New thing 1) Watch ‘Life is Beautiful’

Well hello there.

There’s been a bit of a blogging break here whilst I got my camera sorted – I needed a new charger, and wanted to start this blog off with decent photographs, as the ones from my phone were a bit fuzzy and pants-looking!

I’ve added a list of twenty five things to do before I turn twenty five – you can see it on the left side of the page. Some of them are mundane, some challenging. The main aims of this to get myself out of my box, try some new stuff, and to keep myself occupied in the lead up to our travels in September.

So here we go: number one! Watch ‘Life is Beautiful.”

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This is a film that I’ve had on my shelves for years, yet somehow never got round to watching.. mainly due to it being in Italian, and I was putting if off because I’m usually doing some complex knitting, which makes subtitles a bit hard!

If I gave it a mark out of ten, it’d be a full 10/10 and I’d highly recommend.

It starts out as a daft slapstick comedy, think Basil Fawlty in pre-world war two Italy.



The beautiful main characters then start a family, and World War II breaks out. I won’t spoil it for you. But it was one of the most happy, yet harrowing films I’ve ever seen. I laughed, I cried.



Guido: [pretending to translate] “The game starts now. You have to score one thousand points. If you do that, you take home a tank with a big gun. Each day we will announce the scores from that loudspeaker. The one who has the fewest points will have to wear a sign that says “Jackass” on his back. There are three ways to lose points. One, turning into a big crybaby. Two, telling us you want to see your mommy. Three, saying you’re hungry and want something to eat.”