Welcome to apackedlife.com.
This blog launched in 2017 for people with a passion for travel, planning and getting the most out of life.
What brings you here?
Love travel, preparing to travel, and writing about your travels?
Have little and not so little stationery stashes all over the place, and love journals, planners, diaries, washi and stickers?
Have a desire to organise your world, discover life hacks and enjoy your leisure time more?
Then this is most definitely the place for you.
Well howdy, Y’all.
And forgive my broad Tennessee. Since we got back from our road trip taking in Nashville, Memphis and the Mississippi Delta last year, I’ve loved the thought of Y’all. To me it encompasses all that’s right about southern courtesy, and bringing people together. Let me pour you an iced tea, and we’ll sit on the porch awhile.
Despite that introduction, I’m actually a Brit. I live in Middle England, in a ramshackle old house which is home to me, my husband and a growing collection of books, stationery, planners, travel accessories and music. Together we love travel, books and music. Separately, I like stationery and bringing order to things. He likes to create chaos. So we were made to be together. You’ll get to know us a bit better here.
When I’m not travelling, rustling papers or getting on with life in general, I have a property business and a little gluten free bakery. After signing up for National Novel Writing Month last November I realised how much I like writing. This blog was born out of that love, although I’ve been blogging elsewhere for more than ten years.
What you’ll find Here
I cover all kinds of travel: travelogues, planning for travel, equipment and luggage, packing and preparation, and a look at some favourite destinations. I talk about my secret love for Belgium here, share misadventures aboard Juliet in St Petersburg, and encourage you to hit the road.
In a similar planning mode, we talk about stationery and planners, journaling and record keeping. If you know what washi is, we may be part of your tribe. And if not, hang around here and let us bring you over to the sticky patterned side. We have bullet journals, confessions of a stationery addict and perhaps unsurprisingly, travel journals.
The lifestyle section covers life hacks, how to guides, including how to live your best life, healthy living, goals and self-development. I share my old house blues, secrets of getting a good night’s sleep, and how to tame a wardrobe behaving badly.
Welcome, And Let me Show You Round
The headers will take you to the blog’s main topics: travel, planning and lifestyle. The side bar breaks that down a bit more. If you’ve come here for something specific like packing advice, or bullet journaling I’d suggest starting there.
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