Island Lover Essentials: Brooke Saward from World of Wanderlust


How inspiring!

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This week’s Island Lover blogger comes all the way from Tasmania, Australia and has been globetrotting since the age of 13. Naming her blog World of Wanderlust, what we love about Brooke Saward is the fact that she gives super cool tips on what to do when traveling around the world.

Equipped with a tripod and an awesome camera, Brooke is not afraid to explore the places she travels on her own because just like us – she has a serious case of wanderlust. And if that’s not enough, she also makes video blogs to accompany her little adventures! As one of our favorite bloggers, we thought we’d share with you her travel essentials when she goes on her island getaways. Enjoy!

1. Where are your favorite beach destinations? Give us your top 3 and tell us why?

I absolutely love visiting beaches in Australia because this is where…

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Cycling trivialities

Oh, José González. This man. I’d marry him, his voice and music in a heart beat. <3

Too blind to know your best.
Hurrying through the forks without regrets.
Different now, every step feels like a mile.
All the lights seem to flash and pass you by.

So how’s it gonna be.
When it all comes down you’re cycling trivialities.

Don’t know which way to turn.
Every trifle becoming big concerns.
All this time you were chasing dreams,
without knowing what you wanted them to mean.

So how’s it gonna be.
When it all comes down you’re cycling trivialities.
So how’s it gonna be.
When it all comes down you’re cycling trivialities.

Who cares in a hundred years from now.
All the small steps, all your shitty clouds.
Who cares in a hundred years from now.
Who’ll remember all the players.
Who’ll remember all the clowns.

So how’s it gonna be.
When it all comes down you’re cycling trivialities.

So what does this really mean.
When it all comes down you’re cycling trivialities.
Cycling trivialities.

Too blind to know your best.
Hurrying through the forks without regrets.
Different now, every step feels like a mile.
All the lights seem to flash and pass you by.

The Cost of Living in “Paradise”

In simple terms, I wanted to live a life that I’ve always dreamed of. I didn’t want to ‘wait for the right time’ anymore and I certainly did not want it to be a mere daydream or fantasy. Forget those temporary escapes for I am confident to what I’ve always desired. There was no better way to get going with it then to take the plunge and jump onto the next boat I could find, whether or not it was a functioning or faulty boat that would either keep me afloat or sink in time – I’d get my answer as soon as I hop onto it and sailed onward..

“I didn’t get a chance to finish my thoughts along with my half lit cigarette and as I dragged on to that last puff just in time to realize what has become – it was already 2014″.

Though I have fortunately and naturally slowed down on nicotine, I felt that this metaphor symbolized exactly how I felt about the year that went by. Time was irrelevant and being timeless gave me a mix of emotions, where one moment I felt absolute and thankful to just BE and at the same time feel strangely helpless to witness my age increase by the number. 2014 would be the last year of my 20s.

It’s no longer about getting old in numbers or those once upon a time fear of aging superficially. With age comes wisdom and self awareness in hopes of finding that enlightenment of utopia and so I wonder, how much have I come into terms with this life that I am living and how far have I progressed as a soul living inside this human body?

I turn 29 this year and I can still hear and feel the inner child voice of that little Rachel who still lives in me. It’s almost like I am time travelling within my body and having all these different versions of Rachel reemerge and subside at different phases of life.

Eventually I made a choice to fight for consistency and so it was to travel, explore and discover a world beyond my imagination and to absorb all these different cultures and re-enact them into my very own existence. To continuously be in love with life, accept my freedom, pursue my crazy dreams and believe in the so-called unattainable. So here I am today, this moment, in Bali.

It’s been almost 4 months since I called KL my base and only 7 months since my last solo journey to Europe. Heck, 2013 was yet another amazing year of achievements for me and secretly, at times I ask myself in disbelief, how did I make it happen?

Being one with what you’ve always imagined and dreamed of seems to come with consequences that I had to bear. I justified every obstacle with the price I had to pay to live a life like this. Every wall I hit or every drain I slipped into, I picked myself up and soldiered on because it’s logical to see the dark before you see the light. It’s only fair to suffer before you bear the fruits of your hard work. That is the art of balance in life, as I had always obeyed to.

On the days that it got lopsided and the negative overpowered the positive, I look deep within myself and seek for the most familiar voice in my head only to remind myself that this is what I had asked for. I use to be confident in thinking that it only takes that 1 crucial month of readjustment and adaptation until you absorb yourself into a new environment and begin to coexist in harmony. I guess it took a longer period this time and it’s probably because I’ve been getting far too many blessings in life and it’s surreal to the point that I myself would look in the mirror and question, what did I do right (or wrong) to deserve all this goodness in life? 

I’ve reached my lowest yet highest point of self-awareness during my early 20s. As a late bloomer I had no regrets because since then I’ve pretty much been getting all my life desires fulfilled, effortless. Sure there are hiccups here and there but at the end of the day, I would reach that destination. I am humbled. I feel overwhelmed at times and want to burst into a spectrum filled with inspiration and want to sprinkle it all over the people around me in hopes of returning the favour of what those who have inspired me had done for me. If only they knew.Kerstin & Rachel in Berlin

Sure I’d have to pause all my travel goals and pursue this island life that I have signed up for. I would have to sacrifice my nomadic habits to commit and hold on to my new found business and passion. I would need to stay put and be patient to learn and grow this foundation that will in time benefit my ways of living. I am convinced that this is the cost for a greater good.Rachel Lai in Ha Long Bay

Here I am.

I’ve kept this quiet for 38 days due to these 2 recurring questions:

1) Is this happening, did I really move to Bali? 

2) Am I going to pull through this plan of living in Bali?

..I guess it’s time to realize that I’ve survived through with what only seemed like a wishful thought. Everyone who has been to Bali, leaves with the same aspiration – ‘I want to live in Bali’ or  ‘I am going to return someday’. Like a headless chicken, I’ve got on the herd race with the rest of the opportunists who resides on this mystical island and call it ‘home’. 

It was probably more than 6 years ago when I first laid foot on this land. I remember being younger and deeply conflicted about my purpose in life but it was the early stages of slowly being exposed to a reality beyond. It was the birth of hope and curiosity to discover the alternative ways of living, brewing a new found passion for traveling the world. As Aristotle said, “Hope is a waking dream.” 


On this first trip to Bali with my family, I felt the sensation of desire, I knew then that one day, I will come back to Bali to reside and take some time to be a part of this sacred place. 

ImageLittle did I know that today in 2013, I would look back at that exact moment and say, ‘I made it happen’. Years after, now matured from infinite life experiences and in peace with who I am, I made a conscious choice to my purpose in life. Simply to allow my dreams to be the motivation of my actions and goals, to build bridges between dream and reality. No matter how far fetched or irrational, I have only one way to find out and that is to try and fight for it to come true. The results are the latter.ImageAfter more than 5 times of revisiting Bali, I am now riding on a quest as a dreamer and aspiring nomad. Juggling a handful of emotions all at once hoping to find balance – of fear and courage, insecurity and confidence, anxious and calm, but with an underlying theme to this journey, which is happiness.ImageEach shared memory of Bali puts a smile to my face. Whatever the outcome may be for this phase, these obstacles is a given only to challenge myself to higher level of enlightenment and patience. I am gamed to fight this battle if it means reaching for the sky, stars and beyond.

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” ― Henry David ThoreauImage

Why We Can’t Get Enough of Bali.

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DSC_0864How many times have you been to Bali and still yearn to return?Once is not enough. That is exactly how Bali makes us feel and here are our reasons:

1)      Secret Beaches


While some enjoy the bustle, the rest of us prefer privacy. We can’t control how much busier a beautiful destination can get, but safe to say we’re still able to mobilize away from the herd, to find a secret sanctuary for some alone time. Search through a mobile map or simply wander off to a remote village and ask a local for ‘pantai’. If you’ve always dream of that private island experience or your very own hidden beach, look no further!

2)      Picturesque Sunset

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Come 5pm head out to any coast or hilltop to wait for the best sky moment of the day – sundown. Enjoy the view while swimming in an infinity pool, jogging along…

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” 
― Roald Dahl