• Work-life balance: How to get one and why it’s so important!

    Back when we were saving up for our first trip, I was working in a museum and putting in every hour I possibly could. I worked six days a week and Monday was my only day off. But it was worth it because I knew we were going travelling and I knew it wasn’t forever. But as you settle into your career and adult life, you quickly learn how important work-life balance is, even if you’re chasing a dream. Why is balance so important? There’s a famous quote out there which says ‘nothing worth having comes easy’. And while this may be true, it also doesn’t mean you should work…

  • It’s official – we’re going to be living that #VanLife

    This week we did something very exciting – we bought a van! You’ll see from the pictures it doesn’t look like much right now, but we’re so happy with our new project. We’ve always wanted to convert our own van into a camper, and when the opportunity presented itself, we couldn’t resist. Do you believe in right place, right time? Well it was that kind of situation. So here she is – we’d like to introduce you to our new love, Stella. Our plans for the future The plan is to stick to a budget, and see how little we can spend on building our dream camper! This means writing…

  • 6 reasons why travelling is good for your soul  

    Travelling can influence our lives in so many positive ways. For us, it made us realise that we don’t want to spend our lives chasing money, or possessions, or saving for a house we can never really afford. We want to see the world, expand our minds and chase adventure instead.   Whether it’s going for months at a time, or just the odd weekend away whenever you can escape the office, everyone should travel as much as they can. And it doesn’t have to be far! Just take some time to get away from your usual surroundings.   Travelling is good for your mind, body and soul. Here’s six reasons why…

  • The signs you might be suffering with mental health issues

    Focusing on wellness means touching on some serious subjects, and having meaningful conversations. While we always aim to be uplifting and inspiring, sometimes it’s important to remember that it’s OK not to be OK. This week represents Mental Health Awareness Week across the UK and many other nations. With so many people in the world suffering with mental health issues, this really is something we need to be talking about, and something close to my heart. Depression and anxiety are some of the most common mental health conditions. Yet so many people don’t recognise the signs. Many of the symptoms, causes and treatments are the same, and those who suffer…

  • Who are we and what are we doing here?

    Hey guys, No don’t worry, I haven’t been smoking the funny stuff! Despite the title of this blog post this is not me asking a philosophical question about the meaning of life and why we’re here. Instead I just wanted to take a moment to introduce us a bit better and explain what Larkin Around is all about. As it says on our ‘About Us’ page, we’re a couple of aspiring nomads, dreaming of a life of freedom and happiness. We’re currently converting our own campervan and I will be sharing updates on this as we go. And hopefully one day we’ll be living that #VanLife full time! So what…

  • Why you should always take the chance – even if it doesn’t work out!

    If someone said to you ‘would you like me to pay for you to travel the world for three months’, what would you say? Most of you are probably thinking ‘hell yeah – I’ll go pack my bags!’ This is a job opportunity that I found online today – needless to say I have to apply, right?! The only catch is that to apply you have to submit a two minute video of your hometown. Now Fleet, Hampshire is lovely, but it’s not the most exciting place in the world… So we’ll have to be very creative with this one. Why am I telling you this? Because recently I’ve been…

  • 6 ways to make the most of the sunshine

    As I woke this morning with the sun pouring in through the blinds, I felt like I’d woken up with a whole new attitude. Isn’t it crazy how amazing something as simple as the sun can make you feel? Sadly here in the UK the sun never seems to stick around for long enough – so you really need to make the most of it while you can. There are a number of health benefits that come from getting out in the sun (as long as you make sure you’re wearing sun cream!). With summer just round the corner, here are six ways you can make the most of the…