Best Travel Discoveries of 2015

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Here are the best things I discovered this year. They range from books to a fancy little tripod the size of my left hand (not that my right hand is any bigger) and even a pot of wipes that make your nail polish disappear. Each item has a purpose and serves it well for travellers. Here they are…

Travel Discoveries

1. Budget Book

I’ve never been too bad at saving money, but spending money is a completely different story. As a self proclaimed advocate of the “Work hard, Play hard” mantra, I have a slight issue when it comes to budgeting with the money I have spent so long saving! So this year I purchased a Budget Book from Kikki K to keep track of the money I spend each day whilst travelling. This has helped me to realise a few things: firstly, I spend a lot of money on ice cream. Secondly, I seem to view my credit card as a magic card that doesn’t have an end point. Thirdly, that while I spend a lot of money on ice cream, I don’t spend much money at all on ‘real food’. Point being: I can track where I’m going wrong (or right, depending on which way you look at it).

2. Luggage Tag

After grabbing the wrong bag off the carousel one too many times, I have finally invested in a luggage tag from Graphic Image. Its fancy and I love it.

3. Olympus PEN Camera

I don’t even know where to begin to explain my love for this camera. A number of you that I have met in person have asked more about it, even saying “is that REALLY all you use!?” because YES it is small and YES it has a whole lotta quality going on in such a small package. Oh… and YES that really is all I use for vlogs and some photos (switching for my Olympus OMD 5 Mark II for landscape photography).

4. 1000 Places to see before you die

I’m always searching for new inspiration and it seems that my usual route of the interwebs is failing me of late, with so much faffy information (I’m mostly disgruntled by the photos that are beautiful but are of an entirely different place to the name of the photo), I’ve decided to revert back to what I know best: books.

5. Manfrotto Mini Tripod

I have a pretty long history with tripods – now having lost a total of THREE (3) adaptors that click into your camera and attach to the tripod itself. Each of these tripods now having been rendered useless (the parts are really hard to get a hold of), I have found the solution: a mini tripod. It is also much lighter, much cheaper, and damn cute.

6. Fujifilm Instax

My obsession with instant photographs made a return this year, having previously owned a Polaroid 600 (they’re from the dinosaur age, are huge and heavy to carry around). Now I just use this lil’ thing and it works a treat.

7. Lifetrons Portable Phone Charger

I never ever ever ever last a day with just one phone battery so this has been a lifesaver. What am I doing spending so much time on my phone, I hear you ask? I have an obsession with note taking every and all of my thoughts, listen to music whenever I walk somewhere and take lots of quick photos on my phone (like of a sign so I can remember the name), etc.

8. Nail Polish Remover Wipes

Let the 21st Century be known as that which changed the game of nail polish… forever.

9. Le Labo Travel Perfume

Too many times I have let my expensive perfumes spill out all over my clothes and leave me forever smelling like a walking florist. Enough was enough, so I purchased this little gem that has a screw top lid, meaning you will never morph into a florist again! Hooray!


Did you make any wham-bam-shizam discoveries this year? I’d love to hear about them!

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    January 1, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I’m in love with my Olypmus Pen, as well! I bought it specifically for a trip to Paris and loved how light and easy it was to carry around. I hardly noticed it was in my bag!

    My favorite discovery this year has been my jane iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain. It’s specially formulated to adjust to your body’s unique chemistry so it becomes a customized, ultra-flattering hue. Plus, it’s super moisturizing. Hunt for perfect, everyday lip shade complete 🙂

    I am also obsessed with the podcast “Stuff You Missed in History Class”. Not new, by any means, but it’s revolutionized my commute. Happy New Year!
    – Julia

    Ambika kanwar
    December 31, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    great discoveries! sometimes it’s not easy to deal with liquids all-together.But if you must pack nail polish remover on your carry-on, After twisting the cap tightly, tape to the bottle to secure. Then you’re cleared for takeoff.Have a great year! 🙂

    December 31, 2015 at 9:05 am

    That budget book sounds like a great idea! I’ve heard of the store that sells it too from so many friends who worked as Au Pairs in Australia, they have such lovely things! I’m dying to go (aka visit Australia) for the first time in 2016 !!


    December 31, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I have most of this (where did you get your copy of 1000 Places to see!? it’s so pretty!) but deffffinitely should start carrying nail polish remover wipes for when I travel! I hate looking down and seeing chipped nails and knowing I have another x amount of days until I’m home with the acetone!

    Have a wonderful New Year!
    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

    • Brooke Saward
      December 31, 2015 at 7:36 am

      all the items are linked to where to find them! 🙂 happy new year to you too! xxx

    December 31, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Definitely going to look into that mini tripod!


    December 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    My best find this year were packing cubes! They’ve changed my packing game, they’re inexpensive and they make all the difference!

    December 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Omgggg I definitely need to buy a Budget Book, usually I’m more of an excel files girl but why not try ? haha

    Really nice article again 🙂

    Kenza from

    Sarah Attaway
    December 30, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    I need that budget book in my life! I’m currently living in Vietnam and everything here is so cheap compared to the U.S. and doesn’t feel real when I’m not using dollars. Since everything is so cheap, I don’t think as much about how much I spend when I know I really should! Adding this to my list of things to buy!

    Annika Ziehen
    December 30, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Nail polisher remover wipes are priceless! Especially as I think that painted nails make your feet so much cleaner even when you are camping and they are actually really dirty. Well, up to a point at least and that’s when the wipes come handy.
    My version of 1000 places is the Lonely Planet Travel Book – check it out – the most beautiful inspiration for every single country there is!

    December 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    oh my god nailpolish remover wipe sounds amazing!!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    December 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    I really want to get myself a Fujifilm Instax, they take such great photos and I’d love to have them printed out there and then! Excellent recommendations 🙂

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

    Neeru Chopra
    December 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Loved your post . Congratulations on your fab achievements .

    My Loves
    Game of thrones what a programme
    Girl on train great book
    Started my blog finally and it’s been 6 months
    Learning to use my first DSLR Cannon 700d
    My anastascia contour kit
    Hour glass lip gloss

    Moani H.
    December 30, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I also love the Olympus Pen! I took it to Europe and used my 25mm lens practically the whole time. It’s so light and easy to use. Interested in trying out the OMD Mark II as well.

    December 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for some great ideas! I think I might buy myself that 1000 Places book and a budget book for a New Year gift… that’s a thing, right?

    • Brooke Saward
      December 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      hahahha I’m so adopting that idea!!!