New Design and A New Adventure

A new school year needs a new outfit. A new milestone a new haircut. And in this case I felt that my new adventure needed a new look as well. I didn’t change my hair, but I did change the look of Urban Pixxels.

As you may have noticed I haven’t been posting that much lately and that’s because I have been working on some exciting projects behind the scenes.  One of them being the new web design (unbelievable how much work that is!), the other… that I’m taking a four month sabbatical!

I’ve always wanted to travel longer than the usual two or three weeks. Plus I would love to spend more time working on Urban Pixxels and photography. Which isn’t easy when you also have a full-time job. So when the opportunity presented itself I took it. I’m closing down my work computer and email, picking up my camera (and all the other 100 things I ‘really’ need) and will be traveling and blogging full-time for a couple of months.

To be honest, I have no idea what is going to happen. Which is also what makes this so exciting. I’m always complaining about not having enough time for the blog, but who knows what it’s like to dedicate all your time to it? Maybe I’ll love it, maybe I’ll hate it. Maybe it’s something in between. But at least I’ll know. And that’s why I want to do this. I don’t want to look back thinking “what if”.

So what’s the plan?

My sabbatical starts next week on 1st February, but the traveling part starts on 1st March. In the meantime I’m moving out of my London apartment (no rent = more money for travel) and will be staying in the Netherlands planning the final details of my trip. And then the fun part starts!


New website design and a new big adventure. My travel plans for my sabbatical.


For those of you who are following me on Instagram, you may remember a post in October about booking a spontaneous trip to Japan. At the time I had no idea this was going to be the beginning of a three month trip, but it is now. Fortunately I can always count on my good friends who love to travel just as much, so one of my best friends is joining me in Japan. So much fun!

So far this is the only part of my trip where I sort of know what I’ll be doing and when. Planning a two week trip is easy and fun. When you turn it into a three month trip covering several countries you’ve never been to, it’s still fun, but overwhelming at the same time.


New website design and a new big adventure. My travel plans for my sabbatical.

Photo credit: Carlos Donderis


The next stop is Indonesia. I’m following some bloggers who’ve been to Indonesia recently and I can’t wait to see it for myself. Since three months is long, but not that long I decided to focus on Java and Bali. And Jess from Jess-on-Thames is joining me in Bali. By then I’ve only been away for a month, but I’m already looking forward to our reunion in Bali.


New website design and a new big adventure. My travel plans for my sabbatical.

Photo credit: Sebastian Cruz


From Indonesia I’m flying to Australia. Unfortunately I won’t have time to see the entire country (I have about three weeks). This time I want to travel around the east coast of Australia: Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, and everything in between. If you have any tips for that part of the country, please let me know!

New Zealand

New website design and a new big adventure. My travel plans for my sabbatical.

Photo credit: Bernard Spragg


After hearing all the great stories from my Kiwi friends in London, I’m finally going to New Zealand. I’m spending about three weeks here and I’m hoping to see both the South and North island. I’m so looking forward to being surrounded by beautiful nature and of course trying those world famous brunches and coffees.

Tahiti / French Polynesia

New website design and a new big adventure. My travel plans for my sabbatical.

Photo credit: Pierre Lesage


It’s funny how in my mind, just because everything is on the other side of the world, I keep thinking that everything is very close. Of course it isn’t, and I’ll often be on an airplane for several hours to go from one destination to the next. But it’s still on the other side of the world, so I figured that I better make use of the fact that ‘I’m already there’. And what better way to end a trip like this than on some beautiful tropical island? I’m sure I’ll be the only one not on a honeymoon, but I don’t care. I want palm trees, white beaches, a good book in one hand and a colorful cocktail in the other.

I haven’t planned this part of the trip yet, so if anyone has suggestions for which island I should go to, I’d love to hear it.


New website design and a new big adventure. My travel plans for my sabbatical.

Photo credit: Kai Lehmann


Now technically that tropical island is not really the end of my trip. Because on my way back to Europe I want to make one final stop: Singapore. I probably won’t be spending a lot of time here, but I’ve been wanting to visit for so long, so why not now? Plus I don’t want to think about how long it takes to fly back, so this way the long way home is going to be broken into two parts.

And that’s it! Writing this down makes me realize again how much planning I still have to do. But fortunately I have some time in February for that. And part of the fun is also not knowing what’s going to happen so I don’t want to plan everything before I leave. (At least that’s what I keep telling myself so I don’t stress out too much.)

I haven’t been to any of these countries, so if you have any tips (or for you bloggers out there blog posts you wrote), please please please share them with me!

  • great trips ahead:)

  • Sounds like an amazing trip! Here are my tips:
    – Japan: I have a bunch of posts:
    – Indonesia: I went to Java and Bali too and loved them both. Borobudour is lovely. Mt Bromo is one of the most insane places I’ve visited, kind of feels like the moon! But it is a bit of a nightmare to get there…
    – Australia: Have you considered getting a camper van? There are so many lovely places to stop along that stretch. Driving does take ages but gives you so much freedom.
    – New Zealand: I love all the tips on Victoria’s blog:
    – French Polynesia: a bunch of tips here: it looks incredible!!
    Have fun planning x

  • The slow pace

    What a trip!!! I’m so looking forward to the new content you’ll post!! It sounds absolutely amazing and I’m sure you are going to have a great time! I think you are clever meeting friends long the way, that will make things easier when you feel lonely (if you have time to feel that way because you have lots of plans!)
    Congrats on your decision! I applaude you!

  • prisca

    Wow Jacintha! What an amazing new look! Yes I can imagine it has been a hard work but the result is stunning! Well, your pictures are stunning!! Sabbatical months sounds a dream coming true! I am really looking forward to see more and more gorgeous pictures and read your posts. In the meantime I am definitely coming to London for my birthday in march and I will have a look for places in your site!

    • Thanks! I’ve updated my London Guide so you should be able to find plenty of tips there :-). Have fun in London!

  • This is awesome! I can’t wait to see and read about your new adventures. 🙂

  • Boris

    Cool Sint!

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Loving the new site!!! And your travel plans are pretty epic!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ohhh, also, if you need any tips for Singapore we can definitely help – we lived there for 6 months. It’s a great city 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Thanks guys! Still sad that we won’t see each other in Tokyo though. And yeah, can definitely use some Singapore tips.

  • Love this! The new site looks amazing! I’ve got some things I’ll email you and also, a college friend in Singapore I will intro you too!! Can’t wait to follow along! xx

  • How exciting! This sounds like such an epic adventure and I’m so excited to follow along. I travelled the east coast of Australia, but it was so many years ago that any tips would now be out of date! I’m most excited to see your pics from Tahiti. You’re going to have such an amazing time! x

    • Thanks Char! Yes, I’m super excited about it. And Tahiti is definitely something I’m looking forward to :-).

  • cryptdang

    Wow! That is going to be an amazing trip. I am green with envy over here, and can’t wait to live vicariously through your photos! (The new site is pretty sleek too!)

  • sounds sooooo amazing. Can’t wait to see all your photos!

  • I’ve been to all of these places apart from New Zealand so I’ve got loads of tips!! Far too many links to post but do a little search on my blog especially for foodie tips.

  • Yay! The site looks awesome, even on my crappy laptop 😉

    • You couldn’t wait, could you ;-). Thanks! Now let’s hope I won’t touch anything that will break it again.

  • Gustavo Woltmann

    French Polynesia is just the biggest travel dream of mine! But not Tahiti or other big islands but those little islands with virtually nothing there… Ahhhh!

    • Mine too, must be amazing! Still don’t know which of the island I’d like to go to, but I also like the idea of something small and quiet 🙂

  • Amazing! Can’t wait to follow along 😀 And happy to offer any NZ tips that I can help with! And love the new design, too.

    • Thanks Jessi! And yes, NZ tips are very welcome. I’ll reach out to you when I have a better idea of where I’ll be going.

  • Doug LeMesurier

    I’m so very envious of you and excited for you! Your itinerary is making my mouth water. So many tasty treats await you.

    Thanks, in advance, for taking us all with you.

    p.s. Boss コーヒー (coffee) in a can, is totally addictive.

  • Wishing you a very safe and wonderful trip ahead! Especially in Indonesia, surely you’ll have a great time there! x