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Jasmine Irving

Writer, feminist and English literature with media studies graduate.

Jasmine Irving loves to travel, learn and connect with people & places. Her blogs follow her adventures in Reunion Island and she has recently moved back to the North of England.

She documents her journey at worldunwrapped.com and regularly exercises her feminist muscles for belle-jar.com. You can also find her on her Facebook page about gluten free travel called Coeliac On The Road.

The Link Between Coeliac Disease And Mental Health

Personally, talking openly about the physical side of my coeliac disease has always been far easier to do than discussing my experience of depression and anxiety. I have difficulty even using these labels, I've previously opted to use terms that play it down like "low mood" or "feeling fragile".
12/05/2017 14:32 BST

Holistic Healing In India

Across the world, communities are coming together to find a more balanced way of life. The stresses of modern day living are taking their toll and people are searching for deeper connections with each other and the natural world. Many are feeling a pull to go back to the roots and lead a simpler day to day routine, getting in touch with a mindful approach to being.
23/03/2017 16:29 GMT

Finding Your Voice In A Pussy-Grabbing World

My stories are not unusual. They have become some sort of norm. Today and throughout the centuries, across cultures and worldwide, women have had to find ways to deal with their bodies being treated as the property of men.
22/01/2017 16:26 GMT

How Workaway Can Provide A Perfect Platform For Creativity

I started my Workaway journey in 2014 after graduating. My head was clouded with feelings of obligation like I should be finding a graduate job, I should apply for a masters but my heart was yearning for something else, for connection, space and adventure.
19/10/2016 11:43 BST

Travelling with my Friend, Anxiety

I'm writing this because travel is such a transformative, incredible, and unbeatable adventure so we naturally hear a lot about all the highs of leaping into the unknown and discovering different corners of the world. But it's not necessarily easy and most of us are carrying bags full of emotional baggage.
06/04/2016 11:48 BST

What My Everyday Looks Like Today

I'm sitting here at my desk with a cup of Yorkshire tea which arrived in the post last week. It seems like time has just zoomed past and landed me here on this island in this adult body. Being on the other side of the world gives so much room to grow and at the same time keeps a certain dose of nostalgia alive, giving people and places from back home an overwhelming sense of significance.
27/01/2016 10:48 GMT

Taking the Time to Meditate

Wrapped up in almost complete darkness with only the blue-white glow of the moon giving off light and for the first time in my life I'm not afraid of the dark. Alone in my little cabin in the woods I breathe in the night and tumble effortlessly into sleep to visit the dream world.
18/12/2015 10:50 GMT

Why the Menstrual Cup Is Revolutionary

Women bleeding from their vaginas are an age old taboo. Marketing companies can't even say the word 'menstruation', using euphemisms like 'time of the month' or 'mother nature's gift' whilst blue liquid is used to advertise the absorbency of 'feminine hygiene' products.
12/11/2015 15:30 GMT

Réunion Island: A Hidden Gem

So where is Réunion Island? It's in the Indian Ocean just East of Madagascar and is a department of France. It is home to 844,994 inhabitants from all different cultures, races, backgrounds and countries.
29/10/2015 11:10 GMT

On Saying Goodbye to Home

I've been on the road for a good 16 months now, living out of my backpack and staying with different welcoming hosts, from family to strangers to friends. The last 3 months have been spent at home, home being the UK and more specifically Newcastle.
28/09/2015 11:45 BST

Travelling The World: Why Coming Home Is Part of the Adventure

Sure, there's a particular thrill and a whole bunch of lessons which are unique to travelling but every type of journey is worthwhile and has something special to offer. Some of the most life changing journeys can unfold in your own back yard and these types of journeys should not be devalued.
27/07/2015 15:17 BST

Why Saying Goodbye Is The Best Part of Travelling

For me, that delicious feeling of being settled somewhere is the sign that it's time to get up and go. Knowing it's about to end is what makes me fully appreciate the true joy of that moment. What's more, the joy of the everyday is easy to find when the everyday is ever changing.
15/06/2015 15:55 BST

Diary of an Au Pair: Being Present Here and Now

The family I live with as an au pair have noticed me scribbling away and after our break over the Christmas holidays they bought me back a journal from Paris. Small acts of kindness go a long way, and this was a very touching start to my next chapter.
13/04/2015 14:48 BST

Diary of an Au Pair

Sometimes I raise my eyebrows and giggle nervously when I think that I came all the way to the other side of the world to wipe kid's bums and shout at a class of students cartwheeling or rolling across the room to stop doing "N'IMPORTE QUOI."
07/04/2015 15:29 BST

Five Reasons Coeliac Travel is a Pleasure Not a Burden

Gluten isn't the easiest thing to avoid when travelling but no one needs to let that put them off. It's not as restricting as it sounds, and it's actually led me to some pretty cool places. So, here are five reasons why coeliac travel is awesome.
24/03/2015 16:49 GMT

How To Make Friends With The Opposition

Whilst I can spend a lot of my life being serious and campaigning for what I believe in with unfaltering conviction, I can also spend a couple of weeks or months with the people who I guess technically I campaign against and actually make friends with them.
18/03/2015 14:30 GMT