What I Have Learned on my Travels over the Last 365 Days

My students and readers sometimes ask me where I am in the world these days. I have been feeling a bit disconnected from readers of this blog, and so I wanted to give some updates on my adventures over the last year.

Twelve months ago I moved back to the UK after 6.5 years in New Zealand. Amongst other reasons, I wanted a change and was tired of the earthquakes that we had had in the south island since 2010.


Summer in the Highlands

I set off in mid-October 2015 (just as we were coming into spring in NZ.)

Although it was not the original plan, I ended up having a real adventure travelling all around the UK, staying in Airbnb’s for one month at a time. I had not really explored the UK much prior to leaving in my twenties. Upon my return, I travelled around the Scottish Highlands (which will always have a special place in my heart), the north of England, the south coast of England, and Ireland, taking in the beauty and the history, and connecting with relatives I didn’t know I had.


Autumn in County Cork, Ireland

There have also been some hard times in the last year. I have seasonal affective disorder, which is complicated by a sleep disorder. Luckily for me over the last several years, the SAD had been mostly dormant in sunny New Zealand but boy did it come out to bite me in the last year in the UK. I spent a lot of energy on working out how to treat it (and not all that successfully…)

Having spent my first winter in the Northern hemisphere in years, I noticed that there are only 4-5 months of the year up here when I am not affected by SAD. In the autumn/winter months, as the days start shortening and the skies are overcast, it feels like I am wading through mud in the dark and at any moment I might fall into some quicksand and get swallowed up.

This has been difficult to accept, as I think of myself as someone who is resilient and adaptable, and someone who is able to live anywhere and thrive.

Resilient, maybe.

Able to thrive anywhere – nope!

Here’s what else I have discovered over the last year:

I don’t know where I’m going…

I am someone who likes to make plans and know exactly where I’m going and what I’m doing. However, each time I have made a plan for the long term future in the last year, something external has come along soon after to move me onto another path.

It is obvious that I am being guided to just roll with it, and to throw out my plans. I have become a lot more comfortable with not knowing where I’ll be living or what I’ll be doing a couple of weeks from now.  A few years ago, that would have totally freaked me out.


Loch an Eilein, Scotland

The more I let go of my need to plan (and need to know what is coming up), the more a lust for life and sense of adventure emerges.

As my business is now totally location independent, I may be having two summers per year by spending half of the year in the Northern hemisphere and the other half in the Southern hemisphere. Or I may decide to live somewhere else that has a lot of sunshine hours, like the South of France or Southern Spain.

I tell myself that I am looking for my next home, but the simple truth is, I don’t know. Life continues to surprise me, and I get little clues and synchronicities along the way which lead me to the next place…which as of next week will be Northland, New Zealand.

Community is everywhere

One of the reasons I left NZ last year was because my world felt like it was getting smaller. I lived in a small town on an island at the bottom of the world and after 6 years there, I was feeling it. I wanted to travel and to meet new people.

Along the way I have seen how available a sense of community and new connections are – anywhere I go, as long as I make the effort. Not that one needs to travel halfway across the world to expand one’s world (although doing so can shake you out of your rut.) Just taking new actions is enough.

The past looms large

Something I really liked when I lived in New Zealand was how clear the energy was there (possibly due to the fact that there has not been a long history of human occupation along with the fact that there is not a large population there.)

When I got to Europe I was encountering ghosts everywhere – in buildings, and also at the historical sites I visited. I found myself often doing spirit release work to help them cross over.

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Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


  1. David

    Thank you for bringing your readers up to date on your activity and travel. Your photos of the British Isles and New Zealand are wonderful. Please do continue to post photos from your travel destinations.

    As you voted recently on the Brexit iniative in the U.K., I would be curious to learn your thoughts regarding the matter.

  2. Kate Skinner

    Hello Anna, thank you for your honest and sweet post. All of that travel sounds so interesting and exciting. Regarding your SAD, I have just a small suggestion… You’ve probably already looked into this, but have you had your vitamin D levels checked? It’s supposed to help with SAD. I can’t remember what a good level is, but a holistic health care practitioner could tell you. I take 2,000 IU per day and it helps me with my SAD. (I know people that take up to 10,000 IU per day but be careful-you could get a kidney stone!). Or, of course, plenty of sunshine should do the trick! Best of luck to you! -kate

  3. Philip Hodge

    hello anna,if you ever find yourself in the southwest of england again your allways welcome to pop in for a nice cup of tea and a chat,i know a bit about SAD as i feel it too during our darker months over here,i think it’s todo with being an empath maybe

  4. Cristina

    Hello Anna. Thankyou for your post. You should consider Australia, New Zealand’s next door neighbor. Lots of sunny days in Perth. No earthquakes. Fresh energy. ??Good luck in your travels.

  5. Cristina E

    Hello Anna, thank you for the lovely article. I have followed your blog for years and it remains one of my favourites. Have you ever considered Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain)? I received a gut feeling about telling you to check this place for some reason, so I am doing now 🙂 Best of luck and keep up the good work ??

  6. Brett

    Hi Anna , nice to hear your headed back downunder , been following you for a while now , it was obvious you were going through some changes / maybe difficulties . I hope everything is smoothing out for you now, best regards Brett

  7. Anna

    Thanks to all for your comments and good wishes

    Cristina – I lived in Australia for several months it was beautiful but found the wildlife to be too different to what I’m used to ….eg. big flying cockroaches. Don’t like cockroaches!


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