What You Need To Know Before Visiting Myanmar

Temple in Bagan myanmar with hot air balloon

Myanmar is unlike any other country in Southeast Asia. Having only opened up to tourism in recent years, infrastructure can be lacking and travel can be challenging but this won’t be the first guide to tell you that travelling through Myanmar is totally worth it. And now is the time to go. Spend anytime in Southeast Asia … Read more

18 Best Things To Do in Inle Lake, Myanmar

Fisherman at sunset on Inle Lake

As I watched the sun set over Inle Lake, I caught sight of a local fisherman who was expertly balanced at the back of his boat. In one graceful move, he raised a sinewy leg, wrapped it around an oar and, using his foot, propelled himself and his small wooden boat forward. Leg-oar. Leg-oar. Leg-oar until he … Read more

How To Go Wine Tasting in Thailand (Near Bangkok)

Vines at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard in Thailand

Finding good wine in Thailand is a bit like trying to find a unicorn: elusive at best and, according to some, this mythical creature simply doesn’t even exist. And that was how I felt until I discovered Hua Hin Hills Vineyard. For weeks I’d travelled through Thailand, craving a glass of crisp, white wine. It’s … Read more

How to Get a Vietnam Visa

Bridge spanning green water with mountains in Vietnam

Getting a visa for Vietnam visa used to be a pretty straightforward question – you had to get it in advance, from an embassy. Full stop. However, as tourism continues to increase, the Vietnamese government has begun to adapt. While this is great news because it introduces easier and sometimes cheaper ways to visit Vietnam, … Read more

21 Best Things To Do In Hong Kong

On my first visit to this Asian cultural hub, I was so jet-lagged that my time in Hong Kong wa a blur of sights, snacks and somewhat insane sleeping hours that culminated in me ordering breakfast with a beer in an Irish bar at 4 a.m in some part of the city I couldn’t identify … Read more

Tonle Sap in Cambodia – The Trip That Changed My Life

Stilt house floating on water in Cambodia's Tonle sap

No matter which way I slice it, the beginning of 2010 was a monumentally shit time for me. My personal life had fallen apart and I couldn’t stop crying. My sleeping pattern was in tatters and in the darkest parts of the night I lay in my bed, straining my eyes against the dim bedside … Read more

20 Best Japanese Dishes To Try (Besides Sushi)

Box containing bright coloured sushi

Before I visited the land of the rising sun, my knowledge of Japanese food could be summed up in one word: sushi. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan and I dined out like sushi was in short supply during my month in Japan, but I spent half of that month with my dad who, after … Read more

The Best Things To Do on Australia’s Great Ocean Road

Torquay Beach on the Great Ocean Road Australia

As I stared out of the car window and pulled my scarf tighter around my neck, I tried to get a glimpse of our surroundings between each swipe of the windscreen wipers. Although it was winter in Australia and poor weather was to be expected, I couldn’t help but become disheartened as my visions of … Read more

How To Make the Most of the Tailors in Hoi An

Hoi An River Front

Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Vietnam that offers a curious combination of colonial France coupled with Oriental charm. However, Hoi An’s UNESCO status is not the only reason this beautiful location is pinned to the travel map. Once a major port on the silk route the town’s perfectly preserved 15th century trading … Read more

9 Tips for Visiting the Philippines For the First Time

palm trees in front of beach in the Philippines

Every now and then I come across a country and for one reason or another we don’t get on – that was my experience with the Philippines. Don’t get me wrong, the country is beautiful, the people even more so it really was not them – it was me. Three months breezing through Hawaii at … Read more