What To Do When You Fall Out With Your Travel Companion

Whether you start your trip with a partner/existing friend or meet someone along the way, there are bound to be times during your long-term travels when you find yourself travelling with someone else, which can be great…until you fall out with your travel companion. I have form for doing a moonlight flit. I’ve done it … Read more

First Impressions of Tokyo

first impressions of tokyo

The first sights, sounds, smells and experiences of a country are often the most enduring. Here are my first impressions of Tokyo. It’s not as crazy as I expected In fact, it’s not crazy at all. Popular media portrayal would have us believe that Japan (and Tokyo in particular) is a place where the teen … Read more

How to Turn up at the Airport and Take the Next Flight Out

Turn up at airport take next flight

It’s a fantasy for many people, myself included, to pack a bag, turn up at the airport and take the next flight out, and after three months in the UK I’ve been itching more than ever to pack a bag and go. However, after giving some thought to such a whimsical way of jetting off … Read more

Is it Safe for Women to Travel Alone?

Is it safe for women to travel alone? As a girl who wanders the world by herself I get asked this question a lot. However, the subject has received even more attention in recent weeks following media coverage of the rape and death of a young woman in India, the tragic murder last month of … Read more

No Hotels – No Worries: What to do When your Room Plan Falls Through

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‘Homeless in Hawaii’ was my Facebook status more than once during my extended stay on the islands at the end of last year. Whether your travel plans have failed or, like me, you’ve failed to make any plans at all, there are times when you might find yourself in a place with no hotels or rooms … Read more

Best Budget Accommodation Websites

Infinity pools, butlers serving afternoon tea complete with those little finger sandwiches I do love so much (crust cut off, of course). That is how I like to travel, with sites like Small Luxury Hotels winning hands down over any budget accommodation website out there. However, there is a reality I can’t escape – I like … Read more

When to Book Rooms in Advance

Book hotel to get availability

I’ve recently been playing around with Hotel Tonight. It’s a whizzy little app that allows you to book rooms…as the name suggests…that night. Forget Laterooms and the like, this is real last minute deal stuff and although it’s currently only available for the big cities, it certainly has the potential to expand. This app appeals … Read more

Recommended Hostels in Southeast Asia

Phi Phi Hostel

Far too long ago I promised a list of my recommended hostels in Southeast Asia. In order of my route, not preference, here are my recommended hostels in Southeast Asia: Singapore: Beary Best Although it’s definitely aimed at girls (the place is filled with teddy bears), even the boys can’t knock the cleanliness and homely feel of this … Read more

13 New Year Travel Resolutions

This post started out as My Travel Wish List 2013 but I’m having real issues committing to 10 places I’d like to go this year…mainly because there are at least 100 places on the shortlist. While I typed, deleted and retyped, I did manage to come up with a slightly different list. Not where I … Read more

The Travel Gifts I Found In My Christmas Stocking

The ultimate Christmas quest – finding travel gifts I don’t envy my friends and family in their search for Christmas presents that are compatible with my nomadic lifestyle. A former over consumer turned minimalist, I have developed three important tests that I apply when I’m thinking about procuring more items: 1. Do I need it … Read more