Should You Give Up Alcohol For 30 Days (or more)?

The Travel-Drinking Lifestyle Do you drink alcohol more than usual when you travel? I certainly do. The problem is I have FOMO (fear of missing out) – a few beers at the hostel bar, sunset cocktails, free pasta and wine nights, checking out a new club, ladies’ night (a.k.a. free alcohol), rum around a bonfire … Read more

Tips For Your First Time Stay In A Hostel

stay in a hostel

A couple of weekends ago I spent a day in London catching up with my old college room-mate, co-conspirator and long-term best friend. Of course, we see each other when we can but between her adorable children and my flighty nature, getting a full 24-hours together free of laptops and nappies is near impossible. So, … Read more

Is Naples Safe? – The Answer From Someone Who Has Been

Is Naples Safe?

    Beyond stupid in Naples yet strangely safe It was 3 a.m. and I was wandering the streets of Naples, lost, alone, under the influence of alcohol and with little choice but to check my location on my iPhone. I was breaking every rule on my travel safety list and a few besides. I … Read more

Dealing With Bed Bugs When You Travel

bed bugs when you travel

Fresh from my third encounter with bedbugs in as many days (three out of my last five beds had the critters – a bad ratio by any standards), it seemed an appropriate time to share my tips on dealing with bed bugs when you travel. Some facts about bed bugs Most people have heard of … Read more

What is the Best Mosquito Repellent?

Best Mosquito Repellent

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2015 After more than five years of full-time travel, often visiting mosquito ridden countries, I’ve finally found of what is the best mosquito repellent. When I first wrote this post in 2013, I was about to travel to Africa and planned to put some repellents to the test. I trialling a DEET based product, Repel 55, … 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

The 10 Travel Essentials I Wouldn’t Travel Without

    As I pack my backpack for the last time this year, wondering why I’ve bought so much fresh coffee to take home, and what on earth I need to throw away in order to fit it into my bag, it occurs to me that after two years of travelling, there is very little … Read more

Living in the Midst of a Hawaiian Tsunami Warning

Waves on the north shore yesterday. This post was tapped out during a Hawaiian Tsunami Warning. I’m told it was the first evacuation of its kind since 1982 (though I would need to verify that). Receiving News of the Hawaiian Tsunami We went out to secret beach today, which, as it turns out, is not … Read more

Isla De Ometepe: My Barefoot Volcano Hike

  This post about Isla de Ometepe is part of my First Time Around The World Series (my very first set of posts, way back when) which you can read in this section here. Isla de Ometepe is very simply an island comprised of two conical volcanos looming out of Lake Nicaragua. What else was there … Read more