What to Pack For a Hand Luggage Only City Break

Eye mask – Liberty / Sunglasses – Topshop / Neck pillow – Muji Backpack – Radley / Setting spray – Urban Decay / Transparent pouch – Wolf & Badger / Jewellery storage – Oliver Bonas Korres gift set – Feel…

Bucharest

How I Manage to Take So Many City Breaks

When I was in Bucharest recently I received a WhatsApp message from a friend of mine who lives in America saying, ‘Of COURSE you’re in Romania.’ This is a woman who I met in New Zealand and loves to travel…

Bucharest

Getting Used to Not Travelling Alone

I’m wearing: Cardigan – vintage / Dress – Debenhams / Leggings – Uniqlo / Boots – Ugg at All Sole* (similar here) When somebody travels alone it conjures certain thoughts and assumptions from other people: independent, brave, organised. It’s always…

The Real Reasons I Went Travelling (and Why It’s The Best …

Almost exactly a year ago I did the bravest thing I have ever done: I boarded a plane to Kuala Lumpur, alone, with a rough three month itinerary, a backpack and no bloody idea what I was doing. I’ve kind…

Matamata

How to Make Friends When Travelling Alone

When I set off travelling for three months, my biggest fear was that I would spend the next 90+ days only having face-to-face communication with hostel receptionists and Starbucks employees. There is no rule book on how to make friends…

Beijing

A Beginner’s Guide to China – Everything You Need to Know For …

When I tell people that China is my favourite country to explore, nobody seems to understand why. Even when I’ve met people when travelling, the general consensus always seems to be, ‘It’s just never been on my list.’ To which…

New Zealand

Collecting Air Miles: Mythbusting and Top Tips

A few days ago I tweeted that I have enough air miles to get me a one way ticket to Japan (which is my big long haul trip for 2017). A few people replied asking me how I collect them…

Shanghai

You Don’t Always Have to Go Off the Beaten Track

It’s very strange but there seems to be a lot of stigma around visiting a country’s most well-known sights when abroad. For some reason it’s perceived that flocking to where everyone else goes and being a ‘tourist’ isn’t how you…

Top 10 Tips for Staying in Hostels

Hostels get a bad rap and sometimes it’s completely justified. They are cheap and often for a reason but I have experienced places at both ends of the scale. From gorgeous, clean and polite to grotty, smelly and damn right…