Milan

How to Spend a Weekend in Milan, Italy

Wondering what to do in Milan when you have no interest in high fashion, football or art? I found researching what to do in Milan super stressful. I’m more Primark over Prada, 100% very much NOT interested in football (or…

Christchurch

How Street Art Has Transformed Christchurch, New Zealand

Don’t expect to see a city dwelling on its recent tragic past; the boom of Christchurch street art is making sure that its heart is fully on show. I first visited Christchurch in 2016, five years after the horrific earthquake…

Lake Pukaki

What is Flexible Luxury?

The way I travel has changed a lot over the last couple of years. When I first started writing about my adventures across the globe, I could easily class myself as a budget traveller because nine times out of ten…

Tokyo

Two Sides of Tokyo in One Day: Visiting Yanaka and Akihabara

By the time we arrived in Tokyo, I was exhausted. My trip to Japan had a jam-packed itinerary, but with only stolen naps on bullet trains to make up for the onslaught of temple-seeking early mornings and sparkling sake-drinking evenings,…

Gatwick Airport

A Room With A View of the Runway at Bloc Hotel, Gatwick

There are people I know who love airports, claiming them to be like giant service stations full of food and entertainment. I couldn’t agree less. I power my way through them, earphones in (even if I’m travelling with somebody else), despairing…

Ostend

Exploring The Crystal Ship: Europe’s Biggest Street Art Festival

Stepping out of my hotel on my first morning in Ostend, Belgium’s largest coastal town, my eyes eagerly scanned every wall, window and plant pot, knowing I was in the epicentre of one of Europe’s biggest street art festivals. Far…

A Self-Guided Cycling Tour of the Marlborough Wine Region, New Zealand

After swearing off white wine for life, thanks to indulging heavily in cheap, vinegar-y plonk as a student, it took me a few years to take some tentative sips of the stuff again. Even now, I’m still wary, but I…

Is Long Term Solo Travel Just ‘Running Away From Your Problems’?

I remember sitting in a hostel bar in New Zealand near the end of my three-month solo trip and talking to a fellow backpacker, when they asked me a question that made me jolt: ‘So, what are you running away…

Budapest

The Beer Spa, Budapest: An Alternative Thermal Bath Experience

    I’ve inadvertently ended up in a couple of geothermal areas of the world in the last six months, from the sulphur pools of Rotorua in New Zealand to the outdoor hot pools of Iceland, so a trip to…