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So January, my dreary nemesis… we meet again. As the whirling backdrop of festive fun and social engagements fades into the distant glow of Christmas past, January strikes with early mornings, old routines and no more chocolate for breakfast. Boo. Perfect time then to skip the country, throw those boring, sensible New Year’s resolutions to the wind and turn to a way of life where every day’s a holiday. I’m …

[ Written by Alex | 15 Jan 2014 | 7 Comments | ]

We travelettes love a good island. Who doesn’t? That tropical mix of powder-soft sand, turquoise water and never-ending, glorious sunsets washed down with a cooling beverage is surely guaranteed to sound the alarm on even the most insensitive of bliss-ometers. But traveling around South East Asia can require a little bit of extra thought in order to avoid the monsoons and chase down that perfect slice of tropical island pie.

Cue …

[ Written by Alex | 26 Nov 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

Siem Reap might just be my new favourite Asian city. This popular, Cambodian destination is so much more than just the super-convenient, jumping off point for the mighty, Angkor temple complex. Perhaps it’s the eye-pleasing mix of pretty French colonial and Chinese architecture that lends the city its exotic, romantic flavour. Maybe it’s the numerous, winding alleyways begging to be explored that create that heady air of mystery, impossible to …

[ Written by Alex | 9 Nov 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

They say the best things in life are free. And I can confirm that they generally are. Take, for instance, hugs, big killer whales called Willy and my advice, dear Travelettes. But what about in London? Can there really be such a thing as a free lunch in the city economics brainiacs have named and shamed as one of the most expensive cities in Europe? Well, actually, yes there is. …

[ Written by Alex | 2 Nov 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

South East Asia, it’s a funny old place. Exciting, addictive and beautiful – not unlike travel itself. There’s no question that part of Asia’s appeal is the fact it is poles apart from our Western world, a place where you can very quickly find yourself lost in a totally different lifestyle and way of thinking. Well, we travelettes are nothing if not adaptable and on my recent stint away exploring …

[ Written by Alex | 18 Sep 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

Oh, how we Travelettes love Asia! The sun, the sea, the fashion, the people, the feeling of not knowing what the hell is going on at times and last but certainly not least, the glorious food!
One of the best food experiences of my life coincidentally took place on one my of my favorite Thai islands, Koh Pha Ngan. Smack bang in the main hub and port of the island, the …

[ Written by Alex | 13 Sep 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

There is always something happening in Camden. One of my hands down, favorite locations to shop, wander and people-watch; the centre of the alternative fashion scene is a wonderland of fascinating sights, smells and sounds. Hop on the underground’s northern line to step through the looking glass into one of London’s most diverse shopping locations and pick up a little bit of that Camden cool…

Shops:
Just strolling along the main high …

[ Written by Alex | 13 Aug 2013 | One Comment | ]

What the hecky-peck is going on with the weather in the UK at the moment? The past few weeks have been face-meltingly hot. We can’t believe our luck. The grey skies and woolly jumpers are but a dim and drizzly memory – the distant ghost of summers past. We’re all rushing down to Ikea and spending our wages on brand spanking new, mirrored garden furniture (“look at it shine!”) and …

[ Written by Alex | 25 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]

Roll up, roll up, the fair’s in town! Ok, so if you’re seeking a ride in the bumper cars and a face full of cotton candy, this might not be quite what you’re looking for. But if vintage treasure and a bit of good, old fashioned entertainment’s the name of your game, then this fabulous, travelling fair is your dream come true…

The Vintage Fair slowly picks its way around England …

[ Written by Alex | 29 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]

Ah, the lifestyles of the rich and the famous! The ladies and gentlemen of superstar-land that grace the pages of every magazine often seem typified by their beach bronzed bodies and shiny, sun-kissed hair. After all, if they’re not treading the red carpet as part of the day job, they’re accompanying truckloads of luggage through LAX and prancing on palm-fringed beaches in some exclusive, paradise hotspot. I guess it can’t …

[ Written by Alex | 16 Jun 2013 | One Comment | ]