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For a while now, I’ve been fighting Phuket’s corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn’t offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them:
1. It’s easy and relatively affordable to get to with …

[ Written by Frankie | 27 Jul 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

I estimate I only have a few months of swearing and cursing left. Possibly less.
My baby is due any day now and I’m told language skills will start to develop pretty much from day one and that within six months there’s a small chance the baby will be making sounds that could be words. So, ideally, I don’t want those first words to be the kind that would normally be bleeped …

[ Written by Frankie | 9 Jul 2015 | 11 Comments | ]

21st July 2015. That’s the date my life changes beyond recognition. That’s the day I become flooded with a new, crazy, all-encompassing love. That’s the day my baby is due to be born.
Actually, in reality, that’s probably not going to be the day at all. Who knows when this baby is going to come and how and if I will indeed feel all those feelings at once, or if they’ll …

[ Written by Frankie | 11 May 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

Yes, this is a hotel review. But first, a story.
Two years ago, when I was living in Phuket, I spent a day on Surin Beach and because we fancied a little adrenaline rush that afternoon, we decided to go wakeboarding. My partner got in the speedboat and I got dragged out to sea behind them… willingly I should add. And mercifully, I managed to stand and wakeboard my way out …

[ Written by Frankie | 7 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

Before we get started on the different Dutch foods you have to try during a visit to my adopted country of the Netherlands, I would like to ask you to undertake a little exercise. Raise your right hand to the side of your neck, keep it upright and flat as if you’re about to karate chop into your collarbone. Then wave it around a bit by your ear and say …

[ Written by Frankie | 31 Mar 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

Hands up if you’re a Fandroid?!? I knew it wasn’t just me! While I loved my iPhone 3GS back in the day, for the last 3 years I’ve been more than happy with my Android phone which does everything an iPhone does and cost me almost a third of what the latest iPhone does. I’m currently the proud owner of a LG Nexus 5 but also have a soft spot …

[ Written by Frankie | 23 Mar 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

“It’s been a month since my last flight… Hi, my name’s Frankie and I’m a recovering travel addict.”

I woke up this morning and realised something scary. I don’t have my next trip booked. I don’t have any plans to leave the country where I now live. And I don’t know where my next journey will take me or if I’ll even go abroad again this year.
It wasn’t a conscious decision not …

[ Written by Frankie | 2 Mar 2015 | 45 Comments | ]

I haven’t lived in the UK for more than a few months since 2011. That’s a bit of a long time. While there are many things I don’t miss – the way rain is drawn to that country like a magnet, the dire TV options on a Saturday night (bring back Blind Date and The Generation Game, I say!), and how last orders still seems to come before 11.30pm in …

[ Written by Frankie | 2 Feb 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

I love the Internet, I do. And not just because of Spotify, YouTube or Grumpy Cat.
I love the Internet because it connects me with great minded folk who inspire, support and care about what I do with my time. Monika Kanokova is one of these people. We met on a social network (of course), she discovered that I was an indie author, and she asked to interview me for …

[ Written by Frankie | 15 Jan 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

As 2014 sinks out of sight like a bright, round pink sun and 2015 rises on the horizon promising a blank canvas of opportunities, don’t write a list of the things you’re going to do (or not) – lose weight, clean out your closet, or get fit. Instead think about all the things you can do to get more out of your travel experiences next year. Whether you have no …

[ Written by Frankie | 31 Dec 2014 | 10 Comments | ]