Author archives: Gemma

The only 3 things you need to know about Bacalar- Mexico’s secret paradise

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When I first started planning my trip to Mexico here’s what I imagined. Enjoying the white beaches and washing down Modelos in Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. A quick break in a luxurious resort on the Riviera Maya (if I could get a good deal). Checking out some Mayan ruins in Tulum and finishing my trip in the notoriously dangerous Mexico City (just bec[...]

Saudi Arabia- Is this the world’s newest, most controversial travel destination?

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“Cover your hair sister, you’re in Saudi Arabia now.” Something I became all too used to hearing on the streets of 2012 Riyadh. Only 6 years ago. But under the rule of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the implementation of ‘Vision 2030’, just maybe, Saudi Arabia is in with a legitimate chance of becoming a tourist destination. Probably quite the c[...]

Why I fell in love with the Middle East and why you should too

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Finding my feet through all the hustle and bustle, the hypnotizing sound of the Arabic language singing in my ears, the smell of cardamom filling my nose from the streets. The sun laying on my skin like velvet. I remember why it was so easy to for me to fall in love with the Middle East the first time. 4 years living in Saudi Arabia and travelling [...]

5 travel mistakes I made, so you don’t have to

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It’s kind of hard to believe that I traveled for so long and came so far without any major hiccups. But then 2018 seemed to be a year of epic travel and epic mistakes. I don’t think I slackened my defenses. I guess some years are just luckier than others, and clearly, the more you travel the more you’re at risk of at least a few fails. We’ve all proba[...]

The Great Wall of China- 3 spectacular hiking spots

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There’s an old Chinese Proverb that describes the Great Wall so perfectly. “Only those that have travelled the road know where the holes are deep”. I knew as soon as saw the Great Wall of China that I had sincerely underestimated its gritty beauty and vast size. It’s an easy thing to do when most of the photographs we see are merely snippets of reconst[...]

Bittersweet goodbyes- A travel destiny

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You know it’s coming, you’ve done it a million times before. You dread its arrival and you try your hardest to put it off. But the truth is, when you live a transient lifestyle the goodbyes flow thick and fast. It doesn’t stop at people, family and friends. It overspills into countries, cities and places you form an unbreakable bond with. I stil[...]

Everest Base Camp Trek- The Ultimate Packing Guide

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Trust me when I say that when you’re at an elevation of 5335 metres, having trekked about 65 kms, with another 65 kms to get back down, you 100% want to be travelling as light as possible. Every last ounce feels 100 times heavier when your oxygen levels are at 75% and you can barely string two sentences together. So, to start with, plan to pack all the ne[...]

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Packing Up and Leaving Home

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Back in 2012 when I packed my bags and left my home town, I never imagined I’d still be on the road 6 years later. That was always the ultimate goal, but I’ve forever been a dreamer and I knew it would take some working towards. Over those past 6 years I’ve called 2 far away cities home, 2 tropical islands part-time homes, I’ve visited over 30 countries, re[...]

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