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Hands up who can surf? If you’ve raised your hand then you will probably find this story of true novices an entertaining read. For those who are well-experienced with this physically intense and incredible balancing act of surfing, try remember back to your true beginner stages where you encountered more waves on your head and in your face, rather than under your board. For those who are yet to try …

[ Written by Sophie | 28 May 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

Hurray!! Summer is practically here and I can positively feel the sun calling my name and feel the sea breeze in my hair. Now is the time to get planning for those summer trips and see where your summer holidays will take you!
I, for one, cannot wait to get in the heat and forget about the trauma of winter (hey, I’m a summer baby!) so am now deviously planning some …

[ Written by Sophie | 18 May 2015 | 4 Comments | ]

For those of you who are thinking of embarking on their first big backpacking trip, and those who have got their mitts on their first long haul flight, there can be a number of worries and trepidations running through your mind.
You’ll be jetting off far from loved ones, depending on yourself, carrying your possessions on your back like a turtle, responsible for your own safety without mum’s knowing advice and heading off into an unknown …

[ Written by Sophie | 14 May 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

Ahhh the notorious night buses of Asia. You may be familiar with the many horror stories that filter down through backpackers of how awful, traumatic and dangerous they can be, but I’m here to tell ya that they can be fun! Well, perhaps I should say that they can be entertaining, confusing, bewildering, adrenaline pumping and bonding. If that’s what you’d class as fun then you might not mind taking …

[ Written by Sophie | 13 Apr 2015 | 11 Comments | ]

Traveling the world is an exciting affair where you get to pack up your belongings, carry them on your back and hit the road not knowing quite where it’ll take you! If you’re going for an extended trip with a one way ticket, not knowing when you’ll return home, then that’s the kind of trip I’d like to join you on!
But unfortunately, there’s the small issue of funds. Ugh how …

[ Written by Sophie | 30 Mar 2015 | 31 Comments | ]

I jetted off to Prague the other month to have a little winter weekend away in a cold fairy-tale land of spires and gothic architecture. I knew all about it’s stunning architecture, I had seen countless photographs of the beautiful Charles Bridge (and had heeded the warnings of how busy it can get), I had heard about Czech food and the mysterious ‘goulash’, I had known that I would be …

[ Written by Sophie | 17 Mar 2015 | 15 Comments | ]

I’m a big fan of buying cheap flights to European destinations to spend a long weekend unwinding and sightseeing. I like to scour the net, jump on every EasyJet newsletter that pops up in my inbox, do random searches on Skyscanner and indulge in holiday fantasies until a cheap flight appears and I can spontaneously buy it.

I’m guilty of the ‘bargain brag’ where I can say “Yeah, I’m flying to …

[ Written by Sophie | 4 Mar 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

Vietnam is a country that had forever been on my hit list. It had enticed me over with promises of delicious Pho noodle soup, silken tailoring and epic landmarks, such as, Halong Bay. After studying the Vietnam War, I knew it had a harrowing history that was both deep and tragic, but when I finally stepped off the plane, I was quickly immersed in Vietnam’s beautiful culture that still retained …

[ Written by Sophie | 17 Feb 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

While Borneo isn’t wild with a buzzing backpacker scene or filled with travelling party animals, it is a welcome treat of getting back to nature and witnessing things that you’ve only seen in National Geographic. Borneo and its 140 million year old rainforest definitely knocks you on the head and shouts, “Wake up! This is nature at its finest!”, whilst simultaneously lulling you into a fascinated stupor.

I covered some reasons …

[ Written by Sophie | 7 Feb 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Borneo is one heck of an incredible and mysterious country, where things go bump in the night and it’s usually a creature that is both exotic and rare. Craggy mountains, rainforests drenched in mist, winding wide rivers and relaxing times await for you there. Malaysia’s Borneo is a destination on many people’s bucket list for a reason, as it’s natural beauty will blow your bloomin’ mind and you’ll find yourself falling …

[ Written by Sophie | 26 Jan 2015 | 6 Comments | ]