Inspiration

5 Helpful Travel Sites You Should Totally Bookmark

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The travel market is, undoubtedly, wildly saturated; modern booking sites serve us everything from package holidays to Corfu with ya nan to mind-boggling flight routes that guarantee the lowest fare. With monolith sites like Booking.com, Airbnb and Skyscanner, travel booking has never been more accessible - but with convenience comes apathy, and it's easy to[...]

5 lessons I learnt from living in Paris

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When I moved to Paris spontaneously in the summer of 2013, it was out of a need for adventure, for profound change and a desire for a life a little less ordinary. I was ready for the change of scenery, but I was in no way prepared for how much I would learn, grow and transform after a year in the bewildering intensity of the city. If you have ever undergone [...]

A letter to my pre-travel self

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Dear 20-year-old me,   It's funny how you think life is so straight forward. Finish school, get qualifications, go get a job, a boyfriend, a house. Maybe get married and have some babies. It's hard for me now to think that was ever what you wanted. You were meant to be successful, academic, have a long and fulfilling career and a perfect f[...]

The 10 Most Surprising Things About My First Trip to China

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China is a bucket list destination, with so much to learn about the country with the largest population and one of the world's earliest civilisations. During a week spent in two beautiful cities which are close to Shanghai - Suzhou and Nanjing, I learned so much about China! At least, Eastern China. Overall, leave your preconceptions about China at home -[...]

A weekend in Boston

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Boston is a city of firsts – it’s home to the first public library, the first institution of higher education, the first subway system and the first marathon was run in Boston. It was also in Boston that Alexander Bell invented the first ever telephone. Because of this, the city is steeped in history and has a rich heritage which surpasses that of many o[...]

Remembering Rachel: Hippie in Heels

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If you follow the travel blogging community, you will have found it hard to miss the awful news that Rachel Jones, author of the popular women's travel blog Hippie in Heels, recently passed away unexpectedly (May 2019.) Her free-spirited nature and long-running India-centric blog are incredibly well known within the worldwide travel community, and if you’v[...]

6 common expat misconceptions

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Back in 2012 I made the HUGE decision to pack up my bags and leave everything I knew to be normal behind. I waved goodbye to my mum with all my worldly belongings rammed into one 23kg suitcase and boarded a plane to…. Saudi Arabia! My move into the expat world, turned out to be the best decision I ever made and 6 years later I’ve flitted betwee[...]

A Backpacker Meets 5* Resort Luxury: What I Learnt Staying At Shangri-La Mactan

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I’m a do-er. A jam-everything-in-so-I-don’t-get-FOMO kind of traveller. Someone who would choose a sketchy night bus to combine travelling with a (poor) night’s accommodation – and, because I haven’t learnt yet, immediately follow it with a day of intense sightseeing. There’s a few downsides to this kind of travelling though. The most obvi[...]

3 Ways You Can Help Stop Rainforest Deforestation

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Even if you're at the opposite side of the world to South America's Amazon Rainforest, or maybe have not even touched foot on the continent at all, it doesn't matter - you can still help to prevent the devastating destruction of the world's largest forest from wherever you may be. The Amazon is one of the most bio-diverse habitats in the world, a refu[...]

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