Personal Stories

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[...]

Thai 7/11: a tale of bittersweet love

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"Bing-bong" the ubiquitous announcement of arrival that rings aloud with an unapologetic shrill tone. Shortly followed by a crisp, calm blast of faux-alpine air, peppered with the lingering scent of 1000 cheese and ham toasties. Sweet salvation. And a welcome respite from the midday heat. An oasis of tranquillity can be found amongst these dinky packe[...]

What it’s like living in a tourism-dependent country

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Up until my mid-teens, I never really realized that I was living in a holiday destination as spending my summers by the beach and sharing holidays with tourists was all I knew. Thinking back, it probably hit me when I left Cyprus to go to university abroad and I found myself talking about my island’s warm weather, blue waters and popularity amongst traveller[...]

Small Town, Big World

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In case my frequent use of the word “y’all” and my knowledge of John Deere tractors didn’t give it away, it’s time I let you in on a little secret. I’m a small town girl. Raised on 26 acres in Middletown, Maryland, I was part of a school system that shut down for the county’s agricultural fair, in a town that’s home to approximately three traffic lights. B[...]

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 between se[...]

6 Things You Realise When You Return Home From Traveling

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For many seasoned travellers, the most emotionally challenging part of travelling can be returning home. Why? Because reality has this sneaky way of hitting you like a short, sharp slap in the face and disappointing you like your first high school boyfriend. Even if you get to the point on the road where you feel ready to go back - craving a routine, fa[...]

Traveling in an era of terror: Overcoming Fear

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Reading the news in today’s climate can be depressing. Sometimes I feel that the state of the world is in disarray and hostility has become so endemic in global affairs that the future of our society seems doomed. The repercussions of this cascade into various aspects of life, and I really feel it when traveling. Even the most experienced and passionate trav[...]

A Lesson in Dorm Sex Etiquette

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We’ve all been there, right? It’s 3.00am, and that pretentious fool with the guitar and dreadlocks is looking like a pretty great idea from across the beer pong table. We’re only animals, after all. A hot topic of debate amongst the backpackers of the world: is it okay to have sex with someone in shared a dorm room? And how, if possible, does one even[...]

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