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The Complex Love of Lone Travel

CANADA | Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | Views [287]

I love lone traveling because you can be anyone and no one at the same time. Anonymity is a beautiful but lonely state of being. Your past is irrelevant, your future is tenuous. You live on the edge, not knowing what the future holds, feeling anxious ... Read more >

Tags: alone, anonymity, future, lone travel, love, solo, wanderlusting

Ancient Athens

GREECE | Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | Views [251] | Comments [2]

The touristy-part of Athens is scattered with ancient ruins and restaurants with all the mouth-watering foods that beg me to be a fatty: moussaka, stuffed vine leaves, stuffed tomatoes, gyros, baklava - and that’s only to name a few.  It ... Read more >

Tags: ancient, athens, food, greece, greeks, ruins, wine

The Good Vibes of Shanghai

CHINA | Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | Views [366]

Shanghai was bustling and busy but had a beautifully frenetic vibe about it - the city was alive with people. A lot of people.  The expat culture was also youthful and vibrant. I could tell this was a place of abundant opportunity - people came ... Read more >

Tags: alcohol, architecture, big city, expats, restaurants, shanghai

The Impossibility of Halong Bay

VIETNAM | Friday, 30 May 2014 | Views [326]

Sky scraping mountains erupted from the calm bay and were scattered about as far as my eyes could see. I couldn’t fathom how far Halong Bay stretched on for as we cruised throughout its vastness.  The sheer size put me in awe and made me ... Read more >

Tags: boat tour, halong bay, hiking, kayaking, mountains, national park, villages

The Ghostly Citadel of Hue

VIETNAM | Saturday, 17 May 2014 | Views [459]

The Citadel in Hue is one of the most beautiful places I have had the opportunity to explore.  It has been ravaged by war, but there has been some effort to restore it to its former glory.  I can't help but observe the contradiction between ... Read more >

Tags: citadel, culture, hue, royalty

Latern Lined Hoi An

VIETNAM | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Views [334]

Hoi An is everything I remember it to be: wistful, relaxed and latern lined.  It is a bit more touristy than it was years ago, but I think that is inevitable. I only spent a day in Hoi An, since I had been there before and was keen to keep moving ... Read more >

Tags: dresses, food poisoning, hoi an, laterns, tailor, tourists

50 things I've learnt as a solo backpacker in Asia (in no particular order)

WORLDWIDE | Friday, 16 May 2014 | Views [470]

1. All Asian countries have their "own time" when doing things. A bus meant to leave at  8am  will most probably not leave at  8am . It might leave at  8.30am . It might leave at  9am . Accept that lateness is ... Read more >

Tags: airports, asia, backpacking, bartering, dorms, drinking, lessons, sleeper buses, tips, toasties

Transient Nha Trang

VIETNAM | Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | Views [298] | Comments [2]

I savour the taste of the Vietnamese coffee.  It is nutty and sweet and strong but not bitter at all.  I sip it slowly because every mouthful gives me brief moments of bountiful happiness.  The dry iced coffee is also a welcome contradiction ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, coffee, nha trang, scooters, traffic

A glimpse into another world

VIETNAM | Sunday, 11 May 2014 | Views [263] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

Sweat poured down my face and coated my entire body. It was the type of air that you are cocooned in: no matter how many deep breaths you take, you feel like you are slowly suffocating. We cruised along the Mekong Delta, I watched the people who lived ... Read more >

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

Vanilla Manilla

PHILIPPINES | Monday, 5 May 2014 | Views [275]

Manilla is a strange place. Admittedly, I only ventured outside the city once to a place called Tagatay, which had amazing views and an even more amazing zip-line you could ride to take full advantage of the views. What a rush. Perhaps if I had ventured ... Read more >

Tags: american culture, manilla, restaurants, shopping

Koh Tao Time Stretching

THAILAND | Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | Views [309]

How do you know when you're a traveller? You lose track of time. Time, date, day, year, it all becomes irrelevant - you just live each day as it comes.  Each day is a new day, or a new adventure, or just time ticking by.  Time stretches and ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, existing, fish, island, ocean, paradise, snorkelling, time

Foreign Smells

THAILAND | Saturday, 26 Apr 2014 | Views [259]

The smells are what get me traveling around Thailand.  They are so foreign to my nostrils and I can't work out whether they are offensive or not. The smells hit you like a brick wall when you're walking down the small streets. Then will dissapear ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, drinking, money, smells, thailand

Koh Phi Phi - Koh Lanta - Koh Phangan

THAILAND | Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | Views [346]

The last few days have been a blur.  We spent two nights on Koh Phi Phi, which is probably the biggest party island of all the Thai Islands.  But strangely enough, we found it weirdly anti-social. I made an English friend, Nia, in Phuket and ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, fire show, fluro, half moon party, partying, thailand

Arrival in Phuket

THAILAND | Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Views [307]

I arrived in Phuket in the bleary-eyed early hours of the day, I wasn't excited, I was nervous. I hadn't really slept on the midnight flight - there was a man next to me snoring like a freight train. His snore was so loud it blocked out the sound of ... Read more >

Tags: bangala road, partying, patong beach, phuket

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