What’s it like to travel solo on New Zealand’s Kiwi Experience coach?

The ins and outs of travelling through New Zealand on a backpacker bus

We made it to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal!

After months and months of preparing and training, I completed a relentless 9-day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in November 2018, along with 26 others in my group. Thanks to the incredible generosity of all our sponsors, we have managed to raise approximately £430,000, which will help Sense International continue doing its amazing work forContinue reading “We made it to Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal!”

Winter exploration: a day trip to Bristol

The biting, chilly winter winds have arrived in full force, work Christmas parties are fast approaching and the festive hype is beginning. It seems about the right time to slip into the Christmas spirit – and that I did, while outdoor ice skating this weekend in the city of Bristol. One of Bristol’s festive attractions,Continue reading “Winter exploration: a day trip to Bristol”

Beside the seaside: a day trip to Hastings

The last time I uttered the word “Hastings” was when I was aged 13 and bored silly in a history class at school. You guessed it – I was studying the Battle of Hastings, which, I only recently discovered didn’t actually take place in Hastings – it took place several miles away, in Battle (HastingsContinue reading “Beside the seaside: a day trip to Hastings”

A day in beautiful Bruges

Romantic cobbled streets, narrow lanes, little bridges and canals greeted us as we arrived in the charming little medieval city of Bruges. It was easy to see why Bruges is often known as the ‘Venice of the North’ after ambling the canal paths, and it felt like we’d stepped back in time as horse-drawn carriages navigated theContinue reading “A day in beautiful Bruges”

Eat, drink, do: 96 hours in Singapore

After 13 hours of movie-watching, boredom-eating and dozing on an aeroplane, we were relieved to exit Changi International Airport so we could begin our 4-day adventure in Singapore. The humidity struck us first. The 28-degree heat was suffocating and we were thankful to clamber into an air-conditioned taxi. During the journey to our hotel, we noticed the trees,Continue reading “Eat, drink, do: 96 hours in Singapore”

Highlights of Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island

In an age where we nearly always apply enhancements or ‘filters’ to photos we post on social media networks, it’s like a breath of fresh air to arrive in Hvar – a picture-perfect land where rich blue skies merge with calm, clear waters, and where snaps don’t need modification before they reach Facebook, Instagram andContinue reading “Highlights of Hvar, Croatia’s sunniest island”

Playing the tourist in Cuba

“You must go before things change” – that’s what everybody says about the Caribbean island of Cuba. At first I was puzzled at this comment, but I understood it better once I landed on Cuban soil…   The few things I knew about Cuba before I went •Cuba has an eventful history. From 1492 to 1898,Continue reading “Playing the tourist in Cuba”

What it’s like staying at a hostel

It took me 24 years of my life to discover hostels. I feel sad to say that aloud. But ever since my first hostel experience in July last year, and successive stays in other hostels since, I’ve not looked back. There were a number of reasons why I’d never ventured to hostel territory: the most commonContinue reading “What it’s like staying at a hostel”

The best of Perth: things to see and do

It gets more sunshine than any other Aussie capital, it has some of the most beautiful beaches (and sunsets) and it’s no way near as boring as some Aussies suggest. Sure, it’s a little sleepy on the outskirts, and its city shopping district is about the size of London’s Leicester Square, but if you’re luckyContinue reading “The best of Perth: things to see and do”

6 reasons why you need travel alone at least once

Travelling solo had never really crossed my mind; I mean, why would you intentionally isolate yourself from your loved ones, and what fun would there be in exploring a new place when you had no one to share it with? Getting on an aeroplane alone, dining alone, getting around alone – it all seemed aContinue reading “6 reasons why you need travel alone at least once”

Christmas in Copenhagen

Spending a weekend in Copenhagen (København, if we’re being proper) in December was enough to get me properly in the mood for Christmas. Colourful lights lit up the streets and shops; Christmas trees were blanketed in snow; and mulled wine (or gløgg as the Nordics call it) was flowing all day and night. General observationsContinue reading “Christmas in Copenhagen”