Indonesia in Pictures: People of Ubud, Bali

With its striking and contrasting landscape of rice paddies, volcanic mountains and tropical beaches, Bali is an island full of postcard-perfect opportunities for travellers interested in hiking and water-sports, vibrant bars and laid-back cafes, lively markets, luxurious spas, temples and religious festivals, yoga, meditation and more. For this reason it attracts travellers of varying ages, […]

16 Favourite Travel Photos of 2016

In reality, the first day of a new year is simply the ‘day after yesterday’.  Symbolically however, it holds more meaning.  For some, it represents the opportunity to close one chapter and open a new one.  For many, the start of the new year is motivation to make improvements to themselves or their lives.  And for […]

Son Doong Cave, Vietnam: The Largest Cave in the World

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam has opened it’s entrance to tourists for the first time, providing an exhilarating off the beaten track experience for those looking for adventure. (Photography credit: Chris Miller) In an age of accessible travel, in a world that has been extensively explored, the opportunities for off the beaten track adventures seem far […]

Travel Photo Tuesday: Laos New Year

One of the highlights of my 2009/2010 career break was the opportunity to live, volunteer and travel through South East Asia where I spent 8 months.  And a particular highlight was celebrating Laos New Year with locals in Luang Prabang, a wet, cheerful and entertaining few days.  Stepping outside meant stepping into the path of […]

Travel Photo Tuesday: Hanging out with Grandma – Sapa, Vietnam

As I struggled through a two day hike in the picturesque Sapa region of Vietnam, I was constantly shamed by local women who passed by me with strength and endurance that had to be seen to be believed.  So I was secretly relieved to come across this woman who was taking a bit slower.  She […]

Travel Photo Tuesday: Buddhist Blessing in Cambodia

Buddhist Blessing in Cambodia Saffron-robed monks are not just an iconic symbol of Cambodian culture, they represent a belief and lifestyle that is deeply imbedded into the daily lives of Cambodian people.  At the end of a volunteering stint in a village near Siem Reap, this monk offered to share part of this culture with […]

POSTCARDS From Bhutan

Before the digital age eroded its popularity, the postcard was an affordable souvenir and an easy way to share travel experiences with friends and family back home .  A simple picture and a few short words had the ability to conjure dreams of faraway locations, inspire future travel plans and permanently remind travellers of incredible […]

Photo of the Week: A Hazy Weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  I just spent three days visiting friends in Kuala Lumpur and arrived the same day the haze arrived from the fires in Indonesia. It really put the disgraceful situation in perspective seeing – and breathing – it in person. The city view from my friend’s balcony was blanketed by a thick and hazardous haze, […]

Travel Ideas: T is for…Temples of Cambodia

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]

Travel Ideas: K is for…Kuching & Kota Kinabalu (Borneo)

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]

Travel Ideas: I is for…Inle Lake (Myanmar)

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]

Travel Ideas: H is for…Ho Chi Minh Trail by Motorbike (Vietnam)

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]

Travel Ideas: E is for…Elephant Mahout Camp (Laos)

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]

Travel Ideas: D is for…Discover Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]

5 Travel Destinations That Get Under Your Skin

Travel destinations provide different experiences for different people.  An energetic city break for one person is a stressful and tiring nightmare for someone else.  A backpacking adventure can be eye opening and exhilarating or it might feel uncomfortable and scary.   Volunteering in a developing country can be life changing for some but ethically uncomfortable for […]

Photo of the Week: A New Year Celebration in Laos

In just three weeks I will be seeing in 2013 as I cross over the invisible boundary called the Antarctic Convergence into Antarctic waters.  As I look forward to my most unique New Years Day yet, I look back at one of my most enjoyable.  In the first few months of 2010 I had already […]

Photo of the Week: Bhutan – Why It’s Worth It

The trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, a sacred pilgrimage site that clings to a 900 meter cliff, is one of the highlights of a visit to Bhutan.  It’s also one of the reasons why Bhutan is always part of my answer when I’m asked to list my favourite travel destinations. Visiting Bhutan creates the opportunity […]

PHOTO GALLERY: Malaysia (Cameron Highlands & Melaka)

Malaysia Peninsula didn’t make it on my itinerary of my 2009/2010 career break but I was fortunate to experience the Cameron Highlands and Melaka earlier this year as I chose to break up the long Australia/UK flight with a stopover.  It was a decision I didn’t regret! Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

A “Life Lesson” in Celebration of UN’s International Day of the Girl: 15 Travel Tips on Responsible Travel in Myanmar

Last week I explained why I was supporting the International Day of the Girl, which will be celebrated on October 11 as declared by the UN after an extensive campaign by Plan.  I recognize that I am lucky to be a female born in this modern era, having had the opportunity to finish high school, […]

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Misty Fishing on Inle Lake

This week’s photo comes from my PHOTO STORY: A Sunrise in Myanmar post, taken from a wooden boat on Inle Lake. Floating through the mist, surrounded by breath taking scenery, passing by local fishermen with their unique and iconic fishing technique feels like a form of meditation.     For more photos from the travel […]