8 Reasons to Swap Your Briefcase for a Backpack

Whether it’s for three months or three years, swapping your briefcase for a backpack could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. More and more people of all ages and backgrounds are choosing to take time out from their day-to-day lives to travel. They do it for different reasons, in different ways and […]

Survival Tips: The Challenge of Returning Home From Long Term Travel

The adjustment phase is the inevitable epilogue to all great travel adventures and something every returning long-term traveller can relate to.  It’s a challenging period – but these survival tips may just help you get through it.    I recently reunited with some traveller friends of mine, who were heading home after two and a half years […]

Returning Home from Long Term Travel: The Adjustment Challenge

The adjustment phase is something every returning long-term traveller can relate to.  It’s unsettling, it’s challenging and it features a rollercoaster of emotions.  It’s the inevitable epilogue to all great travel adventures. One of the things I love most about travel is the people you meet along the way.  Especially when you have the opportunity […]

Planning a Northern Lights Travel Adventure: Common FAQs

The Northern Lights have been calling out to travellers, photographers, scientists and astrologers for centuries.  They have been mystified and romanticised by indigenous folklore, they ignite and excite scientific minds, and they captivate the imagination of all who stand beneath them. Wanting to experience the Northern Lights drives many winter travel itineraries and more and […]

What is the Best Age to Travel?

Question:   What is the best age to travel? Answer:      The age you are right now! My perfect world fantasy begins with a self-replenishing bank account.  It includes an empty diary, a rucksack that is always packed and the ability to head off adventures at a moment’s notice.  In my perfect world fantasy […]

FAQ (Antarctica Travel): What Wildlife Will I See?

The Question What wildlife will I see? The Answer Wildlife spotting in Antarctica is a lottery.  There are no game park enclosures or zoos.  There are no park rangers waiting for a “release the whale for tourists” call.  There are no guarantees. And that’s what makes it so special. We are the visitors, on the […]

Antarctica: 10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Travel Experience

  A travel adventure to Antarctica is often described as ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and the cost, distance and effort to get there keep it well and truly off the beaten track.  I had always dreamed of joining the small number of travellers who set foot on the world’s southernmost continent and I recently […]

Winning a Wanderlust Travel Award

I recently attended the Wanderlust 2013 Travel Awards and was both excited and flattered to be announced the winner of the Most Popular Travel Blog category for my post “15 Tips for Responsible Travel in Myanmar”. Wanderlust prides itself on being an independent, multi-award winning, leading magazine for adventurous and authentic travel.  It compliments its […]

The Solo Female Traveller Debate: Asking the Right Questions

If you are familiar with my blog, you will notice I tend to stay away from controversial topics.  I share my experiences to inspire others, not to provoke them or to create a heated debate.  This is partly because I find it sometimes invites those with extreme views to verbally attack others without the capability […]

Travel Misadventures: 5 Things to Remember When Things Go Wrong

If you travel long or often enough, it is inevitable – something will go wrong.  I’m not talking about life-threatening incidents that fingers crossed, we all manage to avoid whilst on the road.  I’m referring to those moments or events that irritate even the most experienced traveler – plane delays, bus breakdowns, stolen bags, over-booked […]