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Staring into Swaziland, But How Deep Should We Go?

By on May 27, 2019 in Africa, Musings, SWAZILAND with 0 Comments
Staring into Swaziland, But How Deep Should We Go?

Countries that have different cultural values to our own present the traveller with an amazing opportunity to learn and witness something else, something “other”, but this can also come with its own set of moral dilemmas to navigate. And while, to some people, this may sound either boring, complicated, or both; for me, it’s exactly […]

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11 Life Lessons I Learnt Living in Lebanon

By on February 7, 2019 in LEBANON, Middle East, Musings with 7 Comments
11 Life Lessons I Learnt Living in Lebanon

I fell in love with Lebanon almost from the moment I arrived in the country. Maybe it was because I’d been travelling in countries like Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt and Jordan by myself, directly before I got to Lebanon, that this Mediterranean nation with its semi-western influences suddenly felt more relaxed and easy to me. Without […]

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Is Airbnb Still a Good Thing?

Is Airbnb Still a Good Thing?

Now we all know about Airbnb (or least we should do… if you don’t, where have you been hiding?!) and we all know how brilliant it can be. Cheap accommodation, local hosts, homes away from home. Perfect! But as its popularity has grown, so has the criticism and problems associated with Airbnb and now, it […]

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The Many Faces of Indonesia

By on November 12, 2018 in Asia, INDONESIA, Musings with 2 Comments
The Many Faces of Indonesia

Made up of 17,500 islands and 33 provinces that span 2 hemispheres, it’s hard to argue that Indonesia is one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in the world. And with 300 languages spoken, six government-recognised religions practiced and an estimated 300 different ethnic groups, the true scale of Indonesia’s many faces is […]

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Why I Love Ethiopia!

Why I Love Ethiopia!

Yes that’s right, in case you somehow hadn’t heard me screaming it from the rooftops yet… I love Ethiopia! For years of being somebody that found it impossible to name their favourite country when asked, I can now give a very easy and definitive answer and I love it! I love it that this is […]

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Why I Never Scuba Dived Lake Malawi

By on December 25, 2017 in Africa, MALAWI, Musings with 0 Comments
Why I Never Scuba Dived Lake Malawi

Are you a bucket list traveller or do you balk at the very phrase? So often the drive to tick things off our list, or not, can define our travel styles… and us as travellers. Put very crudely, there are those that travel primarily to check world sights and countries off their lists and there’s […]

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25 Clear Signs You’re Still a Serial Budget Traveller … in your 30’s!

By on June 22, 2017 in Budget Travel Ideas, Musings with 8 Comments
25 Clear Signs You’re Still a Serial Budget Traveller … in your 30’s!

Despite being 32 and no longer within the right demographic to be classed as a gap year backpacker, my budget travel background still hasn’t deserted me. However while I may now prefer a bit more privacy than an 8 bed dorm, even if that is only sleeping in a tent, there are certain behaviours I […]

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The 6 Signs You’ve Been Away From Home Too Long

By on June 5, 2017 in Musings with 2 Comments
The 6 Signs You’ve Been Away From Home Too Long

I’m currently sat typing this article at a long wooden kitchen table with a bunch of sunflowers next to me. In front is a set of large glass doors that open out onto a delicious green lawn adorned with more pot plants and colourful flowers than you can imagine. And beyond that, the trees of […]

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Who Said We’re Only Allowed to Call One Place Home?

By on May 18, 2017 in Musings with 19 Comments
Who Said We’re Only Allowed to Call One Place Home?

“So where are you heading on your next travels?” someone at work recently asked me. “Home,” I said. “And where is exactly is your home?” they replied “Good question!” I answered. It’s a funny old thing that notion of home isn’t it. Something my forthcoming trip back to the UK has really got me thinking […]

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Move Over East Coast // Why I Have Fallen in Love with Western Australia!

Move Over East Coast // Why I Have Fallen in Love with Western Australia!

Ok, so I’m just going to come out and say it … sorry east coast Australia, but when it comes to the best state in the Land Down Under, WA gets my vote every time. Yes … controversial I know, but Western Australia really is rocking our socks right now! In fact, from the moment […]

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