BEIJING and the Great Wall

WHAT TO DO IN BEIJING: We pulled into Beijing after a 20-hour train journey from Zhangjiajie surprisingly refreshed, hopped in a taxi and made our way to the Doufuchi hutong where our guesthouse was. Hutongs are Beijing’s ancient and steadily vanishing residential areas, made up of narrow alleyways and traditional courtyard houses. STROLL THROUGH THE […]

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THE STREETS OF HANOI

I’m not sure that there are enough adjectives in the English dictionary to describe Hanoi. Hanoi is all the adjectives – it is an an absence of negative space. It has no time for the superfluous or irrelevant – it is constant energy and never-ending chaos. Yet the chaos is not random, it serves a […]

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Koh Yao Noi – How to beat the crowds in Thailand

Girl in front of Sunrise Koh yao noi thailand

Your probable vision when planning your dream trip to Thailand: Endless white sand beaches with hammocks and palm trees blowing in the breeze, bright turquoise and crystal clear waters broken only by colourful longtail boats and stunning rock formations. The gentle sound of lapping waves. The briny scent of sea salt. Your Probable Reality: A […]

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Bali in the rain

The first experience we had of Bali was of its sounds. We arrived late at night and got to the house in a taxi so the next morning we had no real idea where we were. Glimpsing nothing in the blue pre-dawn light but the outline of a heavy mosquito net,  I could hear the […]

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The Anti-Backpacking wishlist

I’ve just returned from the most incredible travel experience of my life. After backpacking across Asia for eight months, I’ve seen two of the seven wonders, played in the mud with rescue elephants, driven a car almost twice my height along a twenty mile beach and woken up on a night train to the sunrise […]

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Yucatan Diary

Girl in front of pyramid in chichen itza

Valladolid –  As much as we enjoyed pretty Tulum, we couldn’t wait to hit the road to inland Yucatan and see a more genuine, less tourist-oriented Mexico. Our first stop was Valladolid – a charming, unpretentious and serene little colonial town. While it isn’t exactly a tourist-free backwater, the city feels lived-in – its raison d’etre not […]

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Tulum

Girl in front of tulum mayan ruins

If fashion blogs and instagram hadn’t entirely convinced me that I needed to drop everything and immediately go to Tulum, a new low-budget airline that has just started a direct Puerto Rico to Cancun route did. Given that where I live inter-island travel is notoriously painful, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally visit […]

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