Gear · Review · Travel

Women’s SunDrift Panglao 55L Backpack – A Review

Backpacks are the best! I am sure I have listed all the benefits in the past (who cares if there’s a pavement/they aren’t easily stolen if attached to you/soft sides that don’t crack/great for hopping on and off transport etc etc etc). However, the search for the perfect backpack as a short, curvy girl can… Continue reading Women’s SunDrift Panglao 55L Backpack – A Review

Asia · Five Month Trip · Travel

The Slow Boat to Laos – A Two Day Treat

The south-east Asian backpacking circuit is well established. From Bangkok, travellers head north-west to Chang Mai, Pai and trekking in the golden triangle, before heading east into the small country of Laos. Most travellers cross the border and then get on “the slow boat to Laos”. That is exactly what we did on our five… Continue reading The Slow Boat to Laos – A Two Day Treat

Asia · Five Month Trip · Travel

Trekking Northern Thailand from Pai-land

So as a traveller you go trekking Northern Thailand. Why? I don’t really know, it’s just what you do…so it’s what we did. Trekking in this area of the world is a great way to get out and see the jungle of the Thai/Burmese border, see life in the hill tribes and is a rewarding… Continue reading Trekking Northern Thailand from Pai-land

Asia · Five Month Trip · India · Train · Travel

Riding the Rails – Why Travelling India by Train is the Best Way to See the Country

India is huge. No, really, it is the 7th largest country in the world, you can fit the UK into India 20 times. With all that distance to cover, it may be tempting to jump on a plane and reach your destination quickly, but you will miss out on all the fun. Instead, I am here… Continue reading Riding the Rails – Why Travelling India by Train is the Best Way to See the Country

Accommodation · Asia · Review · Travel

A Bed in Boracay – Mad Monkey Boracay Hostel Review

“Ladies and Gentleman of Mad Monkey Boracay, there are free shots at the bar. Let’s go!” So echoes the call that pierces the air every hour while the bar is open at Mad Monkey Boracay. And what a welcome call it is for the budget traveller. It is just one of the things that makes… Continue reading A Bed in Boracay – Mad Monkey Boracay Hostel Review

Accommodation · General · Travel

Why Staying in Hostels is NOT as Bad as You Think

Let me start by saying, I have stayed in all manner of hotels, guesthouses, hostels, campsites and apartments. I have nothing against any accommodation option (although I may skip camping in deepest, darkest winter). I think that, of all of them, hostels have the worst reputation and I would love to change the mind of… Continue reading Why Staying in Hostels is NOT as Bad as You Think

Asia · Five Month Trip · India · Travel

Celebrating Diwali & Kali Puja in Kolkata – A Double Whammy

Our time in Kolkata was very special. A very happy diary clash meant that we were in Kolkata for Diwali and Kolkata for Kali Puja. These happen at around the same time, and so we were able to join in with all of the festivities. Kali Puja in Kolkata is something you will never forget!… Continue reading Celebrating Diwali & Kali Puja in Kolkata – A Double Whammy