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Yoga, parties, and the most evil mosquitoes yet: volunteering on Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan Thailand solo female travel volunteering Gaia Yogashala

I wasn’t that excited about going to Thailand to be honest. There wasn’t anything luring me there, but I felt that I couldn’t really miss it out on a South East Asia trip, especially as it was kind of on…
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How George Town lived up to the hype

George Town Penang Malaysia solo female travel

I’ve been a little suspicious of anywhere that other solo travellers rave about, ever since their recommendations landed me on the sleazy party island of Gili T, so I boarded the bus in Tanah Rata bound for George Town on…
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Brexit: one travel blogger’s plea

travel blogger brexit EU referendum

It’s been one week since the UK voted to leave the EU by a very narrow margin. It’s taken me that long to find the words and the energy to write this post, as I’ve swung between sadness, shock, anger,…
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The missed volcano: when Mother Nature says no

Jakarta Bandung Krakatoa Indonesia female solo travel

I remember one Saturday afternoon, shortly after I had graduated from university and got myself a “proper” job, flicking idly through the television channels and coming across an old black and white movie, Krakatoa East of Java. Krakatoa, a volcano…
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Cooling off in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands

Malaysia Cameron Highlands solo female trave

The temperature in Kuala Lumpur was rising. One morning I took myself off for a short walk, to Merdeka Square, and by the time I’d got there, the Factor 50 had sweated right off my skin. I decided it was…
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“But it’ll never happen to me!” : when travel burnout hits

Solo travel burnout

I was several days into my stay in Kuala Lumpur. I’d re-adjusted to life back in the outside world after my time spent learning Vipassana, seen and enjoyed what KL had to offer, and it was time to move on…
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Kuala Lumpur: the city I didn’t expect to love

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia solo female travel

I have to admit to being fairly underwhelmed by most of the cities I’ve passed through so far on this trip – Tokyo and Hiroshima being the notable exceptions – so I didn’t have high hopes when I arrived in…
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Holidaying in the supervolcano: Lake Toba, Sumatra

Lake Danau Toba Sumatra Indonesia solo female travel

After a busy week of running around North Sumatra looking for orangutans in the jungle and chasing a volcano or two, I thought it was time for a short break before making my way to Malaysia to begin my ten…
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Ten days to change your life: my time at a silent Vipassana meditation retreat

Vipassana Dhamma ten day silent meditation Malaysia

I think it was during my time in Japan, cross-legged on my futon in my little room in Kagoshima, that I idly Googled “meditation retreats in Asia”. I’d been trying to practise mindful meditation for just under a year, though…
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Sibayak and Sinabung: volcano-chasing in North Sumatra

Sumatra volcano Sibayak Sinabung solo female travel Indonesia

Sometimes a particular volcano will take a hold in my mind for some reason; perhaps because it was or is a significant one, like Mount Vesuvius and its surrounding legacies of Pompeii and Herculaneum, or Krakatoa, which I disappointingly haven’t…
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