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Five things to do in Bandung, Indonesia

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Bandung, a city in West Java, is often referred to as “the Paris of Java” or “the Paris of the East” due to its colonial history and enduring appeal as a place to which Jakarta residents escape for a weekend…
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Female solo travel: ten things to know before you go

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Scrolling through Facebook, I recently came across an article from Matador Network, suggesting that solo female travellers shouldn’t head off until they “understand these seven things”. I have to say I found it a disappointing and slightly aggressive effort. After…
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A taste of Laos: a brief escape to Luang Prabang

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I hate to say it, but I was growing rapidly bored of Thailand. After my underwhelming stay in Chiang Mai, I took a minivan up to the mountain town of Pai. I was going to write a blog post about…
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Chiang Mai: I just don’t get it

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A few years ago, Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand, seemed to be the place to move to; it felt like almost every travel blogger I followed was getting a condo there, praising the cheap cost of living, the…
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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