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Finding some balance…and some life-changing moments: solo in Ubud, Bali

Ubud Bali solo female travel

I’m still getting used to this country-hopping – going onto another foreign land rather than going home when my time somewhere is done. I’ve wanted to go to Indonesia ever since I was a child, reading books about volcanoes. As…
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Taal: climbing the world’s smallest active volcano

Taal volcano Philippines

I’d headed to Manila for my final few days in the Philippines, intending to give a proper chance to the city that so many people dismiss. I’d love to tell you I discovered some hidden gems, but sadly not; it…
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The shy volcano: trying to see Mount Mayon

Mount Mayon shy volcano Philippines

It was a promising start. Stepping down from the aeroplane at Legazpi Airport, a 45-minute flight from Manila, I was greeted with the magnificent sight of a perfect cone volcano – the stereotypical volcano if you like – with a…
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Port Barton: the first place I’m sad to leave

Port Barton Palawan Philippines

I had three days to go until I had to embark on the trek back to Puerto Princesa to catch a flight to Manila then Legazpi to resume my volcano-chasing. As lovely as El Nido had been, I was ready…
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Twelve tropical days in El Nido

El Nido Palawan Philippines

When I started researching the Philippines, pretty much everything I read highlighted the town of El Nido on the island of Palawan. It was supposedly not yet swamped by tourists, beautiful, and with plenty to do and see. After several…
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Starfish and snorkels: island-hopping in Honda Bay, Palawan

Island hopping Honda Bay Palawan Philippines

With a spare day in Puerto Princesa before heading up to El Nido, I decided to get started with some beach and sea time on an island-hopping tour in nearby Honda Bay. It’s possible to take a trike to the…
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Puerto Princesa: the first time I feel out of my depth

Puerto Princesa Palawan Philippine

I’ve debated with myself over whether to write this post. How will this make me look? I asked myself, when there are other travel bloggers writing about navigating their way through more difficult countries. But after just a few weeks…
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Buried alive in volcanic sand: a spa with a difference in Ibusuki

hot volcanic sand bath ibusuki japan

Sometime last year the BBC aired a short documentary series called “Japan’s Enchanted Islands”, and one episode centred on the southwestern islands and their gateway, the Kagoshima area. It showed how the people there adapted to the constant geological activity,…
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Volcanic footspas and the world’s smallest mandarins: exploring Sakurajima

visiting Sakurajima volcano Japan

After Tokyo and Hiroshima, it was time to take the shinkansen all the way down into the south of Japan, to the port city of Kagoshima. Having now been there, I can’t recommend this as the most exciting place to…
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Hiroshima: an afternoon in the city of peace

Hiroshima city of peace A-bomb dome

Hiroshima was a late addition to my Japan itinerary. I decided that I couldn’t miss it out, especially as it was sort-of on the way to Kagoshima from Tokyo, but I would only be staying one night, so I had…
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