Tag Archive: beaches

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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Why Gili Trawangan was a massive disappointment

Gili Trawangan solo female travel

One of the many great things about travelling in the way that I do now is meeting other travellers, all at different stages in different types of journeys. In hostel kitchens and cheap bars you’ll share stories of where you’ve…
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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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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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That time I found my own little beach in Corfu

solo beach Corfu

It was my final chance to find this coastal path. I’d set out the previous afternoon in search of the secluded coves between Mesongi and Boukari on the Greek island of Corfu, but had found myself climbing inland, jumping out…
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Brighton rocks: a perfect seaside escape from London

Brighton day trip from London

We Brits love to head to the nearest beach when the sun deigns to make an appearance. Pick up any British newspaper or switch on the television here when there’s a heatwave on, and you’ll see pictures of happy people…
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Cheap and free things to do in Barcelona

cheap and free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona, like many Western European cities, can end up being a pricey break, with entrance and activity fees, food and drink, and transport costs racking up. I was a little worried about trying to spend a week there on a…
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Should I go to the beach alone?

Solo beach trip

Sometimes only a beach holiday will do. Culture, famous landmarks and a plethora of activities are all well and good, but there are times when you just need to relax, unwind, lie on the sand and do very little apart…
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