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Broke in Brisbane; or, how I didn’t give up on my Working Holiday Visa

Brisbane solo travel Working Holiday Visa Australia

Reader, it’s been a while. Hello. I’ll start by apologising for the silence, and the massive chunk of my South East Asian story that’s still missing from the blog. I’m working on it. The past five months have simply been…
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Five things to do in Bandung, Indonesia

Jakarta Bandung Krakatoa Indonesia female solo travel

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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A taste of Laos: a brief escape to Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Laos solo female travel

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

Chiang Mai Thailand solo female travel

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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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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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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“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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48 hours in Singapore (on a budget)

Singapore solo female travel

Time flies when you’re having fun – so the saying goes. I was certainly enjoying my time in Indonesia and all too soon found myself about to hit the 30-day limit for staying in the country. I’d gotten distracted in…
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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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