Tag Archive: islands

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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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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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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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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Volcanoes at sunrise: hiking Mount Batur, Bali

Batur sunrise trek solo Ubud Bali

There are roughly 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia. I have four weeks, plus another couple of weeks later on in my trip. There’s no way I’m going to get round even a fraction of them, but on Day 2 in…
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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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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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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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