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How to spend a couple of weeks in the Philippines

I'm in two minds about my trip to the Philippines. On the one hand I had some amazing experiences there - finally getting my PADI being the most significant and happy time - and learnt a lot, while on the... Continue Reading →

A Norwegian Wedding

Despite all the good things I'd heard about Norway and how close it is to the UK, the cost of visiting always made me pick more affordable European destinations. A family wedding, therefore, was the perfect excuse to visit and... Continue Reading →

Top tips for ethical travel

Responsible travel is something I’ve become much more interested in in recent years. The reality for most of us who have the means to travel is that we come from countries with a disproportionate amount of wealth. Many countries popular... Continue Reading →

Kicking Back in Bahrain

My response when I heard my friend was moving to Bahrain was, “Where is that?”. Bahrain is a tiny island that is part of the UAE. It’s a relatively liberal middle-eastern country, but it lacks the wealth and the luxurious... Continue Reading →

Wanderlust in the Dark Months

What is it about January that makes feet itch? I was fortunate enough to travel quite a bit last year; six countries, five of them new. That satiated me for a while. But when the days are short and the... Continue Reading →

Perhentian Paradise Islands

Here I've pulled together a selection of photos I took on the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia. The photos were taken on Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) and on Pulau Perhentian Besar (Big Island). The former is more popular with backpackers and... Continue Reading →

Getting Close to Orangutans in Borneo

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Malaysian Borneo is one of the best-known places to see orangutans. While it is possible to see orangutans in the wild – and no doubt rewarding – it is of course much more difficult.... Continue Reading →

Learning to Cook in Kathmandu

With little time left until I returned to the UK after a two-month trip to Asia, I knew I had to find time for a cooking class. I loved Nepalese food from the get-go. Vegetables aren’t relegated to the side... Continue Reading →

5 Malaysian Dishes to Try Today

One of the many things that I loved about Malaysia was its food. Due to the prevalence of Islam and Hinduism, beef and especially pork are uncommon in much of Malaysian food. Instead, chicken, fish and vegetables prop up the... Continue Reading →

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