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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 →

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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 →

Volunteering with Turtles in Malaysia

It was 5am when the turtle finally dragged herself back into the sea, pausing only momentarily to catch her breath. She was the first green turtle of the year to visit the nesting beach on Malaysia's Perhentian Island, Kula Besar. By the... Continue Reading →

8 Ways to Prepare for a Big Trip

Planning a trip in my late twenties has been a considerably different experience to the one that I had in my early twenties, when preparation involved little more than packing a backpack the day before boarding a plane. That is a slight... Continue Reading →

10 of the Best Road Movies of All Time

Packing a bag isn’t the only way to cure a travel bug; you can keep it at bay with a really good travel book or film. ‘Road movies’ combine my two greatest loves – film and travel – and account... Continue Reading →

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