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Before a Trip, How Much Planning is Too Much?

After a long period of time spent living in London, I am finally planning a big trip. I’ve booked a one-way-flight. There’s no going back.

I’ve been meaning to go backpacking ever since my last long trip five years ago, but my career and my financial situation have held me back until now. Of course, my current situation is not perfect. I will have to put my career on ice for a while, and I don’t think I will ever be able to save money as long as I’m living in London, but it seems as good a time as any to take the plunge.
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Modern Milan

Traditionally, Milan is viewed as the enclave of the super rich and the fashion elite, but there is a different side to the city; a side that is far more accessible and inclusive.

My sister, my friend and I stayed in Navigli on the southern side of the city, far from the luxury hotels and retailers. Here are some of my recommendations for a cheap and cheerful stay in Milan:

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Bars and Baths in Budapest

A weekend in Budapest was the perfect way to bring in the wintery months. With cheap flights from London and Airbnb accommodation it was a very affordable city break, and there was lots to see and do.

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The Best of Amsterdam

This post is actually the culmination of a few short trips to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

I feel that I have now experienced enough of this gorgeous city to put together a fairly comprehensive review that includes some of the best things to do in and around Amsterdam.

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Returning to Hong Kong

Recently, I was lucky enough to return to Hong Kong, four years since my last trip.

Hong Kong is the ultimate ‘east meets west’ destination. Skyscrapers – and there are a lot of skyscrapers – sit alongside bustling Chinese-style markets and Cantonese characters on signs are always accompanied by English translations.

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Australia’s Northern Beaches

This part of Australia is very close to my heart because it is where my dad grew up, and where a lot of my family still live.

But aside from that, it is also a beautiful part of the world with, hands down, some of the best beaches in this world.

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A Month in Bali

Bali is Indonesia’s most-visited island. Already a popular holiday destination with Australians, Bali’s natural beauty is also beginning to draw visitors from further afield.

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Off the Beaten Track in Thailand

Thailand is becoming a bit of a cliché among Brits, its islands and beaches have become a target for the boozing, tanning, holidaymaker, which takes away from some of the amazing things that it has to offer.

Away from the beaches and holiday resorts, Thailand is a fascinating country with rich culture, history and natural beauty. Don’t dismiss Thailand, think about approaching it in an original way instead and you’ll find that there’s more to it than elephant rides and alcohol served by the bucket. Here are my top five, off the beaten-track, Thailand experiences…

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Why I Love Morocco

It was hard to leave Morocco after just nine days. For a destination that is so close to the UK where I live, and so affordable to visit, it is incredibly different and exciting.

The weather, the colours and the smells are all intoxicating and the people are warm and friendly.

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