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The Last British Outpost – Tana Rata

The Last British Outpost – Tana Rata

Tana Rata was not the sleepy highland town I was expecting. Most of the journey from KL was passed in deep slumber, until we reached the dense jungle of the lower mountains and excitement chased away the dreams for the rest of the journey. The […]

The hunt for rural work – Manjimup

The hunt for rural work – Manjimup

On a good day, Manjimup is a 3.5 hour drive south of Perth, down two long highways. The first is lined with fields that stretch dusty and scrubby with stumpy trees east and west. Approaching Manjimup you become hemmed in by towering Karri trees which […]

Touch Down in Perth

Touch Down in Perth

Touch down in Perth was an anticlimax if ever there was one, Jas and Mike had been sat in arrivals over an hour waiting whilst I queued to have my passport stamped manually and when I finally got through customs I walked straight past them. […]

The Gambas Operation – George Town

The Gambas Operation – George Town

The Gambas Operation is the name the Spanish have for the Brits who visit each year, catch a few too many rays and return home with skin the burning pink hue of a prawn. I was told this by a Spanish volunteer in House of […]

Going Solo

Going Solo

Setting out solo can be daunting, particularly traveling as a girl. My first five months backpacking I spent with my sister, my back up; if one of us forgot something, the other probably had it, we could split the price of cabs or even splash […]

Waking The Rain Gods – Rocketfest

Waking The Rain Gods – Rocketfest

Rocket fest was being banded around Vang Vieng when we arrived; on everyone’s lips with mysterious signs pointing to the edge of the town, but none of the backpackers quite knew what it was, just that we wanted to go. We were staying in the […]

By the Seaside – Brighton

By the Seaside – Brighton

My base in Brighton was possibly the poshest student digs I’ve ever seen, my sister has really landed on her feet; what fresher has a 4 storey house with electric gates on the seafront?! Well, she is one street back from the sea front, walking […]

Birds Without Wings and Men Without Sorrow – Kayakoy

Birds Without Wings and Men Without Sorrow – Kayakoy

Before sunrise is the best, but not the most convenient, time to arrive at Kayakoy. We pick our way down the dirty, rutted dust track with phone torches barely illuminating our way until the path opens out onto a bowl containing a couple of restaurants and […]

Like Goats to the Slaughter – Kalighat Temple

Like Goats to the Slaughter – Kalighat Temple

Getting anywhere in Kolkata is a battle. Most taxi drivers are the first generation out of the villages and can’t read their own language on maps, let alone understand your requests in English. Despite its fame, none of the drivers near our ill chosen hotel […]

My Guide to Bagan

My Guide to Bagan

The bus station for Bagan is a way outside of the towns, probably a 15 minute drive from Nyaung U which is where I would recommend staying, around the same to New Bagan and probably 20 minutes to Old Bagan. I wouldn’t recommend attempting to […]