Let me revise that title…. 10 gift ideas for the Globetrotter in your life that ARE NOT   plane tickets – that kind of gift beats all these, hands down! Family, friends, colleagues, take note – i’ll act surprised, promise 😉 SCRATCH MAP Remember that scratch craze back in the 90’s? It’s baaaack… travel edition. The perfect way to keep up to date with your travels – simply visit a country, return home to scratch it off, rinse and repeat. These scratch maps can be addictive though, and may result in

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. I’m used to a summer Christmas, so when I spent last year having my first ever white christmas (didn’t even snow, fml) I milked it for all its worth – I’m talking Christmas markets twice daily. No exaggeration. I had an obsession! Here are my TOP Christmas Market picks in Berlin, Germany: WEIHNACHTSZAUBER -GENDARMENMARKT Gendarmenmarkt is a popular square in Berlin which TRANSFORMS into a winter wonderland come Christmas, probably the most atmospheric of them all. We’re talking a giant tree, professional carollers, rows

I used to LOVE airports. To me, it meant the start of an adventure… going somewhere new, anticipating what I would be exposed to next. Unfortunately, after a solid year or so of travelling, airports have lost their charm. I still get that feeling of excitement, but it has now been tainted by all those annoying things that happen at airports… overpriced food, queues for days, terrible wifi.. cheap hand soap in the bathrooms… the list goes ON! Luckily I have now got the whole airport thing down pat, and

Short answer: You absolutely cannot. Believe me, I tried my hardest – I woke up at 4am to watch the sunrise, and soldiered on for a solid 12 hours before I finally gave up. It is impossible to see ALL the temples of Angkor in a day – but you CAN do it strategically. In an ideal world, you would have a long enough stay in Siem Reap to spend more than a day exploring the temples of Angkor, but I know what it’s like – so much of SE

  I had originally planned to write about the Alhambra in a blog post about Granada, which is definitely my favourite city in Spain, but I realised pretty quickly that it is really a place which deserves its own coverage! As I mentioned in my previous blog post, a visit to the Alhambra was included as part of my trip with Topdeck, as it really is a must-do if you are visiting the city! When you are travelling for a long period, we all know how easy it is to

  Since my parents met on a Topdeck tour in the late eighties, I’d always felt a lot of curiosity about bus tours as a form of travel (mostly because I wouldn’t exist otherwise!)  In 2014 I took the Iberian Coast tour with Topdeck; a 2 week trip through Spain, Portugal and Morocco, which was a fantastic experience. Since then I have had many people ask me for the  low-down on bus tours, and the truth is that like any form of travel, bus tours have quite a list of

  When planning my gap year, I suddenly become aware that I had only visited, aside from stopovers in Hong Kong and Singapore, westernized and white-majority countries. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and go somewhere with a huge cultural contrast, and so ended up on a 4 day trip to Morocco. It was a fascinating and eye-opening experience; for the first time I was confronted with the importance of respecting another culture which was diversely different my own. My thoughts on this really started when a

Phi Phi is quite literally an island of my dreams – and somewhere I have wanderlusted over ever since I watched cult movie The Beach (and fell in love with Leonardo DeCaprio, heh). Recently being here for a girls trip was so so much fun, and I am sure it is a place to visit on every twenty-something’s wanderlist! ABOUT PHI PHI Phi Phi is a tiny little island with one main, easily navigable street – don’t worry about getting lost here! The main street begins at the ferry terminal

Elephants have always been a huge tourist attraction in Thailand, with thousands of people riding them, and attending circus-type shows every single day. According to my research, elephants are not to be ridden, and in my personal opinion: should never be kept in a zoo or be forced to perform tricks for tourists. On our recent trip to Thailand, I was determined to meet some elephants, but wanted it to be within an environment where the elephants were happy and healthy. Enter: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Chiang Mai.   Elephant Jungle

Ko Pha Ngan’s Full Moon Party is probably one of the most well known parties in the world – hundreds and thousands of partiers flock to Ko Pha Ngan every month (and now every 2 weeks) to celebrate that month’s full (and half) moon on Haad Rin Beach. Going to the Full Moon party is on nearly every 20-something’s agenda when visiting Thailand, and it should be: It’s an experience of a lifetime! Here’s 7 things you need to know before you go: 1. How to get Ko Pha Ngan

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