June 26, 2017

When I think back to my very first solo backpacking trip around Southeast Asia in 2013, I remember having moments of feeling lost and homesick, and moments of laughing like crazy during beers with new friends. I remember wandering temples and unsuccessfully haggling fo...

February 18, 2016

After several days (or maybe a week, it’s hard to tell when the days flew by) I left Koh Rong Island in Cambodia and prepared for a tumultuous ferry ride inland. Being a little motion sensitive I picked up some motion sickness pills, boarded the ferry and promptly fell...

November 22, 2015

Sometimes I visit a place that’s so lovely, with such a fierce kick of natural beauty, I forget to take out my camera.  I can’t explain it. I was so smacked by the charm of this tiny remote island off the coast of Cambodia that it never occurred to me to walk the beach...

August 20, 2015

Southeast Asia is phenomenal.

Here is where you will spend lazy days on marvellous beaches and eat the most sumptuous dishes of your life. You will have adventures in weather that warms the soul, and every corner of the region holds the secret of something new.

The lang...

August 7, 2015

While planning my first backpacking trip to Asia I googled the cost of travel over and over and never really believed the claims that I could backpack the region on $30 a day and now I’m here telling you its entirely doable with the right know-how.

However, I felt that...

May 19, 2015

It was that first bite of creamy amok curry that has stayed with me. I was at the end of a five month journey across Southeast Asia and feeling bitter sweet about returning home in a week.

It was back to work and routine, to familiarity, to certainty. To being still.

On...

April 13, 2015

This isn't the type of post you think it is, another 'how to travel Cambodia on $25 a day' article.

This is a story about the people I came to know in Battambang, in western Cambodia. I was joined by an Aussie girl I'd met in Kampot and we dropped in on Battambang on a...

November 28, 2014

Southeast Asia is truly the home to the dishes of my dreams. It's the fresh ingredients, the simple balance of sweet and sour flavours and the punch of chillies that we just can't achieve in our Thai restaurants at home. Even the simplest street stalls across Asia do i...

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Hey, I'm Emma

Fuelled by wanderlust, curiosity and a little restlessness, a natural at budget travel, so naturally, a travel blogger. An experienced chef, a proud kiwi, and a burgeoning photographer. And my old friends reading and writing? We go way back.

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