August 29, 2018

Ever heard the name of a place and decided that you were just going to love it? Well, that was Mandalay for me. I knew before I even set foot there that this tongue tickling, exotic sounding city and I were going to get along just fine.

So, it came as no surprise to me...

July 13, 2018

Arriving in a new country after dark is always an unsettling experience. The echoing airport, the weary taxi drivers, and the dark city streets all accumulate to create a kind of transitional limbo. Where time stands still and everything feels a bit warped and scary. I...

February 23, 2018

You’ve seen the photos, Myanmar is the hot word on the traveller’s lips. A country that has only just opened its front door to the tourism masses and seen a few tentative visitors (in comparison to the tourism machine that is neighbouring Thailand), but is on the cusp...

December 1, 2017

Myanmar is an incredible country to visit – the pagodas, people, landscapes, food and culture all make Myanmar one of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular countries. However, unlike neighbouring countries, Myanmar doesn’t have the tourism infrastructure to support the bud...

November 8, 2017

“See my teeth?” Our taxi driver proclaims turning in his seat to smile broadly at us, “I brush after every meal! No smoking, no alcohol, no paan!”

Like in many Asian countries, Paan is commonplace in Myanmar (Burma). In short, it’s a psychoactive stimulant created from...

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...

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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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