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...

June 4, 2017

Nobody does style like Singapore does style.

Chic accommodation shouldn’t be limited to flashy hotels and expensive resorts. Backpackers are no longer averse to splashing out a little here and there – and it’s all part of the Singaporean experience after all.

These hoste...

February 9, 2016

Despite its proximity to Southeast Asia, it’s not simple to find backpacker culture in Singapore. My fellow hostel dormers were Chinese students on holiday, they were graduates from Kuala Lumpur job hunting, and they were overnighters to other areas of the globe. If yo...

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...

January 19, 2015

My visit to Malaysia actually began with a little misfortune.

The train I was due to board from Singapore to Malaysia had derailed and so delayed by three days. Of course there were buses, they were cheaper too, but there's something special - romantic even - about boar...

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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