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Travel curse strikes again!

Dropped. Squashed. Lost. Dropped. Lost. Survived. No, that’s not a strange new take on the fates of Henry VIII’s wives; it’s actually the fate of my sunglasses during my travels over the last few years! Sadly, among my family and friends, it’s become expected that I’ll either lose or damage […]

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Holidays are coming…

No, not Christmas, but Italy. And I must stop picturing it as a holiday; it’s a ‘working trip’ 😬 But after more than six months of thinking about and planning this one I can’t believe we’ve actually reached this point. The little things have started coming together… we finally got […]

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Travel collections

I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of adults collecting stuff. To me, large collections of random things like cat ornaments or biscuit tins are utterly pointless: they gather dust, make a house look really untidy and they’re mostly redundant, not being used for their intended purpose. Collections […]

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Brexit and International Driving Permits

In a very short amount of time I’ll be going to Italy. Flights were first booked many, many months ago in a flurry of excitement about travelling in one country for an extended period, working and writing as I go. It’s a step towards a much-anticipated personal dream. Back when […]

Destinations, Europe, Italy

Italy planning

There’s very little time left until I go to Italy for a month *eek* Following on from my previous Italy planning post, I wanted to write an update about where I’m at now in the planning stage, and what’s still left to do. What’s been happening? There’ve been periods of […]

Asia, Singapore

Five days in Singapore

Futuristic, cutting edge, hip and innovative mixed with traditional and multiculturally-infused: Singapore is an expansive, complex melting-pot of a city. Expect to see packed-out temples sitting alongside reflective sky-reaching, sci-fi-esque hotels and office blocks resembling gardens in the clouds. And then there’s chic and boho shophouses serving all the latest […]

Asia, Destinations, Malaysia

A week in Langkawi, Malaysia

If you’re looking for somewhere as breathtakingly beautiful as Thailand’s islands and beaches but without the hordes of travellers and rapidly-increasing commercialism, then the stunningly picturesque Langkawi in Malaysia is definitely your place.  Turquoise waters, pristine powdery white-sand beaches, swaying coconut trees, intact jungle-covered hills, pretty paddy fields, refreshing waterfalls, […]