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Of Rivers and Oceans: an Ode to the Filipino Boat

I dip my paddle’s curved edge into the still, green water. The banks of the river are bright with thick waxy leaves and colourful pinpricks of budding flowers. I can feel the vegetation radiating tropical heat.  Pulling back on the paddle’s long handle with both hands allows the muscles in my shoulders to take the strain. There’s […]

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11 Things I Never Expected About the Philippines

When you think of South East Asia, what springs to mind? For me, it’s a backpacker’s mecca –  particularly for those on a budget. Food and accommodation is cheap, the weather’s good, beaches are seemingly everywhere and the traveller trail is so well established that it’s easy to move from place to place. But with so many countries […]

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A Travel Update: My Plans This Summer

This week, I flicked back through my diary and realised that it’s almost been a full year since I arrived home in London after eighteen months spent travelling through my favourite continent. One year since South America?! It feels strange to think about myself back then. I didn’t feel particularly homely about my return; if anything, I was more unsettled […]

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Lessons Learned from 200 Hours of Teaching English Abroad

“¿Tres ensaladas de frutas, por favor?” I leave the tiny serving hatch, where three women wearing hair nets and harried expressions rush back and forth. Plates of food scattered around the kitchen are ferried to the multitude of teenage hands reaching through the bars at a speed my eyes can’t even keep up with. Heading […]

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Volunteering with Children Abroad: the Issues You Should Know

When looking for volunteering projects in foreign countries, one of the first things to catch people’s eye is working with children. There are so many orphaned and impoverished children around the world in need of love, care and affection, and those of us who want to help know that we have the ability to deliver […]

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Happy, Safe and Solo: Travelling in India by Yourself

When I told my dad that I was going to India by myself, his face fell. No matter that my cousin had travelled for a year through the country on her own; no matter, too, that I’d been travelling solo on various trips for the last six years. No: in his opinion, India was something else […]

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Travelling in 2012: A Photographic Roundup

It’s been an odd twelve months. I knew this year would involve a lot of travel, but I didn’t count on quite so much. This time last year, I was mainly blogging for my friends and family; now, I feel like I’m writing for a much bigger audience. And three continents and ten countries later, […]

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Photo of the Week: Holi Cow!

  After a long and colourful day of powder throwing at the Holi festival in Orchha, the local animals show off their new looks. Keeping it casual and cool, as most Indian cows are.

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Photo of the Week: the Watermelon Man of Mamallapuram

Walking through the baking streets of this little Southern Indian town, I stopped for a slice of watermelon. I’m pretty sure the salesman was expecting quite a large amount of business that day.

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Photo of the Week: The Flower of Mysore Market

Opposite a perfume stand in a bustling market, I found a family selling vegetables, their serious son sitting on a crate. I talked to his mother in the hope that she’d make her child smile. She grinned at me delightedly instead, and pinched my cheek. NB: When I got back to England, I posted a […]

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