10 things to do on Koh Tao

This Thai island is a slice of heaven, with its pristine waters and faithfully clear skies. Its distinct character makes Koh Tao a favourite for many of its visitors and its easy to understand why. Most people flock here to complete their Padi, and with the island so dedicated to it, it can make you…

3 week Malaysian itinerary

Joss sticks and spices fragrance the streets. Pictures of street vendors, and wildlife on your doorstep. Such a vast range of settings are offered in Malaysia, from a contemporary capital, to idyllic beaches… It makes me wonder how this country is often overlooked in Southeast Asia. I entered Malaysia with little expectation or knowledge, and…

8 activities in Kuala Lumpur for the money saving backpackers

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, dominates the skyline with high-rise architectural masterpieces. The streets are clean and the atmosphere is teeming with culture from Chinese and Indians who have helped shape the countries history. Generally being on a budget in a city is a bit of a nightmare. But this city caters to backpackers…

Not letting the camera rule

A destination that is seamlessly perfect. By day, turquoise waters roll onto white sands, and by evening sunsets tear orange and red through the sky. Looking around, you arrive at one thought: paradise. This idea of utopia is sought by escapists. People who save with blood, sweat and tears for a temporary release. After so…

How to cut down on meal prices: Bali

After adding up numbers we had come to realise that we spent more money when we first came to Bali than we had intended. In breaking down the days we discovered that most of our financial out-goings were spent on food. This news was heartbreaking. My initial thought was ok… so 2 meals a day?…

Theft that is… cute?

What steals people’s belongings only to be met by laughs? Monkeys… lots of monkeys. The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Ubud, Bali, Indonesia) is a haven for these free roaming creatures. Without fences surrounding the site the monkeys are happily here at their own will… or at least their stomachs will! It is an experience that…

The Homemade Tour

Taking yourself on your own private tour around the inner land of El Nido is the perfect way to stay independent, whilst maximising your time. In the Philippines the easiest way to commute is by tricycle. For relatively short journeys it should cost no more than 100 php (Filipino Piso); it’s a cheap way to…

El Nido with some reality

Labyrinths of neon green next to velvet, breathing lips. A shoal of translucent fish sporting a racing stripe on my left, and every ‘Finding Nemo’ character to my right. Life engulfing you in all it’s awe. El Nido (Palawan: Philippines) boasts some of the most amazing snorkelling sites in the world. The most efficient way…

Tours and bat droppings

Headphones in, listening to the history of… what? Teams of families taking turn to model in front of the camera, standing next to some signpost. The guides enthusiasm and energy wasted on gormless faces waiting for the buffet at lunch. Tours. Surely those who are travelling should be just exploring for themselves? But sometimes you…

Rice and sea urchins

Garlic rice, sunny side up egg, clam chowder, shavings of ginger and a Filipino fish for breakfast is my welcome to Asia. And every meal since then, it’s been accompanied by rice. Quick tip: if you have a chance to avoid rice, take it!  Because guaranteed you’ll be eating it the next meal anyways. A…