My Top Six Indian experiences: #4 By train through India

I’m going to have to admit it, I love Indian trains! I know train travel in India is something that worries a lot of tourists who are afraid of being robbed or more often than not, petrified of using the toilet on the train. I travelled around China for a month by train two years…

My Top Six Essential Indian Experiences : #3 Sunrise at the Taj Majal

Part three in a series of posts on my impressions of India as a first-time visitor. (Yes, this implies that I plan on returning.) I’m not one for gawping at sunrises, usually. Observing sunrise is  best left to hopeless romantics, weather-beaten landscape photographers and the biting insects who are happy to prey on these early-risers. My opinion…

My Top Six Essential Indian Experiences: #2 A Visit to Varanasi

Part two in a series of posts on my top six experiences from my travels in India.  “I want to prepare you. Varanasi is chaotic, probably the most chaotic place in India,”our guide Ravi warns us, just as he pokes his head back out of our cycle rickshaw and darts out of sight. He abandons us in to…

My top travel tip for travelling in India: research is futile

I have just returned from a trip to northern India.  Over the next few weeks I will post photos and some thoughts on my trip there, which may be useful for any of you thinking of going there. Over-researching any trip is a sure-fire way to remove that which is miraculous and unknown. It leaves…

Meet My Tinder Husband: Tinder Travellers And The Road to Romance

Everyone has a Tinder story. But there’s something about the magic of Tinder stories from the road that always intrigues me. Tinder certainly has brought something new and dynamic to the way we approach love and dating, along with the inevitable hook-ups and one-nighters and dating disasters that happen along the way. And now I…

Why I Believe Everyone Should Travel Alone At Least Once

Travelling solo or taking off on an awesome adventure in the best possible company as I prefer to call it,  is something every woman should try at least once in her life. Of course, your adventure may bring you as far as a daytrip to Brittas Bay or Ballybunion or as far as a monastery in…

Travelling With The Backpackers Of Instagram

There’s so much to plan before any backpacking trip but there’s a lot you can learn from the backpackers of Instagram, who have followed similar paths. Yes, those #travelinspo posts can frustrate and inspire in equal measure, but here are 9 things that I have learned from the backpackers of Instagram. (And yes, I am…

Destination Guide: Sucre

Sucre has to be one of my favourite places in South America. It’s got some fine food, quaint old churches and a vibrant night life. And it’s not half as rammed with tourists as Cusco. So if you are thinking of heading to Sucre, or more to the point, extending your South America trip by abandoning…

Confession Of A Returned Backpacker

Oh dear. I committed THE mortal sin of the blogging world. That is to say that after great assurances that I would keep it all going while toiling away at the day job (and compiling a highly detailed editorial calendar)  I promptly reneged on my well-meaning promises to blog forever and got swept away with…

Books And Backpacks: The Old Patagonian Express By Train Through The Americas

First published in 1979, The Old Patagonian Express- By Train Through The Americas  is an essential read for anyone planning or contemplating travel in Central or South America. Paul Theroux is one of my favourite travel writers and he has an uncanny ability to describe his fellow passengers and the characteristics of countries, nationalities and…

After Travel: An Epilogue

It was my plan to write a final and fitting piece to signal the closure of this blog. A piece which would tie up all loose ends, answer some final questions and provide an inspirational quote or two for other women thinking of heading off on a solo round the world adventure. A proper send-off,…

Love life and Brazil

Brazil is one of those countries where carefully planned itineraries and lists of activities should be torn up, burned, or promptly deleted from any electronic devices upon arrival. It makes sense. After all, the primary reason for visiting this lush paradise is to inhale that raw joviality and that natural lust for life which is…