In four days, I've experienced two distinct personalities of Vietnam on the Life Before Work Vietnam Discovery Tour. The group has stayed busy weaving through vibrating streets, gorging on authentic Vietnamese BBQ in back alleys and embracing all aspects of culture offered to us by the welcoming company in Hanoi and Sa Pa.
Life has been so crazy these last few days, trying to find a moment to sit down and write has been somewhat low on my priority as I don't want to miss a single moment of this adventure. After we left Kuta we drove to Ubud, where we spent the next three days.
It finally arrived, July 11th! Bali Discovery was here! Only a mere 19 hours of flying time plus lay overs and I would be there.
Travel is changing. And if that seems like an obvious statement, sorry. But it's true. It's changing at such a pace, even us LBW globetrotting maestros can find it hard to keep up with all the new-fangled trends in the industry.
From the boho coffeeshops of East London to the ramshackle squat bars of Berlin, the alternative streets of Venice Beach to the surprisingly off-beat beatnik dives of Bangkok, we go in search of the world's most counterculture, cool areas. If you've packed the drainpipes and have a penchant for craft beer, this could just be the travel list for you…
You might spot them framing the perfect selfie on a beachfront somewhere in Southeast Asia. You might spot them chin wagging with Cambodian locals over a fish amok and ice-cold beer in the shadow of Angkor Wat.
Oh, Chiang Mai – you beautiful. Thailand's second-largest city has risen and risen in recent decades to become a staple on the travel itineraries of thousands of backpackers making for the wondrous Land of Smiles.
Picture it: You're reclining on a swinging hammock between two palms. Let's say you're in…Vietnam. The powdery sand of An Bang beach is sloping down into the South China Sea just meters from your discarded flipflops. The slosh of the water and the sway of the coconut trees echoes all around…
A mind-boggling 2,000 islets and karst peaks covering more than 1,500 square kilometers makes Ha Long Bay one of the undisputed wonders of the natural world.
So, you love to turn a corner and see a giant elephant drawn in psychedelic hues looming on the concrete above you, or enjoy spying out the frescos of New Age hippies in the backstreets? You can think of nothing better than…
Canggu - our next travel destination. We were surrounded by great places to eat, cute stores to shop in and plenty of fascinating architecture.
Good news travellers: it's not just hippies and alternative types that love the idea of being environmentally and ethically conscious on their travels anymore.
Arriving in Ubud was a surreal experience, to say the least. The luscious greenery that surrounded us stretched out for miles and immediately captured my heart.
At the risk of sounding obnoxious, we delve into the fundamental differences between travel and vacations. Both involve heading somewhere that's not your usual place, but both are totally different pursuits. What? How? When? Who?
As the wheels of the plane touched the ground, my heart genuinely skipped a beat. Excitement coursed through my body as the realization that I had finally arrived kicked in. My Blissful Bali adventure had finally begun after months of anticipation and I couldn’t be more thrilled…
Whether you're hitching a ride in a pound-saving Uber across the neighbourhoods of downtown London or snapping a selfie to post on your Insta account, the chance that you've used at least one piece of tech on your travels in the last year is close to 100%.
Bangkok is one of the most immersive and enthralling metropolises on Earth. It pulses with life, with scooters, with human cries. It vibrates with the clang of Buddhist prayer bells, and froths with the eager anticipation of first-time backpackers on the Banana Pancake Trail. Five years absent, I've finally returned…