5 Reasons to Ride a Segway around Prague

Hands up if you think that Segway tours are a bit lame. I’ll admit that I have always been judgemental...

How Mumbai is (slowly) Making Me A Better Person

I have been in Mumbai just shy of a year, which is—admittedly—a little too soon to write a post like...

Informers: Big Brother Is Watching You, India!

Every day during my 20-minute snack break at work, I sit down and skim through the copy of the Mumbai...

Summer’s Coming, and I’m Going to Europe!

In June, heavy monsoon rains will saturate the streets of Mumbai, so I am doing what most other foreign teachers...

5 Reasons to Visit Shimla

When you’ve lived in chaotic Mumbai for almost 8 months, trust me, you start to long for open spaces, clear...

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Hands up if you think that Segway tours are a bit lame.

I’ll admit that I have always been judgemental of people who take Segway tours, so when my friend suggested that we take one around Prague I was apprehensive …

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I have been in Mumbai just shy of a year, which is—admittedly—a little too soon to write a post like this, but Mumbai is a city like no other. Often referred to as the ‘Maximum City’, Mumbai pulses with a …

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Every day during my 20-minute snack break at work, I sit down and skim through the copy of the Mumbai Mirror. I don’t know whether the Mumbai Mirror is a descendant of UK daily rag the Mirror, and – assuming …

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In June, heavy monsoon rains will saturate the streets of Mumbai, so I am doing what most other foreign teachers here do—leaving India for the summer. And what better place to go than Europe? In contrast to India, Europe is …

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When you’ve lived in chaotic Mumbai for almost 8 months, trust me, you start to long for open spaces, clear air and beautiful views, so when my parents came to visit at the end of February I planned a road …

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I’ve been travelling the world, on-and-off, for almost 16 years—ever since an adventurous 4 week train journey took me through Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic into Romania back in the days when they each had separate currencies. …

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Generally, I prefer to travel to a new place rather than simply go back to the same destinations over and again. The only exception to this so far has been Sihanoukville, which was just too much fun and so …

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There are few things more exciting than seeing an iconic view of a place that you have travelled thousands of miles to visit, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower glittering in the night sky, a decorated elephant walking down a busy …

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Having seen numerous documentaries and vivid photographs of people covered head-to-toe in brightly coloured powder I have wanted to experience Holi for many years. Out of all India’s many,many, festivals Holi is the most colourful and the most joyful. In …

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There’s only one way to ride the train in Sri Lanka: standing in an open doorway with your hair in the wind, while you desperately cling onto an ancient-looking rusty metal bar that looks as if it will peel away

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Sigiriya —the Lion’s fortress—is undoubtedly the highlight of a trip to Sri Lanka, so as soon as we reached Kandy we booked a car and driver to take us to the rock.

It would be an early start: the road …

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Colombo is very different from other cities that I have lived in, but would it work for me?
During the planning stages of my recent trip (and by that I mean that I read an article or two) I read…
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Visiting Stockholm between October and May is a thought that sends shivers down the spines of many, but in my opinion it is the nicest time to visit.  Although the city comes alive in the summer (read my post about …

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Last Friday evening I collapsed in my bathroom as I was about to take a shower.

Just like that: I twisted slightly to one side and fell straight down like one of those controlled demolitions, leaving me housebound for over …

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Winter is Coming.

Are you feeling it yet?

That dull feeling that creeps into your soul as the days get shorter and darker. That heaviness in your spirit as the sky gets heavier and the clouds grow thicker.

Although I …

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Recently I have read a number of ‘Ten Places Not to Visit’ posts, or negative posts about a place disliked by the writer in which they explain why you shouldn’t go there.

Amongst others places, I have read posts that …

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Before I left for my recent trip to Goa I envisioned long lazy days of lounging around in the sun, shopping for cute bohemian dresses, eating good food at beach-side shacks, and watching glorious sunsets over the Arabian sea: for …

Our original plans didn't include the Big Apple

Travellers are often asked what their favourite city is, so I have been thinking about my response to that question. It has taken a while to compile this list as my favourite city can change depending on what I want …

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I rarely write posts like this, but in the wake of the brutal murder of British backpackers Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on Koh Tao I feel compelled to write about the topic of safety for young female travellers, particularly …

Auto-Rickshaw. Just for fun.

All these points are specific to how I feel about Mumbai, where I live and work. I am not an authority on what living in another Indian city is like.  Of course, I am also well aware that my …