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Bali Without A Bike: Everything You Need To Know

Bali and motorbikes go hand in hand. But what if you don’t want to ride one? Here’s how to survive travelling in Bali, without a bike.  There were so many reasons that I didn’t want to rent a motorbike when I travelled to Bali. Firstly I have never so much as sat in the driver’s seat of any vehicle in my life and I wasn’t sure … Continue reading Bali Without A Bike: Everything You Need To Know

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The Best Flat White In Melbourne: Ranked

Did you know, the Flat White was invented in Melbourne? And Melbourne itself is referred to as the coffee capital of the world; home to some of the world’s best speciality coffee shops and baristas. Therefore I’ve made it my mission throughout my time living in Melbourne to scour the city’s cafes in search of the best Flat White. Why? Because Surely the best Flat … Continue reading The Best Flat White In Melbourne: Ranked

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The Alternative Melbourne Bucket List

Are you looking for some hidden gems to add to your Melbourne bucket list? Well, I’ve got you covered. Melbourne is one of the world’s most livable cities and after living and working in the city for over a year, I’ve found loads of interesting things to do in the CBD and city suburbs; many of which only locals know about. In this post, I’ve … Continue reading The Alternative Melbourne Bucket List

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How To Travel And Build Your CV At The Same Time

Travelling long-term is something that I always wanted to do and to this day I have an ever-growing list of places that I want to see and experiences that I want to have. However, as much as I want to travel long-term, continuing to learn and build my CV  is important to me too. With the internet and changing attitudes to a work-life balance, the way that … Continue reading How To Travel And Build Your CV At The Same Time

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2nd Year Australia Visa Without Farm Work: My Story

Everything you need to know about 2nd year Australia visas, bridging visas, student visas and working holidays in Australia So, this week it’s been one year since I touched base down in Australia at the start of my working holiday. At the time, I had no clue how significant this decision to leave home in the UK and come to Melbourne was going to be. … Continue reading 2nd Year Australia Visa Without Farm Work: My Story

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City Girl Vs Small Town Girl: Life In Melbourne

When I was 18, I followed a life long dream and made the move from my small town of Brighton up to the UK’s capital of London. At first, the hustle and bustle and novelty of walking past iconic landmarks like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace as part of my daily commute was overwhelming. However, it was a brief stint that lasted just a few … Continue reading City Girl Vs Small Town Girl: Life In Melbourne

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Living In The Ricefield: Inside Our Amazing Ubud AirBnB

What comes to mind when you think of Bali? Is it golden beaches or beautiful temples? Or maybe it’s vibrant coloured acai bowls or Eat, Pray, Love? Well for me it’s rice fields. Lush, green, beautiful rice fields- that’s the image that always came to mind. That’s why having the opportunity to rent out a gorgeous Airbnb in the heart of Ubud’s ricefields was a … Continue reading Living In The Ricefield: Inside Our Amazing Ubud AirBnB

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How To Plan A Backpacking Trip (Without Really Planning It)

I know that the title of this blog post might sound a little bit cryptic but read on, I’ll explain what I’m talking about. After having spent the majority of the last couple of years travelling, one question that I get asked a lot is- ‘how do you plan your backpacking trips?’ Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I don’t- at least … Continue reading How To Plan A Backpacking Trip (Without Really Planning It)

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Here are 10 things I accomplished instead of doing a journalism degree

For as long as I can remember there has only been one real thing that I’ve wanted to do-travel. However, when I left school in the UK at 18, I made the ‘sensible decision’ to start university in London, studying for a journalism degree because that was what all of my friends were doing. The thing is, for an impatient person like me, spending just three … Continue reading Here are 10 things I accomplished instead of doing a journalism degree

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What You REALLY Need To Pack For A Working Holiday In Australia

Packing for a trip is difficult but packing for an Australian Working Holiday is something else. You’ve got to cram enough clothes, cosmetics and gadgets into your bag for at least 12 months, not to mention the fact that you have to accommodate for the cold Australian winter, hot summer and possibly think about work clothes too: It’s no surprise that packing for a working … Continue reading What You REALLY Need To Pack For A Working Holiday In Australia

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Melbourne In 48 Hours: A 20-Something’s Travel Guide

I’d go as far as to say that Melbourne is my favourite city ever. Yes, even out of the grandeur of New York, the glamour of Paris and the chaoticness of Hanoi, there’s just something about this Australian city that ticks all the boxes for me. After living and working here now for six months on my Working Holiday, I can vouch for the fact … Continue reading Melbourne In 48 Hours: A 20-Something’s Travel Guide

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Australia Working Holiday: Expectations Vs Reality

Before I arrived in Australia, I wrote a blog post, 10 Things That Worry Me About My Australian Working Holiday (And Why I’m Going Anyway). It seems I had a lot of expectations and concerns before I arrived here. Now, six months on, I feel that I’ve been here long enough to address each of those points. So, here we go. 1.Worry: The long flight Yes, … Continue reading Australia Working Holiday: Expectations Vs Reality

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Melbourne: Must Do’s For 20-Somethings

A 20-Something Travel Bucket-List for Melbourne, Australia Visiting a city like Melbourne can be really overwhelming if you’re pushed for time. With its fantastic coffee culture, quirky hidden bars and an ever-growing calendar of events to go to, it’s easy to see why Melbourne’s voted one of the worlds most livable cities time and time again. After having lived and worked here for a few months … Continue reading Melbourne: Must Do’s For 20-Somethings

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El Salvador: Three Places To Add To Your Bucket List

El Salvador is a country that doesn’t see much in the way of tourism, which is a shame considering how fantastic El Salvador is. Often overshadowed by Central America’s more popular countries like Guatemala and Costa Rica, tiny El Salvador is often missed out by travellers backpacking in the region. However, with its colonial towns, friendly locals and diverse scenery, El Salvador is a must … Continue reading El Salvador: Three Places To Add To Your Bucket List

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10 things I learnt from a Thai monk

Chiang Mai is a popular base for activities in Northern Thailand amongst backpackers. With everything from zip lining, cooking classes, bamboo rafting and visiting elephants to choose from, me and my limited time frame were completely overwhelmed. In the end I opted for one of the lesser known things to do in Chiang Mai and in my opinion, one of the most interesting: a Thai monk … Continue reading 10 things I learnt from a Thai monk

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A 20-Something’s Travel Guide To Australia’s East Coast

Australia’s East Coast 20-Something Travel Guide: Best Things to do and Hostel Suggestions I know that a lot of bloggers have done Australia East Coast backpacking guides however I wanted to do this travel guide specifically aimed at 20 somethings. This blog post includes all of my top East Coast recommendations including most importantly, which hostels to actually stay in at each place. I’ve not included … Continue reading A 20-Something’s Travel Guide To Australia’s East Coast

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Dukes Coffee Roasters Review Melbourne

Best for: Takeaway, early morning coffee, cakes, pastries, locally roasted coffee, whole beans for sale In a nutshell Easily one of my favourite cafes in Melbourne, Dukes Coffee Roasters is a must visit for all coffee lovers in the city. It’s not a sit down all morning and have brunch kind of cafe, in fact, it’s predominately a grab and go kind of place. However, … Continue reading Dukes Coffee Roasters Review Melbourne

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How to order coffee in Melbourne like a Melbournian

Melbourne coffee guide: Melbourne’s Cafe Menu’s explained They say that the best coffee in the world is in Australia and the best city to find it in is Melbourne. Having lived in Melbourne for a year, I can vouch that it is true: Melburnians have a bit of a love affair with coffee. In fact, the city boasts more cafes per capita then any other- … Continue reading How to order coffee in Melbourne like a Melbournian

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Journal Canteen Melbourne CBD Review

Best for: Early mornings, solo coffee lovers, weekday brunch, sitting in, work friendly space  I can’t believe that I’ve been in Melbourne for almost six weeks collectively and I’ve not done a cafe feature yet- believe me it’s not for lack of coffee drinking. Melbourne is an Australian city that’s famed for its coffee: supposedly there’s not a bad cup of coffee to be had here and … Continue reading Journal Canteen Melbourne CBD Review

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The Wild Flour Cafe: How Cute Is This Campervan Cafe In Brighton’s Countryside?

Best for: breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, vegan and veggie options Last Sunday I had planned on having a blog free day. No writing, no editing, no taking photos for blog posts. Nothing. Nada. Instead I’d decided to treat myself to a proper Sunday off which involved: A walk in the countryside, making something nice for lunch, doing some baking then sitting down with some ginger … Continue reading The Wild Flour Cafe: How Cute Is This Campervan Cafe In Brighton’s Countryside?

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Odette review, Paris, France

It would be a struggle to find a cafe as Parisian as Odette. With its colourful exterior, cute little tables and outdoor plants, Odette is as picturesque a cafe that you could ask for. With a selection of coffees and pastries, what Odette is really known for as its delicately decadent cream puffs, the perfect accompaniment to a cafe au lait. The Location This little … Continue reading Odette review, Paris, France

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Nola Cafe Review, Hanoi, Vietnam

Anyone that knows me will be aware that I am a huge coffee addict. I love going to cafes and taking the time to meet a friend or spend an hour by myself enjoying a coffee and slowing down. Having a coffee feels indulgent but not excessive, it adds structure to an empty day or reflection in a busy one, it picks you up, it … Continue reading Nola Cafe Review, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Surprising Things I Learnt From Solo Travelling This Year

This time last year the idea of going solo travelling seemed like a nothing more than an unrealistic dream. It was something that I’d been talking about for years but I’d never built up the courage to travel alone before and the idea of just turning up in another country with nothing but myself and my backpack seemed crazy. I wasn’t a particularly confident person, … Continue reading Surprising Things I Learnt From Solo Travelling This Year

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How To Order Coffee In Vietnam

Vietnam coffee guide: From Hanoi to Hue, How to order coffee like a pro in Vietnam (and where to get it from) Whenever people ask me what my favourite destination I’ve travelled to so far is, I struggle but I usually come to the same answer: Vietnam, and that’s mainly for the coffee. When I turned up to Hanoi in October as part of my … Continue reading How To Order Coffee In Vietnam

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Solo Travel In New York: What To Do In NYC

A solo travel guide to New York City Cities are often known as lonely places. Therefore, when I decided to go to New York spontaneously after my travels in Central America, I was worried about how I would find the city on my own. I’d been to New York with my family before which meant that it didn’t feel as daunting. However, after the low-key pace of … Continue reading Solo Travel In New York: What To Do In NYC

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Useful Hacks You Need To Know Before Travelling In Central America

Travel tips for backpacking in Central America The little strip of countries in between the USA and South America is one of the most beautiful, diverse and fascinating parts of the world that I’ve ever travelled in. With some of the most beautiful landscape, towns, wildlife and beaches ever this tiny region of countries, stretching from Mexico to Panama really does have it all, and … Continue reading Useful Hacks You Need To Know Before Travelling In Central America

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10 Money Saving Hacks In Mexico

How to save money backpacking in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula If you’re backpacking in Mexico then you’ll find the prices pretty low, especially in comparison with travelling in other regions like Europe or Australia. However if you come to Mexico and find yourself going out to every spring break club event, drinking your weight in Margaritas and living it up at beach clubs every day, you’re going … Continue reading 10 Money Saving Hacks In Mexico

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Have you bean? Why coffee lovers should travel to these 15 countries

From Guatemala to South Africa.  A unique travel guide for the worlds best coffee cultures and coffees (and where to get them) I spend a lot of time in cafes when I travel around the world.  It’s not just the caffeine buzz that I’m hooked on. Any coffee lover will know that its more than just a drink. Coffee a way to socialize, slow down and … Continue reading Have you bean? Why coffee lovers should travel to these 15 countries

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Local guide: Where to find the best brunch in Brighton

A locals guide to Brighton’s most Instagrammable brunch and breakfast spots I love going out for brunch. In fact if I didn’t go for brunch quite as much I’d probably be quite rich- I wouldn’t be as happy though. I don’t know if it’s the self-indulgent feeling of spending a lot of money on something I could have made at home, or the feeling of satisfaction … Continue reading Local guide: Where to find the best brunch in Brighton

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Forget Hygee: How we’re already living Danishly

I am a massive fan of lifestyle guides. Any book promising to make me seem anything other than British is right up my street, and a few weeks ago I found myself strangely drawn to a little Danish lifestyle guide on Hygge. For those of you that don’t know, Hygge is a Danish well-being concept that loosely translates as cosiness. Its claimed to be the … Continue reading Forget Hygee: How we’re already living Danishly

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36 hours in Copenhagen

A two-day travel guide for foodies in the Danish capital I recently had the opportunity to spend 36 hours in Copenhagen, on a city break. There are a lot of destinations on my travel bucket list, but Denmark has been at the top of it for ages. Therefore, it really was a dream come true to spend a long weekend there. Copenhagen: An Overview What … Continue reading 36 hours in Copenhagen

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Koh Rong Samloem: Sunsets, beaches and plastic

How rubbish and plastic pollution are littering Koh Rong Samloem and Koh Rong’s beaches and destroying these Cambodian islands For a tiny island, Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia’s newest base for backpackers and hedonists, boasts a lot of beaches. Most of them are accessible only by boat and offer a refuge for those looking for complete and utter isolation. The island has been labelled ‘the Thailand … Continue reading Koh Rong Samloem: Sunsets, beaches and plastic

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Dealing with anxiety as a solo traveller

If you think your anxiety means that you can’t go solo travelling, think again. Anxiety is more common and less of a taboo than ever before and its a topic that came up in conversation as much among other travellers, as it did with friends back home. Everyone thinks that to go travelling alone you have to be an overly confident, self-assured and adventurous person. … Continue reading Dealing with anxiety as a solo traveller

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The Pros and Cons of being a young digital nomad

Digital What?! First things first, what is a digital nomad? Well it’s a phrase coined to describe the ever-growing number of people who work from their laptops, not an office, and who do this wherever they are in the world. Bloggers are digital nomads. Many entrepreneurs or creatives are. In fact more and more professions are moving towards this way of working. Next time you go … Continue reading The Pros and Cons of being a young digital nomad

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Useful Things You Need To Know Before Travelling In Vietnam

Vietnam was a country that had been on my bucket list forever so when I decided to add in as part of my backpacking South East Asia Itinerary I couldn’t be more excited. I knew very little about the country or the culture when I turned up in Hanoi as part of my first solo backpacking trip.  Perhaps this was a little naive but I … Continue reading Useful Things You Need To Know Before Travelling In Vietnam

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Why Hoi An Is My Favourite Place Ever

When I was planning my Vietnam trip, Hoi An was the place I was looking forward to most. Everyone that had ever been to Vietnam had said it was their favourite city and I couldn’t wait to walk around the dreamy, lantern filled streets. Sadly,  I didn’t account for the typhoon that hit central Vietnam while I was there, which meant I had to go … Continue reading Why Hoi An Is My Favourite Place Ever

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Cuba: Country of colours

Cuba has got a lot of problems. One of the last truly communist countries left, it deals with poverty, crime and dictatorship but despite all that, it’s a country more vibrant and alive than I’ve ever seen. Walking in Havana, between crumbling walls and decaying buildings are vibrant bursts of colour. A turquoise vintage car: still in use as new car imports were until recently, … Continue reading Cuba: Country of colours

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Move over Santorini, there’s a new island in town

                   Introducing Folegandros: The Cyclades newest island It’s seven o’clock and the sun is casting shadows over the stone white buildings clasping to the cliff edge, bringing another day to an end. From our spot by the church, a church as quintessentially Greek I ever did see,  we begin the descent, following the cobblestone path back to … Continue reading Move over Santorini, there’s a new island in town

Living Your Best Life Vs Living Beyond Your Means

Living Your Best Life Vs Living Beyond Your Means

The other day, I was picking up my morning coffee before class. It was an expensive affair, from one of those Melbourne speciality cafes that manages to produce miracles out of the simple combination of coffee and milk. As I tipped out my purse to salvage the last few coins that I had left, I got to thinking: Am I spending too much money on … Continue reading Living Your Best Life Vs Living Beyond Your Means

Confessions Of A Melbourne Barista: Spilling the beans of what it's like to make coffee in Melbourne 

Confessions Of A Melbourne Barista: Spilling the beans of what it’s like to make coffee in Melbourne 

I love the routine that I have going in Melbourne- and when I’m not busy writing or out exploring the city, you’ll find me at my cafe job, making coffees. Coffee making is something that I’ve been doing on and off for the last few years back in England- ever since I was seventeen and I got my first cafe job. It’s a job that … Continue reading Confessions Of A Melbourne Barista: Spilling the beans of what it’s like to make coffee in Melbourne 

5 Things That Prove Collingwood is Melbourne’s coolest inner suburb

5 Things That Prove Collingwood Is Melbourne’s Coolest Inner Suburb

Carlton, Fitzroy, Brunswick- I thought I was familiar with all of Melbourne’s coolest inner suburbs. That was until I stumbled across Collingwood. Nestled in between Fitzroy and Abbotsford, Collingwood is one of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets and although small, there are plenty of reasons to visit. Need some inspiration? Here are 5 of my favourite things to do in Collingwood.   You can have a $6 … Continue reading 5 Things That Prove Collingwood Is Melbourne’s Coolest Inner Suburb

Solo In Bangkok: Survival Tips

Whether you’re starting out on a solo backpacking trip around Asia or you’re just simply passing through, the idea of being alone in a city as busy as Bangkok can be a little overwhelming. I remember that when I first set out solo travelling a couple of years ago, it wasn’t until I was in that hotel room in Bangkok’s city centre that reality really … Continue reading Solo In Bangkok: Survival Tips