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Human Rights Opinion

Should You Visit North Korea?

Okay, so full disclosure: I would love to visit North Korea. There is something enthralling about the thought of being able to walk down the streets of this mysterious country, where so few tourists have been allowed access. As…
Advice Opinion

5 Reasons Why Everybody Should Travel Alone

When I first told people I was going to travel through South-East Asia alone, they were shocked. A lot of people told me that while they thought that it was great that I was doing it, solo travel was something that…



I wasn’t expecting to like Hanoi. I’m not a huge fan of sprawling Asian cities as it is, and after 5 months of living on the idyllic island of Koh Rong, I was even less used to the traffic,…


The Worst Part of Travelling 

Everybody back home seems to think that long term travel is glamorous. They see the Instagram posts and imagine that every aspect of travel is just as beautiful as that sunset or that beach or that rainforest. And sometimes…


How to Deal With Depression on the Road

“That’s the thing about depression: a human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, and it’s impossible to ever see the end.” Elizabeth…

Advice Hostels

How to Make Friends in Hostels

When I first embarked on my travels, there was one fear that plagued me – what if I couldn’t make friends in hostels? I wouldn’t say I’m overly shy – I have no problem communicating when I’m already with people –…


7 Things You Must Do in Da Lat

1. Family Dinner Most of the hostels in Da Lat host a nightly “family dinner,” where, for the price of about £2, you can sit around a huge table with your fellow travellers and enjoy copious  amounts of local…


Hello, Ho Chi Minh!

After 6 months of living in Cambodia, my first impressions of Vietnam were that it was CLEAN. Well, in comparison to Cambodia anyway! The second thing I noticed was how different the Vietnamese looked and acted compared to the…