Sweat grips my clothes to my skin after 8 hours trapped on a bust up bus that shook its way all through Western Malaysia. But with a sigh of relief I have finally arrived at my destination: Kuala Lumpur.
As I sat looking out of my Kitakyushu apartment window, the whole place smelling sterile with bleach, I knew that I would never see this view again. I was moving out of the place I’d called home for almost 2 years to return to a place I used to call...
We’ve all been there, we’ve all felt the hopelessness associated with the return to normalcy and adjustment back to your everyday life after a travel adventure. People speak often about culture shock when gallivanting across the globe, however I feel as if reverse culture shock is somewhat glazed over.
New Zealand is one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s remote, at the “end of the world,” and relatively “new” in the historical grand scheme of things. It is, simultaneously, closer to it’s original, pre-peopled state than anywhere else in the world, and a country emerging.
As English speakers, we have an advantage over other travellers: we already speak the lingua Franca of travel. We don't need to study for years to be able to communicate; we just can. You'll find English spoken all over the world, especially in tourism circles, which makes travel that much...
Your mum brought you up to have good manners, I'm sure, and expects you to do her proud while you're travelling: clean up after yourself, eat with your mouth closed, say please and thank you. And she's right, of course.
Travelling at the last minute can be stressful, there are many things to think about and getting all your ducks in a row can be problematic, remembering to turn off the gas may be the least of your worries.
"We have to go cycling, it's very Dutch." It seemed like everything we did that day was "very Dutch". Luckily, that was what I wanted, given that we were in the Netherlands, hoping to experience as much Dutch culture as possible.
In a country where speed is measured by how fast your buffalo roams it is not surprising that visitors to Laos suddenly find themselves in a different world, where distances are defined by days rather than hours and fourth gear is just wishful thinking.
As culturally rich, architecturally interesting and historically awe-inspiring as European cities can be, sometimes you crave something smaller, more intimate, and dare I say the “a” word: genuinely authentic. Nestled in the hills of Jaen Province, Cazorla is a step back in time After an excellent few weeks indulging in...