Backpacing in Indonesia - a view of the 17 islands marine park in Riung, Flores
19 Feb 2019

Backpacking in Indonesia: Costs, Tips and Places to See

This post was originally published in May 2015 and updated in February 2019 after my big trip to Bali (and nearby islands) in 2018 With over 17,000 islands (I’m sure some of those are just rocks that disappear at low tide though) to choose from, planning a trip to Indonesia

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Nacpan beach, one of the beaches of El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines
30 Jun 2018

14 of the Best Beaches in Southeast Asia

This post was first published in 2015, but I’ve been to a lot more Southeast Asia beaches since then so it needed an update! Are you planning a trip to Southeast Asia? There’s so much to see – from ancient history, pulsating cities and stunning natural wonders, but perhaps the biggest

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Panama to Colombia via the San Blas Islands
13 Aug 2015

A Boat Trip from Panama to Colombia via the San Blas Islands

If you want to travel from Panama to Colombia (or Colombia to Panama) you have three options: 1) Take a boat from Panama to Colombia via the amazing San Blas islands 2) Walk through the wild jungles of the Darien Gap. Living to tell the tale isn’t guaranteed! 3) Fly (probably

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4 reasons to visit the Greek islands in winter - Naxos Old Town
18 Feb 2015

4 Reasons to Visit the Greek Islands in Winter

Have you thought about visiting the Greek islands in winter? If you only like swimming and partying then you probably haven’t, but if you’re a fan of unique (and almost entirely deserted) towns, awesome scenery and warmish (but perfect for walking) weather, you should probably skip the high season and

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Komodo National Park tour, Indonesia: A large komodo dragon
30 Jul 2014

Komodo National Park Tour: More Than Just Dragons!

Everyone has heard of the Komodo dragon – the largest lizard in the world and part-time human eater who stalks the barren islands off Flores, Indonesia. There is far more to a Komodo National Park tour than just dragons though, including a pink beach, some rugged coastline and that calm

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Backpacing in Indonesia - a view of the 17 islands marine park in Riung, Flores
25 Jul 2014

Exploring the 17 Islands Marine Park in Riung, Flores

The 17 Islands Marine Park in Riung would be really popular if it wasn’t so hard to get to, which means if you brave the terrible roads and overcrowded buses you’ll have an array of island paradises that are begging to be explored. I learnt, after a quick search online, that

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Nemberala, Rote Island, Indonesia- far from the tourist trail
09 Jul 2014

Rote Island, Indonesia: A Gem Hidden from the Tourist Trail

“Bule, bule, hello, bule!!” screamed young and old as I passed through their tiny village. Bule means foreigner – I’m not sure if they were really saying hello or they were just alerting their friends that a tourist was in town. I’d wandered a few kilometres from Nemberala, the tourist epicentre

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Nacpan beach, one of the beaches of El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines
02 Jul 2014

The Beaches of El Nido, Palawan

The Philippines is home to over 7000 islands, but ask anyone who has been (or is planning to go) about their trip and they’ll probably mention El Nido, on the stunning and sparsely populated island of Palawan.  Most people come for the island hopping tours, but spend a bit of

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