Why TEFL is a career and people should stop bashing it

The other day I was browsing on a Facebook travel group (you know the ones where people seem to think travel is a competition) and I saw someone bashing the idea of teaching English abroad. I mean she probably didn’t mean it but her opinions…

What it’s like spending the night on a fort in the …

There are some places that you stay in that don’t quite make the mark but there are others that will truly captivate you and make you want to chain yourself to the room and demand you never leave. Everyone is so busy these days, people…

Hey! I'm Sophie and this is my site all about my adventures in travel and journalism.

I currently live in London but have also lived in Hong Kong, Xi'an and Beijing.

I'm here to talk about travel and also to give tips on what it's like to be freelance.

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What to pack for a 2 week trip to China

I wrote this when I had two friends visiting me in Beijing from the UK. They’d been asking me what to bring with them for their trip to China which saw them stop in Beijing and Shanghai for a combined total of two weeks. So…

10 reasons you should visit China

I lived in China for almost three years and I can honestly say that while it has its ups and downs, it’s a fantastic country to visit. When many people think of China, they think of the Great Wall and smoggy Beijing. This is so…

A stopover in Hong Kong

Do you ever go somewhere and feel like it’s not real? You’d dreamed about going somewhere and now that it’s finally happening, everything just seems bizarre. Just a bit surreal. I feel this every time I go to Hong Kong since studying there years ago.…

Freelance life: Things I did wrong in 2017

It’s still January which means there is still a little time left to reflect on the year gone by. I can’t say it’s been an easy one but it happened, it’s now over and it’s time to look forward to the challenges that 2018 has…

Inside Beijing’s Ethnic Culture Park

I hadn’t really known what to expect when I walked through the doors of the Ethnic Minority Museum in Beijing. I was told by a friend that you had to go because it was really creepy. Creepy? I was in. I’d been searching for things…

How taking some time working abroad helped my CV

Flick through Instagram and Facebook and every other person will seem to be someone who has quit their jobs to travel. But what if you didn’t have to quit working to travel, what if you spent some time working or volunteering abroad to help further…

What it’s like visiting the set of Neighbours? I take the …

I think we Brits actually like Neighbours more than the Aussies do. I also think that visiting Melbourne and not going to the set would probably be seen as a crime. I mean you’re there already, why wouldn’t you? Neighbours here is basically an institution…

What happened: November edition

It’s Decemberrrrrrrrrr! That’s right. Everyone’s getting festive and i’m all like ‘mate it’s freezing’. I spent my day off the other day sat in my onesie watching the Gilmore Girls revival for the umpteenth time beginning to look forward to the end of the year.…

Exploring Hogwarts in the Snow at Harry Potter Studios

I have some great friends and one of them brought me along as her plus one to FINALLY visit the world of Harry Potter. It’s one of those things that i’d been meaning to do for years but just never got around to doing it.…