Sophie

A twenty something journalist recently returned from 3 years in China who likes a good long island iced tea and a beach. Currently working for a national newspaper in London.

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The ups and downs of being a freelancer

Right, so you’re scrolling through Instagram and everyone appears to have quit “office life” and now either work from a beach or spend their day chilling in their pyjamas while working at home. It looks glamorous. It looks amazing. It’s enough to make anyone throw…

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Exploring the desert in the UAE

I recently came back from a trip to the UAE for work and had the best time. I ended up on a group press trip to Ras Al Khaimah which is an emirate just north of Dubai, just 45 minutes from there by car. Because…

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The year of 27

Hi, it’s me! So I turned 27 at the end of March and i’m not going to lie, I feel no different. It’s not like you wake up in the morning and suddenly feel one year older. I mean, that would be weird. I celebrated…

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Trying out the world’s longest zipline

Stood at the top of the Jebel Jais mountain, I can’t say i’ve ever had that feeling of wanting to quit so much. That feeling that what you’re about to do is absolutely ridiculous and why, why the fuck are you doing this. I visited…

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My top 5 ‘instagrammable’ spots in London

Loads of people at the moment are whining about the amount of florals they are seeing on their Instagram feeds. Yes everyone seems to be out and about in London at the moment trying to get the best Instagram friendly #content. Is it a bad…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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