2.91 billion journeys? It must be Chinese New Year!

This weekend the ‘Spring Festival rush’ kicked off in China. It’s a time when everyone begins to start the long journey home to celebrate Chinese New Year which falls on January 28. It’s estimated that 2.91 billion journeys will be made this year during the 40…

Switch off your bloody phones. It’s time for a digital detox.

“OFF. NOW. For fuck’s sake!!” I don’t know what came over me. Maybe it was the two hours sleep i’d had the night before. Maybe it was the fact that I was leaving China for good and feeling strangely….OK about it, but this woman had…

Expat life isn’t always fun, holidays and parties

Starting out the new year, travelling or moving abroad is always a resolution so i’m here telling you what it’s really like to be an expat. And i’m going to tell you about it through one of my diary posts written during my time in…

China’s freezing Disneyland: Harbin Snow and Ice Festival

No this isn’t a scene from Frozen, this is Harbin Snow and Ice Festival in China. Possibly my favourite trip that I did while living in China and also the most costly to get to. Every year in January and February people rush to northern…

Paris i’m REALLY sorry.

It was the third night in a row that i’d dreamt about Paris and unfortunately it hadn’t been positive. With all of the news stories from the past year and a half, I couldn’t really blame myself for having doubts about visiting the French capital…

No room at the inn: My Airport Lounge experience with Aspire

It was a random decision thanks to Expedia that I ended up in Bristol Airport on the morning of December 24 bound for one of my favourite cities – Paris. Of course I was feeling rather festive so tried out the Aspire lounge at Bristol…

Things you think about during your first Australian Christmas

It was a year ago to the day that I touched down in Australia to celebrate Christmas with my Australian side of the family. Spending Christmas abroad is hard but when you’ve got your family with you, it is so much fun. However it definitely…

Enough. You don’t need to give up your job to travel.

This could be a blog post telling you to give up your nice job, your house and travel the world and be like me. But it’s not. Because I am tired of them. Because quitting your job to travel full time is not for everyone.…

Feeling Festive at Kew Gardens

I wanna wish you Merry Christmas! This is just one of those “I can’t believe it’s bloody Christmas” posts. But seriously, I mean it, I can’t believe it’s bloody Christmas. And so as people do when they feel the need to start being festive, I…

Spending Christmas in Sanya, a Chinese paradise

“It doesn’t really feel like Christmas at all” Having landed back in China at the beginning of November, it was absolutely freezing cold. I couldn’t believe the sheer difference in temperature from Xi’an to Beijing. Feeling like some warmth and good times with friends was…

Playing a match at the Australian Open (a couple of months later)

I walk along the Champion’s avenue, taking a look at pictures of the players who have gone on to win the Australian Open – Djokovic, Federer and Serena Williams. Unfortunately I was not going on to Rod Laver to win a grand slam title, I…