The #travelbookclub discusses The Painter of Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein

The #travelbookclub discusses The Painter of Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein

It was a smaller than usual book club this month, due to work commitments and holidays but nevertheless we enjoyed a good discussion about The…

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It Could Only Happen To Me - The Never Ending Journey in China

It Could Only Happen To Me – The Never Ending Journey in China

You know those never-ending journeys when you were kids? The ones that went on and on and were only punctuated by the eternal question: “Are…

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It Could Only Happen To Me - An unusual gift in China

It Could Only Happen To Me – An unusual gift in China

It’s Friday and time for another edition of It Could Only Happen To Me – the weekly series where I feature those travel mishaps which…

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I smile because I am different

I smile because I am different

I got thinking about this post after reading something a fellow traveller had written on Facebook about being laughed at by locals. Although this is…

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Volunteering – To pay or not to pay?

Volunteering – To pay or not to pay?

Over the years I’ve done a number of voluntary placements in different countries around the world. Some have been organised in advance, such as working…

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Save so you can splurge

Save so you can splurge

As I mentioned in a previous post one of the big differences I noticed about travelling on my 30b430 trip, compared to the ‘traditional’ gap…

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How should I set a budget for my trip?

How should I set a budget for my trip?

It’s all very well getting super-organised about your saving but how much money will you actually need for your career break or sabbatical? Now I’m…

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It Could Only Happen To Me - Becoming a local celebrity in China

It Could Only Happen To Me – Becoming a local celebrity in China

As a journalist I’m used to being the one asking the questions and staying out of the limelight. So it came as a bit of…

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What If?

What If?

There are few times over the last year when I’ve questioned what I’m doing. Travelling has always been the big love in my life so,…

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