The gift of hope…

What is happening in the Philippines at the moments has really touched me, as I’m sure it has so many other millions of people all…

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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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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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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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#25 Do some voluntary work

#25 Do some voluntary work

After a month travelling around China I decided to spend my last three weeks volunteering. It felt like a nice way to end my trip…

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A Birthday Wish

A Birthday Wish

The one thing I think most travellers would agree on is that visiting different countries makes you appreciate the life you have. Whenever I travel…

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#2 30b430 - Teach some English

#2 30b430 – Teach some English

When I was putting together my #30b430 list, one of the things which was really easy to add to it was some voluntary work. In the…

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