Monthly Archives: October 2012

31Oct2012

In Which I Do Battle with a Travel Blogging Calendar

Travel Blogging Calendar

A couple of months ago, I unwisely signed up to The Travel Blogging Calendar. Yes, a travel blogging calendar. This is, as the name would suggest, a laudable initative whereby travel bloggers, male and female, pose for a calendar, which is then sold to raise money for charities (pre-order here!). I’m not, honestly, quite sure […]

29Oct2012

And… We Have Some Winners!

Dragonblood trees on Socotra, Yemen.

One of the best things about doing a giveaway? Getting a whole bunch of new travel ideas. To celebrate our 1000th day of travel and our brand new name, I asked you where you’d like to escape to, and offered you the chance to win over $1000 of travel in my first ever EscapeArtistes givewaway. […]

28Oct2012

Things To Do With Kids in Bali — Sick Child Edition

Petting Cockatoos

Zac is well on the mend from his surgery. But not enough to do many of his favourite things, or even ride a motorbike — and most of his friends are away. That sucks. You see, a lot of Zac’s favourite things for kids to do in Bali are on the active side. Neither of […]

28Oct2012

How To Climb Mount Kinabalu with Kids

How to do Mount Kinabalu with Kids

Mount Kinabalu, in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, is marketed as the highest mountain in South-East Asia, excluding the Himalayas and Puncak Jaya in Indonesian Papua. And scaling the 4095m peak provides dramatic views and a stunning lunar landscape that are rewarding for adults and kids alike. A Practical Guide on Climbing Mount Kinabalu with Kids Can […]

24Oct2012

How Many Countries Have You Visited?

How Many Countries

I’m sometimes asked in interviews, and recently included in a bio, the number of countries I’ve visited. You’d think “How many countries have you visited?” was a straightforward question. I mean, how can anyone NOT know how many countries they’ve visited?! Well, I visited Czechoslovakia, both the Czech half and the Slovak half. That was […]

23Oct2012

What is Ubud Like? A Few Perspectives

Flower seller at Ubud Market

Embarrassingly for someone who writes for a living and has spent months in Ubud, I spectacularly failed the other night to answer the question “What is Ubud like?” Because the answer really does depend on your perspective. So here are a few perspectives on Ubud, the Balinese town where Elizabeth Gilbert found the “love” in […]

21Oct2012

Bali — A GREAT Place to Lose a Child

Flower-filled pond

When it comes to places to lose a child, I can confirm that Bali beats the hell out of Bulgaria and the UK. It’s not that I make a habit of losing children. Admittedly, I did once misplace someone else’s in the course of a sleepover. And I once inadvertently left my own child on […]

20Oct2012

The Art of Flying Solo

Art of Flying Solo

Zac is rising 12. That’s the magic age at which many airlines let children fly not as an unaccompanied minor, with a bevy of hosties pandering to their every whim, but actually solo. It’s also the age at which a London child would be taking public transport unaccompanied. Because we’re nomadic, Zac has on many […]

15Oct2012

Postcards from…. Istanbul

Postcards from Istanbul-12

We loved Istanbul — and not just Cihangir. The capital of great empires for 1500 years, first Byzantium, then Constantinople, the city forms a boundary between Asia and Europe. The dome of the Aya Sofya, suspended high above, is jawdropping — 1480 years after it was first built. Big ships run through the Sea of […]

14Oct2012

1000 Days, 1000 Dollars! The EscapeArtistes Giveaway!

EscapeArtistes Giveaway

I’m Giving Away Over $1000 Worth of Travel! To celebrate our 1000th day of travel and the all-new, spangly EscapeArtistes, I’m giving away over $1000 worth of travel. That’s $400 of flights from search engine Skyscanner, $350 of car rental from CarRentals.co.uk, $150 worth of adventure, activities or tours from GetYourGuide plus a bundle of […]