Category Archives for Wibble

25Aug2014

Glamping in Montana

Ranch at Rock Creek - riding in Montana.

If your idea of glamping is a pink, floral tent at a festival, think again. From the safari parks of Kenya, where tents come complete with airy four posters and elaborate outdoor bathrooms, to stunning desert camps in Morocco, some glamping sites make the average hotel look …. well, frankly rather tame. So, when I […]

11Jun2014

10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Mobile Phones

Primary school children in Liu Lin, Hubei, China, playing with a mobile phone.

Could YOU do without a mobile phone while travelling? Given 57% of women in America would (allegedly) rather use their smartphone than have sex, and Hong Kongers seem unable to do without at least two mobile phone contracts per person, it seems unlikely. I’ve teamed up with the folk at GO-SIM.com, who provide prepaid SIM […]

04Apr2014

Some Notes on Non-Communication – Not Dead Yet

Graphic of I'm Not Working by Quinn Dombrowski.

Blogging is a curious beast. And, picking up a blog when you haven’t posted in a while is a bit like picking up the phone to a friend when you haven’t spoken in a while. Which is to say, the longer you leave it, the harder it gets. I wouldn’t say I’m off blogging, exactly. […]

30May2013

Signs of the Times: Chinglish Edition

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The Communist Party of China, in its infinite wisdom, is about to remove one of the most reliable sources of visitor entertainment, the Chinglish sign. So I thought I’d celebrate with the best Chinglish signs I’ve seen over our time in China. The one above? That’s actually for a toilet restaurant in Shanghai. Yes, a […]

22Feb2013

A Few Things You Might Want to Know about Being a Freelance Writer

Old-fashioned typewriter on grass.

Ah! Freelance writing. It’s a glamorous, wonderful career, right? As a freelance writer you can get paid to travel, eat, drink or go to spas (BUY MY EBOOK HERE!). You can work all the hours you want and no more. And industry standard rates are a dollar a word. Right? Uh, wrong. For most of […]

05Feb2013

So How Can I Earn Enough Money to Travel the World?

How do I earn enough money to travel the world? Dahab sunset.

Along with “What do you do about school?” probably the second most common question I get asked about our lives is “How do you earn enough money to travel?” I hate the term “location independent”, but that’s one way of describing what we are, because I can work and earn from most places in the […]

14Jan2013

On Namche and Ageing

Ageing and Namche

On Namche and Ageing Everest Base Camp the Lazy Way Day 17: Tengboche to Namche We moved our flights out of Lukla forward to accommodate extra rest and acclimatisation days. Now, for some bizarre reason about which Nir is vague, we are unable to move them back one day, so are stuck with the leisurely […]

31Dec2012

2012: A Year in Random Numbers

Camel and sand in front of the bent pyramid at Dahshur.

Wonders of the World: 5 Mount Everest Petra The Pyramids The Dead Sea The Blue Mosque Our favourite pyramid? The Bent Pyramid at Dahshur, not the famous ones at Giza), because we had the site to ourselves and could climb inside like Indiana Jones. I’d still take the Aya Sofya over the Blue Mosque any […]

22Nov2012

Best Face Forward?

Best Face Forward?

I have a really conflicted relationship with makeup. It’s not that I don’t wear it. You wouldn’t see me dead in a posh bar without makeup; I applied slap daily for a blogging conference I went to; and, of course, I did my damnedest for this travel blogging calendar thing. But my application skills are […]

19Nov2012

Happy Birthday, Son

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Twelve years ago today, I woke up with a stomach ache. And, despite being almost nine months pregnant, I blamed it on a curry. (I looked it up in a baby book, you see. It couldn’t POSSIBLY be contractions. Not coming that fast…) About four hours after that, I was a parent. And, to be […]