Tag Archives for Travel


Why I’ll Never Be a Professional Travel Blogger

MacBook Colors

There have been a flood of posts lately explaining why being a travel blogger is really, really hard. It isn’t, obviously. It’s not subsistence farming in a drought. It’s not child protection or first response. It’s not labouring in the sewers, in a sweatshop, or on zero-hours contracts at the minimum wage. Nor is it […]


Different for Girls

HDR motorbike by Bev Goodwin on Flickr's Creative Commons.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when you realise that travelling just IS different for girls. For me, this little epiphany happened en route to Lombok’s Bau Nyale festival. Because I’m cheap, I took the slow boat. Because I’m an incompetent fucktard who shouldn’t be allowed within miles of a child, I switched […]


21 Things to Know Before Moving to Bali

Kite flying over Seminyak Beach, Bali

Moving to Bali is easy enough. Making expat life work is harder. Here’s a few things you really should know before you move to Bali. 1: “How Much Does It Cost to Live in Bali?” Well, That Depends. The million dollar question for anyone moving to Bali is: “How much does it cost to live […]


Why Every Parent Who Dives Should Do a Rescue Course

Zac hanging off the descent line by his knees.

It’s easy to over-hype any form of diver training, particularly the ones that PADI provides – CMAS covers several of the skills PADI teaches in its Rescue Course during its Open Water (1*) course, and all of them during its Advanced Open Water (2*) course. Still, assuming that, like most of the world, you learned […]


Death Drop in the Blue Hole

The Blue

With hindsight, it was not the best idea to take my 12-year-old son into Dahab’s Blue Hole, a dive site which claims the lives of adults regularly – albeit usually adults diving way beyond recreational diving limits without the required equipment or skills. Yet, as The Whore, Zac and I set out with X on […]


When Travelling Kids Hit Their Teens

Zac and friend looking quite grownup on a quadbike.

I’d heard that something happened to travelling kids when they hit their teens – that they became averse to longterm travel, unwilling to make new friends and desirous of (eek!) settling down. It happened to the Vogel family, who cycled from Alaska to Argentina. It appears to be happening now to my online friend Talon […]


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 […]


Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing with Kids

Forbidden City Beijing

Headed to Beijing? The Chinese capital can be most excellent fun with kids at almost any time of year — though do avoid the main Chinese holidays. Herewith, ten of my favourite things to do in Beijing with kids. (And, no, the smog won’t kill them.) Skate on a Frozen Lake There’s nothing quite like […]


Art and Alchemy in Florence

In Florence, Zac meets Clet, the artist.

It would be remiss to visit Florence without: a) eating a steak as big as your head b) doing the art thang, c) crossing the Ponte Vecchio and d) (if one of you has a thing for mozzarella and you aren’t headed to mozzarella country) visiting the Obikà mozzarella bar for a tasting. Since Zac’s […]


We Learn to Make Pasta in Bologna

Learning to Make Pasta

“My great-grandfather bought this farm just before the Second World War,” Federica explains. “He was an industrialist, importing vegetables from Egypt, and he could see that the family would need a place outside the city.” Her farm, Podere San Giuliano, is no longer a farm. It’s a restaurant and agriturismo, a hybrid farm and tourism […]