Category Archives: Everywhere

Tioman Island – not much has changed since the days of South Pacific

A recent browse for idealic beaches just a stone’s throw from Singapore led me straight to an island off the coast of Malaysia called Tioman.  As a seasoned traveller, I had preconceived ideas about what this long weekend away might look like.  Being Easter weekend, I imagined hoards of tourists crowding on boats, full hotels and equally full beaches, and waiting in long lines for the local “place to eat”.  While the boats heading over to Tioman were quite crowded and chaotic, once I landed on the island I felt Continue reading

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster blog award!

Liebster Award

 

A day out in London sponsored by Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Big Bus Tour and Planet Hollywood gathered together a great number of travel bloggers in the London area, some of which I had a chance to chat and network with.

Closer to the end of the night, me, The Dancing Traveller – “exploring the world one leap at a time” met Emily, The Cosy Traveller “exploring the world one cup of tea at a time” – it was fate!

Even better, Emily from The Cosy Traveller has just nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award.

This is an award given to fellow bloggers to show appreciation for new blogs that they’ve enjoyed reading and think deserve a mention.

So nice to be nominated, and even better to answer some great questions about my travels, so thank you Emily!

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11 random facts about me

  • I spent a summer working for a white water rafting company, with free trips down the river whenever I liked!
  • I’m left handed
  • I’ve never broken a bone
  • I spent a year living in China as a professional ballet dancer and teacher
  • I love every single type of cheese there is.  End of story.
  • I served a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in the mountains of North Carolina
  • I’m addicted to Starbucks
  • I’m about to hit 30 countries travelled to right in time for my 30th birthday!
  • My mom works as a vineyard wedding planner and I’ve grown up (from 21!) loving wine and vineyards
  • Huge fan of bluegrass music, with my favourite band being Avett Brothers.  I loved them before anyone else did!
  • I love to paint

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Why Sri Lanka should be your next destination

The tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has long excited travellers as an alternative to the hustle and bustle of the big cities of India and the tourist beaches of Thailand, when planning a visit to South East Asia.  With a history dating back to the birth of time, the country offers a picturesque getaway where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoilt.

Few places in the world can offer the traveller such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location.  After a relaxing 3 week vacation over the Christmas holidays, I was hooked.  Coastline, tea estates, Continue reading

Top 5 things to do in Amsterdam

1. Ride a bike- While you may have spent plenty of time cycling around in your hometown, nothing quite compares to a cycle around Amsterdam.  Scenic canals are only just the start.  Unlike the security measures taken to locking up your bike in big cities like London, here you can Continue reading

Winter walks in Cambridge

As lovely as London is, sometimes the best scenery can be found just a few hours drive out of the city and into the English countryside. Cambridge, dating back to the 12th century, is so much more than just a University town. Equally as beautiful in the summer and winter, Cambridge has everything a tourist could want out of an English town- nice pubs, cobblestoned streets, history, beautiful parks and a young buzz stemming from the youth of the University pupils milling about. A highly recommended trip outside of London.

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My Top 5 beaches

While I am not the type of person to spend my yearly annual leave sitting on beaches doing nothing all day, I can definitely appreciate the appeal.  Having said that, on my travels I’ve come across some rather beautiful beaches that made me stop and hang around for awhile.  Whether it’s a romantic vacation with a partner, a girls weekend getaway, or even a solo trip, beaches have an amazing way of making you stop and feel just a little insignificant.  Make you feel a little bit like your problems aren’t really as big as you think they are, and that you are just but one small person in a great, wide world.  That’s the best part.  On that note, in no particular order…… Continue reading

Farewell to South Africa

So, I’ve been back in London now for almost two months but thought I’d share just a few of my favorite photos from the experience in South Africa.  Some of the best moments were in the African bush, surrounded by nothing but vast landscapes and the occasional rhino, elephant or giraffe.  I appreciate the experience more now that I am back in London. Now, the closest thing to spotting wildlife is people watching while waiting for the last Overground to Hackney at 11:45pm on a Friday night.

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