Living in Japan and Russia, a comparison

When I look at my timehop app on my phone, I see a recurring theme. Although I had a lovely boyfriend in Japan, lived in a 2 bedroom house (Anyone who has lived in Japan knows how rare it is to find and afford one!), lived an hour from Tokyo and spent free weekends travelling…

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First impressions of Cyprus

The plane landed smoothly on the tarmac at Larnaca airport, but the plane of Russians started clapping vigorously and smiling at their loved ones like they had survived a near miss. Larnaca airport seemed fresh, clean and relaxed after the chaos of Moscow Domodevodo. I picked up my luggage, bought a sim card and a…

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2016, a year of Travel: Part 1

In 2016 I felt like I barely travelled anywhere. I can only add one new country to my ‘list’ and that is Russia, my new home. However looking back 2017 was probably one of the most important years of my life. I fell in love, decided that Japan wasn’t the country for me and decided…

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The Beach: Oh Thailand, what are you doing to me part 2

The morning light caught my face as I lay in the comfortable bed of my guesthouse. I woke up and walked to my bathroom/oasis and freshened up. Compared to the hostel from hell this place was absolute luxury and I relished privacy and the lack of horny Italian men. Way back when, Thailand was just…

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Top three things to do in Utsunomiya

Utsunomiya is the main city of Tochigi prefecture, a place that`s consistently voted one of the most boring prefectures of Japan. Many people are underwhelmed with this city and see it as just a gateway to Nikko, one of the most culturally rich places in Japan. Don`t wipe Utsunomiya from your itinerary though. This city…

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My World Cruise Wishlist

I walked up to the counter after arriving in Krabi airport, booked a bus ticket to the pier and squeezed myself on the bus between humongous backpacks and Scandinavian guys. We arrived at a random restaurant with extortionate prices and were told to buy our boat tickets here. I had researched that the next boat…

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My 2016 New Years Resolutions

January is such a depressing month. The days get shorter, the nights get longer and the weather gets colder. Despite this there is a strong feeling of anticipation as soon as the clock hits 12 on New Years Eve and the sight of luminescent fireworks fills the sky. The feeling that anything could happen.  A…

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I’m flying home for Christmas

My suitcase lies in the corner of my room. It looks so small and insignificant. Just a suitcase packed with a few summer clothes and Christmas presents. Eight months ago the same suitcase looked very different. The first time I saw the suitcase in my room I thought it was humongous and imposing. My whole…

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My top 6 Travel TV shows and movies

Even though you may not be travelling you can always feed your wanderlust by watching travel TV shows and movies that will whisk you off to another place. Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy a night in and watch your favourite TV programme or movie. I wish I could watch one on a luxurious Panasonic…

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Lasting impressions of Dubai

Dubai was the first country that I visited on my big RTW trip so understandably it has a special place in my heart. Dubai is a city of contrasts. Expats drink pints of beer beneath the impressive architecture, women in burkhas obediently follow men wearing the traditional Arabic clothes and head-dress, Westerners prowl the metro…

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