The Baxter Hostel, Edinburgh

The Tried & Tested: The Baxter Hostel, Edinburgh, Scotland

Boutique hostels are on the rise. When I was travelling through Europe and then Australia, I came across a few hostels that were as nice (if not nicer) than some of the hotels I’ve paid good money to stay in, with the likes of Barcelona’s Jam Hostel and Brisbane’s BUNK offering stylish, shared accommodation. Before those trips, it had never crossed my mind to find out if there were boutique hostels back home in Scotland, but when I decided to spend a few days in Edinburgh at the end of last year, it seemed like the perfect time to do some research.  Continue reading

Temple Detail Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Photo Journal: 20 Photos to Inspire a Trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Prior to visiting in June last year, my impression of the city had been largely based on the highly-photographed Petronas Towers – the 451.9m tall, futuristic twin-structures that dominate KL’s skyline. I’d heard it was a great place for shopping (which isn’t really my thing) as well as being home to some delicious street food (definitely more my thing!) – thanks to the city’s diverse mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western cultures. Continue reading

Five Festive Things to do in Edinburgh this Christmas

Five Festive Things to do in Edinburgh this December

Scotland’s capital knows how to do Christmas right. In December, Edinburgh turns into something of a winter wonderland – with amazing spots to eat, drink and generally make merry! I’m not long back from a solo mini-break to Edinburgh, where I decided to spend a few days soaking in the city’s holiday atmosphere, exploring some hidden gems and checking out the best festive things to do in Edinburgh in the run-up to Christmas.  Continue reading

Bay of Naples

Five Things to do in Naples (As Well as Trying the World’s Best Pizza!)

Everyone warned me about going to Naples. “It’s dirty” they said, “You’ll get mugged!” one horrified Sardinian exclaimed before I left for the mainland on the 13-hour night ferry from Cagliari (getting mugged would, in fact, end up happening in Milan, and not Naples…where my disgustingly smelly Nike trainers were untied from my backpack on the metro!) but despite its reputation, I absolutely fell in love with the city…and found that there are so many great things to do in Naples! Continue reading

Turtles in Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast

10 Photos Which Prove There’s More to Hervey Bay Than Fraser Island

If you ask your average East-Coast backpacker about Hervey Bay, chances are they’ll say they stayed there on the way to Fraser Island…and that will be about all they can tell you…

For most people, the town is a pit-stop on the way to the world’s largest sand island – a place to sleep the night before (and shower the day after!) one of the three-day camping packages, or to stock up on food before a self-drive tour of the island. If you ask them to describe Hervey Bay itself, they are likely to say it’s a quiet town, with not much to do… Continue reading