Travelling alone for a long time has its ups and downs. The lows just come with the experience: the constant goodbyes, disappointments, exhaustion, sickness, injuries, lack of privacy, homesickness, missing a flight, getting lost, robbed or scammed. These lows are valuable in their own right, but you may find yourself so low and fed up … Continue reading How to look after your mental health during long-term travel
I have often found myself wishing I had more photos of places I’ve visited, even though I take a lot of photos. Maybe there was an area I walked around that I would like to remember more clearly (such as the bright, neon-lit area of Shinjuku in Tokyo). I have vague and hazy memories of … Continue reading Why you should be mindful of always reaching for the camera
Sometimes the best travel experiences are the least expected. One travel memory, in particular, sticks out for me. I was in Bangkok, Thailand. I walked downstairs to the hostel common room, and sat down on a couch adjacent to a window, through which I could watch with curiosity this busy street in Chinatown. As I … Continue reading A spontaneous moment of fun with a taxi driver in Bangkok
As a generation accused of being lazy, self-obsessed and self-entitled, obsessing over travel seems to fit that bill. To feel entitled to quit a job and go backpacking around the world on a ‘personal journey’ – equipped with selfie (selfish) stick in hand – might be a sign of self-indulgence. I think this is definitely … Continue reading Why are millennials obsessed with travelling?
I believe this is an important question, because if you go on a trip and it is not a meaningful experience, but simply fun and an escape from the everyday stress and boredom of home, then it is more of a holiday. This is not to say that a holiday is not worthwhile, but to … Continue reading How can travel be a meaningful experience?
I read an interesting article recently called How Traveling Abroad in Your Twenties Will Ruin Your Life and the clickbait title dragged me into what I thought would be a rant on how travelling will ruin your career prospects. But what the author delivers instead is a tongue-in-cheek and extremely relatable sentiment about how travelling at … Continue reading Travelling might turn you into a ‘wonder junkie’
Some natural formations are so colourful that they appear otherworldly. Here are some places to keep high on your travel bucket list.
After 7 and a half months of staying (mostly) in hostels I've noticed that they've mutated from being something purely idiosyncratic into something kind of annoying. It's strange. The idea of sharing a room with strangers, before leaving for this trip, seemed awkward from the outset. But then as soon as I checked into the … Continue reading 10 things that annoy me about hostels