Europe · France · Tips and Tricks

Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

I’m usually pretty good at doing my research prior to a trip, and getting my head around all the different planes, trains and automobiles involved – but Paris seemed unreasonably complicated. Personally, I would put it up there with Tokyo in terms of transport technicality. (Actually, I think Tokyo was easier). The cynic in me thinks… Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to the Paris Metro and RER

Europe · UK

Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

I recently had the good fortune to be staying at the lovely Beechfield House near Bath, on a dazzlingly gorgeous summer weekend. (We don’t get these too often in the UK, so just indulge me for a bit on this one). Having booked a hotel for a weekend getaway with a heated outdoor pool, I’d… Continue reading Beechfield House, Wiltshire: A Beautifully British Country Escape

Asia · Thailand

Ristr8to Lab, Chiang Mai: Possibly the Best Coffee Shop in the World?

Drop everything, and jump on the next flight to Chiang Mai. Why? Because surely one of the best coffee shops in the world can be found there. Whilst spending a few sunny days in Chiang Mai I’d put Ristr8to down on my ‘to-do’ list, mainly as something to do to fill the tail-end of an… Continue reading Ristr8to Lab, Chiang Mai: Possibly the Best Coffee Shop in the World?

Asia · Thailand

Top Ten Tips for Thailand

1. “Bao bao” – the most important Thai word you’ve never heard You’ve probably mastered your sawatdee ka/krup and maybe a bit more, but if you’re heading for a Thai massage and have only the most basic knowledge of the local lingo, I implore you to learn (and use) “bao bao”. “Bao” = gentle, and… Continue reading Top Ten Tips for Thailand

Europe · UK

Bournemouth: What to do Besides the Seaside

I recently found myself in Bournemouth, one of the UK’s typical coastal towns complete with miles of sandy beach, promenade, fish and chips, ice cream, and all the other British seaside cliches. Before becoming a tourist hotspot playing host to over 5 million annual visitors, the surrounding coast was regularly frequented by smugglers, until the… Continue reading Bournemouth: What to do Besides the Seaside

Asia · Cambodia

The Missing Socks Laundry Cafe: Siem Reap’s sweetest coffee shop

I’m going to be blunt. I was not a fan of Siem Reap. Not even in the slightest. In fact, once we were finished with our three-day temple pass, I was genuinely looking forward to making my escape. Pub Street is brash, crass and full of crap, with row after row of overpriced, low quality… Continue reading The Missing Socks Laundry Cafe: Siem Reap’s sweetest coffee shop

Asia · Thailand

Rod Fai Market 2: hipster heaven in Bangkok’s steamy suburbs

If you’re a fan of Bangkok’s numerous bustling markets, you’ll no doubt know that Rod Fai Market has spawned a sibling. The original (and much larger) Rod Fai at Srinakarin is still in action, but for those who don’t want to make the trek, the much more accessible Rod Fai 2 is in full swing every… Continue reading Rod Fai Market 2: hipster heaven in Bangkok’s steamy suburbs