Dispatches from Vietnam

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A Postcard from Ho Chi Minh: Communism and Cartier.

There are certain phrases that you are banned from using as a travel writer. “A city of contrasts” is one of them. It’s just been used too many times. So I’m not going to use it to describe Ho Chi Minh. I’m not. Instead I will say that Ho Chi…

Adventures in Indonesia

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A Postcard from Bali

When you meet locals here they ask you “How long have you been in Bali?” Not, “How long have you been in Indonesia?” This is perhaps because the majority of tourists fly into Bali directly, as opposed to coming overland (or, more accurately, over-sea, from other parts of Indonesia), but…

Stylish Stays

Pages from my Travel Diary

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Lessons learnt from an airline mislaying my luggage.

I arrived in Vietnam, but my luggage didn’t. As the crowd around the carousal gradually thinned out, I recognised several people from the first leg of my journey from Bali to Singapore. It didn’t take a genius to work out that somewhere in Singapore airport sat a crate with all…

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On learning to enjoy dining alone

I read a blog post recently which advised solo travellers to snack a lot, so they don’t have to eat out and therefore feel more alone. This, and one other piece of “advice” which I’ll write about separately, infuriated me. I mean, seriously? How miserable does that sound?  Sitting alone…

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Airport

Lessons learnt from an airline mislaying my luggage.

I arrived in Vietnam, but my luggage didn’t. As the crowd around the carousal gradually thinned out, I recognised several people from the first leg of my journey from Bali to Singapore. It didn’t take a genius to work out that somewhere in Singapore airport sat a crate with all…

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automat edited

On learning to enjoy dining alone

I read a blog post recently which advised solo travellers to snack a lot, so they don’t have to eat out and therefore feel more alone. This, and one other piece of “advice” which I’ll write about separately, infuriated me. I mean, seriously? How miserable does that sound?  Sitting alone…

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A Postcard from Bali

When you meet locals here they ask you “How long have you been in Bali?” Not, “How long have you been in Indonesia?” This is perhaps because the majority of tourists fly into Bali directly, as opposed to coming overland (or, more accurately, over-sea, from other parts of Indonesia), but…

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