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Travel Stories

The thing I love most about travelling is the weird and wonderful things that happened to me during my time overseas. This section contains a collection of those weird and wonderful stories from my globetrotting adventure.

A cold night on Everest

Spending a night on Everest was one of the most memorable nights in my life. It was also one of the coldest. When I first dreamed of travelling at the tender age of 12, I never imagined that I’d be spending a night like this, in a tent. Huddled close to total strangers desperately...

sentosa nature discovery

The City Rainforests of Singapore

  The final days of my backpacking adventure were spent in Singapore. Singapore is a very modern and relatively clean city, with a few interesting tourist attractions but nothing particularly groundbreaking. Overall, it felt a little sterile and soulless. But I did love the mini...

cambodia boat trip

River Markets of Cambodia

In 2017, plans were drawn up to introduce Cambodia’s first floating markets. I was surprised when I read about that news. Because when I went on those river excursions in Siem Reap in 2016, I saw plenty of local people selling their wares on the Tonle Sap Lake. One million Cambodians...

A Vietnamese Night With James The Enigma

  My mum warned me about this. She told me that backpacking alone across Asia was dangerous and that death was on the horizon. Well, my mum was always prone to hysterics, so I ignored that and continued my expedition regardless. But now as I stood behind that door in Vietnam, I...

Baptism of fire in Vietnam

I hated Vietnam when I first arrived. That’s not what I’m supposed to say is it? In fairness, my repulsion probably had little to do with the country itself. I think it had more to do with the fact that my first night there was a disaster. So I’d just arrived fresh-faced...

The runaway bus from Vietnam

Sharing beds with random people was not something I imagined I’d be doing in Vietnam. But as soon as I stepped into that house in the middle of the night, where everyone was sitting in the dark watching a horror movie, the house seemed..a little overcrowded. Indeed it was. The house...

A taste of Burmese hospitality

I’d just left the soft, warm Nirvana of Thailand where the memories of the beach and the mind-blowing conversations I’d had with people were still fresh in my mind. I was very sad to leave the tropical paradise after spending weeks volunteering there and for the first time...

My stalking nightmare

  Everyone goes on about how dangerous travelling is, but in November 2016, I’d been in Thailand for a month as part of my 8-month global adventure and I was feeling pretty good about things. I’d encountered no dangers and apart from getting lost a few times, I never encountered any...

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