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A burning blue: The best thing I did in El Nido

A burning blue: The best thing I did in El Nido

There’s a place, just outside of the main town, where you’ll see something that will make your heart will catch in your chest. I heard about it first from the guesthouse owner. It was the first place she recommended to me when I arrived in …read more

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The one place you should never go: Olkhon Island, Russia

The one place you should never go: Olkhon Island, Russia

I’m going to let you in on a secret. There’s an island where you should never, ever go. It doesn’t have paved roads. There’s faulty electricity. Nothing is open when you want it to be, because stores seem to take lunch breaks for at least …read more

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Diving and detaching: a curious experience on Mabul Island, Borneo

Diving and detaching: a curious experience on Mabul Island, Borneo

There’s a curious quality about travelling. Time begins to suspend. You arrive in a place, not entirely sure of what day it is. You stay for another, and forget when you first came. You know you’ll have to leave at some point, but have trouble …read more

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Resurfacing

Resurfacing

We don’t get much of a sunset here in Seoul. You might catch a few clouds changing colours above your head as the night moves in, but once the sun dips down towards the horizon all the colours and all the light are lost between …read more

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The perfect beach weekend, right at home

The perfect beach weekend, right at home

Sometimes, you need the plane ticket. Sometimes, you need the novelty of the foreign. But sometimes, all you need is a group of friends, a pension on the beach, perfect weather and a birthday to celebrate. And if you add in cartwheel races, a hot …read more

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Everything I wish I could take from the islands

Everything I wish I could take from the islands

Breakfasts of fresh fruit. Walkways lined with giant shells. Memories and travel stories. Memories and local stories. Fruit shakes all day, every day. Colours and trikes. Kiosks overladen with vegetables, soaps, dried fish and spice. Freshly machete’d coconut and afternoons on the sand. And this …read more

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A return, and the verdict

A return, and the verdict

I just got back from 16 days of swimming, snorkeling, partying, dancing, cliffdiving, island hopping, chicken bus riding, tropical paradising, sunrise catching, firefly watching, cave exploring, murderer meeting, fire spinning, late-night snogging, midday chilling, raw food detoxing, outdoor yogaing, and moonlit jamming under the Milky …read more

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Maltese dreamin’

Maltese dreamin’

If heaven exists, then it must look like Malta. Imagine this: sandstone buildings in hues of brown, grey, and beige alternately lit by hot Mediterranean sunlight and darkened by thick, tumultuous stormclouds; miles and miles of wildflowers pouring over perfectly silent countryside, all dotted with …read more

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