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8 Things Your Travel/Expat Friend Does NOT Need to Hear

Travel has rescued me in so many ways. If you’ve had a scroll through my About Me page, you’ll know I’ve had my fair share of tough times. Problems growing up, problems with love, problems at uni, now problems with anxiety and Fibromalgia. I’ve been…




Maldives

6 Stunning Local Islands For Paradise on a Budget- Maldives

During my year living and working in Maldives I learnt that budget-travel here definitely is possible. More and more islands are opening up guest houses and dive clubs- the local people are now benefiting from tourism more than ever before. While resorts are wonderfully luxurious, visitors often…




Beach Sorrentina: Vico Equense

Guide books are great and all, but isn’t it awful when it says such-and-such a place is “quite”, “authentic”, “secluded” etc etc, then you go there along with every single other tourist. But if a local tells you about a place? Jackpot! I asked my…




Hiking Mt Tourist- I mean, Vesuvius!

“What did you do last weekend?” “Oh you know, the usual, watched TV, went down the pub, hiked up a volcano.” If you’re heading to Naples or around Campania, a great excursion is hiking up Mt Vesuvius. It makes a change from sunbathing on the…




The Amalfi Coast Drive: Sorrento to Positano. Best bus ride of my life.

A trip to Campania would be wasted without this thrilling bus ride along Europe’s most celebrated road. I first experienced it’s epic panorama’s back in 2013 when I taught in summer camps in Italy while staying with host family’s. This Easter holiday I couldn’t wait…




Host Family Stays (In Italy) – What to Expect

There are a lot of mixed experiences online about staying with a host family. You’re usually invited to stay with a host family for temporary work, volunteering or student exchanges. Most backpackers I see are making great use of websites such as workaway, where you…




Hiking Mount Somma, Vesuvius National Park

Following on from my ramblings about life working in Italy not going as well as I’d hoped, P and I had a wonderful day yesterday hiking around the Vesuvius National Park. This magnificent park (opened in 1995) is centered on the volcano, Mount Vesuvius, in…




Maldives, Laamu Atoll. Gan: a local island with history & luxury

Link to a map of the atoll in Maldives: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Laamu_Atoll.png Laamu Atoll (otherwise known as Haddhummati) is located in the South of Maldives, easily reached by a 35 minute domestic flight from the capital. Laamu is unique for it’s remaining Buddhist archaeological sites– monasteries and…




A Trip to Thulusdhoo- the perfect local island in Maldives

Oh Thulusdhoo! Thulusdhoo is wonderful local island in Maldives which bursts colour and life. It’s in Kaafu Atoll, which means it’s very close to the capital city, Male – less than 18 miles, which was about 40 minutes via private speedboat transfer, or an hour…




Exploring local islands in Maldives: A short stay in Huraa

Ok. First, I need to clear up a few things: This is my personal blog about my experiences living and working abroad, hence “expat” in the title. Sometimes I will promote expat rates of resorts, guest houses and dive clubs, even souvenir shops– but I…