One for the road: Surviving long haul bus rides

Long haul bus rides are a given if you’re travelling pretty much anywhere around the world on a budget. They’re cheaper than planes, there’s no security queues to deal with, and depending on the route, company and country, can be very comfortable. There’s also the added bonus of an overnight bus ride being both transport…

Moving Abroad: Build a social network

One of the most daunting things about moving abroad, after getting the visas, is to build a social network in a brand new country. It can seem overwhelming to leave friends and family have to start afresh somewhere new, but building a network of new friendships and relationships is also one of the highlights of a…

DIY: Norway in a Nutshell

Norway in a Nutshell is a popular tour that takes visitors through beautiful fjord landscapes. The tour goes along the picturesque Bergen railway, steep but stunning Flåm Railway, then on a boat through the Aurlandsfjord and the narrow Nærøyfjord. You can customise this tour with overnight stops, activities, and accommodation. You can also start or finish the…

One for the Road: Keeping to the budget

If you’re short on money but big on travel, a budget is a key tool that you need to balance both. However, having a budget is only the first step as a gauge to how much you think you will spend on the road. Sticking to a budget while travelling is a whole other ballgame….

Planning for Myanmar

I’ll be heading off to Myanmar in about four days. This trip has been challenging in terms of logistics – unlike a usual travel trip, I haven’t been able to rely on the internet to make flight bookings. Myanmar has seen a sudden influx of tourists, since the tourism sanction was lifted and the Lady…

One for the road: Reducing your check-in luggage weight

What’s the secret to packing light? Besides just buying everything new at your destination – not really practical if you’re heading to expensive countries like Norway, or to some place where your medication isn’t readily available. In these days of ancillary flight charges, everything from checking in to luggage fees to a potential charge to…

One for the road: Staying in shape

It’s hard to stay in shape while travelling, especially if you’re on the road for a long time. The siren call of fast food, the lack of time and your usual routine, as well as the unfamiliarity of travel can all combine to work against your health goals. Here’s what I try to stick to…

Packing for Norway: Winter Gear

I’ll be heading off to Norway and Sweden in just under a week! The excitement is palpable. We’ve pulled down the suitcases and started to fill it with stuff – gifts and goodies for the friends we are seeing during a stopover in London, guidebooks and gee gaws – but the most important stuff is…