Before 34: what I want to achieve

Before 34: what I want to achieve

Yesterday – Friday, March 28, 2014 – I gave up smoking. Yep, you heard it right, I have given up smoking. Day one is always the worst, especially for someone like me who has no willpower at all. So how did I get through day one? I ate, drank and slept my way through it. … Continue reading

Inside the Forbidden City – Beijing, China

Inside the Forbidden City – Beijing, China

From the outside you would be forgiven if you find the Forbidden City as slightly daunting. Constructed in the early 1400s and consisting of more than 900 buildings the Unesco World Heritage site is absolutely huge – and, as I said in the Beijing top 10 guide, it’s a city within a city. Once inside … Continue reading

Beijing: top 10 things to see and do

Beijing: top 10 things to see and do

For all our previous city breaks we had limited the stay to no more than five days as this would usually be enough time to see the major attractions and to explore. This was not the case in Beijing. We had originally booked five nights then were going to head to another region of China, but … Continue reading

Video: Street rapping in Busan

Video: Street rapping in Busan

The rise of the ‘K-Pop’ phenomenon is bringing Korean music to listeners all over the world – but in the country itself there is so much more to see if you are a music fan. When we visited both Busan and Seoul there was huge amount of live music not just in the bars but … Continue reading

Review: Wow Guesthouse, Busan, Korea

Review: Wow Guesthouse, Busan, Korea

Even though I read reviews of hotels and hostels when researching trips, I don’t ever actually write my own – but on this occasion I think I should post about the Wow Guesthouse in Busan, Korea. We found the Wow Guesthouse listing on the Hostel World website and it was an ideal choice as we wanted to … Continue reading

Hiroshima Peace Park, A-Dome and museum

Hiroshima Peace Park, A-Dome and museum

When walking round the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum it was chilling to watch the films and read about the dropping of the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. I’m not going to get into the politics of why atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima or Nagasaki, this is not the platform, but what I do want … Continue reading

Kyoto tourist guide: top 5 things to see and do

Kyoto tourist guide: top 5 things to see and do

If Tokyo is Japan’s financial, administrative and entertainment capital, then Kyoto is its capital of culture. Kyoto city centre is much like another other in Asia, but what sets it apart is the number of temples, parks and cultural attractions that can be found within walking distance of the main tourist and business areas. With … Continue reading

Tokyo tourist guide: top 5 things to see and do

Tokyo tourist guide: top 5 things to see and do

  1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory Located in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo – where most of Lost in Translation was filmed – the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a perfect start to anyone’s Tokyo adventure. With two observatory platforms (one in the north building, one in the south) visitors can get great aerial views of Japan’s … Continue reading

Tokyo: the city of dreams

Tokyo: the city of dreams

When I first caught the travel bug there was one place that I just had to visit: Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. Japan, and Tokyo in particular, has always fascinated me. It wasn’t that I had great knowledge of the country or the culture, in fact it was the opposite. The fact that I hardly knew anything … Continue reading

A walk around Lamma Island – Hong Kong

A walk around Lamma Island – Hong Kong

Here’s a travel question for you: how many islands make up Hong Kong? Ten? Twenty? Fifty? Nope, it’s actually 235. The biggest is Lantau, where you can find the international airport, but in my opinion the most striking is Lamma Island. In just a 20-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong Island’s Central pier 4 you can escape … Continue reading

The top sporting events in 2012

The top sporting events in 2012

You may have missed out on tickets to the London Olympic Games, but don’t despair there is so much more to look forward to in the 2012 sporting calendar. From snow sports to festivals to the top quirky sports events, 2012 will be action-packed. If you are organising a stag do, a family holiday, a trip … Continue reading