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Hong Kong.

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“You can leave Hong Kong, but it will never leave you.” Nury Vittachi It sounds like a cliche, but sometimes things happen for a reason. I was lying on the floor of my parents place, less than 24 hours after being hospitalised for being as sick as I’d ever been. My brother threw up the idea of a sneaky bet on the footy, something I never do. My team played the reigning premiers with long […]

We were on a break.

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Sometimes it doesn’t matter how excited about or committed to something you are, life just gets in the way. When I started this site back in January I was ready to power through writing about 52 cities for the year (!), only to hit a bit of a road block when work started to get hectic and the idea of spending a couple of hours at home writing just seemed too much. I also took […]

Split.

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“Croatia has been glorious – it’s so beautiful, and I want to go back as often as I can.” Emilia Clarke “I don’t want to have things anymore,” she said, “I want to go places and see things instead.” It was hot and I’d bought an ice cream, scanning the Riva for a bench in the shade. I found one across from an elderly couple and almost immediately they started talking to me. The woman […]

Portland.

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North America / Travel / Uncategorized

“Something about Portland just really resonated with me.” Fred Armisen. Here’s the thing: although I am petrified of heights, I have never had an issue with aeroplane travel. In fact, I’m an excellent flyer. (I’m also one of those shit people who can sleep for 10 hours on a long haul flight. Don’t hate me.) Traveling to Portland, Oregon very nearly changed that. Last time in the US I went to Portland, Maine but this […]

“And you’re looking tired, but you don’t look scared…”

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I kind of have a weird obsession with being clean. I’d take half a dozen showers every day if I could, and my favourite products to buy when I’m overseas are cleanser and shower gel. A few years ago when I was in Japan I was almost overwhelmed with joy when I came across these immense drugstores stocking every kind of beauty product you could imagine. With many of them I couldn’t even understand the […]

Rome.

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“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” Giotto di Bondone I’m going start with a very bold and very honest statement – I did not love Italy. I say this because it’s all too easy in forums such as this to wax lyrical about everywhere you’ve been and pretend that every city is a dream destination. It’s not. There are places I’ve been that I’ve adored, some […]

“I am finding out there’s just no other way / That I’m still dancing at the end of the day…”

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Nothing will test your bank balance quite like a three month trip. I was at the end of a jaunt across the US, Canada, Cuba and Mexico; somewhere just before Palm Springs I’d almost well and truly run out of money. Even though I was a 37-year-old adult, I still called my parents and asked if they could please spot me a grand to cover the week I had left. I drove a hire car […]

Ho Chi Minh City.

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“Our resistance will be long and painful, but whatever the sacrifices, however long the struggle, we shall fight to the end, until Vietnam is fully independent and reunified.” Ho Chi Minh Whenever I think of the places in the world that excite me to travel to, Asia rarely makes the list. I get caught up in thinking about the North American cities I’ve missed or want to revisit, or European countries with centuries of charm […]

“It’s 3am and the moonlight’s testing me…”

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I’m not a particularly superstitious person but I like the logic of routine and over the years I’ve developed a series of little steps I do before or during every trip. For example, I always buy a new shower gel from the Body Shop to take with me. I eat the same chicken sandwich and drink the same lemon mineral water from the same cafe at the airport before I go. I take a roll […]

Nashville.

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“It’s funny how certain cities get under your skin. I’ve been around, but there’s something captivating about Nashville, Tennessee…” Unknown. My brother and I were in a car together; we’d just picked him up from his flight home from Toronto, here for a short week to celebrate my dad’s retirement. We were talking about my upcoming trip – three months across the US, Canada, Cuba and Mexico – and a trip he was taking to […]