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101 Things I’ve Been Doing Instead of Writing on this Blog

It’s been a busy challenging few months. I haven’t written anything for this blog since December and truth be told, I’ve been feeling less than inspired to write in general. I’m coming to the end of my master’s degree and starting over putting the finishing touches on my thesis. In…

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Travelling While Black is a Radical Act

A good friend of mine is studying to be a lawyer. I said to her yesterday that I was surprised she’s going in such a ‘corporate’ direction — not because she shouldn’t be, but because her side projects are strongly oriented towards social justice in the Black and Indigenous communities….

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11+ Clichés About the Caribbean I’m Sick of Reading

  “To me the Caribbean was a bag of clichés of rasta locked, ganja smoking, reggae listening chillers who live on palm filled islands surrounded by clear blue water whilst swigging rum. I had no idea how right I was.” — Caribbean Paradise: Cuba Libres, coconuts and confirming clichés on Little…

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How to Spend Six Weeks in Morocco: A Solo Female Travel Experience

Last year I spent a total of two months travelling in Morocco, most of which I spent solo. While planning my first six-week trip, I read a lot of articles and blog posts written by women who had travelled Morocco solo. If you’ve done even a bit of research on the…

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How to Work in France: Get a Working Holiday Visa

So You Want to Work in France? If you want to work in France and you’re between the ages of 18 and 35, you’re in luck! The France working holiday visa is easy as pie to get. Why should you listen to me? Well, it appears that I have come to…

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A Day Trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou

“This is the most famous viewpoint in all of Morocco,” said Omar, our Marrakshi guide for the day. “It is called Tizi n’Tichka pass and what you are looking at are the Atlas Mountains.” It had taken nearly two hours of driving along some of the scariest and most nausea-inducing…

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How the Heck Do You Make Friends in London?

Yes, the ever-elusive ‘how to make friends in London’ situation. It’s funny when you think about it: it’s one of the few things we actually get worse at as we get older. Since university I’ve watched my circle of friends dwindle1 with no signs of it abating. So, when I started writing…

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What is “Home” When You’re In Constant Motion?

  Home It’s an elusive term, isn’t it? It’s why we have so many aphorisms about it: “Home is where the heart is.” “A man [sic] travels to figure out what he’s looking for and returns home to find it.” “Home is where I can look and feel ugly and…

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My Most Popular Instagram Travel Photos of 2015

Last year was my first full year on Instagram – yes, I know. I was a bit #latetotheparty. In fact, I was quite dedicated to my Blackberry and completely dumbfounded that they didn’t have Instagram for Blackberry! Eventually I decided to upgrade and once I got used to not having…

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A Guide to Travelling Lesser-Known Spots in the UK

For your next trip to the UK, you should stay away from the crowds in London and the hipsters in Brighton. It’s time to forge your own path. This collection of some of my favourite under-the-radar destinations in the UK should help spark your imagination. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England To most, Newcastle…

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