Albania: Trendy Tirana

After my spell in the remote Albanian countryside, it was time to head back to city life as I ventured south to Albania’s capital, Tirana. From Shkodër, transport is regular with buses heading there roughly once an hour. Given Albania’s aversion to proper bus stations, from Shkodër you catch the bus just off the big … Continue reading Albania: Trendy Tirana

Australia: The (Not Much) Sunshine State

As I strolled along the promenade of Shorncliffe, a quaint Queensland town, the calm water to my right and the clear blue sky above me, I heard a lady remark to her friend, "We're so lucky to live here" and I couldn't help but agree. That's been my sentiment throughout my time in Sydney and … Continue reading Australia: The (Not Much) Sunshine State

Australia: Peace at Last

After a trying few months, it was finally time to get back on the road again and hit a country which had eluded me for a while. Ever since I first moved to Hong Kong, I'd be saying I'd visit Australia, due to its relative closeness (still 8 hours!) to the Orient compared to the … Continue reading Australia: Peace at Last

Yunnan: Exploring Lijiang

My Christmas Eve plans seem destined to go awry. Three years ago on Christmas Eve in the Philippines I missed my ferry to Boracay and ended up stranded in Manila with nowhere to go. Last year I spent the entire day stuck on a veeeery long sleeper bus from Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang. This … Continue reading Yunnan: Exploring Lijiang

Yunnan: Ye Olde Lijiang

(Apologies for the lack of posts lately - real life has got in the way!) I've heard pretty scathing indictments of long haul bus travel across Yunnan and of course trains are my favourite way to cruise anyway so it made sense to take one of the many trains from Kunming to the mountainous town … Continue reading Yunnan: Ye Olde Lijiang

Yunnan: Shilin Stone Forest

Kunming's main attraction is perhaps not the city itself (charming though it is) but its proximity to amazing sights across Yunnan province. One such wonder is the Shilin Stone Forest located about 2 hours outside of the city. Formed over millions of years through tectonic activity and now a UNESCO heritage site, the Stone Forest … Continue reading Yunnan: Shilin Stone Forest

Japan: Kagodreamer

Considering it's not a city that gets a lot of publicity, certainly in the west anyway, Kagoshima is remarkably well geared for tourism. The small airport is laden with English leaflets and brochures promoting the city's many tourist attractions - and there's certainly plenty. Even without the gigantic active volcano on its doorstep, Kagoshima has … Continue reading Japan: Kagodreamer

5 (More) Places to Escape Hong Kong

Last year I made a post of some of the best places to escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Since returning to the city in August, I've found a wealth of new places which ooze chill and beauty so I thought it was time to post an update. I've only just realised that … Continue reading 5 (More) Places to Escape Hong Kong

Kosovo: Germia Park

One of the biggest surprises for me in Kosovo was how staggeringly green it is. Even in the dishevelled streets of Pristina, you're surrounded by hills and mountains and, most notably, a large national park - Germia. Deciding that Pristina's bus system was too complicated for my delicate mind, I opted for the 45 minute … Continue reading Kosovo: Germia Park

Budapest: Simply the Pest

Budapest isn't just contained to one side of the Danube. On the other side of the river, there's even more places to explore. The bulk of Budapest Castle is free to enter and the majority of it is open air, making for a great walk up to the top. There's everything from steps and ramps … Continue reading Budapest: Simply the Pest