A Wonderful Experience at the Terracotta Army – Xi’an.

Visiting the terracotta army is pretty much the sole reason I made the detour to Xi’an on our China trip. Fortunately, Xi’an us a beautiful city with plenty of things to do to fill a few days – so in the end I was very happy to have taken the trip. The terracotta army is easily accessible from central Xi’an. There’s a bus station right next to the central train […]

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The Disney Park that forgot the Disney Magic.

Somehow, I’d managed to get to the ripe old age of 22 and had never visited a Disney Park. So on a trip around China, how could I pass on an opportunity to spend the afternoon at Disneyland Shanghai? Disneyland Shanghai is very easily accessible from central Shanghai. The metro line 11 takes you straight into the park for 6¥, and takes around 50 minutes from the city centre. As […]

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The best way to see the Great Wall Of China.

The section of the great wall we covered was the  Zhengbeilou-Mutianyu Hike, and I have to say, it was absolutely incredible.  A friend who was also staying in our hostel actually organised the trip and the website he used was this one. The service provided through the website was a pick up from the hostel, and drop off at the starting point by our driver, John. John also provided us with […]

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What I’ve packed for long term travel.

Disclaimer – I am not a travel expert. This is everything I’ve packed, as a twenty something female, for a 4 month trip around Asia. This is the first time I’ve been away ‘long term’ and the prospect of packing 4 months’ worth of clothes into 1 bag literally terrified me. I have packed, unpacked, repacked, stressed about packing, cried over packing, then once and for all, packed. Underwear. How […]

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Getting a China tourism Visa.

It’s safe to say I was fretting about the whole visa process after some serious horror stories I had read online. I read stories of visa’s being rejected completely or not granted for the intended amount of time. Tripadvisor is full of mixed reviews of the whole process which only increased my anxiety about the application. However, I must say that I found the whole process relatively pain-free and I […]

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Booking a one way ticket.

So we’ve taken the decision, booked the one way flight out to China! I literally could not be more excited… I have always been a middle of the road kind of person, you know – never rich, never poor. Never popular, never alone. I went straight to college from school and then straight to work from college. I’ve never been a career driven girl. I still don’t know what I […]

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Manchester Christmas Markets.

UK Christmas markets are now giving our European friends a run for their money and Manchester markets are most definitely one of my favourites. We spent the afternoon there last weekend and had a fantastic day. The markets in Manchester spread across the majority of the city centre and offer everything from giant German sausages to Christmas tree trinkets. I may have indulged in one or two sweet treats, I […]

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Taro Elephant Sanctuary – Indonesia

Right, okay. Let’s start by saying I love elephants. I mean, I adore them. So much so I have one tattooed on my right foot. When we booked our trip to Indonesia I had heard a lot about these Elephant ‘Sanctuary’s’… both good and bad. After lots & lots of research I settled that we would visit the Taro Elephant Park. All 30+ the elephants that live there are rescued […]

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