20 Fun facts you didn’t know about the Philippines

As tourists, we often visit a country’s most instagramable sights and attractions without actually learning much about the local culture and engaging with its people. I’m currently in my fifth month of living in the Philippines and throughout my time in Manila, I’ve noticed many quirks and differences compared to what life is like back […]

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Singapore as a Crazy White Caucasian

I had planned my trip to Singapore long before the incredibly popular film Crazy Rich Asians was released around the world (hooray for Hollywood on an all Asian cast!). I arranged to visit an old friend who lives there and somehow convinced myself that watching it would be vital travel research. The romantic comedy has […]

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Hostel Vs Capsule: Which is better?

When you’re trying to travel the world but can’t afford the luxury of a hotel room hostels are typically your next best option. While they’re stereotyped to cater for young party travellers not all hostels live up to their criticisms. I’ve stayed in many throughout my travels and have found most to be clean, sociable […]

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5 Brilliantly Bizarre things about Istanbul

You can’t turn a corner in Istanbul without history bursting off its buildings. Because of this it’s also almost impossible not to fall head over heels for this charming city where worlds once collided. From the Greeks, Latin crusaders, and Christians to the Ottomans, Istanbul survived siege after siege, victories which are reflected in its […]

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Is Manila the most Instabramable city in SE Asia?

Stood facing a sky-high building a plethora of colours stare back at you so brightly they could be a mirage. Arms stretched high like a bird showcasing its wings, your head clocks to one side as your hip pops into pose at the sound of the camera shutter. You already have the perfect musical lyric […]

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Your Tourist Tales Vol I

In my personal opinion, one of the highlights of travelling is the people you meet throughout your journey and the memories you accumulate. Often, our travels consist of bumps along the way and result in some crazy stories to recount one day to our family and friends. In a new series, I’ll be collecting some […]

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Manila’s most common misconceptions dispelled

“Tourists should avoid Manila.” With over 7,000 islands on offer most people who visit the Philippines are advised to fly into Manila and then leave elsewhere as soon as possible. This means the capital is often overlooked and has been dubbed as nothing more than a layover for tourists. While it may not be for […]

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Philippines: Meet Manila

If you’ve ever discussed visiting Manila, the Philippine’s bustling capital and the biggest city in South East Asia, then chances are you were told to leave as soon as you landed. Its infamous traffic jams and crazy crowds have branded the metropolis as merely a layover on the way to one of 7,000 islands thought […]

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MEET: VICTORIA AKINTOMIDE

As a self-confessed global citizen it’s clear after talking to Victoria for mere minutes she’s destined to create change. At just 23 she is a law graduate from Southampton University who exuberates confidence and charisma beyond her years. Despite moving to South East London when she was 11, Victoria still identifies as Nigerian and often […]

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MEET: JERRY WHITE

Right of the bat, Jerry is present. His energy, movement and speech captivates a room and fills it with an inspiring sense of positive energy. In 1986, at just twenty years old Jerry lost his leg while hiking in Northern Israel. As he followed the footsteps of the biblical prophets he unknowingly entered a landmine […]

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MEET: PAUL BISSONNETTE

If ever you need a science question answered chances are Paul Bissonnette is your guy. As a campaigner for sustainable cities and communities, Paul is currently taking a break from his 4th year at the University of Dalhousie, where he majors in Physics and Chemistry, in the hopes of producing real change through spreading awareness and […]

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MEET: ROSE MMBAGA

They say life is art and it’s clear from the get go that Rose Mmbaga lives hers in colour. However, it’s not just her beautiful bright clothing that makes her so vibrant. When World Merit set a competition asking Merit360 hopefuls to distribute 200 surveys regarding how the UN is perceived, Rose went one step […]

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MEET: DEEPAK RAMOLA

“You should shine so bright that your light becomes someone else’s spotlight” Most people don’t know what their calling is in life and so they set professional goals and boundaries to work towards. But Deepak Ramola isn’t one of those people. It’s clear from the start Deepak’s special as he believes his calling in life […]

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MEET: ZAITOON SHAH

At first it’s Zaitoon Shah’s beauty and striking green eyes that draw you in, and then she starts to speak and suddenly it’s not just her beauty that makes her interesting. Back home in Amsterdam Zaitoon works for Deloitte as a consultant in strategy and operations, enjoying the structure and professionalism the job brings. In […]

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MEET: HODDAY MAHARIR

For four-and-a-half years Syria has been burdened by a conflict which has seen over 250,000 Syrians lose their lives. Amongst them was a young changemaker who planned on attending Merit 360 (a program to tackle the UN Sustainable Development goals) with his friend Hodday Maharir, before he was killed. In honour of his friend, Hodday attended […]

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MEET: TATIANA SHARPE

It’s not often that ambition and compassion come together harmoniously yet Tatiana Sharpe has successfully managed to balance both since childhood. Being born and raised in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, Tatiana has always been exposed to injustice and vast differences in society that have fueled her passion to help others. At just eight years old she […]

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MEET: SAO SOCHEN

The first thing you may notice about Sao Sochen is that he’s a monk, but you soon realise there’s much more to him. At 22 years old Sao is studying for two degrees, International Relations and English Literature, at Pannasastra University in his hometown of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Much like his idol, Martin Luther King, […]

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Why Cambodia is my favourite country

Cambodia. Many call it, “a country of scars” due to its turmoil history and its notorious tourists’ scams and health risks, such as malaria. Because of its reputation as a third world country, people are often surprised when I declare it as one of my favourites to visit. But with its friendly people, untouched beaches […]

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Top 5 most romantic getaways

This weekend marks Valentines Day, the American made holiday where single people everywhere panic, develop strong anti couple sentiments and ultimately cry themselves to sleep. Cards, flowers, and chocolates are also exchanged by couples all over the world who spend the day declaring their love for one and other. Although these gifts are sweet enough there’s nothing […]

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The best way to see the Great Barrier Reef & Whitsundays

Ideally one would spend a week or two marvelling in all 2,900 reefs that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer. But, having driven up from Brisbane, and a flight waiting for us at Cairns, my sister and I had to squeeze in as much as possible in just two days. With work and university […]

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Tourist faux pas you need to know about

There’s so many things to consider when preparing to travel, what do I pack? What do I wear? You need to make sure you’re fully equipped for the adventure that’s to come, but be careful not to overdo it. You could fall into a disastrous trap of being over prepared (yes there’s such a thing!) or ignorant about […]

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10 films that will make you want to travel

Have you ever had serious travel envy while watching a film? With the new year coming up we look for new adventures and trips to look forward to. Here’s a list of 10 films that will have you booking flights before the credits start. Into the wild Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and […]

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Getting to know Seattle

I had the pleasure of passing through Seattle back in 2012 when I accompanied my sister on her move to Oregon State University. We flew into Seattle where we spent a fews days before moving west. When someone says Seattle the first thing to enter your mind may be the hit TV show Grey’s Anatomy, […]

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7 of the worlds best Christmas markets

It’s December and therefore tis the season to…SHOP. In the colder months it’s common for people to take shopping Christmas breaks to discover some of the beautiful Christmas markets the world has to offer. So stock up on wrapping paper and prepare for lots of mulled wine, here’s the top seven Christmas markets in the […]

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Before you go to Cambodia…

Home to the eighth wonder of the world, a turbulent Khmer history and beautiful countryside, Cambodia boasts more than just a heck of a lot of rice. This third world country has a lot to offer and subsequently is my favourite country that I have visited thus far. I went in the summer of 2012 with my […]

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Top 10 things to do in bustling Bangkok

Thailand’s capital, Bangkok is known for its beautiful shrines and vibrant street life. It’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed when trying to explore the city because of its crowded population and notorious tourist schemes. So here’s my guide of all of the essential things to do and see when visiting bustling Bangkok to make it that […]

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What to know about The Rock of Gibraltar

Let me introduce you to my home country, the Rock of Gibraltar. With a population of 30,000 people it’s only a small place located on the southwestern tip of Europe, but it’s all about quality not quantity. Known for being an overseas British territory and a rather large chunk of limestone, Gibraltar has become more well known in recent […]

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How to to see Uluru stress free

So you want to see Uluru, (also known as Ayers rock) but it’s in the middle of  Australia and really difficult/ expensive to get to. Where do you start? Well, this summer I went to Australia for two months with my sister. Together with a group of friends we went on a three week road trip […]

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Window or aisle seat?

It’s an age old question since flying began and will no doubt be continuously asked. Why? because there is no right answer.  It may seem a trivial question but when you’ve booked that two day journey to Australia with the whole family and your flight includes layovers and seat changes galore, it becomes much more important. […]

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Travelling Tasmania

More than 42 % of Tasmania is a World Heritage Area, national park or forest reserve. It’s home to one of the worlds top beaches, and it’s the only place you can find a Tasmanian devil. I only spent a week in Tasmania, yet it made a big impression on me and holds so many memories […]

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Who are the best airlines to fly with?

AirlineRatings.com’s alphabetical list announces their top picks for travelling economy class on  flights. To earn a spot on their list, these airlines’ typically have a pitch of 31-34 inches, 6 inches of recline, complimentary meals and beverages, in-flight entertainment and comfort amenities such as blankets and pillows. Lets see who made the cut… 1. Air New Zealand  […]

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Do as the Irish do

Although right next to England and a member of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland boasts its’ own customs and cultural traditions. I’ve been to Northern Ireland on a couple of occasions now with the best tour guides possible – locals. As a university student I share a house with eight girls (I know, I know EIGHT […]

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London

As it’s my reading week at University I went down to London to visit my oldest friend Raveena. She studies Culinary Arts at the University of West London and has been smuggling me in and out of her accommodation for the past week. I booked a bus with Megabus for £13 from Liverpool to London and […]

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Top 10 things to see in New York

Back in 2012 I took the ultimate girls trip with my two sisters to New York. Being the most popular city on earth we had heard a lot of hype and mixed reviews with some people staying it was overrated and over expensive and others claiming it to be the best place they had visited. […]

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Roaming Ronda

As I’m originally from Gibraltar I went home during Christmas break to see my family. My friends and I decided to take a day trip to the famous Spanish city of Ronda, in the province of Malaga. We crossed into Spain and took the train from San Roque on a very frosty Saturday morning for about €20 return […]

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