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Five reasons to embrace your single life and use it to live out your dreams.

I’m no longer holding back in waiting for a partner. But my question is, are you?

Are you waiting to find a special someone before travelling the world? Perhaps you’re saving up your first drive-thru cinema experience for a date night? Or maybe you’ve stock-piled a list of thoughtful, romantic ideas that you’re ready to spend as soon as a partner walks into your life?

If at any point you answered yes, then I get you. I am beginning to surface from that deep dream world of waiting on a partner to share in my life. …


Don’t let your fears stop you from travelling solo; let preparation empower you

How do you feel about the idea of travelling solo? Does it scare you or excite you?

I was pretty apprehensive before my first trip. I knew that my family weren’t keen on me travelling solo but I wanted to be independent when I travelled. Going solo was the best choice for me.

After 5 years of sauntering around the world, I no longer hesitate when booking a solo trip. I know how to stay safe and I have come across hardly any problems as a result of being alone. …


Travel. South East Asia. Malaysia. Wildlife Conservation.

A wild experience where I ate breakfast with the sharks, bumped into monitor lizards on my work commute, and patrolled beaches for turtles.

An excerpt from my time working in Malaysia — for more details about the project scroll to the bottom of the article.

“Ehh, Ohhh….. Ehh, ohhh”.

The light flooded in as I scrunched my eye mask off my face. That damn gecko had woken me up half an hour before my alarm, once again.

As I lay in my creaky top bunk, I began to acquaint myself with the world. The chorus of cicadas had already struck up the daytime ambience. I could also hear the wax and wane of our backyard friend, the ocean, as it licked up and…


There is a biological reason for the pain, no matter how long your courtship might have been.

At the end of January, I was feeling kinda heartbroken.

For the previous six weeks, I had been chatting to someone on Tinder whom I was quite excited about. We had spoken most days, sharing intimate details about ourselves and divulging our feelings towards each other. Unfortunately, due to distance and the UK lockdown, we were unable to meet so all we had were virtual means of communication. One day this person stopped replying to me all of a sudden, which rocked me a little. …


Travel Tips. Top Destinations.

As voted for by your fellow travel-lovers, but do you agree with the result?

Which is the most beautiful country in the world, in your opinion? Perhaps the untouched wilds of Papua New Guinea takes your prize, or maybe your heart will always reside with the USA’s incredible diversity. Wherever you think the most beautiful country is, you probably aren’t wrong because beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Moreover, it is more than likely that you haven’t visited all of the countries in the world and hence you wouldn’t think it fair to make such a judgement on which is the most beautiful of them all. There are 193 countries in the…


Anecdote | Animal Ownership

It should be a fairytale, shouldn’t it?

“Do you want us to give him up?” my Mum asked, looking defeated.

We had both arrived at our wits-end. In the 8-week lead up to Shadow arriving (yes, we did name him before we met him), we prepared as much as we could. We read books about his breed (Border Collie) and also read up on dog training. We researched online (checking out community Facebook groups for dog owners), and we assessed how we would do things differently compared to how we looked after my brother’s Dachshund. Whilst we were conscious that our lives would be changing, I think…


A science-backed article exploring claims that we should temporarily abstain from alcohol pre and post-vaccination.

The development of several vaccines against Coronavirus infection has been an incredible achievement in the microbiology industry. After almost a year of restrictions, there is a glimmer of hope in the vaccine rollouts that have begun in many countries around the world. Whilst we can’t control when we get the vaccine, there is one small factor within our control that could impact on the effectiveness of the vaccine: Our alcohol consumption.

I understand how calming a nice glass of wine can be after a long day of working from home in an everlasting groundhog day. When there is a choice…


Anecdote | Lifestyle

After tearing our hair out in the first 2 weeks, we had to change for both our family and our pup.

Until you own a puppy, you don’t know how much work they are.

Puppies are undeniably cute. When they bound up to you with their long, gangly legs, butter-wouldn’t-melt-eyes, and a kiss-ready tongue, you can’t help but smile. Our puppy has been home for as little as three weeks and he already has an adoring fan club living in the neighbouring houses.

I love puppies and I always wanted a dog growing up. However, the first two weeks with Shadow, our baby Border Collie, were a little hellish, to say the least; leaving us wondering if we had made the…


The key component to platonic love can be found in your ability to embrace vulnerability.

I remember the moment when I first noticed the ‘friendship click’. It was back in 2019. I’d left my friend after a short couple of days in rural Italy. We spent those days basking in the sun; attempting handstands in the outdoor pool, shooting bugs in the luscious gardens, and gorging ourselves on Italian food. And during all those carefree moments, we caught up on the pages of time that we’d missed from each other’s lives.

We’d only known each other a year, having met on a two-month-long conservation project in Croatia. Afterwards, we had jetted off to our new…


A rewarding side-hustle that encourages international cultural conversations.

*This story does include an affiliate link*

Did you know that you can’t fly directly from Saudi Arabia to Thailand due to political differences? I never knew that until one of my students told me.

Never in my life had Saudi Arabia appealed to me as a travel destination until I started having hour-long calls each week with a young Saudi Arabian guy. He told me all about their culture (showing me their traditional uniforms and explaining their traditions), he explained their politics (they’re ruled by a Crown Prince who has been working to minimise corruption in the country), and…

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