I started this blog a few years ago but never shared it with anyone as I simply used it as a way of documenting my travels for myself. I then made the decision about two years ago to publicise it, as I began to really enjoy storytelling and travel writing, and hoped I could inspire others. For this blog to receive any sort of acknowledgement from people other than my friends and family has been very unexpected, so I am incredibly honoured to have been nominated for the 2017 Liebster Award by the lovely Paula from Her Travel Story. Paula…

View Post
Share:

Is it ethical to visit North Korea? This is a question I asked myself over and over before finally deciding to take the plunge and book a trip to this secretive country. You see, tourism in North Korea is a topic of much debate and controversy- visiting the country is arguably putting money directly into the pocket of a regime that commits some horrific human rights offences. From alleged death camps, extreme poverty, public murder and harsh slave labour as a punishment for trivial crimes, the North Korean regime is certainly not humane. Not forgetting the idea of funding Pyongyang’s…

View Post
Share:

Check out part 1 of this story first if you haven’t already: North Korea: My Visit to the World’s Most Secretive State (Part 1)   Day 3 – Mount Myohyang, Monument to Party Founding and The Korean War Museum We awoke early again and made the 3 hour drive to Mount Myohyang, a beautifully scenic area which is home to the International Friendship Exhibition. This is a large museum complex displaying a massive collection of gifts that were presented to Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il during their lifetime. Some of these gifts were incredibly lavish, such as a plane and…

View Post
Share:

As my train travelled across the bridge separating China and North Korea, my stomach started to knot in apprehension. “Why am I doing this?” I thought to myself. The current tension between North Korea and the Western World had put doubt in my mind about whether this was safe. The train pulled to a stop and North Korean military flooded onto the train, where they took our passports and thoroughly searched our bags. We waited here at the border for 2 hours before the military got off the train and let us proceed towards Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital city. After…

View Post
Share:

I’ve been to Greek, Thai and Indonesian islands, but Rottnest may be a serious contender for my favourite island in the world. Rottnest Island, affectionately named “Rotto” by locals, is home to beautiful bays, lakes and the elusive quokka (which I will get onto in a minute)…¬†Ellie and I were staying with my aunt and uncle in Perth, and given that Rottnest is only about 18km off the Perth coastline, it made sense to go and visit for the day. So, we caught the ferry early in the morning from Fremantle B Shed terminal, and made the 45 minute boat…

View Post
Share: