I honestly never thought I’d be writing this post. Considering it was only a year ago that I quit my full-time fashion copywriting job to go freelance, so much has changed in that time.
Like most people who quit their 9-5, I’d become bored of the office life and felt unmotivated and depressed, well, pretty much every day.
Wow, it’s been quite a while since my last post, but I’ve been doing that thing where you try and sort your life out. But I’m back now, with plans for more content and also…some exciting news.
A couple of my most-read travel posts have been turned into ‘article apps’ by the lovely people over at GPSMyCity.
Oh dear, where to begin. Let’s just say, solo travel will really teach you some stuff. Honestly, I made so many f*ck ups and learnt so many lessons during my time in Southeast Asia/Australia that I really think I deserve some sort of prize. Or certificate. Or perhaps a nice badge.
Whatever, the point is, I’m wise now.
Yes I’ll make more mistakes when I’m on the road again, but not the same ones twice. Surely not. Knowing me though, it’s quite possible. So, today I thought I’d share some of my discoveries with you in the hope that any travel newbies out there can save themselves some trauma.
I really wish I’d read a post like this before I went to Japan. I’m sure it would’ve saved me from a lot of embarrassing situations and confusion. Like that time I cried in the middle of a Tokyo train station because I was SO HOT AND LOST. Not my finest moment as a solo traveller I’ll admit, but these things happen.
Travelling alone can be tough, so just remember that you might need to have a little silent weep to yourself from time to time, and that’s OK.
No judgement here.
So if you’re planning a trip to Japan any time soon, this post is for you. With any luck, it’ll help you avoid any distressing situations and save you a few pennies too.
There are plenty of elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai, some with better reputations than others. It’s no secret that a lot of these places are extremely cruel to their elephants and are just out to make money from snap-happy tourists who don’t know any better. Having been aware of this before I arrived in Thailand in June 2014, I made sure I did my research before choosing where I’d spend my time and money. I knew I wanted to see some elephants and truly believed I had chosen the sanctuary well. Sadly, I was wrong.