A Taste of Vietnam - Travelling Homebody

A taste of Vietnam like a local


Recently, I had the pleasure of being a guest on Better Homes & Garden’s Tastebud Traveller podcast, giving listeners a taste of Vietnam, like a local. I’ve lived in Hanoi since the end of 2016, and I’m always up for chatting about my experiences, insight and — of course — offer  up my insider tips. I share the spotlight with…

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Vegan Festival Hanoi - Travelling Homebody

First vegan food festival in Hanoi


Going vegan in Vietnam The Vietnamese are a nation of meat-eaters. Pork, beef, chicken, duck and other meats (you don’t want to know) feature in most dishes. Old wives tales and superstitions abound, where it is considered positively unhealthy if you don’t eat meat at every meal. True story! Despite this, younger Vietnamese — and some older folk — are…

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101 uses for a sarong wrap


Why you should always travel with a sarong There are literally 101 uses for a sarong — other than as an item of clothing or a beach cover up. Watch the video for cool ways to wear one, and scroll down for tips from solo female travellers who always travel with a sarong. It is such a versatile item! When…

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Things to do when you travel solo

51 things to do when you travel solo


When I travel alone, people often ask me: don’t you get lonely? To which I reply: absolutely not! Far from it. There are always people to chat to, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. Being an English speaker means that I get to speak to people from all over the world — travellers like myself — some…

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Solo travel is good for your health - Travelling Homebody

4 reasons why travelling solo is good for your health


Everyone knows that travel is good for your health — mental, spiritual, emotional. You name it. Your brain is at its most creative when you are processing new environments and situations, having to problem solve. In a country where you don’t speak or read the language? Awesome! Trying to navigate the transport systems? Fabulous! In a supermarket and you don’t…

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How to plan a trip: Travelling Homebody's process.

How to plan an overseas trip: my easy 3 step process

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I recently wrote about things I used to hate about travelling, but now love. Actually, it’s more in line with “hate less” than “love”. One of these things is travel planning. I used to leave it all up to my travel agent and tour companies, but now — after Bali, where I first organised my own travel — I plan…

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Travelling Homebody - Cao Bang - Vietnam - Photo Essay

Cao Bang – Vietnam – Photo Essay


I visited in Cao Bang Province in 2017 and it could have killed me. You can read about the whys and wherefores here. Needless to say, it was pretty scary and a solid reminder that press trips are often not what they’re cracked up to be. And because I couldn’t write a glowing review, I submitted my pictures… which were…

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5 Reasons Why I Love Travelling Alone - Travelling Homebody

5 reasons why I love travelling alone


Apart from two trips — a short weekend trip to Dalat, Vietnam in 2017 and a longer one to Myanmar in 2018 — I have always travelled solo (apart from significant others, who don’t count). In 2010, when I initially started travelling, it was from necessity, but now travelling alone is my preferred way to travel. It was my trip…

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Scambodia: the Tonle Sap Lake scam - Travelling Homebody

Scambodia: the Tonle Sap Lake scam


Everything you need to know about the Tonle Sap Lake scam (and why I will never go back to Scambodia).  There are a few locations in Asia that have been on my bucket list for ages: Myanmar, Luang Prabang (in Laos), Chiang Mai (in Thailand) and Siem Reap/Angkor Wat (in Cambodia). I decided to remedy that this year. In May,…

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