Author Archives : Diane Lee

View across West Lake, Hanoi at sunset

Hanoi: an insider’s guide – Part 1


Friends and friends of friends who travel to Hanoi often ask me what they should do in this wonderful, vibrant city. Hanoi is more than the Old Quarter (which is interesting in and of itself), more than traffic (which is not as bad as Saigon), more than the pho (which is awesome). So to save time, energy and repetition on…

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Travelling Homebody is living in Hanoi. Find out what the first three weeks have been like!

My first three weeks living in Hanoi


I have been living in Hanoi for just over three weeks, and it’s been crazy-amazing and challenging. I’ve found out things about myself that I didn’t think would apply here, because, well, I’m not in Australia. But I am me whether I am in Australia or Vietnam or the Antarctic—who knew?! Here’s what I’ve been up to (and not) since my…

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Travelling Homebody toured Ninh Binh aka Halong Bay on Land

My first week in Hanoi, Vietnam


I’m here in Vietnam for at least 3 months, volunteering for KOTO. For those of you who don’t know the story, when I was in Vietnam in 2010, as part of the tour I was on we visited KOTO Restaurant in Hanoi for lunch. KOTO (which stands for Know One, Teach One) was started by an Australian, Jimmy Pham, who—while…

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Wondering what to do in Penang? Check out Travelling Homebody's 7 day itinerary.

What to do in Penang: my 7 day itinerary


I arrived in Penang from Bali on Friday, 18 November, exhausted from a (very) early start and a long day of travelling, mostly spent hanging around waiting for my flight at Changi Airport. I’d arranged for a driver to take me to my hotel, and it was with much gratitude I saw my name when I exited into arrivals from…

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Travelling Homebody relaxing in Bali

Relaxing in Bali: my first two weeks


Despite the stressful start to my journey, my two weeks relaxing in Bali have been a gift, aside from a bout of diarrhea that I always seem to get while I’m here. Here’s a rundown of what I got up to, which actually hasn’t been very much except writing, writing and more writing! Ubud I spent the first couple of…

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Travelling Homebody hikes the Nakasendo Way in Japan. Its beauty is revealed in this photo essay.

Photo essay: Nakasendo Way, Japan


I travelled to Japan in 2014, for Cherry Blossom. Japan was one of the easiest trips I’ve done… and I thought it would be the hardest because I was travelling completely on my own and I spoke no Japanese. It was easy because the train system was so fabulous, and there were English signs everywhere. The Nakasendo Way was the…

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Sarajaveo has a beautiful vibe. See why in Travelling Homebody's photo essay.

Photo essay: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina


I was in Europe for six weeks in 2012, and more than eight weeks in 2013 (I’ll give you a hot tip: don’t do three back-to-back tours). One of my favourite places (apart from the usual suspects) was Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It’s a city that has seen its fair share of war: it had a starring role in World…

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Travelling Homebody explores the night market in Mysore, India.

Photo essay: Mysore, India


Mysore, in the south of India, was one of the friendliest places I visited while I was there. I spent a couple of days exploring the area and it was a fascinating place. Ostentatious wealth juxtaposed against families living on footpaths under tarpaulins. The Night Markets, which feature heavily in this photo essay are wonderful, and should be on the list of things…

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See why Santorini is so beautiful with this photo essay by Travelling Homebody's Diane Lee.

Photo essay: Oia, Santorini


Santorini, is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This photo essay of the village of Oia, shot while I was there in 2013, gives you an idea of what it’s like. There is nothing like wandering around the skinny, winding streets and getting lost in alleys. I ended up having a glass of rose in a cafe overlooking…

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Another awesome travel tip from Travelling Homebody: use a transit hotel

Use a transit hotel


If you have a long stop-over, for example at Changi International Airport, Singapore, consider booking in at a transit hotel. You don’t need to leave the airport and you can have a shower, nap, swim, something to eat. At the very least, there are tea and coffee making facilities. You’ll arrive feeling much more refreshed. I always tend to stop…

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Another awesome travel tip from Travelling Homebody: socks rock!

Packing light tips – socks rock


I saw a video similar to this on Facebook the other day and tracked it down on YouTube. It’s an excellent of example of a packing light travel hack. Whoever thought of using socks to organise your packing is a genius. I might be tempted to trade in my packing cubes! Free packing list! I’ve done the work for you because this…

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These are the things I liked and didn't like about using Airbnb.

3 things I liked about using Airbnb


Following on from my post a while back about what I didn’t like about using AirBnB, here’s what I did like about using the service. 1.  Filter according to budget One of the main things that is an AirBnB drawcard is price. Because listed accommodation is mostly privately owned, there aren’t the overheads associated with running a hotel e.g. staff and maintenance costs.…

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Another awesome tip from Travelling Homebody: trust your instincts!

Always trust your gut


Always, always, always trust what your gut tells you. It knows better than you, and gets you away from sticky situations. Pick being stuck somewhere unpleasant in the beating hot sun over going along with someone you don’t trust. Choose to move on rather than stay put—despite finances!—if that’s what the gut tells you to do. Follow your gut always.…

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Find out why you should never travel without a properly stocked travel first aid kit.

Travelling without a first aid kit? Think again!


When I went to Bali in January of this year, I brought my travel first aid kit with me. It’s a kit I put together myself and contains items such as Hydralyte, Citravescent, Alka-Seltzer, Imodium, ibuprofen, paracetamol, Phenergan (10mg and 25mg), band aids, Compeeds, antiseptic cream and a broad spectrum antibiotic (I get a script from the GP and fill…

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Another gorgeous photo taken by the Travelling Homebody, Diane Lee.

Turkish Gentleman


One of my favourite things about travelling is photographing street scenes. I snapped this dapper gentlemen while I was wandering around a market somewhere in Turkey. If you would like to purchase this photo, contact me.

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Another awesome tip brought to you by Travelling Homebody.

Plugs and converters #travel #tips


Some people buy plug converters and some buy transformers. In today’s day and age, most of our electronics have adaptive charging, meaning they can accept inputs of 100-240 volts. For this reason, I have a set of 5 converters only (cost me $10 on Amazon) that covers the whole world. No transformers necessary! Dannie Fountain www.leconsulting.org  Get more awesome tips when…

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