Cappuccino etiquette (& other Italy survival tips)

2 o’clock in the afternoon!? The restaurant echoes with metallic clanging as a spoon falls to the ground. As the spoon falls, its user emits a shriek of horror… a shriek mirrored by the other restaurant patrons and the place falls silent with shock… That American woman over there, she… she… OH MY GOD I can’t even say…

Big Sunglasses and Sass: The Girly Girl’s Guide to Milano

London, Paris, New York, Milan.. As one of the four Fashion capitals of the World, Milan’s reputation as a City of style and glamour proceeds it, and rightly so. The Milanese are an image conscious bunch – just walking through the streets or waiting for the metro is practically a Catwalk of Women in sky…

I got a Liebster Award! I’d like to thank my mum, my cat…

Ok, obligatory ‘cheesy acceptance speech’ aside I am flattered to receive this and see my name listed amongst some of the most inspiring writers in the travel blogging industry. If you’re not sure what this ‘Liebster award business’ is, it’s kind of like a gauntlet that is passed from one travel blogger to another in recognition…

10 Things You Must Put in Your Mouth in Naples

Italian food is now UNESCO protected – how many other countries can say that huh? Here are 10 regional dishes that absolutely must find their way down your gullet in Naples: 1. Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. A beautiful dish from Sorrento; gnocchi alla Sorrentina is good for your taste buds… but maybe not so good for…

See Naples… and DIE. My love affair with Italy’s most dangerous City.

“I never thought I’d die so young… but I suppose this is the end” I thought to myself as I sat in bed the night before my flight to Italy, watching a documentary about Naples being one of the World’s most dangerous Cities and reading countless accounts of people’s experiences with pickpockets, bags that have gone speeding…

7 Handy Tips For Backpacking Through Japan

1. Isn’t Japan really expensive? This is by and large the main thing people ask me when I talk to them about my travels through Japan. Of course, if you’re comparing Japan to South East Asian countries you are going to find it a little pricier but you can definitely explore the Country on a…

Panty Sniffers of Akihabara (& other Tokyo highlights)

PSA – Panty Sniffers of Akihabara You’ve heard about Japanese blokes who buy used Women’s pants and sniff them right? Well Akihabara is where that kind of thing goes on (not representative of the whole of Japan I promise!) I know what to do with my undies next time I’m running low on $$ on the…

A Gaijin’s Photo Diary – 48 Hours in Osaka

I loved Osaka. It was kind of like Tokyo’s sassy punky little sister – where Tokyo can be glamorous and reserved, Osaka was brash and loud – it had character. Like the Italian South in contrast to its Northern counterparts; It’s also a foodies’ paradise, dubbed “the nation’s kitchen” with a number of dishes unique to…

Peace, Love & Hiroshima

The few people I spoke to who had travelled to Hiroshima during their time in Japan had told me that it wasn’t worth the journey and there was very little to see – I decided to be the judge of that myself so I left Kyoto and boarded the Shinkansen south to Hiroshima. There’s a…

Memoirs of a Geisha chaser in Gion…

If you’re headed to Kyoto, no doubt Gion is one of the top places on your to-do list, as Japan’s largest, and one of the only remaining – Geisha districts. This place can turn you into a bit of a Cosmopolitan David Attenborough as you prowl around the streets in a predatory manner, peering down the…