Lake Bacalar | Things to do at Bacalar Lagoon, Mexico

Sunrise Standup Paddleboarding on Lake Bacalar - The Best Things to do in Bacalar Lagoon, Mexico

Lake Bacalar, also known as the Lake of Seven Colours, is one of the most beautiful places I visited during my three months in Mexico (and maybe ever). From swimming with fishes in the Cenote Azul and taking part in watersports and activities, to lakeside hotels where you can relax and soak up the weather – this is a guide to the best things to do in Bacalar Lagoon, Quintana Roo:

  • – The best things to do in Bacalar
  • – Lake Bacalar accommodation
  • – Bacalar restaurants: where to eat and drink
  • When to visit Bacalar: weather and peak season
  • – Getting to and from Bacalar
  • – My experience at Lake Bacalar

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HK Writers | The 5 Best Books About Hong Kong

Chi Lin Nunnery in Hong Kong

Living in Hong Kong for five years, I explored the city, the islands and the mountainous New Territories. I also explored the SAR’s history through popular books set in Hong Kong, from romantic novels to informative works of non-fiction. So, I’ve decided to compile a list of the best books about Hong Kong and my favourite HK writers, which I highly recommend you read if you are visiting. Read more

The Big Fat Travel Questionnaire 2018, The Results

Big Fat Travel Questionnaire 2018

Which is the most popular country to visit in the world right now? What about the most recommended European city? Or the bucket list destination people want to tick off most? Well, I’ve asked the great travelly people of the internets to take part in the Big Fat Travel Questionnaire 2018, to discover the answers to all these questions and more!

The Big Fat Travel Questionnaire 2018 is now closed for entries, but the results are in! The votes have been counted and verified (by my boyfriend, who works in market research and shook his head when he saw the awful pie charts in my first draft of this post) and Dermot O’Leary may even make an appearance to announce who won the Amazon voucher (that’s a lie, he won’t, sorry). Read more

New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands | Dodging Fireworks in Den Haag

Celebrating New Years Eve in the Netherlands with Fireworks

This year I literally saw in the New Year with a bang, as I celebrated New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands visiting a friend in Den Haag. She had warned me about a few odd Dutch traditions for New Year, but I was unprepared for the level of crazy my New Year celebrations in the Netherlands would bring!

Here are just a few (insane) ways the Dutch like to celebrate New Year and my exhausting experience celebrating New Year’s Eve in The Hague: Read more

Scheveningen Beach | A New Year’s Dive in the Netherlands

Celebrating New Year's Day with Nieuwjaarsduik at Scheveningen Beach in the Hague

After booking a last-minute flight to the Netherlands to spend New Year with a friend living in The Hague, I found myself being roped into the Nieuwjaarsduik Scheveningen. So, while you were nursing your New Year’s Eve hangover, I was taking a plunge into the North Sea as part of Den Haag’s New Year’s Day swim!

This is the story of how I was peer-pressured into running down Scheveningen Beach in nothing but my swimming cossie and an orange hat on the 1st January, wondering how I’d wound up in Holland, throwing myself into the icy waves on Nieuwjaarsdag (New Year’s Day). Read more

21+ Unique Literary Gifts for Book Lovers Who Travel

Reading on the Beach - Books and Travel

I love receiving candles as gifts. But, as a candle-loving, book-consuming backpacker, books and candles are sadly not the most practical of gifts for readers who explore both real and fictional worlds. So, to represent the page travellers out there, here are the best literary gifts for book lovers who travel, which are practical, cute and – most importantly – kind to your baggage allowance.

(So, basically, this is all one big hint to friends, family and boyfriend about what they can get me for Christmas. Hint. Hint hint! HINT HINT HINT!) Read more

The Best Value Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Travel Bloggers in 2017

The Best Value Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Travel Bloggers 2017

Oh yes, those all-American holidays Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us! It’s the perfect time for travel addicts and travel bloggers (i.e. me) to take advantage of plummeting prices, so here is my personal wishlist of Black Friday travel deals, including gadgets, cheap flights and hotels, and even travel blogging courses:

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What Does it Mean to be an Expat? | A Few Thoughts on Living Overseas

Orange sunset on the beach in Asia

In a strange turn of events that involved an exchange with a friend of a friend, this week I was a guest on Keith Petit’s Expatriate Act podcast. (Sorry, Keith, I mean internet-based-radio-show!). This somehow turned into a two-hour discussion over Skype on what it means to be an expat and the weird and wonderful experience that is living overseas.

You can listen to the Expatriate Act – Episode 9 – Amy Poulton (Hong Kong/Italy/Mexico) on SoundCloud or download it from iTunes.

I highly recommend that you give it a listen, even though it’s pretty long (maybe save it for a long car journey?). However, I warn you the language is strong (read: lots of swearing, sorry Mom) and the discussion touches on some rather controversial topics. Read more

The Best Mexico City Bookstores for Books in English

Best bookstores in Mexico City for English Books - El Pendulo

I have an addiction. I arrive in a new city and plan to see the sights, but when I stumble across a bookshop en route, I can’t help but pop in “for five minutes”. Several hours later, I leave with my purse much lighter and my backpack significantly heavier. Yet, despite my lack of Spanish, this has not stopped me in Mexico – “Tiene novelas en Ingles?” And through my illness, I have discovered the best Mexico City bookstores (for books in English, that is!)… Read more

That Vancouver Lifestyle: One Week in Vancouver, City of Hipsters

Vancouver lifestyle - one week in the city blog cover

This past July, I spent one week in Vancouver, getting a little taste of Canada and visiting fellow ACLE alumna/travel blogger The Global Shuffle. But, the city wasn’t quite what I expected. This is the story of how I learnt to put down my old faithful Lonely Planet, stopped sightseeing and starting experiencing what can only be described as the Vancouver lifestyle:

One Week in Vancouver: City Sightseeing vs the Vancouver Lifestyle

Lonely Planet had never disappointed me until I spent one week in Vancouver this summer.

I’ve clung to the pages of my beloved LPs for years, like a travel comfort blanket. From my five-years-out-of-date copy of Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, to library-stolen Japan guides, to my dear beloved dogeared guide to Italy, guidebooks in general are special to me. Read more

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