Category Travel Features

iPhone and Android apps for travel

How Our Digital Devices Have Affected our Lives as Expats and Long Term Travellers

Our mobile devices took on added importance yesterday when someone asked out of the blue if we wanted to sell our home in Turkey. We have been thinking of moving on - though not for a year or two yet - and the question got me thinking more seriously about what we would do with our possessions and how much could be left behind in favour of digital alternatives.Read More
Memorial to the Loughinisland Massacre

A Peaceful Pint in O’Tooles Bar, Loughinisland

Last winter I dropped into O’Tooles Bar in County Down, Northern Ireland for a beer. Had I done so on this same evening twenty years previously there is a chance I would have been shot deadRead More
Songkran in Luang Prabang, Laos

Tips for Enjoying Songkran

You’re armed to the teeth with the biggest water gun you could find and ready for some watery mayhem but want to make the most of what might be a once in life time experience. The great thing about Songkran is it is for everyone: young and old, male or female, Thai or tourist, everyone has a laugh and enjoys themselves. Here is our guide to the polite mayhem Thais call Songkran. Read More
Songkran in Chiang Mai

Where to Celebrate Songkran in Thailand? (or Laos or Myanmar)

For myself and most other farang Songkran is about running around town assaulting old women and children - and everyone in between - with the biggest water gun money can buy. Read More
An average street in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Differences in a Street in Thailand and Britain

The low drone of traffic from the high street near our room is temporarily drowned out by the furious revving of a presumably soon-to-be fully repaired motorbike. The repair shop was just opposite us and while this is a mixed residential and commercial area, this sort of noise pollution just wouldn’t happen at home.Read More
Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

Photos of People Taking Photos of… The Giant’s Causeway

Whether you have travelled far and wide or just visited a few places it cannot have escaped your notice that many tourism sites are incredibly crowded. Some travellers will shy away from visiting these places altogether, which is a great shame as there is usually a good reason why so many people have chosen to converge on the most popular attractions.Read More
Cookery lessons at Khum Lanna, in northern Thailand

Soft Adventure in Northern Thailand: Khum Lanna

I’m writing this piece in the sticks in Ireland - surrounded by fields, without a wifi connection and bloody miles from the nearest shop. In some ways it reminds me of Lisu Lodge where we spent the first night on our three day/two night Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna Soft Adventure tour. The big difference between here and there – apart from the temperature and number of massages on offer – is at the lodge we had transport. Read More
Whitewater rafting in Thailand

Soft Adventure in Northern Thailand: Lisu Lodge

When we met up with my sister in Chiang Mai and she told us all the things she had done and was going to do in Thailand, Deirdre and I looked at each other and realised we had done sod all here. Read More
Cycling around Bagan, Burma

Cycling Around Bagan

We might have been cycling down the dark main street of Nyaung U without any lights on our bikes but at least we were cycling the right way down the dark main street of Nyaung U without any lights on our bikes. We were learning the exhilarating way that when it comes to road rules the Burmese have a laissez faire attitude.Read More
Guest houses and hostels in Kuala Lumpur

Accommodation Options in Kuala Lumpur

We have twice passed by Kuala Lumpur on the bus and once changed planes at the airport so once we had made our plans to fly to the UK from Singapore we decided that this time we would invest a little time in getting to know this city.Read More