Day trip to Valparaiso

Last weekend we headed to Valparaiso. In case you’re new to Chile, Valparaiso is a lovely port town, located an hour and a half’s drive from Santiago. Valparaiso isn’t just a holiday resort, but a place of life, of history, culture and art. In the 19th century, it served as a major port within Latin America, and became known affectionately…
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Time out with an Expater in Manila

Going to the Philippines? Many travellers forego the capital for its lush islands, but it’s an opportunity wasted if you know where to look. Meet Mei, a Filipino repat who’s lived in Cambodia and Bangladesh, but now calls Manila home. Here she shares her top tips on life in the intoxicating, chaotic and wholeheartedly charming city. Manila for foodies Firstly…
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Sunday with a local in Moscow

A couple of months ago my brother won the lottery. Well, the lottery of life. Somehow he managed to persuade one of the kindest, most thoughtful and friendly girls I have ever met to be his wife. I get to share in my brother’s spoils too – I get a lovely sister-in-law. As an additional bonus Marina is from Moscow,…
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Is this the coolest Hotel in the world?

Newsflash: unlike other lifestyle bloggers I’m not cool. A friend’s teenage daughter once said she loved how I wore hats in an ironic way. I don’t dress ironically. I dress to stay warm. She thought I was dressing to be cool and when she found I wasn’t, she reckoned that was also cool. Teenage fashion is very confusing. No matter…
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My favourite pubs with rooms in Yorkshire

Like most Expaters, I’m a city girl. I love the shops, bars and nightlife that come with urban life. Having said that, I do yearn for the clean air of the country and a piece of me will always call rural Yorkshire home. Right now, a Yorkshire town is my temporary home and as we kiss farewell to a very…
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The Expater in Lausanne

I’ve written before about my love for Switzerland and perhaps I have Lausanne to thank for it. It’s not the most beautiful city in the country, although Switzerland’s zillion other instagrammable towns make that some task. It is perhaps one of the easiest places to live though. Photo by Nouhailler Ask a Lausannois about stress and they won’t mention pollution, crime, traffic or politics. If…
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The Expater in York

I’ve decided to start a series of travel posts, as travel articles often seem to miss the mark. They’ll be guides written by people who have actually lived in the place, who really know the destination and preferably share my love for mojito, a good cuppa, a proper facial or all of the above. I’ll kick off proceedings with my take…
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Job Vacancy : Holiday Relaxation

I just got back from a week of sunshine, mojito and pool lounging. We stayed at a fabulous resort in Turkey which bills itself as heaven on earth and judging by our time there, they are not far wrong. Heaven it may be, and for a sloth like me it’s pretty relaxing. Nevertheless, holidays are not relaxing experiences perse. If you’ve got…
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The Hotel That Doesn’t Let You Check Out

Last year I changed my holiday routine. After years of adventurous travel to remote lands, travel has been an escape, an experience, something new and exciting. From bling bling hotels in the city (‘circular disco bath anyone? There’s room for six…’) to eco resorts accessible only by foot or helicopter, from private palaces to public houses, I have always sought something a little different. In…
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