9 Tips for Making Friends when Travelling Solo

Recently I wrote a post about how solo travel is the tits. And it is. But as much as I am sure you enjoy your own company you can’t spend the duration of your trip talking to a volleyball with a smiley face painted in blood. The aim of the game is to put yourself […]

What the Hell is Creativity anyway?

I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about creativity lately because I’m trying to write my second novel and I’m sucking at it. HARD. From what I can tell creativity is a chemical reaction in the brain caused by the colliding of ideas (helped along with a sprinkling of pixie dust) and the outcome will […]

Human AF

At some point during the magical journey mind bonk that is life, I decided that I should’ve been born with a fully-formed idea of what it means to be a person in the world. That I should just know how to be kind to myself, how to be patient, how not to hurt people and […]

Horse Riding in Mongolia

I needed Mongolia bad. I don’t think it will be a surprise to anyone who knows me if I preface this post by admitting that it’s like Clapham Junction train station inside my head. I have a thousand London trains criss-crossing my brain on a daily basis, which obviously makes for hilarity and all the […]

7 Reasons Why Solo Travel is the Tits

Sometimes you write to convince others of something. Sometimes you write to convince yourself of something. I’m four months into (another) solo round the world trip and I’ve been wondering why I’ve done this to myself AGAIN. I LOVE travel. It’s my jam. But sometimes I get lonely. Therefore in an effort to convince myself that […]

Just bloody write already

You’d think after finally publishing my first book the force would be strong with me and I’d be forty-seven scenes deep into the writing of my next book. But alas this is not the case. I feel like Julia Roberts in that restaurant scene in Pretty Woman. (Stay with me on this one.) Richard Gere is […]

Learning to Surf is like Learning to Life

First thing’s first, taking surfing lessons for a week in Sri Lanka does not qualify me to write about the sport with any kind of authority. I know this. At most I surfed about 20 hours in total (and yes I’m playing fast and loose with the term “surfed”). By my calculation I still have […]

A Cruise to Antarctica: What to Expect

I never anticipated all the interest I’d have from friends and family about my recent trip to Antarctica. I should have known. I’d probably have been the same. The Antarctic seems almost like it’s of another world on a planet in a galaxy far far away. With all this interest in mind I thought I’d […]

HOW TO KILL 2017 (with your bare hands)

(I originally wrote this as a long form Facebook post but thought I’d put it up here on the blog as well.) I was exchanging WhatsApp voice messages with my cousin yesterday and we were joking about all the New Year shit going around (since we love us some social media). The whole ‘New Year! […]

I went to Sri Lanka because a fortune teller told me to

Yes you read the title of this post correctly. I travel to island nations based the contents of crystal balls. Let me break it down for you. In November 2014 I was lucky enough to attend a month long writer’s workshop in Ubud, Bali, during which time one of the more awesome attendees (hi Rachel!) put […]