south east asia
So if you want to boast about spending seven pence in three years in Cambodia then go ahead, but I'm sure that maybe it might have been slightly more fulfilling if you hadn't spent all your time thinking about where you were saving your pennies, rather than where you could be spending them.
I had read some horror stories regarding the overnight trains; a quick internet search and you'll find them too, but both of the journeys we made were nothing but pleasant. Yeah, the train was a little bumpy and for a 'sleeper' train the sleeping was minimal, but the most important thing I found was that we felt safe.
If you're heading to Vietnam for the first time you'll have probably done some internet research in order to prepare for the adventure. You'll have heard that each time you cross the road in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City you take your life into your own hands.
The excitement has become less about the individual and their own journey and more about being confined by the rules. We feel like we need to live up to in answer to the inevitable burning question of "Where you going travelling then, mate?".
The #illridewithyou campaign in a shining example of everything that's fantastic about Australia - even if as a Kiwi I have to say it through gritted teeth. Like the American cousins, they've got a lot of big, empty spaces, what is politely known as a 'frontier mentality' and a tendency to come across as a bit rough round the edges.
Cebu City is uncharacteristic of the white sand and crystal clear waters experience that otherwise dominates one's idea of the Philippines. From the Cebu International Airport it sprawls, though relatively compact in size, as an urban metropolis that contrasts with the smaller more rural or seaside towns.
So, next week the Scots will decide if they want to be independent. Let me start by declaring a lack of interest in this issue. A complete lack of interest. I think may be one-eighth Scottish but I really don't care if I have Scottish blood coursing through my veins. It hasn't affected my life either way.
UPDATE: Many feared dead as huge explosion rocks central Bangkok intersection Seven people have been killed by a World War
Compared to its South Asian neighbours, Filipino cuisine is relatively unknown but the regional food of the Philippines is well worth exploring with its distinctive sour, salty and sweet flavours.
South East Asia is one of the world's most beautiful regions, with its spectacular coral reefs, abundant wildlife and rainforests dating back 130 million years. Unfortunately, it's also a part of the world developing fast under the pressures of consumerism, rising populations and intensive farming.