Quite a number of people have asked me whether travelling is what I do for a living, or is it the only thing I get up to.

Well, the answer is no.

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For many reasons, Bangkok will always have a special place in my heart.

There’s something about this place; the hustle and bustle of locals flooding the train stations, their niche for art and fashion, the language, the blaring horns of colourful taxis and endless choices of street food that I will never get enough of.

Last month, I flew across the globe to return to this city that was once my second home to attend a beautiful beach wedding. This time, someone special came along with me.

The first time I visited Hamilton three years ago, I left with an impression that it was just like any other city and never gave much thought about it ever since.

Three years later, I recently returned for a weekend getaway up to the Tron City and I left feeling pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it – This time, it was a weekend well-spent with us venturing to several places slightly out of the city that I would definitely encourage you to visit if you happen to be there!

New Zealand’s North Island has seen some amazing weather over the past week, with clear blue skies coupled with a cool breeze that’s ideal for being outdoors!

We decided to take a drive out of town on one of those sunny days just to make full use of the good weather. As we cruised along the road leading towards the Manawatu Gorge, a surprise detour led us to discover an absolutely beautiful gem.

There is nothing short to do in both these vibrant cities but trust me, there are other places that are equally brimming with sights, tradition, culture and delicious food that’s less than an hour’s train ride  away.

With the convenience of having a 14-day JR Railway Pass and a travel itinerary that was well-thought out in advanced, we covered some cities outside of Kyoto and Osaka that’s definitely worth spending a day or even two, if you fancy. 

A week ago, I returned to the mountainous terrains of New Zealand’s South Island to tick horse riding off my bucket list, something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I was a little girl.

As a huge fan of the Lord of The Rings, it was a dream come true to ride through the plains of Dart Valley at Glenorchy, the very place that provided the scenic backdrop for the Misty Mountains and Isenguard!

Travelling solo to Sri Lanka was definitely a great adventure to start off 2017; it was an incredible feeling to be surrounded by such beautiful landscape, to immerse myself amongst rich culture, friendly locals and the options for different activities are endless! 

Here are some of the more memorable mischief I got up to, amongst many others, and I can only hope to inspire to make your way there pronto!