Jodhpur: A Guide to Exploring India’s Blue City

When we were first planning our India travel itinerary, Jodhpur was one of the places that I insisted on adding to the list. There are only a handful of blue cities around the world and I wanted to see this one! We gave ourselves a total of 3 days in Jodhpur, which I felt was […]

My India Travel Itinerary: 1 Month Across India by Train!

Today I’m sharing my India travel itinerary with you all. One month in India may sound like a long time, but when you’re planning to travel in such a big country, one month can feel like a huge time constraint. Where should you go and what should you do?! Sam and I ended up in India […]

March Updates from That Backpacker

March started out in India and I actually had to go back and check my calendar to see if this was true because that trip already feels like ages ago! I also thought I’d show you this behind the scenes shot of the trip back home. Travel can often be depicted as oh-so-glamorous, but long-haul […]

Jaisalmer: The Jewel of the Thar Desert

Today I’m picking favourites and I have no qualms about it. We spent a whole month travelling across India – 7 destinations in total – but the one that I’m still thinking about is Jaisalmer. Located in the Thar Desert just 30 kilometres from the border with Pakistan means that getting to Jaisalmer was quite the […]

How to spend 3 days in Agra and see the Taj from every angle!

We came to Agra for the same reason everyone else does: to see the Taj Mahal. This symbol of undying love is one of the seven Wonders of the Modern World and one of the most beautiful buildings in India, so like countless travellers before us, we too made the long journey to see it with […]

February Updates from That Backpacker

Hello from Kolkata, the final leg of our month-long adventure in India! It’s been a great trip filled with desert landscapes, ancient sandstone fortresses, cows roaming down the streets, and thali sets big enough to feed a whole family, but at the same time my body is begging for a break. Don’t get me wrong, we visited […]

Seeing Red in Delhi

During my third year of university I signed up for a course titled Islamic Art and Architecture for one of my electives. I was travelling in Argentina at the time my enrolment window opened, and I remember sitting in a hostel in Cordoba battling a slow internet connection while I tried to figure out what classes still had seats remaining. […]

Visiting Kathmandu: Temples, Momos, and a Monkey or Two!

Kathmandu was my first stop in Nepal and with this being my first new country of 2017 I was ready to hit the ground running! My first day there was a bit of an assault on the senses – traffic fumes mixing with incense, tout calls echoing through the honking, prayer flags if I looked […]

5 Tips for First Time Visitors to London from Someone Who Lives There!

I moved to London at age 18 from the English countryside. Although it was exciting, exhilarating and rewarding, at times it was also pretty scary and confusing! I mean, I went from having sheep as my nearest neighbours, to living in a city with over 8 million residents! I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the […]

A whirlwind of thoughts from Kathmandu

I’ve been struggling to write about Kathmandu for the last two weeks. I initially wanted to share a travel guide highlighting places to visit, where to stay, local foods to try and so on – basically, everything that goes into preparing for your trip – but after spending some time here, I feel like covering only that would […]

Castles You Won’t Want to Miss in South West England!

There are few places in the UK with as much variety as the South West of England. From rugged coastlines to windswept national parks, there’s something for everyone in the region, and that something includes castles – lots and lots of castles. Yes, not only is the South West of England famous for good food […]

January 2017 Updates from That Backpacker

Hello from Nepal! My month in Chiang Mai went by in the blink of an eye and all of a sudden I’m back to rolling my suitcase around and unpacking in a new place every few days. I kind of ended up in Nepal by chance because I had about two weeks between the end of my […]

Exploring a New (To Me) Side of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a city that feels like my home away from home. Over the years, I have spent many months wintering here while eating delicious bowls of khao soi, sipping on mango-banana-coconut shakes, and exploring the wats sprinkled down the city’s back alleys. I have played tour guide to visiting friends, scouted out the […]