8 things I learnt from staying in a penang resort feature

8 things I learnt from staying in a Penang resort hotel for two weeks

I am not known as the kind of traveller who stays in a resort hotel. In fact, I've only ever bought a "resort package" style holiday once, on a last-minute trip to Egypt just after I'd arrived in Germany to work, but was promptly given two weeks off as all the students were going on holiday … [Read More...]

Feeding a giraffe at Perth Zoo, Western Australia

Feeding giraffes at Perth Zoo: Like travelling in your hometown

A couple of months ago I took my son to Perth Zoo on his fourth birthday for a bit of a treat. The funny thing was, this treat turned into a special experience for me too, with that same thrill I get from travelling. Perfect! Getting close to the animals at Perth Zoo Going to the zoo wasn't the … [Read More...]

Teaching kids to love travel (via food!)

Encouraging kids to travel through a love of food

One of the best ways to encourage a love of travel, I reckon, is through the stomach. (It's not just the way to a man's heart.) My son has had a lifelong desire to go to Japan and that is definitely … [Read More...]

The beautiful Church on Spilled Blood in Yekaterinburg

Don’t listen to tour guides: Enjoying Yekaterinburg, Russia

When I was on my Trans-Siberian trip across Russia (if you're contemplating it - DO IT!), I stopped off at half a dozen spots along the route, turning the week-long train journey into a three … [Read More...]

Not A Ballerina blog celebrates its 9th birthday

Should you travel? Of course! Learning from nine years of Not A Ballerina

Think back nine years. In other words, cast your mind back to the faraway year of 2005. Where were you and what were you doing? Nine years ago in Germany ... I know exactly what I was doing on this … [Read More...]

Meeting goat in Lithuania - Not A Ballerina

Animal travels: It’s funny what you see walking down the road …

My endless folders of photos from my trips show up a common theme: I love meeting animals on my travels! Perhaps it's a variation on meeting the locals. After my recent heavy post on the Auschwitz and … [Read More...]

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Why I’m glad I visited the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps

A decade ago, I was happily travelling down through Poland when I stopped at Krakow for a few days, and somehow decided to visit the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps nearby. I hadn't … [Read More...]

Europe

Where should my friends travel in Europe – not the normal spots

When you're a travel blogger, you tend to get quite a few messages from random people with questions about a trip they're planning - and I like answering them - but what is even more fun is when a … [Read More...]

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How to get brave enough to speak to a local in a foreign language

Some people grow up knowing two or even more languages and thinking nothing of it. In fact, lots and lots of people in the world grow up this way. But in English-speaking countries, we tend to be a … [Read More...]