Solo female travel – what it’s like to travel alone (and on a budget)

Solo female travel – what it’s like to travel alone (and on a budget)

It's normal to be scared shitless before heading into an unknown world, especially if you’re going by yourself for the first time. Have you ever thought about traveling alone? Perhaps you’ve never done it, but have always wondered about it… Perhaps you’ve wanted to do it but have been too scared… Or, perhaps you’ve decided [...]

My secret love affair with food – my favourites in the world (from each destination)

My secret love affair with food – my favourites in the world (from each destination)

I don’t know about you…but for me, food is absolutely and unequivocally one of the most important things in the world. I know many people see food purely as a source of fuel…but for me, food is so much more. (and no I can’t date let alone be friends with those sorts of people - [...]

16 September 2019 – one year abroad solo ~ 11 questions for me about my reflections and insights

16 September 2019 – one year abroad solo ~ 11 questions for me about my reflections and insights

Last night I fell over after trying to check some tour prices here on Gili Air (Air Island). I thought my ankle would be OK but the pain was much more excruciating than I hoped ~ I had to sit down for about 30 minutes and needed some ice to reduce the swelling. The bone [...]

22 August 2018 – my random vegan/environmental debate-argument with an Italian meat-lover

22 August 2018 – my random vegan/environmental debate-argument with an Italian meat-lover

Never would the old Mei have foreseen myself ever to be a person who would be someone who stopped eating meat. The past Mei would have never predicted my current self to be interested in trying a vegan diet and defending veganism. In fact, I used to even negatively judge my cousin for being vegetarian. [...]

27 July 2019 my first hitchhiking experience – from Lisbon to Coimbra

27 July 2019 my first hitchhiking experience – from Lisbon to Coimbra

Have you ever been curious about hitch-hiking? It’s something I never would have envisioned myself doing…something that was completely off limits for me – it was forbidden in my head. I remember when the word came up, I would immediately think “it’s too dangerous, especially for a solo girl”. To some degree I guess that [...]

23 July 2019 – reflections returning to Lisboa (and my love for Lisboa)

23 July 2019 – reflections returning to Lisboa (and my love for Lisboa)

I'm currently sitting in Jardim Botanico da Universidade Lisboa. I was on my way back from a little outing with American Davey (a guy I met at a Couchsurfing meetup)...after having our ritual-pastel de natas (custard tarts) and sitting in a Melbourne-like café, sipping on the best coffee I’ve had in Europe so far while [...]