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How to get your diving license [Go! Girls Guide Article]

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You’ve seen all those glorious underwater photos that your friends have taken; weird wonderful shots of nudibranches, swimming with sharks and turtles, colourful coral and bright blue coastlines… And you’ve picked your spot and decided to take the plunge, how do you go about it? Here are a couple of tips on how you can get your dive license!   What do I need to pick up diving? My friends always ask if you need to be a good swimmer to be able to dive, and my answer to that is NO. When you dive you’re actually not supposed to …

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Navigating the Japanese Train System

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Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to Osaka, Japan and wanted to share some tips I picked up about my experience getting around there. My main transport there was via train and subway – Japan has a really extensive railway system in place, and their trains there are well known for being really punctual. I was a little worried that getting around would be difficult because I don’t know any Japanese, but it was …

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Shopping for Beauty Products in Seoul [Go! Girl Guides Article]

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Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! If there’s one thing you notice about the Koreans from their celebrities, other than their perfectly symmetrical faces, it’s their  flawless skin. Beauty is big business in Korea – for the locals and the tourists alike. Just walking around Myeongdong one evening, there were beauty shops every few steps. You can always tell that the beauty shops are around – because of their very prominent and enthusiastic promoters each shop employs – whether it’s costumes, …

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What NOT to Pack [Go! Girl Guides Article]

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Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! You think it might come in handy; maybe, just maybe, Murphy’s Law will strike and you’ll regret leaving it out of your luggage. But more often than not, that oh-so important thick down jacket, or seemingly indispensable pair of trekking boots ends up just adding weight to your luggage and taking up precious bag space. I’m the queen of ‘Just In Case’ packing, it can’t hurt to bring it along… right? Wrong! I’m guilty of …

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3 of my favourite places for shopping in Bangkok

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I’ve just returned from an awesome 4- day shopping trip in Bangkok, where most of my time was spent eating, shopping and getting massages done. But, if you’re just passing through Bangkok and want some quick tips on where to shop in  Bangkok, here are 3 of my personal suggestions on places you should head to:   1. Chaktuchak/JJ Market Chatuchak is the ultimate shopper’s paradise–the huge outdoor market has everything you could ever want, and much much more. Those looking for trendy fashion and local designers, head over to Section 3, listed in maps as the ‘plants and gardening …

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Dealing with Wanderlust: How to Return to a 9-to-5 Work Day [Go Girl! Guides Article]

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Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about being an Occasional Traveller, it’s to treasure the short holidays that I get,with the limited amount of annual leave that I have; that good things always come to an end, and it’s back to the real world after that quick jaunt. It always takes me a bit of time to adjust back to a normal 9-to-5 timetable again. I tend to spend the first few days mooning a …

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A Go! Girl’s Tips for Fellow Divers [Go! Girl Guides Article]

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Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! Hope you girls have been enjoying the recent slew of diving posts from me! I’m recently returned from diving in Malapascua (verdict: awesome! check out the recap here), so I’ve still got bubbles and boats on my mind… If you’ve ever been diving, you know one of the most annoying things about it is the sheer amount of gear you need. Mask, Fins, Booties, Weight Belt, Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), Regulator, Dive Comp, SMB etc… …

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Where to Go Diving: World’s Best Spots [Go! Girl Guides Article]

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Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! I’m kinda psyched up about my upcoming dive trip to Malapascua, hence the number of dive posts that are coming out (see my last postabout why you should head on a dive trip if you haven’t already!) I got certified as an Open Water Diver back in 2004, but due to a whole variety of circumstances, it took me another 4 years before I got around to another dive trip, which resulted in me having …

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Diving Holidays: Why You Should Take the Plunge [Go! Girl Guides Article]

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Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! Does the idea of a beach holiday simultaneously entrance you with its promise of relaxation, yet make you cringe with boredom? There’s nothing quite like sipping a mai tai in a deckchair by the beach, but if you’re a Go! Girl, there are only so many days you can take before you get bored out of your mind from just sitting and suntanning your entire holiday away. But I found the solution, a way to …

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Essential Items For Surviving the Communal Hostel Toilet [Go! Girl Guides Article]

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Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go! The one luxury I love about home, and one that I only truly appreciated once I started living on campus accommodation, is the privacy of having your own bathroom. There’s something comforting about a familiar toilet, where everything is in its place and is (usually) up to your standard of cleanliness. When you’re staying in hostels, you can differentiate the excellent ones from the grotty by the state of their toilets. After braving long transits …