Since graduating with a history degree in the summer of 2015, I’ve lived in four different countries, as well as my native country, the UK. I’ve written separate blogs for my time in India, China and Bangladesh. This blog includes my adventures in Vietnam, particularly Hanoi. Since the beginning of 2020 I’ve returned to London to live and work.

I’m a history-and-literature enthusiast with a love of travel (especially in Asia) and long-term champion of social mobility and access to education. I’ve worked mainly in teaching, but have also done jobs as varied as exam invigilating, retail work, e-commerce, marketing and editing. I am happiest with a book in hand, and also enjoy learning languages, particularly those of the Sino-Tibetan or Indo-European variety!

I’ve travelled to around 25 countries (and counting!) and some of my favourite places include Rovinj in Croatia, and Pokhara, Nepal. From August 2018 to November 2019 I was based in Nanjing.

I created this blog in March 2017 after a particularly drawn-out job rejection. It’s a testament to how a perceived failure can be turned into something productive.

PS, thank goodness I didn’t get that job, otherwise I’m not sure where I’d be by now, but it wouldn’t be here!

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land. It is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land”.


G.K Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles, 1909