Enjoy Big-City Life with Laidback Charm in Málaga, Spain

Twenty years ago, when I first visited Málaga, it was the ugly stepsister of Spain’s Costa del Sol: a little scruffy and down-at-heel (though with gloriously sunny weather and a seaside location). So it was a pure pleasure to return recently to find it transformed into a Cinderella: one of Spain’s most liveable—and...

Lychee Sodas, New Friends and European Adventures

We’re enjoying ice cold lychee sodas on a warm winter’s afternoon overlooking a beautiful lake. Surrounded by a kaleidoscope of floral colour, with the heavy scent of the nearby lillies filling the air, we have to pinch ourselves and remember that this is our real life and we’re actually living here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s our base as we travel the world as roving retirees.

Lipstick, Legs and Ham…Expat Adventures in Hitchhiking

I’m a middle-aged woman who pays taxes, owns property and has a career of sorts. I’m a Serious Person, and so are my friends. Mostly. So when I find myself standing by the side of a road in rural Spain, holding a sign written in lipstick (Burt’s Bees Raisin, to be exact—my favourite shade—and sacrificed for the occasion), I can’t help asking myself: How did I get here?

Sultry Seville: A Liveable, Lovable City

One of my favourite things about wandering the planet as a freelance copywriter is exploring the world’s most beautiful cities. Laptop at the ready, I’ve crafted blog posts in Milan, product descriptions in Vancouver, case studies in Buenos Aires and eBook chapters in Ljubljana. I wish I could say I was equally productive during my recent 10-day visit to Seville, but I must come clean: this place was so physically mesmerising and emotionally beguiling that I got virtually no work done at all!

Spain Uncovered

You could say I ended up where I am in life because of absinthe and Picasso.My first ever trip overseas took me to an ancient port town in faraway Spain. I was in awe of the history, I was a glutton for the delicious food and I couldn’t believe the value I was getting for my meagre funds.

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