Responsible Tourism : Cruising Halong Bay With Indochina Junk

Halong Bay

Halong Bay topped our list of places to see upon booking our trip to Vietnam. One of the seven natural wonders of the world and UNESCO world heritage site, this other-worldly bay of towering islands draws millions of tourists from across the world every year. But with an influx of visitors and an overwhelming amount of tour companies operating in the area, it can be tricky to choose who to travel with. For us, it was all about avoiding the busy tourist areas, while being able to travel as responsibly as possible. Research […]

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Hoi An Tailors – A Guide To Shopping Responsibly For Tailored Clothes

Hoi An Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam, is famous for many things. The beautiful Old Town, with its yellow stained walls and charming alleyways. Vibrant silk lanterns that adorn every building, street and stretch of river. Delicious street food, thriving markets and lush Vietnamese countryside. But Hoi An is also famous for its tailors, which can be found around almost every corner of every street in the Old Town. If you are looking for a new custom outfit, Hoi An is the place to be. With a vast number of tailors to be found, you can grab […]

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8 Ways To Help Save The Planet In 2018

Vietnam Sunset

2018 has kicked off to a promising start here in the UK with regards to the environment. With Scotland joining a growing number of countries to be phasing out single-use plastic in the next few years, and the government finally taking steps towards more eco-friendly options, we are starting to see change. There’s definitely a long way to go, but there are so many things we can do to help save the planet. Here are 8 things to get you started! 1. Kick Plastic To The Curb Let’s face it, it’s no […]

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6 Things To Do In Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An Vietnam

Hoi An is a draw for most people visiting Vietnam. With its charming old buildings and laid back atmosphere, it’s definitely worth spending a few days exploring this beautiful old town. We were here for four days, but could have spent weeks relaxing and wandering! Here are 6 things you should do in Hoi An. 1. Take the time to wander around in relative peace. Chances are that at some point on your trip to Vietnam you will pass through one of the larger, busier cities. We came to Hoi An via […]

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5 Life Lessons I Learnt While Travelling The World

Angkor Wat

1. You don’t need most of what you own. It’s common sense, but learn to pack efficiently, especially if travelling around. When you are staying in one place, you have space to unpack and put away clothes (if you feel like it). However if you are travelling around a lot, living out of a bag becomes tiresome very quickly when you have to dig through a million and one items that you wish you hadn’t brought with you! Travelling has made me realise how few of my personal belongings I actually need. […]

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10 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Waste Right Now

Plastic Straws

Plastic has seeped its way into every corner of our lives over the last few decades. While it does help us in many ways, the effect plastic has had on the health of our planet is extremely detrimental. Single-use plastic is one of the largest contributors to worldwide pollution, with an estimated 8.8million tons ending up in our oceans every year. We absolutely must cut down on the amount we use in our daily lives if we want to make a difference, however it can be difficult to know where to start! There […]

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10 Things You Should Do When Visiting Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and is a must for most travellers visiting the country – myself included. But how do you decide what to see when you’ve got limited time? We were in Vietnam as a detour on the way home to England from Australia. With just two and a half days to spend in Hanoi before moving on to our next location, we had to use the time wisely! So, without further ado, here are the 10 things I think you should make time for when visiting Hanoi. […]

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Welcome to Pen + Planet

Honeymoon Bay Tasmania

Hello and Welcome to Pen + Planet! Welcome to Pen + Planet and thank you so much for stopping by! I’m Jess – lover of chocolate, serial photo-taker, friend to the animals and creator of this blog. I am an avid traveller, and would happily spend my days going from country to country with a sketchbook in one hand and my camera in the other. I don’t travel full-time, however I try to explore as much as possible – whether on the other side of the world or down the road from […]

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