Charlie is travelling in Panama

Charlie and her partner, Luke, planned to sell all their stuff to travel the world, but then they realised they didn't have anything to sell. They're travelling anyway. After a year living in Taiwan, they began travelling long-term, working as freelance writers and professional house sitters. Charlie writes about simple, sustainable, socially responsible travel.

Looking out over Leon Nicaragua - Charlie on Travel

Charlie on Leon, Nicaragua

Leon is very much like shabbier, slightly less popular brother of Granada. But that doesn’t mean Leon is worth the trip. There’s no doubt about it, Nicaragua an ideal destination for budget travellers. With private rooms to be found for $8, rice and beans available on the street for a quick eat and things to do that easily come in at…

Do I Need a TEFL to Teach English in Taiwan?

Do I Need a TEFL to Teach English in Taiwan?

Plenty of companies out there are trying to sell people qualifications for teaching English abroad. But are the courses worth the asking price? No, is the short answer. You don’t need any teaching qualifications whatsoever to teach English in Taiwan. With teaching gigs offering full time employment in an interesting profession and excellent pay compared to the price of living,…

Luke jumping sand dunes in Vietnam - Charlie on Travel (2)

How to Travel: Good, Cheap and Fast

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from the road, it’s that when you travel you can have two of the above, but not all three… Anyone here familiar with the ‘iron triangle?’ Originally a management term, it’s also a useful way to plan your travels, wherever you are going and whatever you plan to do. It suggests that when we…

Puerto Viejo beach - Charlie on Travel

Charlie on Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Colourful Creole houses, laid-back Caribbean vibes and coconut rice and beans make Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica right where I want to be. One of the small handful of towns on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, Puerto Viejo is overflowing with vegan cafes, young rasta guys on bicycles trying to sell you weed and lazy stretches of yellow sand beaches. After…

Yellow sunset at Punta Jesus Maria Ometepe Island - Charlie on Travel HEAD

Charlie on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Flee the really rather average Rivas by boat to the beautiful volcanic island of Ometepe. Though Ometepe is a small place, it’s very much geared up for travellers. In fact, there are probably more backpackers than locals, but once you escape into the island’s nature you won’t even remember. Things to Do on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua The nature and wildlife…