Jo Fitzsimons

Freelance Travel & Lifestyle Writer

Miyajima Island: Japan’s Shrine Island That Doesn’t Need Neon to Sparkle

In a country where the capital possesses a permanent neon blink and technology dangles at the end of every spare hand, taking the ferry out to Japan’s small island of … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

China: The Changing Face of Travel

When it transpired that a schoolboy engaged in a spot of graffiti declaring ‘Ding Minhao was here,’ it sparked a public uproar that quickly made it into the media and … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Do You Want to Open Your Own Hostel? The Highs and Lows From Someone Who Has

Opening a hostel is not an uncommon dream among travelers who return from a trip around the world, but is the dream the same as the reality? After turning a … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

5 Best Travel Destinations for 2013

In the eternal quest to discover a new corner of the already travel saturated globe or manage a genuine cultural exchange, finding that elusive hot spot for next year’s break … Continue reading

January 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Girl’s Guide to India

If it is possible to be passionately in love with a country, yet hate it at the same time, then I have that relationship with India. From the grimy streets … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Eclectic and Electric: Tokyo’s Top Sights

Eclectic and electric, Tokyo is all things to all people. Whether you want to scratch beneath the glitzy surface to locate Tokyo’s strong sense of tradition, graze your way through … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

6 Lessons from Kung Fu School (and How I Learned I’m no Bruce Lee)

My childhood TV choices were dominated by my older brother, which meant that by the end of my teenage years I’d seen more kung fu movies than most. Jet Li, … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · Leave a comment