About Me

The Culture Map

Hi, grab a coffee, herbal tea, glass of wine or whatever your choice of drink usually is, and let’s get to know each other!

I’m Shing, a 20-something-year old girl who never feels happier than when she’s exploring new horizons and learning about different cultures.

Travelling has always been in my blood, having an Irish mother and a Chinese father, I grew up learning about the different sides of my heritage and I relished in the differences that I discovered between the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. This love and respect for different cultures is what gave me the desire to start this journey of travelling slowly yet adventurously around the world.


Why do I write a travel blog?

This travel blog was born from having a terrible memory and the desire to salvage those memories. I grew frustrated at not being able to recall that restaurant I accidentally stumbled across in Venice that served food straight from nana’s kitchen, or what that guy was called who helped me out when I was roaming around in the middle of the night looking for my hostel in Moscow, or where that alleyway in Berlin was with the crumbling walls enveloped in street art. Friends would ask me for recommendations about places I’d been and I was about as much use as a car without wheels!

This blog, therefore, acts as a sort of medicine for my shoddy memory, and so far it’s working very well.

But if I put the topic of my memory to one side, the most important reason for having this travel blog is to interact with people who share my thirst for experiencing new cultures and adventures (and it’s also a nice thought to know that some of the articles I’ve written might be useful to someone planning their own trip!).


What do I focus on?

I have travelled through nearly 50 countries across 5 continents, so this travel blog covers the world, however it has a special emphasis on Scandinavia and the Arctic regions. I love most things Scandinavian, from contemporary design and food, to its incredible landscape, and eco-friendly attitude which I try to adopt myself.

If you’re not too sure where to start on my blog then take a look at my ‘Blog Highlights’ page for more inspiration and if you have any questions or comments don’t hesitate to hit me up!

Stay tuned,




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