Liz Cleere

Liz's earliest travel memories include learning to ski in Norway in the days of wooden skis and leather boots, and swimming in the sea in Torremolinos when it was still a coastal village. In the late 60s her father's business took the family on an extended trip behind the iron curtain, which was Liz's first culture shock. No Coca Cola? No adverts? No fish fingers? Since then she has travelled extensively for work and pleasure.

In 2010, after sailing from Turkey to India, Liz began writing about her adventures for Sailing Today magazine. In 2011 she set up the Itinerant Writers Club, an online meeting place for would-be travel writers to practise and hone their writing skills.

Liz's greatest travel influences have been her parents: her dad instilled a love of antiquities and her mum a love of nature. But it is the people she has encountered along the way who have formed her most cherished memories.

Liz, and photographer partner Jamie Furlong, hope to sail across the equator to Chagos and Africa in 2013, but a sailor's plans are set in the shifting tides...

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Throwing out the rule book in paradise

Returning to a idyllic, secret anchorage, Liz Cleere discovers that in paradise it's OK to bend some of the rules. Sometimes.

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What does 'home' mean to long term travellers?

A family emergency brings Liz Cleere back to her old life in the UK and ponder where 'home' is after so long travelling the world by boat.

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How to paddle through a Thai cave and come out the other side

After a few months stuck on land, sailor Liz Cleere hits the water again and heads for the legendary hongs of Thailand's Phang Nga Bay

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How to sail the world for 10 years and stay (relatively) sane

Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong are celebrating a decade on the high seas. Liz reveals the highs and the lows and why she hopes their sailing adventure never ends

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Searching for Thailand’s hidden islands

Longterm sailors Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong head towards Burma and a chain of Thai islands where nature rules and people are few and far between

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India launches first Biennale in Fort Cochin

Liz Cleere reports from the front line of India's contemporary art scene at the country's first ever major art international exhibition in Kochi, Kerala

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Moored in the Maldives

Wanderlust reader Liz Cleere – currently sailing around the world – reports on the real island community behind the five-star stereotype

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When sailing trips go wrong

As Liz Cleere takes an enforced break from her big sailing adventure around the world, she remembers how running into choppy waters early on was the making of her trip

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What happens when an odyssey ends?

myWanderlust regular Liz Cleere sails from the Maldives to Malaysia, relishing the voyage, but also thrilled to arrive at her destination

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A sailor's guide to Thailand's remote Ko Rok islands

Liz Cleere discovers that even when you're in a hurry there's still time for serendipitous discoveries when you're sailing

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Thailand without the tourists

Liz Cleere sails into Ko Phi Phi to the soundtrack of 'Pure Shores' and appreciates the independence sailing gives her.

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A sailor's guide to celebrating Christmas at sea

Long term sailor Liz Cleere remembers her best Christmases at sea and reveals how to enjoy the festive season away from home in style

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Mixing buddhas and mojitos in Phuket

When a monsoon hits their anchorage in Ao Chalong, Liz and Jamie turn to a cocktail of religion and white rum to see them through

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How to cope when there's trouble in paradise

An incident in an idyllic anchorage takes the wind out of Liz Cleere's sails. Will the kindness of strangers – and friends – see her through?

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Repairing the damage in Thailand

When Liz Cleere's boat got damaged in Thailand she was told she'd never receive reparations. This is how she proved them wrong

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What makes travel truly awesome?

The word 'awesome' has become overused and depreciated. Liz Cleere discovers an island in Thailand the reflects the true meaning of the word...

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Why paradise should come with a health warning

Life in the sun can come at a price. Liz Cleere has a health scare in the middle of paradise – and has a few words of caution for sun-loving travellers

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Throwing out the rule book in paradise

Returning to a idyllic, secret anchorage, Liz Cleere discovers that in paradise it's OK to bend some of the rules. Sometimes.

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Enjoying Thai nightlife on the open seas

Liz and Jamie risk sailing at night, and are rewarded with a magical experience in tropical waters after dark

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How to maintain your South East Asian sailing adventure

Essential repairs on the SY Esper gives Liz and Jamie a chance to catch up with old friends – and reflect on the plight of others less fortunate

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Should you let Health & Safety rule your travels?

Liz and Jamie watch on fearfully as their boat is repaired, Thai-style, but soon learn to go with the flow

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The pros and cons of taking a pet to sea

Round-the-world sailor Liz Cleere explains the practicalities of travelling long term with a pet – and the unexpected joys it brings

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Why a sense of community is vital on a long-term sailing trip

A call for help crackling over the Esper’s VHF radio reminds Liz Cleere how dependent round-the-world sailors are on the help of others

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Finding secret sunsets

Around the world sailor Liz Cleere discovers that an uncrowded paradise can sometimes be found right under your nose… even in Phuket

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How to tell your islands from your islets

Liz Cleere ponders the importance of classification – both with Thai islands and the types of sailors that visit them

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How to visit James Bond Island – and avoid the crowds

Liz and Jamie take time out of their Thai sailing adventure to visit a famous film location and discover that an old travellers’ trick works a treat

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The benefits of sailing into stormy waters

As the storm season heads towards Thailand, Liz Cleere explains why it might be the best time for sailors to visit

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How to survive a tsunami at sea in Southeast Asia

As Jamie and Liz sail into areas that were devastated by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, they consider their options should the unthinkable happen again

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Are you a disrespectful traveller?

With visitors to Thailand being asked to show more respect while the nation mourns the passing of their King, Liz Cleere ponders on how to travel with sensitivity and understanding

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How climate change is affecting long-term travellers

Around-the-world sailors Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong are noticing dangerous changes in weather patterns on their travels, which is affecting their plans and causing concern

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The perfect Thai island that you’ve probably never heard of

Liz Cleere and Jamie Furlong explore the culture, food and hidden corners off the little known Thai island of Koh Phayam, and ask: “Is this the best island in the world?”

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How to find your own island paradise in Thailand

Liz Cleere discovers a delightfully laid back and remote island in the far north of the Andaman sea that remains untouched and home to a small band of intrepid expats

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10 tips for a trip to Kochi, India

Liz Cleere packed in the rat race in 2008 and has since been travelling the world. After 18 months living in India she knows her stuff... Here are her top ten things to do in Kerala's colourful city

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10 things to do for free in Kolkata

Living in India for two years has left Liz Cleere with plenty of time to explore – here she reveals her favourite things to do on the cheap in the city of Kolkata (Calcutta)

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10 things to do in Darjeeling for under 450 Rupees

You don't have to spend a king's ransom to live like royalty in the "Queen of Hills". This beautiful Indian hill station has plenty to offer travellers on a shoe string too

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Career breaks: why you should take one!

If you've had enough of austerity measures and relentless bad news, perhaps it's time to take a career break. But there are plenty of reasons not to... Liz Cleere reasons with the nervous traveller

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The little-known corner of Thailand you'll never want to leave

Liz Cleere discovers why so many yachties stay so long in Thailand's pretty harbour, Ao Chalong

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