About me

Why, hello there. My name is Siobhan Downes and I’m a journalist based in Dubai. I moved here in January 2017, after realising my homeland – New Zealand – was just a bit too far away from everything. Like many twenty-somethings, I was desperate to see the world. So, here I am, happily within an eight-hour flight of two-thirds of humanity.

I fell in love with travel writing while living in Japan in 2012, when I started a blog called The Only Blonde in Osaka. A few years later, I landed a job with New Zealand’s biggest news website as a travel reporter, and was lucky enough to be sent to the likes of Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia and Madrid. I also spent six weeks reporting for the International New York Times in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement protests of 2014.

This blog is an attempt to document my “out of office” adventures, both in Dubai and beyond. I’m a big fan of finding the weirdest things to do in a place, and writing about them.

Please feel free to stop by and leave a comment, or hit me up on Twitter and Instagram. If you’re ever passing through the Middle East on your travels, I’d love to hear from you.

Stay cool,