What To Do When You Fall Out With Your Travel Companion

Whether you start your trip with a partner/existing friend or meet someone along the way, there are bound to be times during your long-term travels when you find yourself travelling with someone else, which can be great…until you fall out with your travel companion. I have form for doing a moonlight flit. I’ve done it … Read more

A Life Changing Experience: Eating Kobe Beef in Japan

plate of rare kobe beef in japan

I’d heard that eating Kobe beef in Japan can be a life-changing experience but as much as I love a good portion of rare, red meat, I didn’t have full faith in its power to alter my life…until I tasted it. It was a cold, wet day in Kyoto and knowing that the Golden Temple … Read more

I Ate Deadly Fugu in Japan and Lived To Tell The Tale

what to eat in Japan fugu

One of my personal highlights when travelling is trying new food and I’ve eaten many curious items over the years – so it seemed only natural for me to want to try fugu in Japan. What is fugu? For those who don’t know, fugu is the Japanese word for pufferfish. Not so remarkable, you might … Read more

Guide to Visiting Hiroshima & Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Life forever changed for Hiroshima and its residents on 6 August 1945 when the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Now, over 70 years later, visiting Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, which comprises a number of memorials, monuments and museums dedicated to the legacy of the attack, is one of the most important … Read more

Tips for Visiting Mount Fuji in Spring

Close up of cherry blossom in japan

If there is one thing Japan is famous for beyond the cherry blossom, it is Mount Fuji and I was determined to visit this snow-dipped wonder during my stay in Japan. However, things didn’t go to plan. Learning from my mistakes, here are my tips for visiting Mount Fuji in spring. Don’t assume seeing Mount … Read more

Guide to the Japan Rail Pass

I consider myself to be a reasonably savvy traveller, yet the Japan Rail Pass had me stumped for a while. Why? It’s not the simplest rail ticket around. After several days researching what the pass is about, whether it is worth it, how to get it and how to use it (which I’m currently doing … Read more

The Sights of Senegal: Fathala Wildlife Reserve

Lion cub in tree at Fathala Wildlife Reserve

One of the main attractions of The Gambia was its prime location in the midst of Senegal and despite such a short trip to the region I was determined to cross the border to Senegal even if it was only a brief glimpse. After some research (yay – I can do it!) I concluded that … Read more

10 Best Things To Do In The Gambia, Africa

Sights The Gambia

After a long cold British winter, lying on a beach was top priority for my short jaunt to West Africa perhaps with a fleeting trip to see The Gambia in between. However, somewhere between my first round-the-world trip and my subsequent travels I have lost my patience for sitting still and after a day and … Read more

Let’s Talk About Sex: Female Sex Tourism in The Gambia

Sex Tourism in The Gambia

If you’ve reached my site because you are searching for sex tourism in the Gambia (and my site statistics tell me that a fair number of you are), I’m afraid you have come to the wrong place. However, please read on before you click-off. Sex tourism is a complex subject and the following represents my … Read more

What is the Best Mosquito Repellent?

close up of mosquito

After years of full-time travel, often visiting mosquito ridden countries, I’ve tried almost every mosquito repellent on the market. When I first wrote this post, I was about to travel to Gambia and Senegal and planned to put some repellents to the test. I trialling a DEET based product, Repel 55, and a natural product, Incognito, and this … Read more