Things To Do In Montsoreau in the Loire Valley, France

Turreted chateau of montsoreau before the loire valley river France

It seems a little premature, but as I saw blossom sprouting on the trees this weekend I couldn’t help but feel that spring is in the air and if, like me, that prompts thoughts of travel, perhaps for a short break, I have just the place in mind: Montsoreau in France’s beautiful Val d’Loire (Loire … Read more

Is it Safe for Women to Travel Alone?

Is it safe for women to travel alone? As a girl who wanders the world by herself I get asked this question a lot. However, the subject has received even more attention following media coverage of the rape and death of a young woman in India, the tragic murder of an America woman in Turkey … Read more

What to do When your Hotel Room Plan Falls Through

woman sleeping on a beach with zzz sign

‘Homeless in Hawaii’ was my Facebook status more than once during my extended stay on the islands at the end of last year. Whether your travel plans have failed or, like me, you’ve failed to make any plans at all, there are times when you might find yourself in a place with no hotels or rooms … Read more

The 10 Travel Essentials I Wouldn’t Travel Without

pink padlock on a backpack

As I pack my backpack for the last time this year, wondering why I’ve bought so much fresh coffee to take home, and what on earth I need to throw away in order to fit it into my bag, it occurs to me that after two years of travelling, there is very little in my … Read more

Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia – What It’s Really Like

Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia with sea view

Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia and climbing the highest points of each country in between? Given I’m very wobbly on two feet, let alone on wheels, I can’t proudly claim that achievement, but Thomas Laussermair can. Taking a staggering 14 months and who knows how much energy expended, Thomas has kindly agreed to share a synopsis … Read more

From Semuc Champey to Flores: The Chicken Bus Route

There I was in Semuc Champey, the middle of Guatemalan nowhere, I’d explored the caves, toured the mirador, swung in a hammock for a decent amount of time, I was ready to move on. My next stop in Guatemala would be Flores and the jungle-shrouded Maya ruins of Tikal. All I had to do was … Read more

How NOT to Visit Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Semuc Champey green stepped pools

When I visited Semuc Champey in Gautemala, I did everything wrong. Here’s how not to do it and how to visit properly. Don’t decide visit without knowing what it is Semuc Champey was the word on everyone’s lips in Guatemala. I mean EVERYONE! Never mind Antigua or even Tikal, visit Semuc Champey was THE thing … Read more

Isla De Ometepe: My Barefoot Volcano Hike

Volcano on Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe is very simply an island comprised of two conical volcanos looming out of Lake Nicaragua. What else was there to do on the island but to climb them (or at least one of them)? It was a decision that would bring me the closest to a near death situation on my trip … Read more

Vipassana Meditation Retreat – What It’s Really Like

indiana jo with indian ladies at vipassana meditation retreat in India

Having completed a 10-day stint at a Vipassana Meditation Centre I thought I would share this particular experience while the memory is still very raw…I mean fresh in my mind. Before I got to India, the spiritual epicentre of the world, I knew I wanted to give meditation a try. Let’s face it, drinking and … Read more