Your Guide to Visiting Topes de Collantes in Cuba

Small waterfall in Topes de Collantes

Topes de Collantes is a nature reserve in Cuba’s Escambray Mountains. It offers some of the best hiking trails in the country with its thick jungle interior, ribbons of waterfalls, natural pools, coffee plantations, and an appealingly cooler climate. After weeks exploring cities and beaches, and fighting against the heat, I decided to take a … Read more

The Best Things To Do At NASA in Houston

Space shuttle picture at NASA

Fewer than 700 people have been to space but with a visit to Space Center Houston in Texas, you can explore space without leaving planet Earth. In this post, I’ll share details of my visit so you know what to see and what to expect. About Space Center Houston Space Center Houston opened in 1992. … Read more

How To Get From Costa Rica To Nicaragua – With Map

welcome to San juan del Sur sign

Nicaragua is every bit as beautiful as its southern neighbor, Costa Rica. With volcanoes, Spanish colonial towns, Lake Managua, and a sizeable slice of both the Caribbean coast and the Pacific Ocean, Nicaragua was an unexpected highlight of my travels through Central America. But with limited direct flights, getting to Nicaragua can seem like a … Read more

Urbino – A Guide To Italy’s Secret Renaissance City

Urbino red rooftops at dusk

To wander through the streets of Urbino is to wander through Italy’s Medieval and Renaissance past. A walled city located in the Le Marche region of central Italy, Urbino is a truly spell-binding place to visit. And, due to its “great cultural flowering” during the Renaissance, Urbino has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Yet, compared … Read more

How To Take The Ferry From Barcelona to Rome

Rome Civitavecchia ferry terminal at sunset

Tired of airports and craving some slow travel, I decided to take the ferry from Barcelona to Rome. In this guide, I’ll explain how to take the ferry including schedules, ticket prices, onboard facilities, and getting from the ports to the cities. I’ve also included a map as well as how the ferry compares to … Read more

The Philippines – One-Way Tickets & Entry Requirements

skyline of manila

I used to love one-way tickets. Right up until the check-in lady at the airport told me I couldn’t catch my flight to the Philippines because I didn’t have an onward ticket. In this post, I’ll share my experience when I was denied boarding to the Philippines. Then I’ve listed 10 things to check before … Read more

Essential Philippines Travel Guide – Know Before You Go

palm trees in front of beach in the Philippines

The Philippines is a dazzling sprawl of 7,641 tropical islands in southeast Asia. From the bustling metropolis of Manila to the white-sand beaches of Boracay to the lush green Banaue rice terraces and the limestone cliffs of Palawan, it’s a country to get lost in nature. In this guide, I’ll share an overview and map … Read more

Filipino Food – 21 Dishes To Try And Is It Any Good?

Food in the Philippines

Filipino cuisine has become a hot topic in recent years but what is it and, crucially, is it any good? I spent just under a month exploring the Philippines. First, I’ve listed the 21 most popular traditional foods in the Philippines. Then I share my experience with the native cuisine. Meat-heavy, greasy and intensely flavored … Read more

How To Use The Tube in London – First Timers’ Guide

London underground sign by London Eye

London Underground is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to get around the city. But the Tube (as it’s locally known) can be daunting for first-time visitors. I lived and worked in the capital for over a decade, using the Underground daily. Here’s my guide to how to use the Tube in London. What … Read more

10 Best Hostels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Beach area of Rockin Js hostel

You’re off to famous surf spot, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca? You lucky thing. It’s one of my favorite places in Costa Rica. With glorious beaches skirting the Caribbean Sea, sloths climbing the trees and a distinctly Caribbean vibe, Puerto Viejo is a place you might end up staying longer than planned. But that’s no bad … Read more