When Life Screams: Stop Travelling

The moment my cruciate ligament ruptured in my knee has left a visceral imprint in my mind. It wasn’t so much the popping sound, although I can conjure up the exact noise at a moment’s notice. Nor was it the pain, which wasn’t as bad as you might imagine because, apparently, the more severe the knee … Read more

An Itinerary Through Real Jamaica

Real Jamaica

Looking to explore real Jamaica? With a detailed itinerary, tips on what to see, where to stay, where to eat and advice on safety, you can put together your own trip to this beautiful Caribbean island. Read on… I had my reservations about Jamaica. Despite being one of the most popular islands for visitors in the … Read more

What to Eat in Jamaica: Traditional Jamaican Food

Real Jamaica

Eating the traditional food of a country is one of the best parts of travel for me. In fact, if I don’t enjoy the local food, I’ve been know to get food depression. Fortunately, Jamaica has some fantastic flavours to try and some equally amazing places to try them. Whether you’re about to visit Jamaica … Read more

2014: My Year Told In Pictures of Sunsets

Pictures of Sunsets

As the sun (almost) sets on 2014 I’m so happy to be sitting here writing these words: “I’ve had an amazing year of travel”. They’re the kind of words that can make people want to push your smug little face into the dirt, but I hope you’ll forgive my boasting because my amazing year of … Read more

One Day Hiking in Toppes de Collantes, Cuba

Hiking Toppes de Collantes, a nature reserve in the southwest of the Escambray Mountains was never in my original travel itinerary for Cuba. However, for each day that I lingered at the beach in La Boca, staring out at the ominous peaks and troughs of the distant range, I became increasingly drawn to the mountains, … Read more

10 Essential Things To Know About Cuba Before You Visit

Cuba is a unlike any other country I’ve visited and it’s safe to say that this out-of-kilter Caribbean island requires a bit more research and planning than your average trip. 10 Essential Things to know about Cuba before you visit Having recently completed my second trip, here’s my list of 10 essential things to know about … Read more

La Boca: One of the Best Beaches in Cuba

Being one of only two foreign faces in the tiny beach town of La Boca in Cuba is one of those travel experiences that will likely endure right down to my dying days. I hadn’t set out on a quest to find one of the best beaches in Cuba, but leaving La Boca I’m confident … Read more

Visiting Disco Ayala in Hotel Las Cuevas, Trinidad, Cuba

As I engaged in my rapid departure from what had become an ugly experience at Varadero’s beach resorts, I was desperate to replace my memories with something novel and exciting. Fortunately, within 24 hours, my wish was to be granted when I found myself at a rave in a cave at Disco Ayala, an exceptionally … Read more

Varadero Beach Resorts in Cuba: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

“Varadero beach is full of tourists” seems to be the automatic response I get from any independent traveller who I speak to about Cuba. It’s a curious response given most of these self-professed “non-tourist” travellers I meet (otherwise known as backpackers) have never actually visited Varadero beach. They are simply citing a stereotype that has … Read more

The Hershey Train in Cuba: The Slow Way To Varadero

The Hershey Train in Cuba is the epitome of how travel should be. Lazy, unpredictable, social and slow. As someone who crammed herself into London’s commuter trains for the best part of a decade, always watching the clock, multi-tasking the entire journey (sipping coffee, sleeping, standing, emailing and reading all in one shot), travel was … Read more