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

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

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