Why I Don’t Regret Quitting my Job to Travel

It was my birthday this week. It’s a date that always prompts a bit of navel gazing, and this year my thoughts were focused on my career. I’ve never been the kind of person who draws up and maintains a five-year plan (my commitment issues are too great). However, even it I had, there is no … Read more

How to Speak to Someone who Doesn’t Speak Your Language

I have a missing brain cell…actually, there’s discussion between my family and friends that I might be missing more than one, but there’s a particular brain cell I’d like to talk about – the one that covers learning a language. Ever since I first set foot in Spain, then Latin America, I’ve been trying, painfully … Read more

Skydiving in Hawaii with a Dysfunctional What…?

Skydive Hawaii

One second I was in the plane, the next I was toppling face first into open air; free-falling at a speed so fast my ears felt like they were going to explode, yet I couldn’t strip the smile off my face. With my fingers bent into the Hawaiian sign for “hang loose”, I took a … Read more

Visiting Malaga: Just Another Brit Abroad?

Malaga. Uurgh. I let out a soft sigh. I was planning to spend a month in Andalucia and the cheapest flight into the region would land me in Malaga. Brits Abroad Central. Brits Abroad: The (embarrassingly accurate) stereotype It’s fair to say that I’m not a fan of my countrymen and women who meet the sadly stereotypical … Read more

I’ve Eaten And I’ve Prayed, So Where The F#ck Is Love?

“Everybody who travels has had a breakup.” It was an observation from someone who happened to be happily ensconced in a healthy relationship.  I smiled, about to deny it, but I knew she was pretty close to the truth. Besides college gap-year travellers, a significant number of the people I’ve meet on the road have … Read more

Oahu: Hiking Diamond Head on Steroids

Which Hawaiian Island to Visit

I don’t know what was more painful – the shot in the ass or the $500 bill. Either way is was not my anticipated introduction to Hawaii. As I mentioned in my overview of Hawaii, I spent three months exploring the main four islands: Oahu, Big Island, Kauai and Maui, and what will follow is … Read more

Fears, Failures and Why 2013 Was My Worst Traveling Year Yet

 Photo by: bingham_becky. I used to be crazily superstitious. I wouldn’t walk under ladders, I’d salute magpies (damn things never saluted back) and Friday 13 was a flat-out reason to stay in bed (were it not for the fact I was aged 13 at the height of my superstitious years and didn’t have the autonomy to choose … Read more

12 Tips – What To Do If You’ve Missed Your Flight

I knew within seconds of arriving at the airport that I’d missed my flight, which was funny because I turned up two hours before I was due to fly. Nevertheless, as I searched the departure-board looking for my flight from Milan to Manchester it rapidly dawned on me – I may have been ahead of … Read more

Should You Give Up Alcohol For 30 Days (or more)?

The Travel-Drinking Lifestyle Do you drink alcohol more than usual when you travel? I certainly do. The problem is I have FOMO (fear of missing out) – a few beers at the hostel bar, sunset cocktails, free pasta and wine nights, checking out a new club, ladies’ night (a.k.a. free alcohol), rum around a bonfire … Read more

Video – Watch 3 Years of Travel in 3 Minutes

Around the world

On 20th September 2010 I set off on an around the world trip that I thought would last a year. As my career break came to an end, I knew that I couldn’t go back – not because I’d done anything illegal (that I’d been caught for), but because wanderlust has taken root so deep … Read more