To Take Tours or Not to Take Tours – That is the Question

I’m an independent traveller. Have been for close to four years, but that doesn’t mean I’m against organised tours. Although my personal preference is to go it alone, I think tours can offer an invaluable travel experience if done well and taken in the right circumstances. I’ve taken tours that have lasted hours, days and … 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

Guide to Visiting the Philippines

Visiting the Philippines

Every now and then I come across a country and for one reason or another we don’t get on – that was my experience with the Philippines. Don’t get me wrong, the country is beautiful, the people even more so it really was not them – it was me. Three months breezing through Hawaii at … Read more

How To Get Around Manila

How To Get Around Manila

Manila, like any capital city is a sprawling mass meaning you’ll need to investigation various forms of transport to see the sights – having navigated the Philippine’s main city (with varying degrees of success) here’s my guide for how to get around Manila. Taxi The huge plus to Manila is that the taxis are super … Read more

Entry Requirements For The Philippines – One Way Tickets

Entry requirements for the philippines

I’ve been a fan of one-way tickets for some time now, mainly because of the flexibility they lend to my travels, but this buy and fly method doesn’t always work, as I discovered this morning when I was introduced to the stringent entry requirements for the Philippines. Booking A Flight To The Philippines I booked … Read more

Guide to the Japan Rail Pass

I consider myself to be a reasonably savvy traveler, yet the Japan Rail Pass had me stumped for a while. Why? It’s not the simplest rail ticket around. After several days researching what the pass is about, whether it is worth it, how to get it and how to use it (which I’m currently doing … Read more

How to Turn up at the Airport and Take the Next Flight Out

Turn up at airport take next flight

It’s a fantasy for many people, myself included, to pack a bag, turn up at the airport and take the next flight out, and after three months in the UK I’ve been itching more than ever to pack a bag and go. However, after giving some thought to such a whimsical way of jetting off … Read more

Why One-Way Tickets Work

The round-the-world ticket way Four thousand stops in a hundred countries, or so it felt when I booked my first round-the-world ticket. I wanted to go everywhere. Immediately. And so, without even a casual thought for one-way tickets, I crammed it all into one 42,000 mile air-bound adventure. London – Madrid – Quito – Rio … Read more

A Decadent Way To Travel: From Barcelona to Rome by Boat

Ferry from Barcelona to Rome

Last night I boarded the Grimaldi Barcelona to Rome ferry which leaves from the port at the end of La Rambla in Barcelona heading to Civitavecchia, a place about 45 minutes outside Rome. When I say ferry, really I mean a small crusie (think I’ve picked up the last leg of a holiday cruise which, … Read more