Guide to the Japan Rail Pass

I consider myself to be a reasonably savvy traveller, 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

A Day Exploring the Sights of The Gambia

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 sights of 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 … Read more

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

airport departure board in europe

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

Guide to Visiting Montsoreau: 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

Best Budget Accommodation Websites

Infinity pools, butlers serving afternoon tea complete with those little finger sandwiches I do love so much (crust cut off, of course). That is how I like to travel, with sites like Small Luxury Hotels winning hands down over any budget accommodation website out there. However, there is a reality I can’t escape – I like … Read more

To Trust or Not to Trust Travel Reviews: That is the Question

To Trust Travel Reviews

I get asked regularly which travel websites I use for recommendations on where to stay, where to eat, where’s good for wi-fi, the best place for breathing. If there’s an activity out there, then you can place money on the likelihood of there being a website capturing people’s opinions on whether the thing in question … Read more

Recommended Hostels in Latin America

Whenever I meet travelers en route to South or Central America, I’m always quick to pass on my list of recommended hostels in Latin America, not least because I know what it’s like to turn up at a place and wonder if Hell might have any vacancies as a better alternative.    A hostel, the … Read more

Guest Post: Cycling from Alaska to Patagonia

Indiana Jo – 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 … Read more

How NOT to Visit Semuc Champey

How NOT to Visit Semuc Champey

When I visited Semuc Champey in Gautemala, I did everything wrong. Here’s how not to do it and how to visit Semuc Champey properly. Don’t decide to visit Semuch Champey 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 … Read more

Getting to San Juan del Sur from Costa Rica

getting to san juan del sur from costa rica

This post about getting to San Juan del Sur from Costa Rica is part of my First Time Around The World Series (my very first set of posts, way back when) which you can read in this section here. The longest journey ever lay ahead: Getting rom San Juan del Sur to Costa Rica I hit Central … Read more