Is Detroit Safe? The Answer From Someone Who’s Been

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from my visit to Detroit. I’d heard great things about the city from fellow travel bloggers Hecktic Travels and LLWorld Tour: Detroit is the comeback city, regeneration is happening… and there’s an amazing BBQ joint. That last point is usually enough to take me to any city, regardless of … Read more

Why Are Chain Restaurants Bad?

Hands up: I’ve eaten at many chain restaurants in my life and in all likelihood I’ll eat at them again, but is anyone else starting to feel increasingly uncomfortable at their growing dominance across the dining-out landscape? I get it – chain restaurants are easy, they can be comforting if you have a favourite dish … Read more

Regional Food in Puglia: What And Where to Eat

If you’re searching for information about regional food in Puglia, you’re already steps ahead of most of the millions of foreign visitors who arrive in Italy each year. Just recently, strolling down a side-street in Florence I had a waiter holler at me across the street: “pizza, pasta, spaghetti”. It was as though he were … Read more

The Gambia’s “Roots”: When Good Intentions Lead to Bad Tourism

“I bet Alex Haley would turn in his grave if he could see this village now,” I whispered to my friend. We were sat under the cover of concrete and the King of the village (who happened to be a woman) was presenting certificates for sale. They were simple photocopies on plain A4 paper serving … 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

Dying for Culture: Bullfighting in Spain

Have you ever visited a place expecting no more than your average tourist interaction but came away with something much more profound? It happened when I visited The Gambia and it happened once again when I went to Ronda, Spain. I went to this small Spanish mountain town to see Tajo Gorge. And I expected … Read more

Guide to Visiting Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Life forever changed for Hiroshima and its residents on 6 August 1945 when the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Now, over 70 years later, visiting Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, which comprises a number of memorials, monuments and museums dedicated to the legacy of the attack, is one of the most important … 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

13 New Year Travel Resolutions

This post started out as My Travel Wish List 2013 but I’m having real issues committing to 10 places I’d like to go this year…mainly because there are at least 100 places on the shortlist. While I typed, deleted and retyped, I did manage to come up with a slightly different list. Not where I … Read more