Malaria Facts Every Traveller Should Know

Compared to planning your travel route, booking tickets and packing for your adventure, the topic of malaria and travel health can easily fall down your priority list but given malaria can be deadly, it’s a subject that shouldn’t be overlooked. I’ve been considering writing an article about malaria for a while but without a medical qualification, I … Read more

How to Kickstart Fitness Without Sacrificing Happiness

Looking to kickstart fitness in the New Year…or any time of year? After decades of having ‘get fit’ on my New Year’s Resolution List, I’ve finally found a way to kickstart a new fitness regime without sacrificing happiness.    I can’t recall which of my 38 years was the first year that ‘get fit’ made it onto my … Read more

Are you ready to get robbed? 12 Holiday Safety Tips

There are plenty of articles online giving great holiday safety tips for how not to get robbed and what to do if the unfortunate happens and you part ways with your possession But what about preparing to get robbed? Being robbed is usually a quick act but piecing things back together – remembering exactly what … Read more

Is Mexico Safe? From someone who’s been (pt.2)

Is Mexico Safe

This is part 2 of a two-part article looking at the question Is Mexico Safe?  In Part 1 I look at some of the main fears people have about visiting Mexico and compare those fears to recent (2013-2014) crime statistics in the country. You may want to read part one first. In this, part two, I will share my … Read more

Is Mexico Safe? From Someone Who’s Been (Pt.1)

Is Mexico Safe

Ask most people “Is Mexico Safe to visit?” and you’ll probably get a very quick and conclusive response: “No.  Mexico’s not safe.” Of course, most people proffering these opinions have never visited Mexico. Their opinions have been formed from stories on the news. Stories their second cousin’s, cousin’s friend heard from someone he once went to … Read more

Why Medellin is the Best Place to Learn Spanish in Colombia

Study Spanish in Colombia Medellin

Want to know why Medellin is the best place to learn Spanish in Colombia? Read on… As usual, I didn’t do much research abosiut Colombia before landing in the country, but I did know that I was in desperate need of some more Spanish classes. My first stop in Colombia was Cartagena and a quick search on … Read more

My 20 Worst Travel Stories (Part 2)

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September 2014 marks four years since I quit my job as a lawyer to travel the world – and it seemed about time I shared with you my 20 worst travel stories. This article is in two parts. This is part 2. You may want to read part 1 first. 11. Having my passport confiscated … 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

What Does Travel Insurance Cover (and What’s Excluded)?

What does travel insurance cover? It’s a good question that many people don’t ask; a fact that’s surprising when you think about the cost and importance of buying travel insurance. As a former-lawyer, I’ll guide you through what is covered by travel insurance, what is not covered, what level of cover is typically good enough and … 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