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

Is it Safe for Women to Travel Alone?

Is it safe for women to travel alone? As a girl who wanders the world by herself I get asked this question a lot. However, the subject has received even more attention in recent weeks following media coverage of the rape and death of a young woman in India, the tragic murder last month of … Read more

When to Book Rooms in Advance

Book hotel to get availability

I’ve recently been playing around with Hotel Tonight. It’s a whizzy little app that allows you to book rooms…as the name suggests…that night. Forget Laterooms and the like, this is real last minute deal stuff and although it’s currently only available for the big cities, it certainly has the potential to expand. This app appeals … Read more

If you Can’t Be Brave, Be Stupid

Be Brave

Screaming the entire way, I twisted my body through the crack and dropped into the water below. I was treading water in the dark wondering how the hell I was going to fit through the tiniest crack in the rock when I had a flashback. I’d been in exactly this situation before, in Guatemala, about … Read more

Living in the Midst of a Hawaiian Tsunami Warning

Waves on the north shore yesterday. This post was tapped out during a Hawaiian Tsunami Warning. I’m told it was the first evacuation of its kind since 1982 (though I would need to verify that). Receiving News of the Hawaiian Tsunami We went out to secret beach today, which, as it turns out, is not … 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

You Know You’ve Been Travelling a While When…

‘How long have you been going for?’ comes up more than once a day when you’re travelling and I struggle to give a simple answer. This trip, I will have been away from the UK for exactly one month today. However, that’s not the entire reality. The longer answer is that I left ‘home’ in … Read more

How NOT to Visit Semuc Champey

How NOT to Visit Semuc Champey

This post is about visiting Semuc Champey (or, rather, how NOT to visit Semuc Champey) and is part of my Around The World Series. 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 Semuc … Read more

Earth Lodge Antigua: An Avocado Farm in Guatemala

Earth Lodge Antigua

This post about Earth Lodge Antigua, an avocado farm in Guatemala 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. I was toying with a festive theme for this post given the proximity of Christmas but I suspect everyone … Read more

Isla De Ometepe: My Barefoot Volcano Hike

  This post about Isla de Ometepe 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. Isla de Ometepe is very simply an island comprised of two conical volcanos looming out of Lake Nicaragua. What else was there … Read more