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

How To Visit Pearl Harbor – Tickets, Tours & Tips

The day after my hike up Diamond Head I decided to visit Pearl Harbor. History was never my favourite subject at school. My teenage thoughts were more focused on finding the next acid rave (hey, it was the 90s). But I did remember Pearl Harbor. How could I not? The surprise Japanese attack on the … Read more

How To Hike Diamond Head in Oahu

Which Hawaiian Island to Visit

I don’t know which was more painful – the shot in the ass or the $500 bill. Either way getting sick within 24 hours of landing in Oahu was not my anticipated introduction to Hawaii. I’m sharing this somewhat personal and painful detail because I tackled the hike up Diamond Head just 48 after being … Read more

How to Spend One Day in Venice – An Itinerary

Venice is sinking, there is little doubt about it. Which is why it was higher up my travel list than the likes of Naples or Florence when I visited Italy. But even without the clock potentially ticking on the future of the city, Venice has long been one of the country’s top tourist attractions. Appropriately named the … Read more

The Art of Packing Light

    I vividly remember sitting in the empty shell of my house after the removal men had taken away all but my last possessions. The only items that remained were my bed, which would be collected the next day, and a spare-room full of stuff I’d explicitly told the men not to touch on … Read more

When in Rome, Eat Like the Romans

We’ve all heard the saying, “When in Rome do as the Romans do.” But considering the amazing Italian cuisine available there, it could be said that, “When in Rome, gain 10 pounds.” I did a touristy trip to Rome back in 2010 as part of my round-the-world adventure (if you want to travel back into … Read more

How to Get to Urbino

How to Get to Urbino

“How do you get to Urbino?” It was a good question that came from a good friend when I declared I was off to explore a new part of Italy (new to me, I’m pretty sure Urbino has been on the Italian map for quite some time). I can plan a trip to Rome with my … Read more

A Taste of Urbino: Discovering Passatelli and Crescia

Passatelli and crecia Urbino

I love eating. On a good day, I can manage six meals – and I’m not talking about six small meals, either. In fact, if I could drop everything and eat professionally, I happily would…I’d perhaps need to work on my cutlery ability because, despite more than 30 years of practice with knives, forks and … Read more

Urbino: Italy’s Best Kept Secret

Looking for one of the best secret places in Italy? Meet Urbino… Italy is one of those countries that keeps pulling me back. So much so that I’m starting to lose track of the number of times I’ve visited. My love affair with this elongated part of Europe started over a decade ago with a … Read more

Traditional Irish Food: How to Eat Like an Irishman

I spent four years at university with a wonderful Irish lad (hello, Barry) and during that time was introduced to traditional Irish food as eaten by an Irishman. So, I was very excited to find myself planning an unexpected trip to Ireland at the end of this month..and it made me think of my favourite … Read more