Surfin’ UK – catching my first wave in Newquay

Surfing is not something I would have normally associated with Britain.  It seemed to naturally belong to hotter climes, like California, Hawaii and Australia.  I always imagined taking my first lesson in one of these places, which are more famed for their surf culture.  Certainly, squeezing into a wetsuit and making a mad dash for … More Surfin’ UK – catching my first wave in Newquay

The Carretera Austral

The Carretera Austral is not your average road.  Weaving past the natural obstacles of Patagonia’s rugged landscape, it forges a path through some of the most beautiful and remote parts of southern Chile.  As our truck carefully navigated the winding way, I attempted to peer through the shifting veil of mist which obscured much of the wild scenery. … More The Carretera Austral

Crossing the Golfo de Corcovado (“don’t mention the boat!”)

Boat night – the night that shall never be forgotten.  When I look back on our journey across the Golfo de Corcovado, I always think of that infamous line from Fawlty Towers – “don’t mention the war!”  Only in this case, it was a night of sleepless hell that would become the forbidden topic; an episode of … More Crossing the Golfo de Corcovado (“don’t mention the boat!”)

Overlanding to the end of the world

“Fin del Mundo”, or “The end of the world” in English – that’s how they describe Ushuaia, the Earth’s most southern city.  Located on Argentina’s curling tail, it’s the launchpad for trips to Antarctica and would become the finishing point of my adventure down the spine of Chile and through Patagonia’s legendary wilderness. With twenty-four … More Overlanding to the end of the world

A Symphony of Lightning

I stared across the water at the multi-coloured buildings, searching the sky for a sign that the show was about to begin.  I felt like a child on Bonfire Night, eagerly anticipating the first firework.  Only this was no firework display, but Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights – a ten minute laser show spectacular which illuminates the magnificent … More A Symphony of Lightning