Like many people, I had dreamt of discovering my own tropical paradise; of stumbling upon a deserted beach with soft, white sand and swaying palm trees in some far flung corner of the world. However, I knew it was unrealistic to find a place that was both free from heavy tourism and convenient to reach, so I opted … More Aitutaki – Escaping to Paradise
From my cabin window, I gazed across the river to see an innocuous looking boat in the distance. Eager to catch a glimpse of the locals, I continued to stare at the half dozen men on board. We made eye contact. Then, with sudden, unexpected eagerness, they hastened toward me. Amused (and a little alarmed), I … More Cruising the Nile – Temples and Touts
I’d been looking forward to seeing the Giant Sequoias for a very long time – ever since one first caught my eye in a magazine I bought some ten years ago. There was a picture of a person perched on top of an enormous tree stump, leaning back with their legs comfortably crossed, gazing up at … More In the Shadow of Giants
STOP! CONSIDER TURNING BACK When these words greeted me partway through the trek, I admit I wasn’t inspired with the greatest of confidence. I stared at the bold blue warning sign and asked myself – was I really prepared? Wearing cheap, questionable trainers, I wasn’t convinced I met the criteria for “right equipment and clothing”. However, as several … More Tongariro Alpine Crossing – the best day trek in New Zealand?
Ten thousand Buddhas – how hard could they be to find? More than you might imagine, it transpires, as I became one of the many travellers who mistakenly take the wrong turn toward the neighbouring cemetery. As I climbed the steps snaking up the hillside, I sensed that something was amiss when an outdoor escalator came into … More Ten Thousand Buddha monastery – how not to miss the turn
I was warned, before entering the ice cave, that I would have to crouch. Being on the short side, I smiled at the idea, confident that the advice was aimed at the taller members of our group. Armed an icepick, I felt appropriately adventurous, and excited to be ticking off another dream from my travel wish-list. … More Crystal Caves