Smart Travel; Cultural Survival Guide for Travellers

The recent spate of horrific sex attacks on female travellers in India have highlighted a problem which as existed for many years. There have been numerous other attacks but the ferocity and aggression involved resulting in the death of one victim has received worldwide condemnation. Extensive media coverage has fuelled the feelings of revulsion aimed at the sub-continent. “Reported rape …

Postcard from Catalonia; Fun in the Delta l’ Ebre rice paddies

Now what do we have here, what could this group of inadequately dressed and inexperienced people possibly be doing picking rice in a Catalan rice paddy? It was a day spent in the Delta l’ Ebre wetland region of Catalonia, Spain, apart from learning about picking rice we also discovered how to fish with nets and the difficulties of punting …

Postcard from Havana, A Cuban Character

This is one of the numerous ‘professional’ models which ply their trade in and around the squares of Old Havana. Offering their interesting features often with huge cigars for posing with tourists or for photographers. I usually decline but the handlebar moustache of this particular gentleman seemed too good to pass up. I was quite taken back however when after …

If you only travel to one ‘Hot’ Destination this year……..

New Year, new travel suggestions, it is that time of year that travel publications roll out their suggested hot destination list for the coming year. These can be useful, especially if anybody is not actually aware that Australia, India, Argentina or Portugal exist! In some cases they may have a vested interest in the destination, they maybe organising their own …