Great Tips for Doing Nothing

“The sightseeing tourist will visit all the attractions but the explorer will discover their own”  At the risk of appearing the laziest traveller on the planet I’m going to confess my fondness for doing nothing. In reality it’s doing nothing in particular, in other words exploring a destination without a particular plan. This suits my philosophy of travelling, preferring to …

Postcards from Vancouver – Canada’s city of Reflections

“Vancouver is not a friendly city”, this was surprisingly revealed during a chat with some locals in one of the great bars in Gastown. My informant expanded further upon this explaining that most people are in too much of a hurry to pass pleasantries in the street. Apparently they do not smile or greet each other enough as they pass …

Two sides of Antwerp; Beautiful history in photos

The favoured mode of transport around Antwerp and even Flanders is undoubtedly the pushbike, however the city is equally cool for walking. I enjoyed ambling through various areas of the city on a couple of occasions,  visiting the historical areas along with a few festivals along the way. The River Scheldt divides the city in two, and both sides are …

Mad Dogs and Englishmen – A trekking in Iceland saga

“Mount Esja ……….. You are going to walk it?” asked the bus driver near Reykjavik, Iceland, after enquiring if he could tell me when the bus reached the base of the mountain. When I affirmed my intention to do just this, he replied “You’re mad!” The day had started out defining dreary, grey and drab with constant drizzle driven by …

How being drunk for 6 months in Sweden helped me get a degree

Chloe Barnes Website: Camping in Heels Chloe is an Australian expat living in Scotland. She’s not quite sure why she’s there, but after years of experiencing seasons that include ‘rainy’, ‘uncomfortably warm’, ‘I think I might burst into flames’, and ‘can they even measure this in Celsius?!’ it’s a pleasant change. Just quietly, she’s also really uncomfortable writing about herself …