Escaping the Crowds; A Passion to Explore

There is an increasing trend in travel, people seeking to explore, hoping to find more authentic experiences. They prioritise getting away from the crowds, and attempting to step off the beaten path. This new wave of traveller isn’t content sipping mai tais on all-inclusive resort beaches. Though a deserted one, that few ever reach probably holds greater appeal. They are …

A Brief Guide to Budget Travel

There’s a problem with budget travel tips, they are relative to the particular author offering the advice. One person’s budget is another’s excessive luxury, and yet others wouldn’t dream of lowering themselves to stay or dine in these ‘slums’. For example, staying in hostels would be unthinkable to many, but are the mainstay of the travel plans of many more. …

Travel Serendipity – An Unexpected Encounter in the Drakensberg

I appreciated some serendipity in the Drakensberg; a compelling motive for choosing to travel. Discovering the unexpected is a large part of the appeal for me. It provides the excitement, exploring a world where even the remotest corners have been thoroughly surveyed and mapped. Anticipating a new discovery, finding something different or unexpected is a driving force for all modern-day …

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 …

Comfort Zones Aren’t What They Used To Be

Coming to the realisation that this particular adventurer doesn’t live up to the all action, swashbuckling, devil may care lifestyle that is portrayed came as a rude awakening. Though not exactly Hemmingway I’ve been overly proud of my willingness to travel to isolated ‘at risk’ destinations or participate in activities perceived as foolhardy and downright dangerous. Rather smugly claiming “my …

Postcard from Cuba; Favourite Destinations Photo Series

Choosing one photograph to represent a destination especially one that provided dozens of great photo opportunities is a challenge. Regular readers are already aware of my affinity for Cuba; a fascinating culture, a character on every street corner, new, interesting scenes encountered with each step, bustling cities in a beautiful and diverse country. The trip last year has resulted in …

and the Ultimate Romantic Destination is …….

Happy Valentine’s Day, thanks for taking the time out from reading through the mountain of cards you received and the planned romantic dinner to view this post. Especially as there is also a mountain of published articles recommending the ultimate romantic destination, hotels and restaurants to take your special somebody. Where to whisk them to in a gesture of love …