Advice and Inspiration

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9 Amazing animal experiences from around the world!

For me, one of the most rewarding things about travel is the opportunity to view and photograph wildlife I could never see at home. In this post I share some of the most memorable - and unusual - animal experiences I have had on my journeys around the globe. What has...

The World is a Book: What travel means to me

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page... (Commonly attributed to St Augustine) I genuinely feel like I very rarely go on holiday. This idea would make most of my friends and family either laugh out loud, or frown in confusion – I am...

Swimming with manta rays in the Maldives

The Maldives are simply magical, but one of the most memorable moments of my time there was the day I swam with a manta ray. We had travelled by wooden dhoni through the islands, stopping off twice a day to snorkel on the spectacular reefs that litter the shores....

Small group travel: Is it right for you?

I am a huge advocate of small group travel, and it is something I have been doing for many years. I also find that, more and more, friends are asking my advice about taking the plunge. But is it right for you? What is small group travel? Small group travel generally...

How to survive travel if you don’t speak the language!

In addition to my love of travel, I have always loved and been fascinated by foreign languages: how we can experience the same world but express it in such different ways and with such a mixture of sounds. If, like me, you are a native English speaker then, like me,...

Animal encounters: Hyenas in the night

It’s 2am in Botswana, and I wake up with a start inside my tent. I’m in the Okavango Delta in the north of the country, and we are staying in a campsite just on the edge of the Moremi game reserve. The previous evening, sitting around our campfire, we were aware of...

Top travel health tips you need to know

I love to travel, I really love to travel. I've been to more than my fair share of locations in Europe and some in North America, but I do also like a bit of culture clash, and my favourite trips are inevitably to countries in the developing world. This means that I...

When travel plans go wrong!!

I had a Facebook message from a friend the other day: "Have you ever had any airport disasters?". Well, let's just say I might have done... once or twice. The question inspired me to write about some of the occasions when it all went - for want of a better...

The lion that climbed the tree: Life on the plains of Kenya

In September 2015 I went to Kenya. I was on my way to another location in Africa, but as so often happens, my flights there and back transited in Nairobi and the temptation to see something outside the airport was too much to bear. So it was that I broke my journey on the way home, and spent two days and two nights in on a whistle-stop tour...