Borders, Bribes and Bloody Hurricanes!

It’s been a proper season for getting caught in storms, mudslides closing the only road to my destination and border guards getting right up my nose! Let me dial it back a few days to a calm trip down from Cancun to the Cayes is Belize.

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Beer Milkshakes - Taking a Drink in Cusco, Peru

Cusco is one of the most-visited towns in Peru, mostly because it's the jumping-off point for tours to Machu Picchu. There are also a lot of other ruins nearby, and there's a picturesque town square which hosts procession nearly every week.

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State of the Art - Escape to New Zealand

So there you are halfway through your adventure in New Zealand and you come back from a day of White Water Rafting to find that your campervan is covered with graffiti. Most people would be shattered - thoughts of their credit card bill float through their head and they are...

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Rocking the Boat - Bay of Islands Style

The Bay of Islands, near the northern tip of New Zealand is a standout for many a visitor to NZ. For most, the islands that sit beyond the golden beaches are no more than the backdrops to their photos.

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Florence Italy - a Shoppers Guide

Here’s a secret: the best shopping in Italy isn’t located in Rome or Milan. It’s in Florence. If you’re planning on visiting a few different cities in Italy, see the Coliseum in Rome, take a gondola ride in Venice, and wait until you arrive in Florence to do your hardcore shopping.

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Your Tour - Custom Travel in New Zealand

The term 'custom travel' gets thrown around a lot these days - it seems every second operator is running tailored trips. The reality is that not every custom trip is created equal. Some may boast about flexible itineraries but when the rubber meets the road you're left with a few...

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The Fish Foot Spa in Kuala Lumpur

A rainy day in Kuala Lumpur. It's not surprising, given that it's Malaysia's rainy season, but it's enough to put a damper on our plans to go for a walk in the forest. We duck out of our hostel into the Chinatown markets, and spend an hour finding and eating...

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Surfing El Salvador

It was raining and cold in La Antigua de Guatemala, I was tired of cobbled streets and being damp. The rainy season had dragged on and landslides had closed a number of roads. It was time for a change.

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On The Way - Walking Across Spain

Beautiful views, outdoor living, good food - and 30km of walking a day. It isn't everyone's idea of a good time, but the Camino de Santiago is gaining popularity by the day. People have walked westwards across Spain for thousands of years for various reasons, but the Way became popular...

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Packed in, not packaged - travelling around the Dominican Republic

Being a regular tourist can be an altogether easy task; everything can be laid on for you, all inclusive, gated living, clean beaches and no hassle from the locals. What is missing for many is the interaction with the daily life of the host country and the feeling that, for...

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