15 truths from a year of travel

15 Truths Learned From a Year of Travel

It’s hardly possible to believe, but today (February 9th) marks a whole year since I started my round the world adventure. So far I haven’t made it quite around the world (I’m halfway there, from the UK to New Zealand), but I’ve travelled a lot more slowly and taken in much more than I thought I would when I started. …

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Open Mic: How Can I Make My Travel Dreams a Reality?

‘How can I travel more?’ – This is the burning question which a lot of readers ask me on a daily basis. In fact, I probably receive between 10 and 20 emails a day from readers looking for help on anything from finding a parking space in a tiny Croatian town (yeah, I know!) to broader questions like ‘how can …

How to plan a trip to croatia

How to Plan a Kick-Ass Trip to Croatia

We’re almost over the worst of winter so it’s time to think forward to sunnier times, and start picturing yourself in your bikini on a sandy beach (sorry if the thought of that fills you with dread after the Christmas period, haha). Croatia is one of my favourite European destinations, mainly because there is so much variety. Stunning Plitvice Lakes …

Me with a lake. Because lake.

What to Expect from Hiking the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

The Tongariro Crossing is consistently voted as the best one-day hike in New Zealand, and having just completed it, I can 100% see why. It has a little of everything – high, deserted plateaus, volcanic ash slides, steaming vents, emerald coloured lakes and beautiful forests, and that’s just for starters! Each and every corner reveals a new landscape, and just …

Why is everyone going to Iceland

Why is Everyone Travelling to Iceland?

It seems I can’t scroll through my Facebook feed over the last few months without seeing one of my friends gallivanting around Iceland. Seriously, if you’re one of my Facebook friends there is about a 30% chance you’ve visited the island in the last year. Photos of friends bathing in the blue lagoon with captions like ‘OMG is this even …

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Finding Glow Worms in Waitomo, New Zealand

‘OK, who wants to go Blackwater Rafting with glow worms?’, asked our Stray bus driver, Motors. A lot of people whooped or nodded along. I was a little less enthusiastic. Still recovering from an ankle injury (4 months ago but who’s counting?) I wasn’t sure if I was up to the challenge. Slippery rocks? Abseiling? Hmmmm… nah. But as I …

A Guide to train travel in india

A Newbie’s Guide to Train Travel in India

So you’re travelling through India? AWESOME. You’re going to have a blast. But India is BIG. You’re going to need some kind of plan for getting around. The quickest way? To fly. The cheapest? By bus. The best? There’s no competition here. You’ll want to go by train. Taking the train in India is definitely my favourite way of getting …