East Coast Road Trip – Cairns to Balgal

We had two weeks and a roughly penciled plan…

Trails and Tales – A Walking Tour Of Saigon

It occurred to me lately, after spending a year living in a new city, that I’d become fixated on its current state. Finding my feet within a new culture had required a leap of faith. All of my energy was focused on catching up, and then keeping pace with the whirlwind adventure I’d latched onto. Living…

5 Lessons I’ve Learnt About Adventure Travel

1) Be prepared On the morning of my deep dive training it was wonderfully sunny. Cruising out to the dive site I sat on the top deck of our little vessel completely distracted by the scene around me. On the lower deck, other divers scrambled around assembling their equipment. We were advised that we’d be…

Kruger: A Feast of Lions

Before heading off on Safari I was constantly asked, “what animals are you looking forward to seeing the most?” My answer was always the same, “everything, anything…all of them!” Not a single animal would disappoint me. I wouldn’t turn my nose up at any of them. Being brought up in Wigan my upbringing wasn’t filled…

Kruger: In Two Shakes of a Lion’s Tail

I’ve spent the last week re-writing ‘War and Peace’. My version detailed a gripping journey through the beautiful Kruger National Park. I described every animal with an artists precision and relived my journey by describing every bump in the road. Re-reading my ‘masterpiece’, I quickly realised that I’d written a diary entry…and nobody wants to…

Chasing The Big Five – Mjejane Game Drive

The big five! Not necessarily Africa’s biggest animals, nor the rarest or the most ferocious. The term ‘Big 5’ actually refers to the animals most coveted by 19th century, white, colonial hunters. Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard. They were the most sought after prizes, the trophy kills. They became the most dangerous animals to…

Jumping Bloukrans Bridge

Five”… “Bloody hell they got me here fast, my toes are so far over the edge they might as well just dangle me over.” “Four”… “Wow, the gorge really looks beautiful at sunset.” “Three”… “Well, I guess it’s too late to back out now.” “Two”… “Right OK, if I’m doing this, I at least need…

Phu Quoc, Part 2- Riding South

It was the perfect morning to hang your washing out, warm and breezy with no sign of rain. At 8 am we were served eggs and pancakes while our feet sat buried deep in the soft sand of Long Beach. As the waves lapped against the shore nearby, we hatched our plan for the day,…

On Our Way – South Africa 

Before each new trip I find myself juggling the nauseating concoction of excitement and apprehension. They are much the same but cause greatly differing reactions. Today I am taking on a new adventure, a new continent and a new country. Today I travel to South Africa. It’s a country synonymous with conflict and corruption yet…

Phu Quoc, Part 1 – Riding North

Fresh Air has become an illusive figure in my life. I never used to notice it. Air was air. But now everything I write has this recurring theme. Fresh air. I crave it. And so in another quest to escape the polluted cauldron of Ho Chi Minh City, we packed our bags and headed to…