Off The Rails – Colombo to Matara

As a golden sun slowly rose over Colombo, the silence of the morning was deafening. After a hot and uncomfortable night in the hostel, we left at 6am for an early morning stroll. It’s incredible the difference you see in a city when you watch it waking up. We passed ageing mechanics opening up their…

East Coast Road Trip – Magnetic Island to Bowen

It was exactly the type of place we’d hoped find ourselves. A place we had no need to go to and would likely never visit again, but a place that existed to be found.

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…

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,…