Travel wishlist *updated for 2015*

  Photo credit – Midorisyu – Creative Commons I’m not sure exactly when Japan started seeping into my consciousness, but suddenly it’s there. I’m trying to branch out a bit more from just travelling in South America (much as I love it). Japan intrigues me and is definitely somewhere I hope to visit; mountains, megacities…

Just as good second time around? Heading back to the rainforest in Ecuador

Photo credit: sara y tzunky (Flickr creative commons) This summer I’ll be visiting a new country, Ecuador. Definitely looking forward to seeing some more Andean scenery, volcanoes and visiting Quito. But one element of our plans had me hesitating for weeks – visiting a remote jungle lodge in the Oriente. It’s not from any fear…

Happy New Year!

It’s a bright new year with lots of exciting things coming up. I can’t wait for the Olympics which are happening right here in the UK. We have tickets for the basketball but I’m more excited to go and watch the cycling road races, especially to see if Mark Cavendish can win a home gold!…

When to talk about travel (and when to keep quiet)

I mostly write about travel on my site. I guess you don’t mind reading about it, otherwise you wouldn’t be here! Mainly I write so I can look back months or years later and unearth all those great, half-buried, memories. I don’t really write practical travel guides on where to get the cheapest cup of…

Getting my travelling shoes back on

This year has been pretty light on travel for various reasons, but this month I’ll be remedying that with a trip to Sri Lanka. It’s a year since we’ve been on a long haul trip and at this point I’m even excited for the plane trip, although come back to me a few hours into…

Now playing

This just seemed appropriate today. There are places I’ll remember All my life though some have changed Some forever not for better Some have gone and some remain All these places had their moments With lovers and friends I still can recall Some are dead and some are living In my life I’ve loved them…

Take it easy…the art of slow travel

(sorry, links not appearing on WordPress!) This post on Wild Junket inspired me to think about slow travel, and how long it is since I’ve done some. Last year’s trip to Kenya was short and action-packed, flitting from the Gede ruins to Tsavo for a safari, sailing the mangrove creeks and visiting Hell’s Kitchen (also…

Postscript…Rio

(yes, this has been sitting in my drafts folder for weeks) Sometimes you see an iconic image so often that it takes away the surprise of arriving somewhere new, but not this time. Just five brief hours to spend in the centre of Rio and already I’m wishing I could stay, enchanted by the skyline…

Pictures are up

Here on Flickr, handily split into sets. Had to wrestle with flickr for over a week to get these up as the desktop uploadr kept crashing – tried reinstalling, resizing photos but could never do more than a few at a time. Yesterday it gave up completely – seems quite a few people on the…