North Carolina Part 2

That time we hiked all day in the rainforest to discover everything was closed (including the roads) so we were stranded in the fog. Where? Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina When? May 2018 With whom? Hannah, a previous travel bud. Hannah and I had camped out in the mountains with Lou the dog, which I…

Driving and hiking through North Carolina Part 1

That time we went on a mile high not so swinging bridge and set our tent up in the rain. Where? North Carolina, USA When? May 2018 With whom? Alone, meeting Hannah (someone I met travelling before). I was so excited to get far away from the UK, especially to visit my former travel buddy,…

Terrifying traffic in Tehran

That time we explored Iran’s capital city and nearly got run over a number of times. Where? Esfahan, Iran When? August 2015 With whom? Alone Tehran was massive. I don’t know whether this was because I had come from rural Turkey with small settlements on my route, but as I drove into Tehran, its magnitude…

Wooden horses, battlefields and baths in Turkey.

That time we drove the coast of Turkey and stopped off at the historical sites! Where? Turkey. When? July 2015 With whom? Alone From Istanbul, the first stop was Gallipoli. For obvious reasons, this was appealing as a stop off for its historical context. Unsurprisingly, every person I met in Gallipoli was an Aussie or…

Living like a local in the Himalaya

That time I went with locals up a mountain in the Himalaya to stay in the Ghalegaun community. Where? Besisahar, Nepal When? November 2015 With whom? Alone I had been doing some charity work with a school in a town called Besisahar, or Besi, and staying with a family who worked with me. Chandra and…

Bested the Beast of Kili

That time we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Where? Tanzania When? July 2011 With whom? Sean, a friend from university. The first time I traveled by myself was in the summer of 2009, when I did some charity work in Tanzania. It was such an amazing experience and was a huge challenge but undertaking the project gave…

Maple touring and moose tracking, Ontario, Canada.

That time we desperately searched for a moose encounter, despite everybody else’s better judgement. Where? Ontario, Canada When? April 2018 With whom? Martin We spent three weeks in Canada exploring Ontario and Quebec in a motorhome or RV. When researching the trip before we went, the internet said that April is a wonderful time of…

Exploring Lysefjord! Crinkly edges part 2.

That time we hiked for a day on an isolated path with all of our stuff without any water. Where? Norway When? August 2017 With whom? Theo, a friend from uni. Read part 1 here. After a night of playing card games with vodka with our new friend Esther, we had an early start the…

All those lovely crinkly edges in Norway (part one).

That time we camped through Norway climbing up and washing in ice cold fjords. Where? Norway When? August 2017 With whom? Theo, a friend from uni We were aware in advance that Norway was expensive but we never anticipated shop bought sandwiches for the equivalent of £14. We ate for sustenance rather than pleasure on…

G.I. Joe and his poor reasoning skills

That time neither logic nor reason mattered climbing the pyramids at Teotihuacán in Mexico.  Where? Mexico City When? October 2016 With whom? Alone to meet up with people I had met travelling In 2015 I quit my job and made my way very slowly overland from London to Singapore. For more than half of that journey…

Bulgarian wines don’t give you hangovers, they said.

That time the guide books told us that Bulgarian wine doesn’t give you hangovers, so in the name of Science we tested that theory. Where? Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria When? July 2015 With whom? Alone In 2015 I made my way very slowly from London to Singapore overland. I went quickly through Europe because it’s right…