A Trip on the Indian Pacific Railway

Indian Pacific – a name, like ‘Orient Express’ (but possibly not ‘Woodhead’) which evokes a nostalgia…

Five Days in Lesotho

I only had five days in Lesotho, but it was enough to let me see that…

South Africa: Overview

So, I didn’t spend that long in South Africa, maybe a week in total, but I…

Podcast #013: Travel in West Africa (Part One)

Welcome to Episode 13 of my “Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure” podcast. Again, this pod…

Five Days in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is not the most common destinations for tourists. In fact, I’m fairly certain the…

What to Expect when Backpacking in West Africa

West Africa isn’t generally the first place on the average British backpacker’s itinerary, but as you…

Malekula Island – An overview

When I was researching places to visit in Vanuatu, the island of Malekula stood out as…

Glasgow Smiles Better

See, I grew up in Liverpool in the 1980s. Hard times in a rough city; it…

Beware the Peacocks!

The journey from home to the B&B took just under an hour and half by car,…

Groups in Hostels

Hostels can be really great for meeting people, especially when you’re travelling alone. Mostly you’d come…