Some people dream of running a marathon one day. I’m not one of them. I once famously said I was allergic to exercise in a post that my future boss mentioned in my job interview. For the world’s largest group exercise company. I still have no idea how I got the job. But I’m stubborn, and sometimes stubbornness makes […]Read more "Salkantay Trek: A Lesson in Endurance"
You know that feeling when you open the dishwasher just after it finishes and the steam devours you and you can’t breathe or see? That’s what it feels like in the jungle. All the time. Our much anticipated 10 day jungle retreat was cancelled two days before we arrived in Iquitos, Peru – the largest city in […]Read more "Life Lesson #51 – Don’t Join a Cult in the Amazon Jungle"
The relaxing of the US embargo means Cuba is about to change forever. I decided years ago that I wanted to visit before there’s a McDonald’s and a Starbucks on every corner. Given that I wanted to see the islands as well, G Adventures’ 7 day Sailing Cuba tour had the ideal itinerary for everything […]Read more "Highlights of Sailing Cuba"
Tourism just isn’t part of the Moloka’i vocabulary, and that’s the way the locals want to keep it. As a result, the island attracts a different kind of visitor; one who doesn’t mind that the population is barely double my high school, that there’s only one place of accommodation, or that the occasional gecko may […]Read more "Getting Back to Basics in Moloka’i"
In a dive bar in Waikiki, a surfer with waist-length dreadlocks struck up a conversation. Interested to get the local perspective, I asked him about his favourite view in Oahu. He told me that in one of the richest suburbs, there’s a jawdropping hike. You climb a mountain and at the summit is a concrete ‘catwalk’ of sorts, […]Read more "Trespassing to Dead Man’s Catwalk (in Photos)"
Out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed a flash of silver darting over the turquoise Pacific. Moments later, it reappeared directly in front of my kayak. A flying fish, gliding over the surface in seeming defiance of the laws of gravity.Read more "Smoke and Spirit in Tonga"
“This place should have more visitors. It deserves them. You mark my words, the tourists will come flocking here in a few years when word gets out” – my friend Ally, upon discovering the Coromandel for the first time Most overseas visitors come to New Zealand expecting the epic snowy mountains from the Lord of […]Read more "The Magical Coromandel (in Photos)"