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Wandering the World

Stories and tips from around the world.


After the lost year, it's finally time to be back travelling, and to see new sights and cities. Planning would no longer be quite the same as before…

September 14, 2021

East Africa Day 1

Only a couple of weeks since I was last in London I found myself once more getting ready to set out on another adventure, though this time it wasn’t such an early start. First thing in the morning I started the course of Malarone, the anti-malarial tablets. It’d be important to remember to take these every morning for the next couple of weeks. I then drove down to Warwick late morning, not getting …

February 23, 2013

East Africa

A safari is one of the things I’ve always wanted to do, so I’d planned quite some time in advance that I’d go on one in 2013. Not long after booking this trip though I also booked a trip to Norway which would take place only a few weeks before this one was planned to start. This meant that in going to Africa two weeks after getting back from Norway I was practically going from one extreme to anot …

February 16, 2013

Norway Day 7

Finally it was time to head home, but before that we had a few hours to spare to look around Tromsø. As there was no great rush it meant getting up at 08:00 was possible. Breakfast was a welcome change from having mostly cheese and bread and by 09:30 we were ready to explore the city for a couple of hours. We were dropped off by Alister at the Tromsø cathedral and then walked into the city over …

February 7, 2013

The Northern Lights over Tromso

Norway Day 6

To get to the ferry crossings on time we had to go for breakfast at 07:00, and by 07:20 we were done. Oskar was good enough to provide some bags so we could make some sandwiches from the breakfast to take with us for the journey. Being the last to leave the communal hut I said goodbye to the Mexican girls that had joined our group for a short time, and then started getting bags loaded onto the sle …

February 6, 2013

Norway Day 5

We were hopeful that today would be the day we would see an amazing aurora display. Seeing a sunrise gave us even more hope that the skies would clear. I was up at 08:00 and photographing the sunrise, but headed in before the reindeer herder passed in order to get a cup of tea. He wasn’t with any reindeer, and didn’t stop so I didn’t miss anything. Breakfast was similar to the previous days and …

February 5, 2013

Reindeer and Elk stew

Norway Day 4

During the day we attempted some ice fishing; but found the ice extended all the way down to the silt. In the evening we could get warmed up in the sauna.

February 4, 2013


Norway Day 3

There's not much to do when you're in the middle of nowhere with very few hours of daylight. We did however get to ride the snowscooters as we waited for night and the hope of seeing the aurora.

February 3, 2013

Finnish Sunset

Norway Day 2

We were taken by minibus from Tromsø through Finland and back into Norway to some awaiting snow scooters near Karasjok. From there we were taken at speed through the trees to the cabins of Ravnastua.

February 2, 2013


Norway Day 1

It took two flights to get from the UK to Tromsø; but it was going to be worth it. After this long day we'd be on our way to our final destination in the morning.

February 1, 2013


April 7, 2012 to April 28, 2012 | 16 posts


January 25, 2012 to February 21, 2012 | 5 posts

Galapagos Land Iguana on South Plaza


A haven for wildlife, and the geologically new islands that inspired Charles Darwin to write "On the Origin of the Species". It was a place that felt like being in a living David Attenborough documentary. It felt the only trip that would ever be able to beat this would be the forthcoming trip to Antarctica. --- Not got time to read the daily posts? You can also read a summary on [Medium]( You can also check out the full photo album on [Flickr](

April 20, 2011 to May 3, 2011 | 14 posts


July 11, 2010 to July 12, 2010 | 2 posts


Over the course of three weeks I travelled around Eastern Australia and both the north and south of New Zealand trying to see as many sights as possible. If you’ve enjoyed these posts you can also buy them as a photo book from Blurb; you can also view the full photo album on Flickr.

March 6, 2010 to March 26, 2010 | 20 posts


Europe was effectively a trial run for Australia and New Zealand to see how well planning a trip by ourselves like this would work. For this trip we planned to visit Berlin, Germany; and then to fly to Naples in Italy and to use the train to get from there to Rome, and then onto Venice before flying out of Milan to get to Athens in Greece. There were so many parts that could have gone wrong with tight connections, and there was a lot to see in three countries for one two week period.

May 16, 2009 to May 29, 2009 | 14 posts

The ruins of Machu Picchu in front of the peak of Huayna Picchu


On a mountain trail high in the Andes lies the long lost Inca city of Machu Picchu (located 2,400 meters / 7,875 ft above sea level) – lost until 1911 when it was found by Hiram Bingham. Peru was the home of the Inca people and other civilisations before it. There are so many sights to see there from the enigmatic Nasca lines and geoglyphs to the magnificent Machu Picchu. If you’ve enjoyed these posts you can also buy them as a photo book from Blurb; you can also view the full photo album on Flickr.

May 24, 2008 to June 7, 2008 | 15 posts

Pyramid of Khafre, Giza


Going to Egypt was the first of my “big” holiday adventures. It was the first time I’d been abroad without my parents, and started me off on the path to try and visit as many countries as I could. I was ill for a good portion of this trip, so left with hopes that one day I will return to Egypt. If you’ve enjoyed these posts you can also buy them as a photo book from Blurb; you can also view the full [photo album on Flickr](

June 4, 2007 to June 15, 2007 | 7 posts

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