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Wandering the World

Stories and tips from around the world.

Tag: planning

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After going to Berlin and travelling around Germany in 2021, and then to some Italian locations in 2022, I’d unintentionally repeated two of the countries from my European trip in 2009. When I realised this I felt it’d be nice symmetry to then visit Greece in 2023. Whilst that was a nice idea, I didn’t really want to do this trip without including the authentic Athens Marathon which is a bucket l …

August 8, 2023


At last the second part of my Cyprus trip was in sight. Last time I'd visited Paphos, the Troodos mountains, Limassol, and Larnaca. This time I would visit Nicosia/Leftkosa and Northern Cyprus before finally doing the half marathon I'd booked for 2020.

February 28, 2023


A much delayed trip was finally about to arrive. It's one that would have me touring the country first, volunteering with Greening the Camps to help refugees with sustainable urban agriculture, and then a marathon across the Wadi Rum desert. Travelling along for most of it, it's one I'd need to plan well for.

November 15, 2022


For my second trip of 2022 I would be returning to Italy, a place I'd not been since 2009 and was keen to revisit to see more of, and with a better camera and photography skills than before.

September 6, 2022


It’s been quite a journey getting to Guernsey. Usually I’ll know where I’m going overseas at least a year in advance. Unusually, for 2020 I had no idea where to go. I’d been wanting to visit Chile and Easter Island for a couple of years, but the friend I’d agreed to go there with was unable to. When it got to the point in 2019 when I’d seen people tweeting about how good an ultra marathon in Guer …

May 3, 2022


A month after getting back from a trip around Germany, I was now starting to think about my upcoming trip to Cyprus, and making sure I had everything I needed for this to go smoothly and be enjoyable.

November 16, 2021


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


My next adventure is about to begin - a few days of exploring on foot and bike around the city of Amsterdam, and doing the marathon whilst I'm there.

October 8, 2019


My friend, James, was back in the UK for Christmas, and the new year. His easiest route back to Canada was going to be via Zürich in Switzerland. As it was a place neither of us had visited, he invited me to join him for a short stay starting in Geneva - and taking a train from there. Whilst I was in Canada after the Chicago Marathon, we booked the hotels; having booked the flights during the sum …

December 30, 2018


Once upon a time I was given the chance to live and work in the city of Chicago. I tried to figure things out quickly, hoping to make it a smooth as possible - I looked at bank accounts that would allow easy access to money from overseas, and I even bought a new coat that would keep out the windchill of the city supposedly famous for its winds (although this is not actually what the moniker means) …

October 1, 2018

Dalmatian Coast

Preparing for a trip across two European countries with my sister, with the travel between places to be organised by a third-party. All we needed to do ourselves was to decide what we'd see, and how to get from Bled to Ljubljana at the end of the trip. This time we'd both be travelling light.

August 14, 2018


Notes about my preparation for a week of volunteering and a marathon in Africa's warm heart - Malawi.

May 15, 2018

How I Plan My Trips

Planning trips can take a lot of work, and sometimes it may feel like you\'re forgetting things. I find that by using a spreadsheet I can be prepared enough without losing the spontaneity of finding new things whilst you're there. In this post I go into detail about how I plan my trips.

May 3, 2018

A photograph of money

What does travel cost?

Travel overseas can be expensive, but is it always? What does a typical trip cost compared to a more economical one such as in Europe?

April 27, 2018


When planning for Arizona I’d come up with the idea of a road trip from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, and then down into Nevada. The first two places were about the only parts of California I’d not visited after having been to the state first for Comic Con, and then later for a Big Sur road trip. There were a few National Parks in Utah that one of my friends wanted to visit as well so c …

March 26, 2017


At the end of 2015 an opportunity arose for 2016 as I heard about a new marathon by Impact Marathon Series which aimed to bring aid to Nepal following their recent earthquake. When abroad I usually do some training runs, but so far I hadn’t had the opportunity to race. As this was a country I’d not yet visited, after asking a few questions I decided to go ahead and enter. This started off as bein …

November 7, 2016


After going with my sister to New York City in 2014 we agreed that we’d have another trip to the states the following year. To start with this plan was for a short trip to Florida so we could go to Disney World, and the John F. Kennedy Space Center. With news that Disney had bought Lucasfilm and would be creating a new “Star Wars Land” there we decide we’d delay the trip and instead go to Arizona. …

September 27, 2016

California Roadtrip

It was time to plan a new adventure, one which this time would involve driving around the USA

October 27, 2015


The history of South America has interested me for a long time. With TV shows such as The Mysterious Cities of Gold covering pre-Columbian civilisation in the Americas it was something which seemed fascinating. Previous trips have taken me to Peru and Ecuador to see sights such as Machu Picchu, and even earlier examples of civilisation such as the Nazca. Where Machu Picchu offered a glimpse of wh …

May 4, 2015


It was time to prepare at last for the biggest adventure of my life so far, to the final continent. To Antarctica.

November 1, 2013

San Diego Comic Con International 2013 banner

SDCC 2013

For my first ever trip to the USA, I had a few things to prepare for first.

June 15, 2013

East Africa

In planning for this next adventure, I decided having two camera bodies would be advantageous - no need to change camera lenses whilst dealing with dust from the savannah.

February 16, 2013

Recent Trips

Budapest is a city my sister has wanted to visit for several years as she thought "the buildings look cool". Having changed my mind about returning to Greece just yet, I decided this would be a good o…

My first trip to Cyprus had been for a half marathon race that never took place. It'd been postponed until 2022, but due to timings I decided to defer until the 2023 event as it'd work better that way…

I've dreamt of visiting Petra since I'd learnt the place I'd seen watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was a real place, and located in Jordan. It wasn't used as Petra in the film, but was the …

> “In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly lo…

For my first trip of 2022, I was heading to the Bailiwick of Guernsey for a 36 mile ultra marathon around the island. As with any other trip to a new place, of course I'd try to get in as much tourism…

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Recent Races

Guernsey Ultra 36 #GU36

MK Half Marathon

Boston Marathon

Leicester's Big 10K

Hillingdon 20
After running this race last year, I thought: "never again". Hilly by name, hilly by nature, and 20 miles of it was just more than I felt was needed. However, after deciding to do GU36 one more time, …

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