• And away we go…

    It’s arrived. It’s been two years in the making and, after many months of planning, fretting, box ticking, training, troubleshooting and all round hard work, it’s almost impossible to believe that it’s now actually happening. We are going to Tanzania: woop! Having a trip in the works for two years or more is nothing new,

  • Budapest – Hungary’s Bewitching Capital City

    Budapest is one of the grand cities of Europe, a place whose reputation for grand belle-of-the-ball architecture, all around the long and winding Danube river, precedes it. I visited here with my Eastern Europe-fixated friend a couple of years ago, and saw plenty that confirmed my pre-trip expectations that Budapest is, indeed, a bewitching place.

  • KYGN – At a glance Facts and Stats

    So I’m well in to blogging the story of our involvement with the KYGN School in Tanzania, and as I write this the date of our departure is a mere three weeks away. Exciting! I’ve covered in no small detail all aspects of our preparation for the trip, and have discussed KYGN too. But I

  • Zambia: On the Road, African style!

    If “life is a journey and not a destination”, as Ralph Waldo Emerson famously declared, then traveling is one of the very best examples of this maxim. You can also take Emerson’s words literally, and examine how your travel experiences are informed not just by the places you consciously visit, but the mode of transport

  • The Triathlon – II

    In the same way that the build up to Christmas seems like an awful lot of fuss for just one day, so did all the months of training and preparation for the triathlon I ran on Monday 30th May 2016 seem like it was all rather blown out of proportion for what amounts to less

  • Volunteering – Go it alone, or go with others?

    The travelling solo vs travelling with one or more others (be they spouses, family, friends or even acquaintances and near-strangers) is an age old debate that promises never to go away, with firm advocates of each travelling style on both sides of the fence. Ultimately, there are pros and cons to both, and it comes

  • The Philippines – Cebu and Bohol

    The Philippines is a land of over 7000 islands, and the twin attractions of Cebu and Bohol – both located a short boat ride away from each other – are arguably two of the most readily appealing ones. Cebu is something of a sacred place, as it’s from here that the Spanish began spreading the

  • The Triathlon – I

    I’ve been in the travel blogging game long enough to start to become familiar with the memes that you often see with wizened words encouraging you to travel. One you’ll often come across is the well-worn phrase that ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’; and it’s pretty obvious just what activity it

  • The Philippines – It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad Manila

    Ask your average visitor to the Philippines – heck, ask your average Filipino native – what their favourite place in the Philippines is and Manila sure wouldn’t feature very high on the list. The capital of the Philippines has a reputation for being a huge, traffic-choked, baking hot metropolis that is a place to arrive

  • Dealing with Culture Shock

    If you’re considering volunteering overseas but hesitating to commit, the chances are that one of the things bothering you is how you will adjust to a new job, new people, a new country and a new way of doing things on an everyday level. Of course, there’s a possibility that this humanitarian work overseas gig