Dal lake sunrise

Srinagar: the contested jewel in Kashmir’s crown

The city had been exactly what I had imagined it to be and more; it was completely different to anything else I had seen on the subcontinent, the people were full of colourful and passionate conversation and the lake was truly beautiful with the background of the Himalayas faded under haze. Yet, I'd felt much safer than I perhaps thought I would, the media always driving a particular fear of certain places, and in fact, after I left I found myself telling people, "Go to Srinagar and spend time there," because only then can you truly understand it... Read about my time in Srinagar, Kashmir.

Southeastern Myanmar: Hpa-An and Mawlamyine

Myanmar is a pretty big country, I soon discovered, and with a maximum 28 day visa it doesn’t leave you much room to explore the country extensively. I had spent most of my time in the northern half of the country, as most people do, and so I decided for the remainder of my days … Continue reading Southeastern Myanmar: Hpa-An and Mawlamyine

Kerala: God’s own country

When tourists think of southern India they think of Kerala and it’s famous backwaters, palm trees, beaches and laidback attitude. It’s the place where you can forget for a while that you are in a country with over one billion people; it’s quieter and more relaxed than other places on the subcontinent. I spent a … Continue reading Kerala: God’s own country

Anaconda hunting, piranha fishing and long bus journeys

The exotic and fascinating Amazon. The largest rainforest in the world stretching across South America. It covers more than seven million sq km and touches nine countries. Everyone instantly thinks of Brazil which is where most of it resides and where the main Amazon River sits. However, it's possible to experience the Amazon from many … Continue reading Anaconda hunting, piranha fishing and long bus journeys

The birthplace of the sun

The indigenous people believe that the sun was created on Lake Titicaca and and you could definitely feel the strength of its rays on the largest high altitude lake in the world at 3808m. Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia and is now the main crossing point for backpackers between the two … Continue reading The birthplace of the sun

IAmsterdam: red lights, smokey air and long canals

Beautiful yet rough around the edges. Not as grand as Berlin nor as sophisticated as Paris, but Amsterdam has been one of my favourite European cities. It's unique, interesting and full of character. Whether you come for the art, the history or the pot, the city doesn't disappoint. However, the notorious Red Light District was, to … Continue reading IAmsterdam: red lights, smokey air and long canals

The islands of dreams, glamour and too many selfie sticks

The Greek Islands are a destination to dream about. It's the unique and iconic white and blue buildings, the sandy beaches and blue ocean, the fresh seafood drizzled in olive oil, the donkeys climbing the steep and skinny paths from the docks and the idea of kicking back and living the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle. I … Continue reading The islands of dreams, glamour and too many selfie sticks