Finding paradise in Meghalaya

There are some moments when you travel where you stop and think, “I have found paradise.” They’re rare moments but when they happen you never want to leave. A tiny village in the remote jungles of south Meghalaya, called Nongriat, was such a place, a paradise. There’s very little information on tourism in the Northeast…

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Sikkim: travelling where nature smiles

After dismissing the northwest of India because of the cold and snow at this time of year, I decided to explore the northeast instead. It wasn’t just the slightly better weather that appealed to me though, it was also the fact that it is the most underexplored area in India and government restrictions on foreign…

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Happy Hampi

They call it Happy Hampi and I could definitely see why. It was a laidback village amidst a bizarre landscape of giant boulders and ancient temples. It reminded me a lot of Petra in Jordan where you weren’t really restricted as to where you could go and you could scramble up boulders and hills to…

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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…

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Top 10 shots: South America 2015

Top ten photos from my trip in South America in 2015

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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…

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Santa Cruz Trek

Before you roll your eyes and think “another trek?!”, be aware that this was the last one for the time being! Just to prove again how much I love hiking, I turned around and went back to the north of Peru again and spent 24 hours on a bus to get to a city called…

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The Inca Trail

The famous Inca Trail. The popular Machu Picchu. How good could it actually be after all that I’d already seen? Exceptionally good as it turns out and one of the highlights of my entire trip. I’d booked the four day trek six months in advance as required, because the permits often sell out due to…

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History, hiking and a festival in Cuenca

I moved further south on the Pan-American highway and stopped at Ecuador’s third largest city called Cuenca. It easily kept me busy for days. My first full day there I took a 9am bus to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador, Ingapirca. It was a two hour bus journey through the mountains and small villages…

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Hiking the Quilotoa Loop

“Tricky but rewarding” were the words Lonely Planet used. I was determined to do it independently anyway. I found a lot of useful information on some other blog posts people had written plus the few hostels at each of the villages around the loop also had informative websites. The ‘loop’ is actually a rough road…

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Hiking to the Lost City

I wasn’t originally planning on going to Colombia but when I sat down with a travel agent in England to book a flight from Europe to Ecuador to start my South American leg the lady said, “You have to go to Colombia. You’re going to Colombia!” and so I walked out with a ticket to…

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A day in Sintra’s fairyland

Sintra is like a fairytale or a movie set. It’s a place that belongs in Alice In Wonderland where wacky architecture, bright colours and playful gardens are standard. But in fact Sintra is just a town in Portugal, 30km from Lisbon, which was a favourite summer retreat of Portugal’s royal families. My first stop in…

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