Girl + Scooter vs. Mountain

It’s often said that it’s more about the journey than it is about the destination. Never has this been more true than with my weekend in Pai – a small town nestled on the banks of a gentle river in the mountains of Northern Thailand. Pai is around ninety miles from Chiangmai. Route 1095 twists… Continue reading Girl + Scooter vs. Mountain

Under the Sea in Tioman

I have barely any pictures of my time on Tioman Island. The sea was turquoise and the creamy sand beaches swept along it, perfectly smooth and dotted with shells and sun bleached coral fragments. The low waves didn’t so much break on the shore as nudge it tenderly. The Jurassic Park jungle rose dramatically from… Continue reading Under the Sea in Tioman

Wonder in Nusa Penida

Holy places are everywhere in Bali. From a small roadside stone shrine tucked between a mini-mart and a laundry service to a meditation space clinging to the side of a sea-pummelled cliff, the spiritual is ever present. Whilst I’ve always tended to err on the side of observer rather than participant when it comes to… Continue reading Wonder in Nusa Penida

Elsewhere Again – Far East and Down Under

I couldn’t be happier to be typing in this familiar white space again. I’m back! I’ve gone elsewhere, and I’m over (t)here. The decision to come travelling again was an obvious one. As I sat on a plane back from Bogotá in April, at the end of my seventh month away from the UK, sadness… Continue reading Elsewhere Again – Far East and Down Under

Florianópolis to Rio: A Slice of Brazil

And so onto Brazil. I gave myself three weeks to head from the see-and-be-seen beach mecca of Florianópolis up to the inimitable city of Rio de Janeiro. In real terms, I saw a tiny fragment of what the country has to offer. In reality, my agenda was jam-packed… Is it cheating to use bullet points? I… Continue reading Florianópolis to Rio: A Slice of Brazil

Going along for the ride: Punta del Diablo

And so onto my second totally unexpected but completely unforgettable experience of Uruguay: Punta del Diablo and its wild-beach strewn national park. I’ve learned that it’s best viewed from atop a horse, at dusk, after swigging red wine from the bottle and ignoring all nagging fears for your own safety. Before I reached there, I… Continue reading Going along for the ride: Punta del Diablo

Watercolour sunsets in Colonia del Sacramento

I’d never really thought about going to Uruguay. I’d skipped past its chapter in my guidebook, and had never included it when listing the countries I wanted to visit on this trip. It’s a fairly common approach. Many people go around it, transitioning from Argentina into Brazil further inland at Iguazu falls: the thundering cascades… Continue reading Watercolour sunsets in Colonia del Sacramento