Travelling as a woman will always open up avenues that are unavailable to men. Despite being foreigners and strangers, we often connect with local children, young mothers, and old ladies with an immediacy borne from an innate trust in our gender. We are invited into Indian wedding ceremonies and Thai family kitchens, and given privileges that [...]
Travelling as a woman will always open up avenues that are unavailable to men. Despite ...
I’ve never been a fan of cycling. The last time I actually owned a bike ...
Castles, forests, Catholicism. And gypsies. And Dracula. I’m not proud of it, but these have ...
The first cigar I ever smoked was when I was studying abroad in Florence. My ...
Good English food is one of the things I find the hardest to be apart ...
“Flora, wait!” Esther came trotting down the hallway of the small bungalow in her nightie, ...
It’s been a month since I left South America. Four weeks ago, my last full ...
“So you don’t know when you’re coming back?” I remember the face of my best ...
I’ve never been a fan of cycling. The last time I actually owned a bike I was aged about 13, and it sat in the garden growing rusty while I argued with my mum about how embarrassing it was going to be for me to wear a helmet if I attempted to cycle to school. [...]
Castles, forests, Catholicism. And gypsies. And Dracula. I’m not proud of it, but these have long been the sole buzzwords I’ve always associated with Romania. Along with a lot of countries in Eastern Europe (and the continent in general), it’s been a place I’ve always vaguely wanted to visit but never really made the push to do [...]
The first cigar I ever smoked was when I was studying abroad in Florence. My friend Kath had been given one as a present: we lit it up along with a lot of giggling, took turns with a puff each – and suddenly I felt horribly sick. No one had ever told me not to [...]
Good English food is one of the things I find the hardest to be apart from when I’m travelling. When I last came back to London in January, I spent two weeks practically inhaling my body weight in cheese. And bagels. And bacon, roast dinners, English mustard and the delicious weirdness that is Marmite – [...]
“Flora, wait!” Esther came trotting down the hallway of the small bungalow in her nightie, waving her hands as I stepped over the threshold into the thick heat of the midday Viñales sun. “What time do you want your dinner tonight? And would you like chicken or fish?” A strange request from a woman I’d only [...]
Who is Flora The Explorer?
I'm a writer and traveller with a self penned obsession for the weirdnesses of the world.
Over the last six years, I've studied Italian in Florence & literature in San Francisco, volunteered with villagers in Kenya & orphans in Lithuania, & worked with musicians in Iceland & celebrities in India. For the last year, I've been travelling & volunteering my way through South America.
My vague aim is to visit every continent twice before I turn thirty one – and explore as much of the world as possible in the meantime! Follow along with my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.
Where Am I?
Next stop: France, Belgium, then who knows?
- Happy, Safe and Solo: Travelling in India by Yourself February 7, 2013
- Am I Incapable of Learning Spanish? January 23, 2013
- Six Days for $900: Doing the Galapagos on a Budget June 21, 2013
- Falling for a Traveller: My On the Road Relationship May 16, 2014
- Can Drinking Ayahuasca Change Your Life? October 18, 2013
- Sexism and Machismo: the Attitude to Women in Latin America October 23, 2014
- Danish Lessons in How to Ride a Bike October 9, 2014
- Crosses, Skulls and a Thousand Churches: Religion in Romania September 26, 2014
- From Farm to Factory: the Truth Behind Cuban Cigars September 11, 2014
- Eating My Way Around East London September 4, 2014
- Florencia: Guess I can write in Spanish...? Soy de Argenti...
- small hunter kansas chiefs: I couldn't resist commenting. Perfectly written!...
- Georgia: Really interesting post Fiona. At university I stu...
- Pauline: Having never stepped foot on Latin American soil u...
- Geeky Explorer: Very interesting perspective. In Portugal it's th...
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