This week, I flicked back through my diary and realised that it’s almost been a full year since I arrived home in London after eighteen months spent travelling through my favourite continent. One year since South America?! It feels strange to think about myself back then. I didn’t feel particularly homely about my return; if anything, I was more unsettled […]
This week, I flicked back through my diary and realised that it’s almost been a full ...
It was midnight at Euston Station. The rain was pouring outside, slicking its way down ...
Whenever I think of Morocco, I think of leather. For some reason, leather has always ...
I took a pinch of biltong between my fingers and stuffed into my mouth. The ...
When you think of a country’s icons, what comes to mind? Is it the red phone ...
On the afternoon of International Women’s Day, I sat on a tiled Moroccan floor in ...
Walking in a city is an interesting occupation. At every step there are groups of ...
I take a ridiculous amount of photos when I travel. Although I tend to attribute this ...
It was midnight at Euston Station. The rain was pouring outside, slicking its way down the carriage windows of the Caledonian Sleeper train. I opened my compartment door, wheeling a hastily packed suitcase behind me – and then I dropped the handle, surprised by the cardboard hamper sitting smugly in the middle of my little […]
Whenever I think of Morocco, I think of leather. For some reason, leather has always been my achilles heel of travelling. No matter how many countries I visit, I still can’t walk past a market stall covered in handbags, woven bracelets or pairs of soft shoes without reaching out my hand and running my fingers across the smooth, supple leather. […]
I took a pinch of biltong between my fingers and stuffed into my mouth. The dry meat was salty, tangy, and really quite delicious: from across the Blue Train’s carriage, Vanessa nodded in approval at my reaction. “See?” she said, taking a sip of her freshly mixed Bloody Mary through a long white straw. “That’s […]
When you think of a country’s icons, what comes to mind? Is it the red phone boxes and double decker buses that throng London’s city streets? The Empire State Building that towers above New York City? The labyrinthine markets of Morocco? Of course, an icon isn’t just a physical landmark: the iconic part of a country could be experiences […]
On the afternoon of International Women’s Day, I sat on a tiled Moroccan floor in a thick cloud of steam, my bare limbs slippery and wet. An aged woman with an expression of intent concentration sat with her legs outstretched; my body placed firmly in between them, her practiced fingertips vigorously massaging black soap into […]
Who is Flora The Explorer?
I’m Flora, a freelance writer, traveller and avid volunteer with an obsession for hunting out the weirdnesses of the world.
Over the last seven years I've lived in Florence & San Francisco, worked in India & Iceland, volunteered in Nepal & Lithuania, and more recently spent eighteen months attempting to become fluent in Spanish while journeying around South America. After stints as as a Colombian journalist, a Bolivian artificial limb maker and a Brazilian builder, I’ve come back to London for my Masters degree - and to plan my next adventure.
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 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Where Am I?
14th-15th July: Venice, Italy
24th-29th July: Cesis, Latvia
throughout September: walking across Spain for El Camino de Santiago.
- Happy, Safe and Solo: Travelling in India by Yourself February 7, 2013
- Am I Incapable of Learning Spanish? January 23, 2013
- Sexism and Machismo: the Attitude to Women in Latin America October 23, 2014
- 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
- A Travel Update: My Plans This Summer June 25, 2015
- A Taste of Scotland’s Culinary History June 11, 2015
- From Hides to Handbags: Inside a Moroccan Leather Tannery May 31, 2015
- On Board the Blue Train: Travelling in South African Luxury April 30, 2015
- An Unusual Introduction to South Africa April 16, 2015
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- Jessi P (2Feet1World): Fantastic plans for the rest of the year. I look ...
- Clare: So much fun stuff to look forward to! Insanely jea...
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