From Cable to Table: in Love With the Mountain of Cape Town

Table Mountain is a South African icon. This bizarrely flat plateau towers above the high-rises and hotels that jostle for space on the Cape Town skyline, is visible from every direction, and welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors every year. I’ve always had the desire to stand at the top of Table Mountain, although I’ve never known […]

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Confessions of a Camino Newbie

“Is my little toe supposed to feel numb?” I’m walking through the forests of Sigulda with Janis, my Latvian guide. I’m wearing newly purchased hiking boots with equally new insoles which the shrewd saleswoman in Cotswolds Outdoors insisted I needed. I’m hyperaware of how my feet feel. At each step, with every shifting muscle and every twinge […]

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Of Rivers and Oceans: an Ode to the Filipino Boat

I dip my paddle’s curved edge into the still, green water. The banks of the river are bright with thick waxy leaves and colourful pinpricks of budding flowers. I can feel the vegetation radiating tropical heat.  Pulling back on the paddle’s long handle with both hands allows the muscles in my shoulders to take the strain. There’s […]

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The Tiny Latvian Town with Eight Hundred Years of History

At over eight hundred years old, Cesis (pronounced ‘Tsaaysis’) is exactly what you’d expect a medieval Latvian town to look like. The streets are narrow and occasionally cobblestoned; the small squat houses are made from faded wooden panels; the half ruined complex of a 13th century castle and the oldest brewery in the country sit within spitting distance of each […]

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11 Things I Never Expected About the Philippines

When you think of South East Asia, what springs to mind? For me, it’s a backpacker’s mecca –  particularly for those on a budget. Food and accommodation is cheap, the weather’s good, beaches are seemingly everywhere and the traveller trail is so well established that it’s easy to move from place to place. But with so many countries […]

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Sometimes I’m Scared to Travel – But That Doesn’t Stop Me

“Don’t you get scared? Travelling alone?” The girl from Paris spears a piece of pineapple as she looks towards me, across a table groaning with freshly cooked food. Outside, the sounds of Havana’s streets ricochet from one crumbling balcony to another, caught in the billowing folds of hanging laundry. I smile, mentally preparing the phrases […]

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