Our small plane soared over South Africa’s rugged landscape as we flew toward the MalaMala Game Reserve. With the Kruger National Park sprawled out down below, I began to stare into the trees in earnest, on the lookout for a herd of zebras or an elephant stampede. Maybe even the slight evidence of a tussle in the dust to […]
Our small plane soared over South Africa’s rugged landscape as we flew toward the MalaMala ...
I’ve always been a little obsessed with staying in quirky places. Lighthouses, churches, treehouses, giant hammocks – ...
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 ...
I’ve always been a little obsessed with staying in quirky places. Lighthouses, churches, treehouses, giant hammocks – you name it, I’ll sleep in it. But spending a night sleeping in a castle tops them all. It’s a dream I imagine many people share: being tucked up in the top of a tall tower, listening to the wind howl around the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
- Sexism and Machismo: the Attitude to Women in Latin America October 23, 2014
- 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
- More Than the Big Five: On Safari in South Africa July 17, 2015
- Sunsets and Sleepovers: Spending a Night in a Scottish Castle July 9, 2015
- 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
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- Flora: I hope you make it out there Leigh - it's a once ...
- Flora: Thanks so much Jessi!...
- Flora: Well usually people get a bit annoyed if you take ...
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