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 […]
I dip my paddle’s curved edge into the still, green water. The banks of the river ...
At over eight hundred years old, Cesis (pronounced ‘Tsaaysis’) is exactly what you’d expect a medieval Latvian town ...
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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 ...
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
- Of Rivers and Oceans: an Ode to the Filipino Boat August 31, 2015
- The Tiny Latvian Town with Eight Hundred Years of History August 16, 2015
- 11 Things I Never Expected About the Philippines August 9, 2015
- Sometimes I’m Scared to Travel – But That Doesn’t Stop Me August 2, 2015
- More Than the Big Five: On Safari in South Africa July 17, 2015
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