backpacking in Nicaragua -- Las Isletas
16 Apr 2016

Backpacking in Nicaragua: Costs, Tips and Places to See

Why should you go backpacking in Nicaragua…? Well, this diverse Central American country is full of beautiful nature, great beaches and picturesque towns — and it also gets far fewer tourists than neighbouring Costa Rica. I spent just over a month backpacking in Nicaragua, from north to south and from

What happens in Vegas gets written about on my travel blog
14 Mar 2016

What Happens in Vegas Gets Written About on My Travel Blog

You probably know the old line “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” — the catchphrase on many a debauched weekend in the city of sin. Does it still apply? Vegas has a reputation as a town where anything goes, but is it still that edgy, seedy and scandalous? I

A circular pyramid at Uxmal, Mexico
22 Feb 2016

Uxmal: The Other Must-See Maya Ruins in Mexico

You’ve probably heard of Chichen Itza; the wonder of the world in Mexico that Karl Pilkington said was “alright”. It’s better than alright, but it’s definitely not the only set of ruins worth visiting on the Yucatan Peninsular. This area is packed with ancient sites full of pyramids, plazas and ball

Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua
20 Dec 2015

Solentiname Islands, Nicaragua: The Art of Nature

We walked into a small wooden house where an old man in a wheelchair was painting. We inched closer and saw the burst of colour and life that was growing on the canvas — an Eden-like depiction of the main islands in the Solentiname archipelago. That man was Rodolfo Aurellano and

11 Dec 2015

Waterfalls and Pyramids in Mexico: A Day Trip to Agua Azul and Palenque

Does it get any more exotic than waterfalls and pyramids surrounded by jungle? The day trip to Agua Azul and Palenque (the archaeological site) in the Chiapas region of Mexico is pretty special — keep reading to find out what we saw and some details about the tour, which started

Best beaches in Central America
28 Nov 2015

12 of the Best Beaches in Central America

Central America is packed with great beaches, from the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean coast to the slightly rougher (but still beautiful) beaches on the Pacific side. Here is a list of some of the best beaches in Central America — I visited most of these but I roped

Cloud forest hiking in Boquete, Panama, Central America
22 Oct 2015

Cloud Forest Hiking in Boquete, Panama

If you’ve never hiked in a cloud forest before, here’s a brief overview of what you’ll see: Lots of mud Lots of rain Lots of insects Lots of trees Doesn’t sound like much fun, does it? Despite all the discomfort, I grew to love cloud forests, and Boquete is home

05 Oct 2015

Antigua, Guatemala: The Nicest Colonial Town in Central America?

Historic buildings usually come in two flavours; either restored to within an inch of their lives or crumbling away like a fading tan. Which is better? That’s for us all to decide, but if you visit Antigua you’ll get the best of both worlds. You’ll see carefully restored colonial houses