The easy version of the Quilotoa Look, Ecuador
29 Sep 2015

The Quilotoa Loop, Ecuador: The Easy Version

The Quilotoa Loop is a multi-day trek between rural Andean villages in Ecuador. We chose to skip the “multi day” part and head straight for the showpiece attraction, the amazing Laguna Quilotoa, a crater lake full of varying shades of blue water. Feeling lazy and want to do the same?

Panama to Colombia via the San Blas Islands
13 Aug 2015

A Boat Trip from Panama to Colombia via the San Blas Islands

If you want to travel from Panama to Colombia (or Colombia to Panama) you have three options: 1) Take a boat from Panama to Colombia via the amazing San Blas islands 2) Walk through the wild jungles of the Darien Gap. Living to tell the tale isn’t guaranteed! 3) Fly (probably

Salento and the Cocora Valley: Exploring Colombia's coffee zone
10 Aug 2015

Salento and the Cocora Valley: Exploring Colombia’s Coffee Zone

My dad once told me that when I became a man I’d start drinking coffee (or maybe it was the other way around). Well, at the age of 30 I think it might have finally happened. I tried some good quality coffee in Salento, Colombia and really enjoyed it. Maybe

Camel riding: The 3 day Sahara Desert tour from Marrakech, Morocco
24 Jul 2015

The 3 Day Sahara Desert Tour from Marrakech: More than Just Sand and Camels!

Bright orange sand dunes contrast with the black shadows of camels and their passengers. This could be any time in history. Those travellers could be merchants traversing the sea of sand we call the Sahara Desert in search of riches, or they could be tourists complaining about the lack of

The scenic short walk between Baes de Granada and Granada, Spain
25 Mar 2015

Beas de Granada to Granada: A Scenic Half Day Walk in Spain

“Where are the signs!?” we asked each other as we wandered around the ghost town of Beas de Granada. We had just arrived on the bus from Granada and hoped to walk the 16 km back into town, but we had no idea where to go – the GPS on our

Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, New Zealand
20 Mar 2015

Queenstown: An Average Town Surrounded by Remarkable Scenery

Imagine this scenario: You stumble out of a cheap hotel room with a head full of clouds and a sharp pain in your back. You realise your kidney has been stolen and you have no recollection of where you are and how you got there. You wander the streets in

Extreme sightseeing in Paris, France
01 Mar 2015

Two Days in Paris: Extreme Sightseeing

You might not have heard of the obscure sport of extreme sightseeing, so let me give you a brief history lesson before I dive into my story about how I spent two days in Paris, including a record day of extreme sightseeing. Klaus Klein, kicked out of the German bobsleigh team

Glória funicular, which takes you up to Bairro Alto, one of the 7 hills in Lisbon
01 Feb 2015

The Hills in Lisbon Have Eyes!

Have you seen that movie “The Hills Have Eyes” ? It’s about a group of inbred man-monsters terrorising an American family, and sorry to spoil it for you, but it doesn’t end up well for almost everyone involved. While I didn’t see any inbred “things” in Lisbon, I did see