Having been a fan of hostels since my first 3-month backpacking trip around the USA in the mid-90’s, during the last 20 years or so I’ve been witness to some wonderful developments in the world of affordable accommodation. Gone are the days….
Located barely a 30-minute train ride direct from Schiphol airport, but for a more relaxed, and dare I say authentic, slice of Dutch life this town….
China the endlessly fascinating exotic travel destination that seemingly everyone wants to explore at least once in their lifetime. Arguably now most famous for its rapid and dizzying modernisation and in spite of overwhelmingly growth and change….
The landlocked country in east-central Asia is almost its synonymous with remoteness. Bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south, east and west, Mongolia is a rugged, adventurous travel destination steeped in tradition, shrouded with mystery and populated with hardy nomads….
Spanning seven time zones and miles of surreally beautiful scenery, the Trans-Mongolian Railway journey remains one of life’s great travel experiences. Our writer Lee Hubbard undertook the incredible journey which took him to the beguiling countries of Russia, Mongolia and China…
I first heard about the Silfra Rift two years ago in a book called “Make The Most of Your Time On Earth”. It was an eye-catching name for a book and the inside lived up to expectations – it contained 1000 adventurous experiences to inspire the armchair traveller and one that reflects the attitude I aspire to live my life by….
America has Hollywood, India has Bollywood, and Nigeria has Nollywood. The Hong Kong film industry is also a major player on the world stage, so surely it deserves it’s own “…wood” moniker too (HollyKood?, or HKollywood perhaps, with a silent H?). As a kid I used to watch the martial arts classics of Bruce Lee….
Morocco is many things to many people, but upon arriving in Marrakech – teeming with traders in the souks and restaurant hustlers in Jemaa el-Fna square – you might not think it’s the ideal place for a bit of quiet contemplation and stress-free relaxation. Remember though, you’re in North Africa….
“They say you haven’t seen the Bohuslan coast, unless you’ve kayaked the Bohuslan coast”.
So said our guide, Torbjörn, at Nautopp Kayak in Lysekil, on Sweden’s west coast. And seeing as his name translates as “thunder bear” I was inclined to agree to anything he said. Well, that and the fact that he’s a qualified kayaking instructor and I’m claustrophobic under water…
To mark the occasion of my 50th (country visited, not my birthday…) I knew I wanted to do something special. Since watching the entire original Star Wars trilogy at a Brighton cinema in 1983 I’ve been a massive fan of George Lucas’ mythical universe…