Flores: Here Be Dragons

Labuan Bajo is a town completely geared to one thing - Komodo. Sitting in between the islands of Flores and Sumbawa, Komodo National Park is famed for its scenic islands, beautiful marine life and, of course, the iconic komodo dragons that make their home here. The only realistic way to explore this national park is … Continue reading Flores: Here Be Dragons

Australia: Straddin’ Straddie

For my last few days in Australia, I wanted to get out of the city so decided to head to North Stradbroke Island ('Straddie') just 30km south of Brisbane. The second largest sand island in the world (sitting just behind Fraser Island, also in Queensland to the north), Straddie is easily accessible and blessed with … Continue reading Australia: Straddin’ Straddie

Australia: The (Not Much) Sunshine State

As I strolled along the promenade of Shorncliffe, a quaint Queensland town, the calm water to my right and the clear blue sky above me, I heard a lady remark to her friend, "We're so lucky to live here" and I couldn't help but agree. That's been my sentiment throughout my time in Sydney and … Continue reading Australia: The (Not Much) Sunshine State

Japan: Kagodreamer

Considering it's not a city that gets a lot of publicity, certainly in the west anyway, Kagoshima is remarkably well geared for tourism. The small airport is laden with English leaflets and brochures promoting the city's many tourist attractions - and there's certainly plenty. Even without the gigantic active volcano on its doorstep, Kagoshima has … Continue reading Japan: Kagodreamer

Borneo: Hasta Mañana

The islands just outside Kota Kinabalu were really nice but we craved something a bit more remote to round off our Borneo adventure. One of our friends had heard of a beach resort known as Mañana, about an hour's drive from Kota Kinabalu, so we decided to check it out and spend a couple of nights relaxing … Continue reading Borneo: Hasta Mañana

Borneo: A Passive Aggressive Text Message

... At least that's what I thought of when I discovered Sabah's main city was locally referred to as 'KK'. This abbreviation (from Kota Kinabalu, which takes at least half a second longer to say) gives an impression of a young, hip, trendy city. In many ways that's what KK is morphing into, which is … Continue reading Borneo: A Passive Aggressive Text Message

Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 2

Read Part 1 here. As evening descended on the Kinabatangan river, we took a detour into a nearby lake which was huge and beautiful, arriving just in time for sunset. This diversion took us into the "proper" rainforest which forced us to duck under branches and knock back plants as our boat chugged through the low … Continue reading Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 2

Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 1

Borneo's lush rainforest is one of its main draws and we were eager to sample it after arriving in Sabah for our Easter break. During my last trip to Borneo in 2015, the Sarawak rainforest had played host to a quirky music festival. For this visit, the Sabah jungle had something much more natural planned. … Continue reading Borneo: The Jungle Book – Part 1

Monday Memory: Jaffna

It doesn't matter what country you're in, what job you're doing or who you're with, Mondays across the world are met with the same reaction. So I like to take the opportunity to remember happier times. Each week I'll share a travel memory which was most likely taken on a Tuesday or a Thursday or … Continue reading Monday Memory: Jaffna

Morocco: My First Taste of Africa

I did intend to update this blog sooner but things got in the way, then those things multiplied into other things and here we are in February. It's no bother, as I'm fresh back from my first venture into Africa after spending a week in the crazy city of Marrakech. I'm so used to jetting … Continue reading Morocco: My First Taste of Africa