All my blog posts concerning travel are listed below, grouped into series/trips. The latest trip is at the top, the oldest at the bottom.

You can also read a list of my travel tips and tricks in travel lessons I’ve learned: how to holiday like a pro.


1. A day of discovery in Aqaba

2. Desert adventure in Wadi Rum

3. Petra’s best bits (and how to see them)

4. A feast of food and history in Amman


South America


1. Adventure in the Amazon Rainforest: Sandoval Lake

2. Adventure in the Amazon Rainforest: Sachavacayoc Centre

3. Machu Picchu without a tour

4. The Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo

5. A foodie pit-stop in Cusco

6. From Peru to Bolivia via Lake Titicaca


7. La Paz in the rain

8. Finding a salt hotel and a salt flat tour in Uyuni

9. Salt flat day 1: train graveyard, perspective photos and Incahuasi Island

10. Salt flat day 2: flamingos, stone trees and coloured lakes

11. Salt flat day 3 – fumaroles, hot springs and Laguna Verde


12. San Pedro de Atacama

13. Tatio Geysers and Moon Valley

14. The beautiful altiplanic lakes from San Pedro


15. Beaches and feijoda in Rio

16. Downtown Rio, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain

17. Iguazu Falls 1: the Brazil side

18. Iguazu Falls guide: how to see the Argentinian side via a day trip from Brazil

19. Iguazu Falls 2: the Argentinian side

20. Discovering Recife

21. Porto de Galinhas


New Zealand

North Island

1. Getting high and filling time in Auckland

2. Ziplines and wines on Waiheke Island

3. Waitomo glow worm caves with Black Water Rafting

4. Rotorua, the North Island’s playground

5. Rotorua: Te Puia and the Luge

6. Hobbiton and the Tamaki Evening Experience

7. Wai-O-Tapu and the Waimangu geothermal parks

8. Whakatane to Ohope coastal walk

9. Taupo, Huka Falls and Orakei Korako

10. The incredible Tongariro Alpine Crossing


British Isles


Two fun-packed days in Dublin

The ultimate Father Ted pilgrimage

The Isle of Man

Peel, The Sound and Niarbyl Bay

Steam trains, horse trams and mountain railways


Edinburgh Festival Fringe: a local’s guide

The best afternoon teas in Edinburgh (and beyond)

Puffin paradise on the Isle of May

Scottish snowdrops

Abbeys and views in Melrose and Dryburgh, Scottish Borders

Autumn at Loch Leven, Scotland

Glencorse View walk, Pentland Hills, Edinburgh

Portobello: Edinburgh’s seaside

St Andrews and Anstruther Fish Bar

Adventure on Cramond Island

A wee jaunt to Stirling

The Fife Coastal Walk — Aberdour to Burntisland

Migrating North

Hogmanay 2011/12 — a happy New Year’s spent in Edinburgh


Gods Own Junkyard: a neon wonderland in Walthamstow

York on a budget

Woolacombe, Devon — a rough diamond on the British coast

How to live outside London, inside London — Perivale and in the snow

Afternoon tea in Belgravia, London

Up-close and personal with the animals of Whipsnade Zoo



Eastern Europe


1. Summer Well Festival 2017

2. Bucharest, from tower block to rural village

3. Caraiman Monastery in the Bucegi Mountains

4. Beautiful Brasov and Bran Castle

5. The Transfagarasan mountain road

6. High towers and spy houses in Sibiu

7. Corvinilor Castle and Timisoara


8. A beach, a fortress and a feast in Belgrade

9. Golubac Fortress and Djerdap National Park


10. Vidin and Belogradchik Fortress

11. Communism, waterfalls and a car-tastrophe in Sofia

12. Buzludzha, the ‘communist UFO’ in the Balkan Mountains

13. Beauty and history in Veliko Tarnovo

14. Sun, sea, sand, and seafood in Varna




1. Ronda, the magical mountain-top city

2. Seville day 1 – skyscraper mushrooms, a treasure trove and incredible tapas

3. Seville day 2 – filming locations and flamenco

4. Cordoba, a city dreams are made of

5. Granada and the amazing Alhambra

6. Churches and churros in Granada


Hungary and Austria

Budapest: my five must-try Hungarian foods

Budapest: highlights of the two-sided city

Budapest: taking the Children’s Railway to the Buda Hills

Budapest: the illustrated hostel and the original ruin bar

Vienna and Budapest: history, elegance and cake in Europe’s grandest cafes

Vienna: imperial splendour and schnitzel

Vienna: rollercoasters and robots at Prater

Vienna: inside the world’s most beautiful library



Driving the Golden Circle

The Blue Lagoon

A winter’s day in Reykjavik

Arbaer and Keflavik




1. Arrival in Athens

2. Exploring Athens’ Acropolis

3. Mt. Lycabettus and the Acropolis Museum, Athens

4. Vouliagmeni Lake and Cine Paris, Athens


5. Cruise to Santorini

6. Trek from Fira to Oia, Santorini

7. Ancient Thera and Perissa’s black beach, Santorini

8. Santorini sunset cruise

9. Akrotiri and Red Beach, Santorini


Czech Republic


1. Old Town Hall & Wenceslas Square

2. The Castle, Petrin Hill & Lesser Town

3. The Jewish Quarter & Jazz


South East Asia

0. South East Asia: first impressions


1. Thailand: tastes and temples of Chiang Mai, day 1

2. Thailand: tastes and temples of Chiang Mai, day 2

3. Thailand: Care for Elephants at Elephant Nature Park

4. Thailand: Chiang Rai and the White Temple


5. Vietnam: banh mi, bia hoi and water puppets in Hanoi

6. Vietnam: 3 days in Halong Bah with Bhaya Cruises – part 1

7. Vietnam: 3 days in Halong Bay with Bhaya Cruises – part 2


8. Cambodia: contrasts and culture in Siem Reap

9. Cambodia: Angkor Wat and Pub Street

10. Cambodia: Banteay Srei and Beng Melea





United States of America 


0. SWUS Road Trip  Introduction

1. SWUS Road Trip – The Las Vegas Strip


2. SWUS Road Trip – Hoover Dam and Route 66

3. SWUS Road Trip – The Grand Canyon


4. SWUS Road Trip – Page, Antelope Canyon and Powell Lake

5. SWUS Road Trip – Bryce Canyon

6. SWUS Road Trip – Zion Canyon

7. SWUS Road Trip – Las Vegas’ Fremont Street

New York

A Scotsman in New York

New York: a beginner’s guide

Christmas in New York

My five must-try foods


Australia (One month in Oz)

0. Introduction

1. The wonders of long-haul flight

Western Australia

2. Perth and Fremantle

3. Rottnest Island

4. Boarding the Indian Pacific

South Australia

5. Rumbling through the Nullarbor

6. Adelaide and Broken Hill

New South Wales

7. Arrival in Sydney

8. Lost in the Blue Mountains

9. Wine tasting in the Hunter Valley

10. Sydney: Bondi, botanics, bridge and ballet

11. The open road

12. Nelson Bay and Port Macquarie

13. Trekking through the rainforest

14. Dolphin kisses and Byron Bay

15. The hottest day at Movie World

16. Infinity and the most stressful car return


17. Koala cuddles at Lone Pine

18. Brisbane from above

Northern Territory

19. Thunderstruck by Uluru

20. Sunset over sacred land

21. The longest, hottest walk in Australia

22. Red Centre road trip

23. A strange day in Alice Springs

24. To Darwin via Katherine on the Ghan

25. Meeting Darwin’s reptiles




1. Dropped into another world — Marrakech

2. Opulent oases amid the chaos — the palaces of Marrakech

3. Cacti, cakes and caleches — Marrakech’s new town

4. A wild trek on camel and on foot — Morocco’s Atlas Mountains



In Bruges, part 1

In Bruges, part 2


The Netherlands

Amsterdam — beautiful inside and out



1. Gozo — an exhilarating arrival

2. A day in the Citadel, Victoria, Gozo

3. From the walled city to the edge of the world – Mdina and Dingli

4. Underground, underwater, under the stars – Xaghra and Marsalforn

5. Sundrenched cruise to the moon – Malta 360° cruise and Comino

6. Red sands, warm waves and glowing embers – Ramla bay

7. Within the walls of the capital – Valletta

8. Rocks to clamber over, duck under and gaze upon – Xlendi bay

9. The wonderful and the weird — Dwejra bay and dinner show

10. Flying like a bird, jumping waves like a maniac — Mellieha

11. Souvenir shopping and saying goodbye — Ta’Dbeigi craft village


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