The Mountain is Waiting

After months of preparation, armchair research, weekends spent tramping up and down National Parks, and countless trips to adventure stores, it’s finally here. The adventure starts today. In a sense it doesn’t quite seem real yet. There’s been so much “normal life” to sort out that this trip still feels far off, intangible, surreal. I’m…

Tips for Travel: Packing

Packing for a trip can be confusing and exhausting. Do you bring that extra jacket “just in case”? How many clothes do you really need on a six month trip around the world? With airlines reducing check in luggage weight, charging for extra bags and the added complication of domestic flights having a lower check…

What to Wear: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

You’ve decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, your training’s going pretty well and now you’ve settled down to pack for your high endurance, but extremely rewarding adventure. The key to packing for an activity like this is to have an idea of what you’re going to be wear while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro from Day 1. You…

Review: Wicked Diving – 6 day Liveaboard Similan & Surin Islands

The Similan and Surin Islands rank among the top 50 dive sites in the world and no wonder! The water is invitingly warm, crystal clear, with great visibility and the wildlife underwater is stunning. From macro stuff like nudibranches and blue dragons to the huge pelagics like visiting whale sharks and giant mantas, the Similans and Surins have it…

Travel Tips: Feeling at Home on the Open Road

Sometimes being on the road is a mixed blessing. There’s an amazing sense of freedom and possibility in heading beyond the horizon: you can follow your whims without fear of reprisal, uproot your life on the spur of the moment and roll wherever the wind takes you. But the flipside of roaming untethered is that…

A Circle of Stones: Stonehenge, Salisbury, United Kingdom

We jump on the train to Salisbury from Waterloo, and there is a mild altercation with regard to seating, but we pick another pair of empty seats and settle in. The city is only about two hours away, and a day trip to Stonehenge is eminently doable. So we sit and we watch the grey…