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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon August 25th 2019

Dear All Greetings from Croydon! Yay! I have arrived back safely, after what has turned out to be really quite an adventurous, challenging, and thoroughly enjoyable trip. Whilst a few days towards the end of my journey didn’t quite turn out as I’d expected, or as I would have wished, I really enjoyed my final few days in South America, and had an excellent flight back on Friday night. I am so happy now to be back in my wonderful home, resting, recuperating and now beginning to reminisce on these past five and a half weeks. I believe I last wrote getting ready to leave Quito and fly back to Lima last Tuesday, having just about recovered from the storm in my stomach. On my final day in Quito, on the Tuesday morning, I still felt ... read more
Paragliding
Guinea Pigs
Me, Machu Picchu, 2002

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 16th 2019

Dear All Greetings, on the eve of another summer journey! The holidays have arrived, and I have packed my bags once again, ready for a five-and-a-half-week trip to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, which begins tomorrow – yay! My current system of “Latin America, Africa, Asia” continues, as I return this year to Latin America once again. This will be my fifth time in total in Latin America. In actual fact, it’s a journey that began in the pipeline nearly 20 years ago, in the year 2000 at the tender age of 22, when I felt the world was just waiting to be explored. I had just finished university and took my first teaching job as an English language teacher in Paraguay. During my summer holidays there, I took an epic two-month journey by bus, ... read more
My Travel Kit
My Travel Packs

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 17th 2018

Dear All Yay! Greetings! It is that time of year again when I am on the eve of embarking on another really exciting summer travels adventure. My bags are all packed, and tomorrow morning I head eastwards towards Japan and South Korea for five weeks. I’m definitely really excited, as always, but particularly I think about this one. There is a bit of a story behind this. It all goes back to the year 2000, when I was 22, just finishing university, and about to begin life for real, beyond the educational environment. I have had wanderlust within me for as long as I can remember, and during my final year at university it was becoming clear to me that finding work as an English language teacher would enable me to start seeing the world (I ... read more
What I'm Packing...
What I'm Carrying...

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon August 25th 2017

Dear All Greetings from home! Yay! I arrived back safely this morning after what felt like quite a long journey from West Africa, though comparatively speaking it really was only a trip down the road when compared to the long-haul flights from South America or Asia. I am tired, absolutely exhausted if I’m honest, and have been since yesterday morning. I believe yesterday my body realised I had just about come to the end of my trip, and decided to let me know it – I felt exhausted all day, and just stayed in my hotel room mainly until 4pm, when I thought it’d be a good time to take a taxi, brave Dakar’s traffic for one last time, and begin my final journey home. A taxi ride later, a five-hour wait in the airport (my ... read more
Pointe des Almadies
Post-Trip Backpack Contents
Post-Trip Backpacks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 17th 2017

Dear All Greetings once more from Croydon, and once more on the eve of a bit of an epic summer journey ahead of me. School is out again for another year, and after another incredible and rewarding year of teaching, I am just about ready, bags packed, to set off on another summer trip to far-flung destinations, counting countries as I go. This time I head to West Africa. Rather daunting I must admit, given the bad press, news and disasters that regularly seem to emanate from the region, but it is indeed one region of the world which I have yet to set foot in, and have yet to explore and learn more about. I have chosen what I see to be the safest region/countries of travel for the time being: Senegal, The Gambia and ... read more
My Kit
My Three Trusty Travel Companions

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon August 23rd 2016

Dear All Just a quick one from me this time, just to let know that I've arrived home safely after an overnight British Airways flight from Cancun direct to Gatwick, and from there a train direct to East Croydon and a taxi home again. It has indeed been a wonderful trip, and it's so good to start counting countries again! Up to 73 now, and the next step is to think about where to go this time next year...! Whilst as always there's been the not-so-good combined with the good, I've learned over the years that this is part and parcel of the travelling thing. I've been able to mix up the experiences quite a bit, taking in cool highlands, tropical lowlands, verdant jungles, ancient ruins, colonial cities, smoking volcanoes, Caribbean beaches, and oh, a hurricane ... read more
My Travel Things
My Stash of Souvenirs
Hurricane Earl Hits the Belizean Headlines

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 18th 2016

Dear All Greetings again – it’s that time of the year where I pack my backpack again and set off for adventures and travels around distant lands. It’s been a year since my last trip to Southern India last year, and I think I’ve gotten into a new routine of planning a big trip now every summer. Being a proud homeowner now, I have found that one trip a year is much more feasible than three during my pre-mortgage days. Thus, I plan a big trip now once every summer for the foreseeable future – very exciting! And thus I write today, again on the eve of another big trip – this time, five weeks around Central America. Well, technically speaking, I’ll be in North America and Central America, as I plan to take in the ... read more
My Trusty Travel Guides
My Travel Supplies
My Travel Buddies

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon August 17th 2015

Dear All Greetings from…Croydon!! Yay! I made it home safely, and it is just so wonderful to be back in my lovely little home again. This is the first time I’ve been away and come back to my own house, since moving in here three years ago, and it is such a little sanctuary to come home to after weeks on the road. If houses give hugs, mine embraces me each and every day, and I like to think I do the same back. I can’t believe that the last time I wrote an entry I was writing about looking for tigers and avoiding charging bison in the depths of the Indian Jungle. And now I am here all safe and cosy in my spare bedroom, with the beautiful tall trees across the road moving gently ... read more
Mysore Palace
Wild Indian Elephant
Modern Bangalore

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 22nd 2015

Dear All Wow, I’m so excited! I am writing from my mini travel-laptop which after three years I have charged up again, and along with all my travel gear and equipment, have packed into my trusty backpack. Tomorrow, I pick up where I left my travel career behind three years ago, and hit the road once more! To India, the South: Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Indeed, it has been three years since I last counted countries. The day after arriving back from Burma, country number 71, in August 2012, I suddenly had the inspiration that then was the time to buy a house, something for which I had been saving for a number of years. And amazingly within four days, I found it, my dream-home (no exaggeration…), made an offer, and had it accepted. Two ... read more
My Trusty Travel Companions
My Supplies

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 22nd 2014

Well I'm not as efficient as John Denver, but I will be packed later this evening in preparation for an early start tomorrow morning. A cab is booked for 05:15 to go to East Croydon for the train to Gatwick. I'll post again when we've landed at Skiathos, caught the ferry over to Skopelos and checked into what I'm promised will be sea view rooms at the Aeolos Hotel. Yasso!... read more




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