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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 16th 2023

Dear All Greetings on the eve of my big summer journey 2023! I am all packed and ready to begin a 40-day trip through South Africa beginning tomorrow. I'm very excited, although I must admit a little nervous. It's the biggest trip I've done in quite a while, and compared with Scandinavia last year which was of equal length, it is a little further away and may require a bit more travel savviness which I've not used in a while. But very exciting nonetheless! This is actually the trip I was planning for the summer of 2020, but we all know what happened at that time. I've pretty much rekindled the exact same journey, with the only difference being replacing the South African "Baz Bus" to travel through South Africa, with hiring a car from Cape ... read more
Travel Kit
My Backpacks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon March 24th 2023

Dear All Yay! I'm on the eve of another (fairly) big trip again, having all packed for a two-week visit to the United States of America tomorrow! I'm very excited to be heading to the States again, it is certainly one of my favourite countries, and there is just so much of it to explore. I was telling someone about my trip the other day, and they asked me how many US states I had been to. This is something I didn't actually know the answer to. I knew I had been to 87 countries, but I guess now that I plan to visit a different part of the States every Easter until at least my current tourist visa runs out seven years from now (and probably more after I renew it!), I think it's probably ... read more
Travelling Light
Just One Midi-Backpack This Time

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon July 17th 2022

Dear All Greetings from London. It is the beginning of the summer holidays, and I am once more on the eve of an epic summer journey. Although I have done summer journeys for the last two years, these were both based in the UK, and thus this is my first epic travel adventure abroad since 2019. I am excited. Tomorrow I head up north, to begin a five-and-a-half week trip around Scandinavia. I first fly to Oslo where I will be spending around two weeks travelling through southern Norway. Then I take a ferry over to the northern tip of Denmark for a few days, before catching another ferry right across the North Sea and into the Atlantic Ocean for a week on the Faroe Islands. From here I take a final ferry further north and ... read more
Travel Kit
My Backpacks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Croydon March 25th 2022

Dear All Greetings from London! I’m currently in England on the eve before quite a big trip that I’m beginning tomorrow, and I’m excited! After two years of exploring the British Isles, having done trips in North-East England, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Ireland, slowly building up my distance from home as travel restrictions have eased over time, I’m now ready to go further. Although my destination doesn’t sound too far-removed from England, it really is and I’m so excited to be exploring further afield again. Tomorrow I head to New England!! The plan is to first fly to Boston from Heathrow on Saturday morning, to spend a few nights in the city, before heading down to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard for a few more nights. From there I head westwards to Providence, Rhode ... read more
Travel Bags Ready Again!

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
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

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