Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Getting creative, and handmade paper, on my travels

I often end up with too much to carry, as I stuff my bag with "just a few bits" of craft stuff that I find along the way.

As a long term traveller that just doesn't really work, so I try to be disciplined by finding each and every opportunity to get creative. For example, when I was volunteering on a turtle conservation project in Tioman Island in July last year, I made 'turtle' ash trays out of empty drinks cans!

Recycled ash tray made from 'Sprite' can

Saturday, 22 February 2014

My travel inspiration and a summary of 2013 travel shows in London, UK

I don't watch television, and that means I have had to accept the fact that I can't join in those conversations about the latest soap, sitcom or drama series, or even the Olympics coverage.

However, it rarely bothers me. But I do have to admit to being a little disheartened when I hear about a travel programme that I missed.

I'm a huge Michael Palin fan, proudly owning the DVD box set of his around the world adventures. And I must confess to obtaining copies or downloads of travel shows or documentaries when I can. 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Bum guns on my travels and why I recommend you give one a try

I'm a bum gun convert! There, I've admitted it. I've joined the cult. And I'm embracing this new religion.

Humour aside, I'm not confessing to anything untoward. Many other travellers through South East Asia have done the same during their time there. Look it up, there are blog posts everywhere, everyone is doing it.

What am I talking about?

Saturday, 15 February 2014

New York by five

I’ve visited New York twice, but I’ve never been a fan. However, I do have a friend who is. Today I have a guest post to share with you, from that very friend, Mario Hinksman – maybe on reflection, I should give NYC another chance…

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The latest travel inspiration, in London



Today sees the start of the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show at Excel in London. Of course, I'm heading along for some more travel inspiration.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

An 'almost' paradise island: Koh Lipe, Thailand

Koh Lipe is as far South as you can get along the Andaman (West) coast of Thailand, and close to the border with Malaysia, so a popular border run destination.

Arriving from Pak Barra (on the mainland) you get dropped off at a floating jetty, more like a barge, pay the 20 baht 'entrance' fee and 50 baht for a long tail boat which will then take you to anywhere on the island.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

My favourite footwear, ideal for travel - Crocs

You either love them or hate them. But despite efforts from friends and family to convince me that it's not acceptable to wear, let alone own, a pair of Crocs, I still do both everywhere I go... well almost!

Honestly, I totally agree with people who think these are an ugly choice of footwear. But what does that really matter when they are so comfortable, and you can take them anywhere.

I think a post showing my Crocs on my travels, is well overdue. So... Here it is!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Geocaching on my travels, why not give it a try

I recently contributed a piece for an interview over at the Departure Board site about my perfect travel day. It was mostly food related, but also gave me a chance to talk about my love of Geocaching. Check out the post here: Meet the STEPPERS - Jade of tiggerbird.com. 

I've mentioned this hobby in many a post, but if you are not familiar with what it involves, it is often referred to as treasure hunting for adults (although kids enjoy doing it too).

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Overnight at Bako national park, Borneo (Malaysia)

Bako national park, near Kuching on the island of Borneo in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia, turned out quite a bit more pricey than we had budgeted for, but if you are travelling in a larger group, this won't be a problem. It is still totally worthy of a visit, and I recommend heading there overnight to be sure of sighting the famous proboscis monkeys.