Sunday, 15 October 2017

Digital detox: and living in noble silence #Vipassana

It was just over ten years ago that I took my first big trip overseas. Back then, although I carried a mobile phone for emergencies, my only line of communication was the short spurts spent in internet cafes. I carried a journal and a guidebook, wrote postcards and looked up from behind my camera.



That was another world compared to where we are today, with numerous devices that translate, navigate, update, recommend and basically keep you permanently connected to everything and everyone.

I'm still a strong believer that a holiday means a digital detox, but even I struggle to achieve a full detox most of the time, as my tablet (despite being offline) is permanently with me for navigation, reference and the odd email. Then there's the blogging ;) doh!

Taking a true digital detox is becoming more common as people start to feel the need to escape. 

My personal experience of a more spiritual digital detox, and 10 days living in noble silence, with Vipassana, was something quite unique.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Impressions of Albania

I knew very little about Albania until my visit in September. My knowledge was limited to a bunch of preconceptions built from sporadic research each time this destination made it back into my to do next list. Finally I was going to visit.


Not yet part of the EU, one of the biggest exporters of cannabis in Europe and yet one of the poorest countries in the region. Albania was closed and ruled by a dictator for many years, and of course I didn't even know his name before I got there.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Must try Moroccan meals

The food in Morocco is as diverse as it's culture. With the Berber, Arabic, French and Spanish influence, wherever you travel around Morocco you can find a variety of local specialities and of course numerous versions of the originally North African Berber dish, tagine.



So where to start on the menu?

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Death railway: options for your visit to the Bridge on the River Kwai

If you are planning a visit to Kanchanaburi, Thailand for the Death Railway and the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, there's a few things to consider to make the most of your visit. 


Here's a quick summary and some useful links to help with the minefield of information.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Step out of your comfort zone

We all need a bit of get up an go to get started on planning for the new year, so whilst considering plans for my travels in 2017 I took some time to reminisce over some of my past experiences.

Here are some of the 'out of my comfort zone' moments from my travels ...