The pros and cons of a youthful appearance when travelling

To set the record straight, I am 29. I will be 30 later this year (and I’m absolutely fine with this, by the way…). Why they thought I was fresh out of university, I don’t know, but I do seem to be developing a trend of misassumption about me…

Travel hair trauma

Dear Reader, you will, I know, be nothing less than thrilled, delighted and relieved to hear that my hair returned to its bouncy, shiny self as soon as we battled our way past those disagreeable border patrol guards and arrived in the United States. My bonce has had a traumatic nine months, losing sight of … Continue reading

Sometimes, the hardest thing about travelling is other travellers…

Who you’re with can make or break a trip. Everyone knows that. You choose your travelling partner carefully and you respect them, just as you expect them to respect you, if you have any self respect, that is.

What makes travel harder are those travellers you don’t choose to travel with, yet end up in the company of, forced to listen to their drivel until your ears bleed.

A rant about endless chatter

The view from the minibus I travelled in from Cariari (gateway to Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park) to La Fortuna (for viewing the lava flows of Volcan Arenal) was pleasant enough. But utterly ruined by the constant rabbiting between the driver and two other passengers.

The Ten Commandments for night bus travellers.

When booking tickets, potential passengers should be asked if they snore, fill out a criminal record check and have mobile phones banned. Here’s my list of ten commandments everyone who has ever travelled by night bus will agree with.

Feel free to add your own!

Attitudes to western women in India

What can you expect when travelling in India as a western woman? This is my advice on how to handle unwanted attention, and even more importantly, how to begin to understand why these attitudes exist.

Culture shock in Goa – who’d’ve thunk it!?

Everyone says that first-timers to India receive a good dose of culture shock when they first arrive. What I absolutely wasn’t prepared for was the culture shock I felt on arriving in Goa two months later.