Holiday relationships. So many of us have had them, right? But does the significance of them change when the holiday isn’t a holiday, but a backpack trip? I wrote this post a day before learning that a man with whom I’d had a very short backpack ‘fling’ had died, only a few days before. After returning from the trip on which I met him, we kept in touch for over a year. This June he was supposed to visit me as an add on to a family trip. A month before, he cancelled. Turns out, he knew about his illness but was too stubborn to tell anyone. I dedicate this…
Bucket list locations: Robot restaurant, Bangkok
The robot restaurant in Bangkok is a 'must do' destination for travellers in Thailand.
Bucket list locations: Oasis, Huacachina, Peru
The tiny desert oasis of Huacachina, Peru, has some of the most breathtaking sand dunes in the world.
24 hours in Puebla, Mexico
Puebla is one of Mexico’s biggest cities, located just a couple of hours South East of Mexico City (check out my Mexico City 3-day guide). Usually missed out in favour of some of the better known tourist locations, Puebla is only a 3 hour bus journey from the capital. I was fortunate enough to be taken on an overnight trip to find out what was so special about this Spanish colonial city. Here’s why you should too… Mexican Street of Colour Situated near the zocalo (centre), this little street was lined with cafes, antique stores and pretty painted houses. Locals stand in the doorways to their shops, and will happily chat…
Things to know before you visit Havana, Cuba
Taking a trip to Cuba before it gets completely devoured by tourism? After a little stint in bustling Havana, this is what I found out… You won’t get the Cuban exchange rate the web tells you The Cuban currency is a closed one, meaning you can’t buy it outside of Cuba, and you need to get rid f it before you leave. This gives the Cubans a lot more power over what rate you get. The web told me I’d get 1.24 CUC to the pound. The airport gave me 1.19. There was nothing I could do but accept it to get my transport into the city. I was also told…