“Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints” -
The above quote is one of my favourites about travel and it sums up this month’s topic very neatly. We’re discussing Sustainable Travel – it’s a term which covers a wide range of meanings, from eco-travel, to shopping, transport to volunteering. We will cover them all over the coming weeks, but first, I think the time has come for me to tell you about what happened in Mexico.Read More
Yesterday, I secured my first ‘proper’ job as a teacher. It’s been my dream since circa age 5, so I’m a little bit delighted. And having my future safe has allowed me to sit back and breathe a little today and to think about all the children I’ve already taught, all over the world and realised that they have taught me more than I could ever teach them.Read More
Planning a long-term adventure is both hugely exciting and overwhelmingly daunting. At the moment the idea is conceived and when you begin to sense that it is actually a viable option, the sense of anticipation is enourmous and you feel on top of the world. But the moment you sit down and begin to look at the practicalities, a gulf opens up between where you are and getting to a point where the trip will be a success. But it’s not an impossible task. I am one of the least planning-oriented people there is, far but when taking an extended trip, some things simply have to be taken care of in advance. So here’s a bare-minimum, easy-to-do guide which will help you take care of the essentials and leave you free to dream about your trip!Read More
…with very little time and on a shoestring budget!
You’re probably sick of me banging on about it, but in four weeks’ time, I will be starting a four-month adventure in South America. Although I have been wanting to go for a long time, I only started planning this trip last month. Compared to a week ago (Preparations of a Novice Backpacker) I am feeling remarkably Zen about it all. I understand that doing everything at the last minute might not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s not always a choice, and I can show you that it is at least possible! So here, in my view, are the things that are important to sort out in advance, and those which you don’t need to worry about.Read More
In exactly 33 days time, I shall be hurtling (or more likely crawling) towards Heathrow airport to catch a flight bound for Lima. I will watch England disappear beneath the clouds and my four-month adventure in South America will begin.Read More