What you should know about swimming with dolphins

What you should know about swimming with dolphins

While on holiday in Egypt in 2013, when I heard that you could swim with dolphins in Sharm el Sheikh I leapt at the chance. This was a long-held dream of mine and I was over the moon. It was a spur of the moment decision that I now regret. I’ve since researched...
How to become a responsible whale watching guide

How to become a responsible whale watching guide

My experience of training to be a responsible whale watching guide with the World Cetacean Alliance. Though stressful at times – the course was pretty intensive – it was a fabulous week, with a wonderful group of people.

Ethical gifts and gifts that give back this Christmas

Ethical gifts and gifts that give back this Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, we are constantly bombarded with festive songs, adverts, cheerful Santas and a bewildering range of gift ideas. Every other travel blog I read at the moment  seems to be sharing a gift list for travel addicts. However, at the risk...
The Wildlife of Canada’s Clayoquot Sound

The Wildlife of Canada’s Clayoquot Sound

From the tiniest and most colourful life forms, to some of the biggest mammals on earth, the Clayoquot Sound has it all. Explore this wonder of unspoilt beauty with me, as I visit the wildlife of the Clayoquot Sound.

How to be a responsible, child safe aware traveller

How to be a responsible, child safe aware traveller

The first time I visited Africa, many years ago, I remember waltzing into both a school and then an orphanage, amongst a stream of fellow tourists, on an organised excursion. We all took out our cameras and started clicking away while the children looked...
The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

The Songs of the Baka in the Rainforest of Eden

As I made my way through the lush greenery of giant ferns and towering palm trees I could hear the sweet sound of Baka songs floating through the air. Interlocking, polyphonic rhythms and melodies woven together. Songs that prepared the tribe and the animals of...
20 Favourite Wildlife Photographs #WorldWildlifeDay

20 Favourite Wildlife Photographs #WorldWildlifeDay

Today is World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is “The future of wildlife is in our hands”. It’s horrific to think about how many of the fabulous species of animals that roam the world today will have disappeared by...
Review: Snoozebox at the YHA Eden Project

Review: Snoozebox at the YHA Eden Project

Sheets of rain pour down as I walk up to a row of shipping containers. In the dim light I search for the number 108. It’s not long before I find it and as I peep inside I think yes, this will suit me just fine for the next couple of nights. My...
The Grizzly Bears of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

The Grizzly Bears of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

We’ve be looking for hours, or so it seems, staring intently at the grass-like sedge that grows along the banks. Drifting along on the water with just the occasional slosh from the oars, we pass trees clad in wispy moss, part of the ancient forests of cedars and spruce that surround us. Low clouds creep around the upper slopes of the tree covered cliff-faces. A light rain is falling but our cameras are at the ready. And then I see them, two round fluffy brown ears, peeping up from behind the sedge. In perfect unison two of us point at the same spot on the bank and softly exclaim “Bear!”

Cities on the edge of Nature – Vancouver, British Columbia

Cities on the edge of Nature – Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver on the west coast of Canada is said to be one of the best places in the world to live. It has a stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Olympus Mountains and the impressive 400 hectare Stanley Park as well as the Salish Sea, a popular whale-watching location, all on its doorstep. Like Victoria, Vancouver is certainly another wonderful city on the edge of nature.

A taste of Sicily

A taste of Sicily

From the sun dried tomatoes of Ispica to the chilli chocolate of Modica, I recently spent a fabulous week discovering new flavours and meeting the wonderful people behind a delicious assortment of food in Sicily.

Through the jungle to the Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

Through the jungle to the Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

The rocks around the pool’s edge are slippery. I sit down, slide into the cool water and swim over to the waterfall. At the height of its rage, the torrent races down the mountainside in an overpowering, deluge. Despite it now being the end of Goa’s dry...
Don’t fuel the orphanage industry in Nepal

Don’t fuel the orphanage industry in Nepal

Earlier today I received a tweet from my friend Sallie, from the award-winning volunteer organisation people and places, asking for my help. She had been in contact with the children’s charity, Next Generation Nepal (NGN). Following the recent devastating...

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