Pompeii: Time Travelling in Italy

Pompeii: Time Travelling in Italy

The fallen city in the shadow of the mighty Vesuvius I’ve been told it’s overrated. It’s ‘too touristy’. It’s not as good as people thought. Good? It’s not a word I’d use to describe this landscape of time travel. Of destruction. Of death. Of incomprehension. No, good...
The Truth About Travel: You Have to Make Up Your Own Mind

The Truth About Travel: You Have to Make Up Your Own Mind

There is no universal experience When I was 20, I backpacked across the US from Chicago to Los Angeles over two months. My best friend and I volunteered on tiny organic farms and caught trains and buses across eight states. All of our friends said the same thing....
Homesick for the 50th Parallel North

Homesick for the 50th Parallel North

I arrived in British Columbia in early autumn after having lived in the tropics and subtropics for a year. I’d left the UK the previous year and sailed south. I’d been to countless Caribbean islands, lived in the mangrove jungles of Panama and sailed across an ocean....
The Best Route Up Pen y Fan

The Best Route Up Pen y Fan

Without much time for flexibility, I decided that the Easter Bank Holiday weekend was the ideal time to climb Pen y Fan for the first time in about seven years. The night before I drove up to Wales, I read news reports that there were two miles of cars parked along...