The author sitting with rockhopper penguins on Bleaker Island in the Falkland Islands.

Antarctica: why it’s my best trip ever

Antarctica is extraordinary. Cruising through massive icebergs, tiptoeing through penguin colonies, spotting whales, getting up close with elephant seals and magnificent albatross. You have to pinch yourself that it’s all real.…

March 30, 2017
Thousands of king penguins at Salisbury Plain, South Georgia.
Photo Essays

Antarctica and South Georgia: pics to inspire your trip

It’s 10 years since I embarked on the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica, a three-week journey to the southernmost end of the world. I signed up for a cruise, known as the Shackleton Odyssey, with adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions. An epic trip…

March 21, 2017
Heading out on a hike of the Grand Canyon.

Why I haven’t quit work to travel the world … yet

Over the years I’ve read and followed many travel bloggers, all promising that I too can quit my day job and travel the world. I’ve daydreamed about how wonderful it would be to spend my days and nights exploring different countries and cultures, without…

March 5, 2017
Favourite travel gear: hiking the Grand Canyon with my favourite travel hat.

Holidays with my hat: favourite travel gear

I never leave home without my sun hat. It’s my all-time favourite travel gear. My hat has hiked to Machu Picchu, down the Grand Canyon, through the fjords of New Zealand and along the rugged coastline of Tasmania. It’s explored Uluru, the heartland of…

March 4, 2017