New Zealand’s 114km Hollyford track promises hikers jaw-dropping scenery, stomach-wrenching wire bridges, and enough native birdlife to wave a stick at. Following the pristine Hollyford river through virgin native bush, the Hollyford track guides you towards Lake Alabaster, and continues along the ‘demon trail’, named for its gruelling sections of ascent and descent over moss-covered rocks. Crossing raging rivers while balancing, Read More

Our plan was, to visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Takht e Soleyman. A 280km round trip (from Zanjan) over the Zagros Mountain Range, under which Iran has access to the second largest gas field on Earth. Approximately 5 hours drive (one way). No wonder most cars have been converted to run on CNG here,, Read More

Naqsh-e Jahan Square, in the centre of Isfahan, Iran. The shape actually being a rectangular 506m, by 160m and filled with the Middle East’s most beautiful gems that are unjustifiably unheard of in the outer world. Eye popping mosque’s, grand bazaars and spouting fountains, the size and grandeur of the whole thing matches the Vatican city and in, Read More

On the West Coast of Scotland, nestled in the Inner Hebrides Island chain, and recently voted the ‘4th’ best Island in the world by National Geographic.. Stands the Isle of Skye. Mythically rugged and naturally raw, jarring peaks, and harsh Scottish weather combine to create an outdoor playground like no other. And thats not, Read More

The Cuillin Ridge is a somewhat continuos ridge-crest famous with thrill seekers, munro (scottish peaks) baggers and rock climbers. Although low altitude, the Cuillins can be considered the only alpine quality route in the UK. But dont let the lone wolf fool you. Because of its fickle position on the Isle of the Skye on, Read More

Jerusalem is a treasure trove of historical jewels; from large to small, from Jew to atheist, there is something for everyone to see. And I will say out of all of the travelling I’ve done, Jerusalem lies at the very top of my travel destinations list. It is a city of soul, bustling with culture,, Read More

In the middle of the Dasht-e Kavir desert, and not even mentioned on the map, stands a tiny 10 person settlement named Fahrazad. To get there involves a 450km drive from the next largest city Esfahan. The landscape changed from mountains to hills, to ridges, and slowly flattened out onto the flat dry landscape of the, Read More

The Golan Heights is a place frequently seen on the news reel. Unfortunately its not always for the right reasons. Looking at a ‘politically correct’ map of the Golan Heights area of Israel/Syria can be quite confusing. Demilitarized zones, truce lines, peace lines, armistice lines, border lines. The BBC perhaps quite rightly describes it, Read More

  I stood alone on the edge, peering downwards at the 600-metre vertical drop into Lysefjord. Legend has it that when 7 brothers and 7 sisters marry on the same day in the area, the rock will break free and drop into the fjord below, creating a wave that will destroy all life in the, Read More

Snow-capped peaks, and emerald blue water reflecting vertical rock faces and cascading waterfalls. Geirangafjord deserves its UNESCO world heritage title for a reason. The highlights of this route are to hike up and around the fjord to historic Skagefla farm, then to the summit of Keipane (1379m) for a rewarding view of the surrounding area. 

The Dead Sea! I’m going to put this at the start, and just get it out there. This experience was one of the best experiences I’v ever had while travelling. And it is such a simple thing –  I find it hard to describe with any justice, just how fun it was!   How, Read More

There are over a thousand islands along the Coast of Croatia, in the Adriatic Sea. They range from small rocks emerging from the sea; to large resort laden islands with total mainland infrastructure! Vis Island is a modest 90 Square Km (34.85 square miles) in area and has small roads joining the towns spread, Read More

Visiting the most biologically diverse area on the planet, a reserved zone inside the Amazon Rainforest, Manu National Park. Manu national park is over 1.5 Million Hectares in area. Over 800 species of birds, 200 species of mammals, 100 species of bats, 13 species of monkeys, and 12 species of reptiles! In the last, Read More

It was a cloudless day as I ascended smoothly inside a carriage on the Aiguille du Midi Cable car. The name translates as ‘Needle of the Noon’. Quite literally, when the sun passes over the Summit, it is past mid-day (when viewed from Chamonix). The cable car, or, Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi holds, Read More

Fire and Ice. If you are like me and have become un-healthily addicted to the ‘Game of Thrones’ series, it will come as no surprise to you that Iceland is portrayed on-screen as a desolate, barren and inhospitable place unfit for all but the toughest of people. For those who have not been here, Read More

So, how does it work? As a generalisation, people arriving in New Zealand will begin their holiday in Auckland. That means hire cars are needed, in Auckland. Off goes the family, drives south and returns the car to Christchurch whereby they fly back to Auckland, end of trip. This is where you come in.

The most well known hike in the whole of scandinavia, is the Bessegen Ridge. The route itself can actually be considered a day-walk (if taking the boat from Gjendeshiem early morning, then walking back) so I turned the route into a three-day trip utilizing some of the other excellent tracks in the Jotunheimen National, Read More

Overview The Suunto Elementum Terra is the Rolls Royce of the Suunto outdoor line. Depending on your interest, three versions of the watch are available. The Terra model is Latin for Earth. The Aqua version is for water sports, and the Ventus for sailing. I picked mine up brand new for about €650. Expensive you, Read More

Many people say 5 days minimum for Jerusalem. Believe me, if you’ve got all 5 days to spare then even then that wouldn’t be enough. The city is huge and there is so much to see. Add to that the strange opening hours, and you really have to be selective and keep an eye, Read More

The perfect mix of archeological sites, outdoor activities, biblical places and natural landscapes. Tried and tested, by me. The easiest way to get around is by Car. Car hire is quite cheap in Israel, and allows you to squeeze so much more into a short timetable. Allow extra time if taking public transport, possible one, Read More

Crossing the equator for the first time is a big deal. The somewhat imaginary line is akin to loosing ones virginity once crossed (personal preference as to which one is more enjoyable). The term Pollywog is used to describe a person who has not crossed the equator and a shellback, once cruising over . Fact, Read More

Watching the sun set while Dog sledding in Iceland to the sound of panting Husky dogs was surely the highlight of our trip. To get there was exciting enough itself. The drive onto the ice was onto one of the country’s ‘F’ roads that was still officially closed according to the transport authority (and a fence, Read More

Jerusalem is quite simply, the most influential city in the world. It has been captured and recaptured, 44 times, attacked 52 times, besieged 23 times, and twice, destroyed completely. And being the center of faith for the three major religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam – it still has as much of an importance in, Read More

In Part One we were in Nazareth. For Part Two we continue the Journey towards the shores of the Galilean Sea. The lake itself has many different names, all-attributing to its rich historical past. Sea of Galilee, Sea of Kinneret, Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Tiberias. Along these famous shores much of Jesus’s ministry, Read More

The biblical land of Israel. Nowhere else on earth has such varied landscapes and such historical consequences within short distances of each other. Driving from the Syrian border of the Golan Heights to the Sea of Galilee, 40km of landscape that changes from snowy mountains, to fertile farmlands, through the dead desert landscapes of Jericho, to rich, oxygenated, Read More

There are many people out there who would never even consider travelling to Iran. The image broadcast by all traditional media outlets only cover the negative stories, and the stock standard issues (nuclear progress etc). I dont blame you if you have subscribed to this and accepted it as gospel. In fact the whole, Read More

The cuisine in Senegal is remarkably diversified and takes major influences from french and north african tastes. Most food is purchased fresh on the day, from the local markets and street stalls and cooked in a large pot over a gas burner. A typical meal would be..

We had come Mo’llam Kelayeh, a tiny village, but a strategic base for the seeing the isolated Alamut Castle. Tomorrow was a long time away. First we needed to find somewhere to bed down. We had heard that a small restaurant offered a room, where we could sleep on the floor for the night. When we, Read More

Norway’s most enjoyable day-hike. We stopped for a minute to catch our breath.  “Where could she be?” Elena asked, between her panting. We had not seen Lucy for almost two hours now. She had a habit of racing ahead of our group of four during our hikes, but would reappear again further along the, Read More

I coughed at the dust in my throat as the caged cattle truck rattled along the pot-holed road. Billowing dust was caught in our slipstream and churned straight back into our faces, along with a great deal of exhaust fumes from the old vehicle. We screeched to a stop, and I clambered to grab, Read More

A tour through Western Iceland in late Winter (March). We woke to a light sprinkling of snow over the tent, but the conditions weren’t too arctic. We had slept somewhere along state highway 1, about 60km north of Reykjavik. We fired up the Primus Stove and had a hot brew of tea to start, Read More

Schloss Neuschwanstein, the the fairytale castle, the inspiration for Disney’s logo, and with 1.4 million visitors a year.. One of Europe’s most popular tourist attractions. However, visit during the middle of winter as I did, when snow is falling from the sky, and the wind is blowing you sideways.. And you may consider yourself, Read More