Snæfellsnes is a relatively quiet and peaceful part of Iceland. Every first-time tourist does the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle and a good proportion of them go along the south coast. But it’s a long day trip to do from Reykjavik so Snæfellsnes tends to be the preserve of the slightly more hardened tourist. I… More Photoset: Snæfellsnes
Growing up with reasonably good access to Poole Harbour (the second biggest natural harbour in the world, you know, albeit with an average depth of just 48cm), it took until I was at university to realise what a waste it was never to have used it, and then the best part of another decade to… More Sailing in a storm
I always thought these were such a gimmick. Why would you want a travel towel? And then I bought one and I realised why. I bought one because my trips to Iceland had shown me that there are hot pots and pools a-plenty, several of which required me to take my own towel and several… More Useful Travel Items: Travel Towels
I love Iceland with all my heart and soul but there’s no way to say this without sounding like a hipster: I loved it before it was popular. Not because I wanted it all to myself (although I do!) but because Iceland is too small and too fragile to cope with the volumes of visitors,… More It’s now official: tourism is killing Iceland
Over the summer, I saw a post on Instagram that said, amongst other things: What did the younger, idealistic version of yourself want to do when they ‘grew up’? Are you doing it? Once you start earning a wage it’s easy to stop trying for more. To stop chasing your goals. To become settled and… More Having a job is eeevil!
I pick up the story of my trip to Edinburgh on Sunday morning. Tom and I were going to see Ashley Storrie on Sunday afternoon. He had plans to meet someone around Sunday lunchtime; I had plans to try to catch up on a little sleep. However, the hostel was so noisy and I can’t… More EdFringe 2017 part 2
I wasn’t going to write this post because I was ashamed of how much stuff I took with me. I’m terrible at packing and I’ve never mastered the art of packing light. But come with me and see how atrocious it was. This is the bag I took with me. It’s my favourite Mountain Equipment… More Packing for Edinburgh
2017 is my third Fringe, although I did make two trips up there in 2013 – one scheduled and one spontaneous when FOMA got the better of me. Actually, I’d only been half-thinking about going this year (I was only working two days a week after two months of unemployment) but then in the pub… More EdFringe 2017 part 1
For the last decade or so, I’ve been a solo traveller. It’s not a lifestyle choice, it’s just the way things worked out and I’ve got so used to it that I can’t imagine travelling with someone else. This year I’ve done just that. In May I went caravanning in France with my sister. That’s… More One bear becomes two bears
Although I wrote this more than two weeks ago, today is the day that I’m coming home from my 2017 trip to Edinburgh. And what better August photoset than pictures from my previous trip?