This month I will be attempting my first marathon and it will be the big one in London!
I am doing this run in aid of “Mind — The Mental Health Charity”. Mental illness affects 1 in 4 of us including myself.
I have suffered complications with depression and anxiety for many years. In the past it has resulted in me losing my job, losing relationships, a decrease in my self-confidence, seen my weight swing up and down, losing contact with friends & loved ones and become far more reclusive.
Recently, my father has been diagnosed with Bowel cancer. The…
Last week I spent a bit of time in Ashgabat, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. Here are a few things I discovered during my visit:
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has been in charge of the country since 2006. From speaking to my guide everybody in the country sees him as a god-like figurehead. Portraits of the leader can be seen everywhere in Ashgabat, including in the hotel where I stayed.
2. Forget the night life, there is a curfew here.
Ashgabat enforces a strict curfew where citizens are not allowed onto the streets…
For me, there are several key factors which will influence the future of international politics in the East Asia region.
First there’s the growing concern about North Korea’s intentions when it comes to its nuclear development. As we’ve seen from its most recent test in January, the North Korean regime are seemingly using nuclear tests as a way of establishing itself on the international stage regardless of the consequences. The uneasy truce with South Korea, which has been in force since 1953, has mostly held despite several skirmishes over the years.
China will soon becomes the worlds’ largest economy, despite…
My friends looked at me with complete bewilderment. “Why did you go there?” “Was it safe?” “What did you do?” I am referring to a last minute trip to Erbil in Iraq last October.
Erbil airport is surprisingly clean and modern. Even the immigration officials seemed to be delighted to personally welcome the only Brit arriving from Amman on that hot and sunny Monday afternoon. A polite and swift process followed by a polite “Shukran” and I’m officially in.
My hotel arranged a taxi for my arrival. I was greeted with a sign holding my name which was held by…
The public transport network in Dubai has improved massively over the last 10 years.
Dubai’s Metro system opened in 2009 and is perfect for those who don’t want to use taxis to get around the city to see the sights or to hit the shops.
There are currently two lines in operation and both are useful for first-time visitors to Dubai. The red line connects the airport with sights such as Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Jumeirah resort. …
I have recently returned from a visit to Tunisia. I travelled solo and planned the trip myself. During my holiday I visited different places all across the country, including Sousse, Kairouan, Monastir, El Jem, Port el Kantaoui and Tunis.
Throughout my visit, I found the country completely safe. There were a few police roadblocks, especially around the tourist resort of Port el Kantaoui, but I never felt threatened or concerned for my safety. I travelled the country using the local trains and shared taxis (Louages). …
Digital has come a long way in the 18 years since I started my globe-trotting. Back then, the likes of EasyJet had only just launched their website, without online booking. And there was no such thing as Google Maps or TripAdvisor!
Nowadays, I can plan every detail of a trip through the power of the internet and mobile. Below are some of the resources I use for my adventures, along with what similar resource was available in 1997.
“Never truly believe the stories that have already been written. It’s your responsibility to write your own story.”
Travelling is in my blood. Ever since I took my first trip abroad to Spain as an anxious 12 year old in 1997, I fell in love with exploring the different cultures, traditions, cuisine and the history our planet has to offer.
Digital 'geek', globe trotter (159 countries so far), sport fanatic and dabble in a bit of cooking too.