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I have awoken from a slumber, it’s finally time to brush the cobwebs from my passport. A long journey to Europe for a medical conference has given me time for reflection. I was nervous to be unfettered again.  How has …

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This week I ventured on foot into the Tarkine region in north-eastern Tasmania- a small area of still untouched old forest that has existed since the days of Gondwanaland and the dinosaurs. One of the largest and oldest areas of …

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It’s not travel as I used to know it but more a quick escape- temporary flight from the claustrophobia of coronavirus oppression. Luckily wilderness therapy is still some of the best medicine so I packed the rucksack and headed to …

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Travel in the time of the Covid world pandemic has been a rare and precious thing. While Australia’s borders remain closed to international travel I’ve turned to my own arguably magnificent backyard for inspiration. This week I rejoined a gang …

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Trek Larapinta, Northern Territory, Australia August 2020

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The sun has finally risen on my travels again although I have been restricted to my ‘own sandpit’ because of the coronavirus global pandemic. My playground for the last 9 days has been the classic Larapinta Trail hike over the …

 

Cocoa and Coconuts, Côte d’Ivoire, February 2020

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My final post from my West African adventure comes to you from Abidjan in the country of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). I’ve reached the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean and I’ll unashamedly admit that I put my feet up here …

 

Animal Sacrifice to the Ancestors, Burkina Faso, February 2020

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This past week I’ve travelled further south to the country of Burkina Faso. As I’ve distanced myself further from the Sahara the landscape has become progressively greener. Villages are shaded by enormous mango trees in flower and surrounded by cashew …

 

The Magnificent Mud Mosque of Djenné, Mali, February 2020

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News of the legend of Timbuktu first spread to the outside world in the 14th century when the Malinke king made a pilgrimage to Mecca. His entourage of 60,000 each carried a bar of gold among other luxuries as offerings. …

 

From Slavery to Rally, Senegal, January 2020

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Somehow when I came out the escape hatch this time I landed in West Africa. I only spent a few days in Senegal on the western most point of the continent before a longer journey through some of the Sahel …

 

The Maldives- a Tale of Atolls and Mating Octopus, November 2019

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Who can say where the wonder or the wanderlust ends? It should come as no surprise then that I’ve popped up in the middle of the Indian Ocean again for a week of scuba diving in the Maldives. Off the …