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I have opted for a week of downtime scuba diving in Vanuatu to see out the year. A warm bath full of colourful fish, brown smiling faces, tropical fruit for breakfast, languid days, learning to stroll slowly, sultry air that …

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You only ever hear bad things about Pakistan- a fertile breeding ground for terrorists. I first had the idea to explore Pakistan for myself after reading Michael Palin’s book ‘Himalaya’. Then my Afghan guide filled my head with stories of …

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My latest exploration has taken me to south central Australia on a houseboat aboard the mighty Murray River. This great brown artery is the lifeline of much of Australia’s agriculture and foodbowl of the southern states and an historic highway …

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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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Tarkine Treasure, Tasmania, Australia, March 2022

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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 …

 

A Tale of Three Capes, Tasmania, Australia, September 2021

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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 …

 

Walls of Jerusalem Hike, Tasmania, Australia, February 2021

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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 …

 

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 …