A whirlwind visit to Banff, Canada

It had been eight hours, and yet the journey was only half complete. My knees were drawing ever closer to my chin, the cramp in my thighs now unbearable. The bus was filled with a cacophony of strange and myste...

Without a Paddle: Rafting in Chiang Mai

I cleared my throat and repeated the question: “Where are we?” The silence which followed sent a chill across my skin, despite the sun’s heat. I searched the faces of my companions, each lost in their own puz...

A weekend in Bruges

I have to admit, if it hadn't been for Martin McDonagh's In Bruges, I might never have thought to visit the city.  McDonagh chose the location because it was “stunningly cinematic”.  Its fairytale charm contras...

The time that shit got weird in Amsterdam

“I don’t think it’s working.  I don’t feel any different.”, came the famous last words, as I leaned back into the depths of the arm chair and took in my surroundings. The coffee shop - which wasn’t really a ...

Whale Watching in Vancouver

It’s funny; I grew up on an island where the waters are rich with marine life and yet I’ve always longed to go whale watching.  It’s not uncommon to see whales off Orkney; at least once a year, a buzz will go a...

What it’s really like travelling as a couple

“I’m not moving,” I insisted, for what felt like the hundredth time.  As if to emphasise the point, I thrust my backpack down upon the street, very nearly taking out a small Thai child in the process.  Stuart –...