the great outdoors

Ten Things I Learned about Iceland’s Outdoor Pools

Spoiler alert: This article contains references to nudity and terrible puns throughout.  Before visiting Iceland, I had a somewhat romantic notion of what swimming in the outdoor geothermic pools might be like...

Ten Things to do Outside of Melbourne

It's been two years since I arrived and fell in love with Melbourne.  Such was my love for the city that the original week I had intended on staying quickly turned in to 5.   Because I was there for so long, I ...

The Magic of Hoy, Orkney

As a child, nothing could excite me more than a trip to Hoy.  It sounds strange, I know; I grew up on an island; I spent every day cut off from mainland Scotland, and yet when it came to the holidays, what I lo...

Alternative Things to Do in Perthshire

Perthshire is one of my favourite counties in Scotland, and yet in terms of travel destinations it’s a bit of an underdog, often bypassed for the dramatic mountains of the Highlands or the urban gems of the cou...

That time we found Paradise: Bedarra Island

In 2011, a massive storm formed in the Pacific Ocean.  Yasi, as it became known, was a force 5 cyclone, and caused immeasurable damage to everything in its path - from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon islands t...
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