• South Georgia and Antarctica: What Is It Really Like?

    Welcome to the first of my posts about my recent trip to South Georgia and …

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  • 19 Easy Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

    It’s fair to say that my absolute favourite type of photography is wildlife photography.  …

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  • A Weekend In Tunisia – The Perfect Itinerary

    Most travellers looking for a long weekend trip from the UK will automatically head to …

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  • The Amazing Animals Of Uganda: A Photo Guide

    If you’re a wildlife lover, you may well have dreamed of taking a trip …

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  • Four Days in Valli Giudicarie, Trentino, Italy

    Most visitors to Italy make a beeline for the celebrity places, and I must admit …

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  • 28 Top Things To Do and See in Uganda

    Uganda! A country of rolling green hills, misty valleys and craggy mountains. Where lions stalk …

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  • An Unhelpful Guide to… New York & The Rockaways

    If you’ve read my Unhelpful Guide to Boston (and if you haven’t, why …

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  • Glamping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

    As a travel destination Morocco just about has it all: beaches, mountains, deserts, vibrant cities, …

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  • A Night on The Sleeper Train In India

    A Night on The Sleeper Train In India

    The classic image of Indian rail travel, in many Western minds, is the one from films like Slumdog Millionaire.  Crowded, dirty trains, often delayed, idling for hours with no explanation.  People leaning out of open doors, perched between the carriages, or even sitting on the roof.  Narrow, uncomfortable sleeper berths.&…
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    Moving to Kampala, Uganda – First Impressions

    Moving to Kampala, Uganda – First Impressions

    When I agreed to come out to Uganda to work as a volunteer for Child’s i Foundation, I had very little idea what to expect. The decision was made rather on the spur of the moment.  It was early December, and one minute I had no plans for January, …
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    A New Uganda Travel Blog

    A New Uganda Travel Blog

    2018 is going to be the year of what may well be my biggest adventure yet.  The day after tomorrow I’m off to Uganda, and I won’t be coming home again for nearly four months.  Eeek! You might think a huge trip like this is something I’ve been …
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    The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

    The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

    No one survives even a day on Kilimanjaro, let alone making it to the top, without a frankly embarrassing amount of support from an enormous team of guides and porters.  It’s their job to carry your stuff, cook your meals, supply you with safe drinking water, put up your …
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    How To Climb Kilimanjaro In 10 Steps

    How To Climb Kilimanjaro In 10 Steps

    So your itchy feet have got the better of you and you’ve decided you want to climb Kilimanjaro?  Excellent decision!  But now you’ve got to actually organise and (eeek!) do the damn thing!  Here’s how… (Disclaimer: it does take a few more than 10 steps to get to …
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    Descent | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 8

    Descent | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 8

    This is the eighth and final part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route on Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, click here for Day Seven. Today’s post covers the descent. What it’s like to finally go down after all …
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    Summit Night | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 7

    Summit Night | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 7

    This is the seventh part of my day-by-day account of what it was like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Six is here. Today: the day we’d all been waiting for. Kilimanjaro Summit Night! If you think it’s hard having to wake up at 4 am …
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    Base Camp | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 6

    Base Camp | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 6

    This is the sixth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Five is here. I woke well before the morning wake-up call on Day Six to a weird feeling in my face.  I …
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    The Terrifying Barranco Wall | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 5

    The Terrifying Barranco Wall | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 5

    This is the fifth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, here’s Day Four or start from the beginning with Day 1 – Getting Started. Today I’ll talk about the dreaded Barranco Wall. How …
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    Lava Tower | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 4

    Lava Tower | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 4

    This is the fourth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it click this link to go to Day 3 – Shira Plateau.  Today I’ll talk about the walk up to the Lava Tower. Altitude…
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    Shira Plateau | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 3

    Shira Plateau | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 3

    This is the third part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Two is here. As dawn broke on day three, and with barely a cloud in the sky, we got our first proper look at where we …
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    The Forest Zone | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 2

    The Forest Zone | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 2

    This is the second part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day One is here. It’s not something that had occurred to me before starting, but the nights on the mountain are LOOOONG.  The sun set at …
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    First Day | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 1

    First Day | Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 1

    For several years I had talked occasionally about how ‘One Day’ I would climb Kilimanjaro.  It was one of those challenges that sounded like it might be a Good Thing to do (in a totally bonkers-painful, crazy-yet-hopefully-rewarding kind of way) but for a long time looked like it would be …
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    How to Prepare & Train For Kilimanjaro – Part 2

    How to Prepare & Train For Kilimanjaro – Part 2

    This is the second part of my guide to how to shop, prepare, pack and train for Kilimanjaro, doing the Lemosho Route with Exodus Travels*.  Read the first part here. Four Weeks To Go I’m starting to get really nervous now. I keep waking up in the middle of …
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    Preparing and Training for Kilimanjaro – Part 1

    Preparing and Training for Kilimanjaro – Part 1

    In September I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  At 5895m above sea level it’s the highest point in the African continent, and certainly WAY higher than anything I’ve ever scaled before.  I’m not an experienced hiker: I live in London, which is pretty much entirely flat, and …
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    An Unhelpful Guide to… Canterbury

    An Unhelpful Guide to… Canterbury

    Working as a factual TV producer takes me to all sorts of weird and wonderful places.  I’ve filmed off the coast of Namibia on a diamond mining ship.  I’ve learned how they make pearls at an Australian pearl farm.  I’ve been inside a Polish apple juice factory, …
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