Guatemala: Lake Atitlan, Semuc Champey, Rio Dulce

Lake Atitlan   After an incredible month in Antigua studying Spanish, climbing Volcanoes, and running up mountains, it was time for me to say goodbye and make my way to the next stop, Lake Atitlan. A beautiful lake surrounded by yet more Volcanoes – Volcan Atitlan, Toliman, and San Pedro to be precise – and…

Guatemala: Flores, Tikal, and Antigua

From Belize we made our way West towards the Guatemalan island town of Flores, which would be our base for a few days whilst we  explored the area and visited the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal.   Flores and Tikal Once we had arrived on the Island of Flores we searched around the windy streets…

Belize: A Hurricane In Paradise

Making my way south from Playa Del Carmen I caught the overnight bus heading towards Belize, an ex-British trading post, home to no more than 375,000 people, and a country I didn’t know too much about, so when I finally made it to Belize City it took me by surprise when the people spoke English…

Mexico: Mayan Ruins, Mezcal, and Surfing

After completing the 1400 mile coastal drive along America’s Highway 101, it was time for me to leave behind the familiar settings of the U.S.A and venture into the unknown lands of Latin America. My flight out of San Diego was bound for the Mexican capital, Mexico City, home to more than 20 million people, most of whom will have limited or no English so this would certainly be a challenge, but being outside of your comfort zone is what travelling is all about and I had racked up a fair few hours on Duolingo (an app for learning new languages) so was ready to get stuck in. Bienvenido a Mexico!

Completing the West Coast: San Francisco to San Diego

Continuing down Highway 101, I arrived into San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge, which makes quite an impressive introduction to the city. After spending the last 5 days driving alone and sleeping in roadside motels (due to a serious lack of a hostel scene along the coast), I had booked into a hostel called The Green Tortoise and I made a good group of friends almost instantly. It was great to hang out with a like-minded bunch of travellers wanting to explore the city by day and check out the bars and live music scene at night.

Highway 101: Seattle to San Francisco

Having booked a car from downtown Seattle, it was time to hit the road and drive south along Highway 101. I have to admit, before arriving in the US the only famous road I had heard of was Route 66, but every time I mentioned to people that I planned to travel South from Seattle, the first…

My Journey Through America Begins!

I can’t believe that I’m 3 weeks into the trip already, so much has happened, I’ve been lucky enough to stay with friends for the most part, so it’s pretty much been an extended holiday up to this point, but I’ve  managed to make my way through Boston, Cape Cod, Seattle, and Vancouver, so here’s my attempt…

A Rough Plan

Once the travelling bug has set in, it really is hard to control and the only known cure is, well, travelling some more. This time things are a little different, where before I was fortunate enough to be given a 6 month sabbatical from work, this time I have had to quit work completely, it is one of…

Time for my next adventure

With all of the best intentions in the world I wanted to finish updating my travel journals from my last trip, as I still had Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and two weeks in Europe to write about, but I am now embarking on another adventure through the Americas, a trip which will see me travel down…

One Month In Vietnam

Hanoi I arrived in Hanoi, the northern capital city of Vietnam and instantly fell in love with the place. I stayed in the “Old Quarter” which is situated by the side of a lake, and when I arrived it looked eerie and ethereal with a low-laying mist hovering over the top of the polluted green…

Singapore

I arrived in Singapore not really knowing what to expect, I hadn’t done too much research on this wealthy ex-British colonial city-state, as it wasn’t initially on my list of places to visit, but was pleased with my last minute change of schedule. After checking into the Green kiwi backpackers hostel, I managed to get…

Exploring Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu From Bali, I made my way north to Malaysian Borneo, where I stayed in the city of Kota Kinabalu or KK for short, known for its local markets, street food, and fishing. It took me a while to warm to the place as it has a bit of an industrial feel to it, the buildings…