Europe Travel Diary

Frozen and happy in the Finnish Lapland

Happy New Year. I hope you’ve all had a chance to rest, reflect and plan. It is after all, a brand new year for brand new adventures! I haven’t got much time. I’ve just picked up another contract until the end of May, (because someone needs to pay the bills) so back to work on […]

Travel Advice

My secrets to packing light

I have been questioned, time after time, trip after trip, how I pack so lightly. Do I have special lightweight clothing? Do I have secret compartments in my backpack? Is there a magical space at the bottom where things just disappear into without adding on dimensions and weight? (Like the Tardis, people think my backpack […]

Book Reviews Reviews

Book review: Tragic Shores by Thomas H. Cook

When I received a pre-release copy of Tragic Shores in the post, my immediate reaction was: Ugh, another travelogue about all these sad places around the world. “In this stunning memoir, Thomas travels with his wife and daughter to less traditional family holiday spots…” the press release had stated. I was skeptic to say the […]

Life & Stuff

Would you travel with someone you don’t know?

Ever been on a blind date? Ever agreed to marry someone before that blind date? WHY WOULD ANYONE AGREE TO MARRY SOMEONE WHO THEY’VE NEVER MET???? For money. Definitely for money. So if no money was involved, you wouldn’t ever do anything so committal as to say… marry, or travel with someone who you have […]

On Writing

Hitting writer’s block, and how to deal with it

Some days, words just flow. I can produce a thousand word copy in an hour, and will have plenty of time to review and edit it before my deadline. Today was one of those days that I’ve lost the words, the sentences and pretty much spent three hours formulating a paragraph that I end up […]

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