Making the most of your time away (even when things go wrong)

Travelling makes philosophers of us all. When you’re away there are good times, there are brilliant times and then occasionally there are the not so much talked-about sad and bad times too. How you deal with these is really a matter of personality and experience, but in my INFINITE wisdom (just call me Descartes, or something) I’ve put together some advice — some sensible, some mawkishly sentimental — about how to pick yourself up when times are hard and generally make the most of your time away. When you feel overwhelmed… …find a safe and peaceful spot, then take a…

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Equity Point Hostel, Marrakech: A spa, baghrir and rooftop beers

The word hostel means different things to different people. If you’ve never stayed in one, but saw that movie then it’s unlikely you ever will. I imagine though, that if you’re under 30 and have ever travelled independently of a tour operator, you’ve probably stayed in one at some point. I won’t lie — they’re a mixed bag, hostels are, and everyone who stays in them has their limits. For me, that means avoiding sleeping in mixed dorms when I’m travelling alone, wherever possible. If you’re on a budget though, you’ll end up in a situation every now and then…

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7 Super Shots

This post has been inspired by two things: firstly I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots, the challenge from the HostelBookers blog to post seven travel photos I’ve taken that fit into various categories. Secondly, the Ansel Adams exhibition at London’s Maritime Museum in Greenwich, which I visited last weekend. It not only allowed me to check out some of my favourite landscape shots of all time up close, but encouraged me to work harder on improving my own photography skills. It’s closing in just over a week, so get down there fast if you want to catch it…

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The cats of Morocco

You’re on the Internet and you’re reading a blog, so I’m just going to go ahead and presume you like cats. I recently took a trip to Morocco, which I’m currently writing up in various parts — but to give you a little a taste of what’s to come, here’s a little teaser. A teaser made up purely of cat photos. As in many primarily Islamic countries, cats are far more prevalent than dogs in Morocco. There is an abundance of kitties on every street corner and in every village. Our tour guide Hassan taught us the etymology of many…

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5 wild animal encounters that blew my mind

I’m having a night in with a spiced chai latte and a nature documentary, so I thought I’d share with you a little bit about my thing for animals. It’s more of an obsession really. Tiger – Spy in the Jungle might be my favourite telly series ever, and earlier this year I was glued to Frozen Planet. If I’d been any good at science at school, I’d probably be living on a ranch somewhere in Africa right now working on a conservation programme. I’ve already written about the life-affirming experience I had on Crescent Island in Kenya, but I’ve…

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