Maine Life

Did you know...? Mount Desert Island was formed by glacial movement, which began about 30,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age. Bar Harbor has just around 5,000 year-round residents, but the neighbouring Acadia National Park sees up to 3 million tourists a year. A single cruise ship docked in Frenchman's Bay could be up … Continue reading Maine Life

Iceland: how to get exclusive access to tourist sites [for free!]

In 2017, over 2 million people visited Iceland. The country's population is 330,000. I don't have to do the math to tell you the result: Iceland is overrun with tourism. With so many visitors, it's hard to believe that Iceland still harbours any remote and untouched places. You might think it's impossible to be anywhere … Continue reading Iceland: how to get exclusive access to tourist sites [for free!]

Botswana blog: days 16 & 17

 Day 16 - Makgadikgadi to Khama Our night in Makgadikgadi Pans Game Reserve was the quietest night of the trip. Only occasional gusts of wind punctuated the silence. We awoke many hours later, with the sun’s first beams. Crisp and clear, it was a breath-taking morning in the Botswana wilderness. We checked around camp for evidence … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 16 & 17

Botswana blog: days 11-13

When we last left off, after days 10&11, our speedometer failed. To fully explain, we have to go back to day 11 when we left Chobe and the trouble began. The video below was taken on the road from Chobe, before trouble found us: Day 11: Departing Chobe for Maun After our amazing morning of successfully … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 11-13

The importance of spending a week, barefoot, in South African sand

On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi... On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi. It is the ideal escape, hours from civilisation, across the semi-tropical coastline. Disclaimer: if you dislike finding sand in … Continue reading The importance of spending a week, barefoot, in South African sand

Hikes: Johannesburg

  If you're anything like me, you like being outside and experiencing all nature has to offer. I'm never happier than when immersed in nature. I like to hike [and camp] to escape from the 'real world' and to remind myself of the beauty surrounding this city. These hikes are reasonably close to Joburg and well worth … Continue reading Hikes: Johannesburg