Driving a Susuki, Lao style

A day ago I would have found nothing quite so terrifying as a gigantic hairy spider scuttling past just milimetres from my bare leg, pausing for a moment to eye me up as potential lunch. Normally I’d have shrieked like a girl, climbed to higher ground and commanded hubbie to remove the critter with all haste. But not today. Today I was buffalo ploughing, and nothing was going
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Temple at Royal Palace Museum, Luang Prabang

Loving Luang Prabang

They told me 5 nights in Luang Prabang was too long. They told me the town is no longer ‘authentic’. They told me I’d get bored. They were so wrong! The search for the ‘authentic’ Travellers tend to either love or hate Luang Prabang, with the disbelievers lamenting the fact that the town is no longer ‘authentic’. These people clearly have no grasp of the meaning
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Wild camping, Lake District

Wild Camping – at home in the hills

In England it is illegal. But also lots of fun! There’s nothing quite like a spot of wild camping for a real and rewarding landscape experience. Whether you’ve hiked hard all day to find that perfect spot, or just nipped up 20 minutes from the road, each site will have something unique to offer. The days of camping on organised sites will be over as soon as you
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Searching for my inner concubine in Istanbul

Maybe it was because it was grey and raining. Maybe it was because I couldn’t help but compare it to my beloved cities in Morocco. Or maybe it was because nothing could possibly top our recent adventures in Cappadocia. Whatever it was, one thing is for certain. I didn’t loose my heart in Istanbul. I’m probably going to get a lot of hate mail about
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Getting high on mushrooms in Cappadocia

Don’t you DARE go and balance on the mushrooms! It’s dangerous and fool-hardy, not to mention incredibly stupid. Did you leave your brain-cells in the cave this morning? What if you were to fall, we’ve not seen another soul all morning. There’s no way I’m running up that steep hill to get help. I promise I’ll divorce you if you do it. AND I’ll tell your mother! My words fell on deaf
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Rising with the sun – ballooning over Cappadocia

Why is it the best things in life often come hand in hand with sleep deprivation? I really don’t do mornings, yet when travelling I’m usually up before the local assortment of roosters to watch sunrises, admire geographical phenomena, explore during the coolest part of the day and receive marriage proposals! So it’s no surprise that within hours of landing at Nevşehir airport in the Central Anatolian region of Turkey, hubbie
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