From McLeod Ganj, at 2,000m above sea level, the views towards the lush, cloudy foothills of northern India are simply lovely.

Losar: Tibetan New Year in Dharamsala, India

I booked my last trip to India all of 5 days before the departure date, so I only had the very roughest of itineraries….

Riding a tuk-tuk in Delhi, India

Why I love travelling India – but not Delhi

They say cities like Delhi are where the magic of India begins. More people than almost anywhere else on Earth bustle along streets designed…

Ama Dablam Base Camp, Khumbu Himalayas, Nepal

Nepal’s Himalayas: the Sherpa factor

Picture the scene: You awaken as the first rays of the sun strike your tent, quickly raising the temperature to the point where it…

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

How not to take a train in India

After three weeks in the Himalayas, flying into Varanasi was a bit of a shock to the system for Steve and I. We went from…

Vienna Woods, Austria

Hidden spots around Vienna: a walk in the woods

The Wienerwald, or “Viennese Forest”, covers the foothills that separate the Viennese basin from the eastern fringes of the Alps proper. It transitions smoothly into Vienna’s…

Pawlatschen Courtyard in Vienna, Austria

Hidden spots around Vienna: Pawlatschen Courtyards

Even after more than seven years of living abroad, I am awed by Vienna’s inner city whenever I return to visit. The grand dignity…

Rhododendron near Tengboche, Nepal

The dangers of hot chocolate: Struggling to Ama Dablam Base Camp, Nepal

Since the end of my seven months of travelling in June 2013, I have never once stopped thinking about doing it all again – just…

Lord Mayor's Show, London

The Lord Mayor’s Show

Central London often goes into lockdown for various events, with the London Marathon and the Tour de France coming to mind as recent examples….

Demilitarized Zone, Korea

I open at the close: Seoul, Korea

My seven-month adventure ended nearly 18 months ago – but now that I am finding some time to actually go through the thousands of pictures…

View from Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

Across Transylvania like the wind

Romania is a curious place. Evidence of its EU membership is rarely apparent outside Bucharest; even motorways are thin on the ground. Instead, dual carriageways…

Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye on the way to North Uist, Outer Hebrides

“Skye? Not remote enough!” – a day trip to the Outer Hebrides

The previous post was all about dramatic hilltop vistas of a landscape torn apart by the forces of tectonics. I spent my next night…

Sheep on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

How not to pitch your tent on the Isle of Skye

My long-weekend trip to Skye in late August was to be my first experience of solo wild camping, and a bit of an escape into the…