How not to use a guide book

Guide Books are big business.  Lonely Planets, Rough Guides and many other travel books litter hostels, backpackers, libraries and book stores. They hold a wealth of information, from an overview of a country to where to stay and where to eat in a particular city. They are great, but sometimes it’s better to put the book…

Why Don’t We Travel More In Our Own Countries?

I grew up slap bang in the middle of England. Aim a dart at the centre and if you’re a good shot you’ll probably hit somewhere near. My village is surrounded by lush rolling hills utilised by farmers for their stock, dotted with quaint villages (Including Ashby St Ledgers, where the Gunpowder Plot was planned by…

Travel Theme: Trees

April 24th is National Arbour Day (that’s tree day to us common folks). As my dad used to be a Tree surgeon, or Arborist to you fancy folks, I’ve somehow inherited a bit of a soft spot for trees, thanks to him. In fact, If I see a tree that I think is particularly interesting…

One Night in Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Norway  Visited: 9-10 Feb 2014 The last night of mine and Rhians  holiday involved a night at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, located a short drive out of town. We were both looking forward to the novelty of spending a night in a room made of snow, and marvelling at the snow carvings and…

Husky Sledding Thrills!

Pasvikdalen,Near Kirkenes, Norway Visited: 7-9Feb 2014 After a fantastic time gaining an insight into Sami Culture in Finland, Rhian and I headed to Birks Husky Guesthouse in Norway for a go at mushing (Husky Sledding). Firstly, the location was fantastic. About 1hr drive from Kirkenes we felt very much in the middle of nowhere, surrounded…

Sami Culture

Menesjarvi, Finland Visited: 4-7 February 2014 My friend Rhian and I chose to go on holiday to Scandinavia with the hope of fulfilling her dream to see the Northern Lights, to celebrate her handing in her PhD Thesis in Cancer Research and to spend quality time together before my travels to Central America commence. After…