In Malaysia, teeming cities and tropical rainforests collide to provide a veritable wonderland for travellers.
At the train station, we met a man who in the last year had lost his daughter and three of her best friends in a car accident. He was then made redundant after serving 30-odd years for the same global company. I asked what brought him to the Camino de Santiago. “Reflection and soul searching”, came his mumbled response. It seemed he was looking for some meaning. I hope he finds it.
Before visiting Turkey, I had few preconceptions of the place. I had fewer still of Istanbul. This likely isn’t a good thing for someone who writes about travel for a living to admit, but there we go.
A Peregrine leader for more than 12 years, Tun Tun is not just a cultural expert or great conversationalist but a friend in waiting for those lucky enough to explore Burma with him.
In the media frenzy of the past year, much information seems to have been distorted, misunderstood or altogether ignored by parts of the press and general public. And the people who are really suffering are the locals.
There’s no better way to distil the essence of whichever African country you’re in than by rubbing shoulders with the locals and enjoying a plate of their favourite food.
Much has been written, recorded and discovered about the park and its inhabitants over the years. Here’s our round up of some essential knowledge.
Everyone returns from Africa a changed person. Often they come home with stories such as falling asleep to the sound of lions roaring or the indescribable colours of an African sunset. But not many people can say they met someone like Spokes.
Pick up any African safari brochure - yes, including ours - and you’ll almost certainly see cute and cuddly lion cubs, or dosile males of coiffured mane and flawless face.
Even though the war ended some 20 years ago, I was still expecting a sad, broken city full of bad memories — how wrong I was.