The west coast of Ireland never disappoints. The unexpected is nearly always just round the next corner if one takes time to not rush to the next must see location. This requires a discipline to allow oneself to enter the ambient world of one’s surroundings; and of its people. In the rural west, this attribute…

Allow me to paint a picture of the happiest night of my life. I was covered in sand, drenched in sweat, and burned from sand fly bites. Not to mention exhausted. It was 2 AM, and I was starting to feel grateful that my shift at the sea turtle hatchery was almost over. I was…

3am and black dark. Time to get up. Brief, successful wrestle with the mosquito net liberates me to make my way across camp to the kitchen to replenish the cool box with flasks of hot water, tea, coffee and rusks. I’m back in Zululand after 3 years – and I couldn’t be happier. The bush…

There is a big dilemma for those of us who enjoy traveling but worry about climate change. We have a hard time justifing yet another trip to an exotic destination. The carbon footprint of our flights is enormous. The new Swedish word flygskam (flight shame), popularized in the wake of Greta Thunberg’s popularity, is aimed at those of us who travel the world for personal pleasure. This is where global…

I would like you to meet someone. Honestly, the truth is I don’t know their name but this boy is a Samburu cowherd who lives in the middle of Africa. He is the breadwinner of the family and works alone every day with his herd of cows, each of which weighs almost ten times more…

When asked to depict my favourite place on earth, I am fortunate enough to immediately think of where I grew up, Luxembourg. Now that I have been studying in the city of Glasgow for five years, I treasure the visits to my family home in Consdorf, a rural village situated close to the German border.…

For those of you who have never had the privilege of visiting Florence and for those who have visited, let me share with you how I feel about this glorious city. My first visit to Florence was in 1971, before Euros, before cell phones, before the number of tourists became overwhelming. I walked the streets…

When asked; ‘What is your favourite place on Earth?’ I could easily answer the Galápagos’ Islands, Hungary or any other location I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to. But I’d be lying if I said that. What connects you to a location is the memories you hold there; whether they are happy, sad, or both.…

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