May 13, 2020

In the wild Andes of Southwest Colombia the stone shamans of San Augustin stared maniacally back at me with wide coca-induced eyes and toothy grins punctuated by jaguar fangs. 

My local guide, Oscar Gomez, explained the human-sized monoliths were carved between the...

March 8, 2018

It's all glamour this travel writing malarkey. I'm frittering away time at Cairns domestic airport en route to frittering away even more time at Melbourne Airport before a 23 hour flight back to London via the shiny malls of Dubai Airport reassured in the knowledge I c...

December 29, 2017

My first writing assignment for 2018 will be a short trip to the West African state of Liberia in early January. You may have heard of it recently making news with the election of George Weah, once a global soccer star, as Liberia’s new president. But mostly the only s...

October 1, 2017

I’ve just returned from 16 incredible days at sea traversing part of the Canadian Nunavut Arctic to sail down the North West Passage. Back on terrae firma I am sure the horizon is still lilting from Port to starboard and back. The Internet’s availability was as caprici...

September 4, 2017

Sitting in my airport hotel room surrounded by a map of Nunavutand a waterproof kitbag bursting at the seams

with electrical gear I am super excited for the next 3 weeks as I set off on an Arctic Ocean traverse of Northern Canada by ship along the legendary North West P...

August 15, 2017

As sure as an icy drip falling from an icicle this dramatic exhibition sent shivers down my spine.

With good timing, as I prepare to head through theNorth West Passage in September, theNational Maritime Museum's 'Death in The Ice' exhibition tells the story of the...

August 1, 2017

For much of early September I'm going to be transiting the legendary North West Passage through Arctic Canada on board the ship Ocean Endeavour.

For years I have been obsessed by the courage and determination of the Victorian explorers who attempted to navigate the pass...

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About It starts with Bus #173 

This is my occasional blog focusing on my travels abroad and at home in Dartmoor. All my journeys, whether it’s a 4-day schlepp to Pitcairn Island or a 3-week boat journey across Micronesia, begin with the local country bus #173 from my home in Chagford to Exeter, where I take the train or bus to London.

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