August 26, 2018

I am mad for a market. A wall-to-wall, stalls packed like sardines, brimming with lovingly hand crafted wares kind of market. I love to scout for bargains and I'm an unflappable haggler - I've had plenty of practise. There's an adventure to be had in not knowing what's...

April 22, 2018

One of the largest, highest, deepest lakes in the world, Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia and both sides of the lake attract visitors in the thousands each month. It’s a ‘must do’ on any South America itinerary and is not only a spectacular sight...

February 13, 2017

Some recollections of my travels across South America remain vivid several years later. Deep blue skies without a cloud, the foggy breath of an alpaca in the frigid air, the smell of bitter but rich Colombian coffee, the multi-coloured textiles hung over balconies… sig...

August 19, 2016

First I want to say that I didn't travel South America alone, I was actually travelling with my partner, Jack. But it is important to note that he wasn’t always at my side every minute of the day. Because Jack hates museums and I love them. Also he likes to sleep in, s...

June 6, 2016

If you really want to pack well for your South America trip, there are just a few important tips to remember:

1.     Pack for the different altitudes. You’ll need thermals and warm clothes for the Andes where you’ll be 3000m + above sea level, and shorts...

April 3, 2016

South America is a wholly underrated travel destination. Despite having the attractions and the low cost of travel to match Southeast Asia, the backpackers there are far fewer. But hey, all the better for you. 

When it comes to travel, it's not just about going there an...

February 25, 2016

There's so much to do in South America. Big name activities like hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru, cycling the most dangerous road in the world in Bolivia, or snorkelling at the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador

When you plan your trip, you have to account for travel fatigue...

February 3, 2016

Ah, Peru. Peru with your Asian inspired cuisine, your warm northern beaches, your museums dedicated to Inca mummies and to chocolate, your llamas, your Amazon, your coca leaves. Your cities rock the most impressive architecture we’d ever seen and your children are ador...

November 12, 2015

Compared to tips about backpacking in Southeast Asia, there isn’t a heap of advice up on the web about backpacking South America. We made many mistakes on our South America trip, but through trial and error but we picked up a few bits of useful info. Here is what I wis...

October 21, 2015

Occasionally I travel and I have no story to tell of the place I visited. Colca Canyon in Peru is one of those occasions. We paid for a tour to take us to a beautiful destination and that’s it. Nothing went wrong. No locals were befriended. We have no anecdotes to shar...

August 30, 2015

So, there’s this really cool little spot tucked away in the centre of Peru and it just happens to be an oasis.


There’s something about Huacachina that invites the weary traveller to settle down for a while and hang out. You may come here for an action packed weekend of...

July 2, 2015


I did not know this was a thing.


 Eating lunch overlooking Lake Titicaca


Peru in particular has a large population of Chinese and Japanese immigrants. A lack of available land and low wages made Peru unattractive to European workers so the Peruvian government began im...

March 4, 2015

Choosing to travel across South America was simple.

I’d seen exquisite photos of llamas and mountains, churches and markets, each photo with a bundle of colours stacked upon each other. Those ancient ruins, those beaches! I dreamed of South American adventures in the le...

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