World Journeys Blog

Driving Iceland

As a horse-crazy young girl, the photos of Icelandic horses in my library of equine picture books caught my eye every time.  Noticeably smaller than other breeds, their coats were covered with a gorgeous range of colours and patterns, with fluffy manes blowing in the wind, their eyes reflecting their gentle nature. These adorable beasts […]

Georgia On My Mind

You’d be forgiven for thinking I was about to wax lyrical about Atlanta or Savannah, but if I ever catch a strain of Ray Charles, my mind drifts to Tbilisi instead. Perched on the shores of the Black Sea and surrounded by the exotic delights of Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, Georgia has a few […]

Donkeys Rule

Deep within a maze of dark alleyways in the Fes el-Bali (Medina of Fes), amidst a labyrinth of spice stalls and an aroma that I can only describe as ‘fragrant’ (sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much), donkeys rule. Welcome to Fes, Morocco.  Firmly in north Africa, Morocco is so close to Europe […]

Lofoten Islands

I have a real soft spot for far flung places, either very far north or very far south, so the Lofoten Islands in Norway had always been high on my list of countries to visit. Sparsely populated, but rich in dramatic scenery, the roads of this wild and unique outpost twist and turn to reveal […]

From Henderson to Hoi An

My favourite little restaurant in West Auckland is virtually a hole in the wall but it produces the most delicious, fragrant, fresh, and divinely moreish Vietnamese food served by smiling, fresh cheeked staff with little English. My journey to Vietnam was therefore destined to be food driven as much as by my fascination with different […]

Sun, Sand & Wildlife

Costa Rica is one of the best countries I have visited, and an all-time favourite of mine! It truly has something for everyone, from vibrant cloud forests and national parks teeming with exotic wildlife, to beautiful coastal beaches and several active volcanoes that serve as the perfect base for adventure activities. Number one on my […]

The ‘Lost Chimpanzees’ of Uganda

Uganda, described by Winston Churchill as “the pearl of Africa” for its beautiful scenery, moderate climate, and stunning wildlife, had long been at the top of my bucket list of countries to visit. As the plane descended into Entebbe across the waters of Lake Victoria, I could feel my sense of anticipation growing – as […]

Trekking Machu Picchu

Ancient ruins perched on impossibly steep mountainsides, shrouded in dense forest and cloud.  Machu Picchu is an enigma that captures our imaginations perhaps more than any other historical site in the world.  At the heart of the Incan empire, this ‘Lost City’ was mysteriously abandoned for centuries until the discovery of its remarkably preserved ruins […]

Zimbabwe Reborn

Many will be aware of the tumultuous political history of Zimbabwe, from colonial times to Independence in 1980, followed by President Mugabe’s 40-year reign.  Despite these challenges, the country now offers an incredibly rich wildlife experience. I must admit though, from my first visit to Zimbabwe in the 1990’s to my most recent visit, Harare’s […]

Out of the Blue

Sun. Sand. Turquoise waters. Barefoot luxury. This is the tropical paradise of Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani, two luxury 5-star resorts  in the Maldives. I was fortunate enough to stay at both on my honeymoon in 2017, and wow… what an experience. First up, Soneva Fushi. After a short layover in Singapore, we were greeted at […]