A Quick Overview of Santa Ana, El Salvador

Santa Ana is around an hour’s drive north west of the capital, San Salvador. Population: 375,000. It’s considered one of the safest places in the country (allegedly the most dangerous peacetime country in the world) and comes up in many lists of where to visit in El Salvador. However, Santa Ana itself has precious little…

Bus Ride from CAP to PAP

CAP to PAP was our route. Or Cap Haitien to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to de-acronymify things. Google Maps told us it was 239km and a five and a half hour journey through mountains and then down the coast. It sounded promising. I was excited. Sans Souci was the bus company and the night before we’d checked the…

How to Get From Tirana, Albania to Kosovo

The following is a guide explaining how to get from Tirana, Albania to Pristina or Prizren, Kosovo. I’m writing it for all the poor saps who are in Tirana right now and can’t work out how to leave the place. I feel you guys. I’ll help you out. The first thing you need to know…

Sunset From Prizren Fortress, Kosovo

  Often when you travel you come across something unexpected or breathtaking or something to make you stop in your tracks and go “woah”. It could be beautiful blue water off the coast of a Greek island. It could be an ugly naked man snorkeling in said beautiful blue water. For me recently it was a sunset…

Snorkelling with Sharks in Belize with People Who Can’t Swim

If you couldn’t swim, like literally you had never been in water before, would you go snorkelling with sharks in the sea off the coast of a strange country? That’s not rhetorical. I’d like your opinions please. Anyway, I went to Belize, specifically the island of Caye Caulker, and I went snorkelling with sharks with…

5 Simple Tricks to Save Money When Traveling

Everyone likes saving money. I, for example, like saving money so much that if I want to buy something that costs over $100, I have to write a 500-word essay to myself explaining why I need to buy it, with a bibliography citing at least one French cultural theorist. Here are five ways I save…

The Vietnamese Sleeper Train (featuring a cockroach called Roy)

Any traveller will say that the best part of travel is the meeting of awesome people. They’ll either tell you in person if you’re unlucky enough to have a travel-addict friend that bores you to death with their stories every other night in the pub, or their lame-ass WordPress blog will say “meeting people is…

East. I’m Heading East!

You might’ve noticed the tumbleweeds tumbling past this place with alarming regularity recently, but I have a new trip booked. Asia here I come! Tomorrow I’m heading to Vietnam for a week or so, then crossing over into Cambodia for as many days as I’ve been able to eke out of my schedule. It’ll be…

Live Jazz and a Buffet Breakfast in New Orleans

There was a man wandering up and down Canal Street in New Orleans shaking a collection tin at tourists in Hawaiian shirts. He was watching everything that went on along that road and every now and again he’d notice a traffic violation and scream things like, “No left! NO LEFT! Dumb fuck! I’ve scraped three…

Puno to Cusco (Peru) by any means necessary

If I get a ticket from place A to place B from a bus station, I expect the entirety of that journey to be made by bus. So when I bought a bus ticket in Peru from Puno to Cusco, I was expecting to heave my rucksack onto a bus, then curl up in my…

Building a Road in Bolivia

Bolivia generally isn’t known for its elegant, efficient highways and state of the art road traffic management systems. If you take a second out of your day to picture a Bolivian road you’ll probably picture something dusty, something half-finished, something unsafe, and you’re probably seeing some kind of wild animal – a sheep or alpaca…

Cycling the World’s Most Dangerous Road

Back in June 2009 I cycled down what is supposedly the world’s most dangerous road, outside of La Paz, Bolivia. Presumably it was given this unofficial title long before roads in the Middle East were given the added challenge of IEDs. The road is known as Death Road colloquially or alternatively Yungas Road or Coroico…