Antoni Gaudí: The Worst Builder in the World

One thing’s for sure, you wouldn’t want Antoni Gaudí as your neighbor. Imagine leaving your house one morning and bumping into him and he tells you, with a big sigh, “My house has no straight lines.” You’d get that FOR SALE sign up before you can say “stay away from my kids”. Gaudí, for those…

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…

Ever Wondered How to Sit in a Kayak Properly? We Can Help

Look, the simple fact is we don’t all have time to become experts in the operation of personal aquatic vessels. If you do, congratulations. Pat yourself on your smug little back and move on to another article. This guide is for those of us who lead more balanced lives and we don’t need your sneering. As for the…

The Best Mobile Carrier for Travel? Project Fi.

Project Fi from Google is by far the best mobile carrier for regular travelers. Why? They have the same $10 per GB cost in 120 different countries. That’s a standard data price, but normally when you go abroad, it costs about $12 per tweet you look at and uploading an Instagram photo requires remortgaging your house. With…

Tōdai-ji Temple Complex in Nara, Japan

It strikes me as quite peculiar that the largest wooden building in the world* – Great Buddha Hall, at the centre of the Tōdai-ji Complex in Nara, Japan – has burnt down twice. Twice. Maybe you think that would be expected, given that on a list of flammable things, wood ranks just below a factory that…

Backwards are Buses in Japan

Today I’m going to talk about using buses, so if your name is Beatrice you’ve probably never used a bus so you can go away. Go away, Beatrice. If you’re not a horrible person, you’ve probably used a bus to get around every now and again, maybe even every day. You probably think that the bus…