Warning enclosed. Beer and saunas are at the forefront of the Finnish lifestyle, but what might seem laid back comes with a hilarious culture shock for the British. It’s also wildly different, bordering dangerous, for any divers following the rule of an early night. ‘Want Finnish breakfast?’
Writing Without Words – A Lesson in Communication from Tribes in Borneo
I'm wide eyed, nervous, and alone for six weeks in a remote jungle village where only two tribal inhabitants speak fluent English. I stand opposite Rickson Richard. Between us are two upright sticks and a pile of leaves, which Rickson organises in a 'V' shape as diligently as if this is an arrangement of flowers. He points at the layout. 'We've gone that way. You wait here,' he says. He touches a small twig which rests horizontally on one of the sticks. 'It means they're coming back.' I'm shocked but intrigued, and if the word tribe didn't conjure in my mind an expectation for mystique and unexpected discoveries, perhaps I wouldn't have believed it: this simple layout of wood and plants translates into a sentence. I've just been taught an ancient, fading language known as Oroo'.
Skiing the Borders of a UNESCO Site
I tap my thumb with my mitts - I'm losing sensation. The weather in Bansko has taken a dramatic overnight turn from 'too hot,' as the hotel staff agree, to -2 and snowing.
Useful Travel Apps and Links
When traveling, especially when going solo, we benefit from unlimited data in Europe and an array of mobile applications. Here's a roundup of my favourites.
Review of Spoton Hostel and Sportsbar, Gothenburg, Sweden
This is a review of the Spoton Hostel and Sportsbar in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Protected: The Idea
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A Scuba City Interrail Combo Itinerary
Interrailing is an adventurer's paradise. With an open rail ticket, you'll have the option to explore up to 31 countries with little need for planning. Better yet, if you're under 28 you're counted as a 'youth,' so you'll receive a discount on the pass. Not a massive fan of cities? The Interrail pass gives you … Continue reading A Scuba City Interrail Combo Itinerary
Ski in Lillehammer for 4 days and Explore Oslo for 3 – The Guide and Itinerary
Lillehammer, Norway. Photo date: Feb 2019. You might think that Norway is an expensive country to ski in, and you wouldn't be wrong. However, it is currently cheap to get to by plane from the UK. Today (18/09/2019) Ryanair are selling some flights for as low as £12 return! With prices this low, there's nothing … Continue reading Ski in Lillehammer for 4 days and Explore Oslo for 3 – The Guide and Itinerary
Kayaking Expeditions – The Kit List
So, you've decided that you'd like to explore an archipelago by kayak? You've checked the itineraries, required skills, and you have a group of friends who are happy to join? All you need to do now is book and make sure that everyone has the right kit. Most kayaking companies will provide the option of … Continue reading Kayaking Expeditions – The Kit List
Kayaking the Finnish Archipelago and Exploring the Cities: Itinerary
This itinerary is for a 10-11 day trip, including a 5 day self-guided kayaking expedition for 3+ people in Turku, Finland, with added days to explore Helsinki and Tallin or St Petersberg as you wish. It's customisable, easy to follow and is cheaper and more flexible than booking the whole trip with an organisation.