I’m done with visiting “traditional villages”

It was on a tour around Bajawa in Indonesia where I came down with traditional village fatigue. I had hired a bike driver to take me to the sites in what was a well-worn itinerary. The tour included a walk to a volcanic lake, a waterfall, hot springs, and visiting traditional villages. The traditional village […]

Golden Circle Tour – the best of Iceland in a one day trip

With only a short stopover in Iceland I had planned for a day in Reykjavik, a visit to the Blue Lagoon and a day trip featuring the highlights of the island. The thing I didn’t know was what those highlights were. Iceland has a branding issue when it comes to its destinations. Apart from the […]

Coffee Journey: A tour to a remote coffee village in Thailand

Coffee Journey – A tour for those who love coffee I can’t remember the last time I went on a tour that went more than a day, so I find it remarkable that on my stay in Chiang Mai I was talked into going on a three day tour. Well I wasn’t really talked into […]

Tour Review: Classic Mini Tours of London

I have lived in London for two years of my life and I visit once a year for work. In all that time I have never been on a tour. The idea of getting on one of those big buses has never appealed to me. So when I was contacted by smallcarBIGCITY and offered a […]

Long Neck Women – Chiang Mai

The long neck women are from Burma/Myanmar, and many live as refugees in Thailand. The long neck women are known as Padaung, a sub-group of the Karen tribe. The Karen tribe villages are near the Thai-Myanmar border, but there are also “villages” near Chiang Mai. I say “villages” as they are really just market stalls […]

A tour of the slums of Mumbai

At every book stall on the streets of Mumbai there are always the same travel books on sale. The one you see the most here is Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. The book is a fictionalised retelling of the authors true-life escape from an Australian prison and flight to India, where he ends up living […]