The Great Wall

Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every single year. 10 Million. Now that is a lot of people. To give you an idea of how that compares with other great historical wonders last year, Stonehenge saw 1.34 million visitors, Machu Picchu was limited to 2500 visitors a day ( 912,500 people…

Cambodia’s history

This post is likely to be challenging, intentionally so. It provides details of the Cambodian genocide which took place between 1975 and 1979. I have chosen to include it because, when considering how to travel consciously and how to be a balanced tourist, it is worth being aware of the recent history of the country,  and the…

Fair Trade and the World Social Forum

  I have previously written about Colombian coffee and the Fairtrade brand. We learnt how ‘Fairtrade’ was a brand name for goods such as coffee, tea and cotton that meet certain criteria such as providing a minimum price for goods and financial opportunities for reinvestment or development of an organisation. Well, today is the first day…

Early explorers – Taiwan’s Indigenous people

Did you know that Taiwan is made up of approximately 2.5% Indigenous people who were estimated to have inhabited the land approximately 8000 years ago (the Han Chinese migrated to Taiwan in the 17th Century)? I didn’t, until recently.  I was fascinated to discover it, so I thought that I’d share it with you. Here is…

Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia

The Ningaloo Reef off the coast of Western Australia is one of the longest fringing reefs in the world (‘fringing’ means that it is closer to shore than a barrier reef). This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a physically diverse coastline with rocky shores, sandy beaches, mangrove stands, tranquil lagoons, rich reefs and open ocean. And it is totally beautiful. The…

Crossing the Gobi

Adventurers have always been around, but less common in history are the tales of women adventurers.  Of course some women travellers did exist, however, generally women were denied the ability to travel so their literary works revolved around waiting for someone or something to come to them – think Jane Austin with the women waiting at home…

Fairtrade = Good, right?

I know that Fairtrade equals good, but i’m not sure that I totally understand why it is good or what it is really setting out to do. So I am going to write a couple of blogs delving into the real meaning of fair trade and the impact that it is having on development. As…

Tokyo, Japan

I visited Japan late last year for the first time in a while. Here are some of my thoughts from an afternoon transiting through Tokyo. Travel from Narita airport to the Shinjuku bus station was relatively easy (when making transit plans, do remember that there is more than one international airport in Tokyo). I opted for the cheapest option at…

A fair price for Coffee?

I love the Australian cafe culture. Good tasting coffee served in an ambient environment with the clunk of cups and warm chatter in the background. One of our main suppliers of coffee beans is Colombia, however, their farmers were on strike in June over the price of coffee. We all enjoy a good cup of coffee…

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Hi! I’m in the process of developing this blog so some categories (Antarctica for example) don’t have any content.  As time passes and writing continues hopefully that will change. If you are a budding adventurer and have been somewhere interesting, or are going soon, and would like to write an article then please get in…

Micro adventure challenge

It’s the end of June and the solstice has passed, the days will be getting longer or shorter depending on where you are in the world and the seasons changing again. gradually. So what better a time of year to tick some of those ‘musts’ off that list of yours. The father and inventor of…