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…

Can tourism ever be sustainable?

In the last post I explored how a community off western Scotland is trying to be sustainable. While they are more sustainable than most, they are not self sufficient when it comes to food and income, and rely on tourism during the summer months to keep the island alive in its current form. There are…

Sustainable tourist destination

When we look at where to visit where your impact (excluding transport to / from the location) is largely sustainable, then perhaps consider a trip to the Isle of Gigha off western Scotland. Gigha is a community owned island where, through locally elected representatives, the islanders continue to maintain, regenerate and develop the island in…

Sleeper train to Hoian

The scenery outside is incredibly lush with bright green bamboo, coconut trees, banana trees and rice paddy fields in abundance on this flat fertile land. The dark threatening sky provides an indication as to why this area is so agricultural. There are areas of fruit trees, cordoned off behind concrete facade walls with broken glass…

Laos silk

Finally, a place that doesn’t have good wifi! Laos. A beautiful country, amazing people (super smiley) and a relaxing place to hang out in for a few days, weeks or months. While meandering around the streets of Vientiane I happened across a little wooden sign saying “Laos silk” so wondered through the gate into the…

One world together

The lady opposite me on the train looks to be in her late twenties and, accompanied by two cheerful youngsters, she is carrying a children’s book called “one world together”. This made me think about the impact of education on development and society. If an Australian mother is teaching her children tolerance, understanding and acceptance…

English speaker abroad in China

In the past I’ve visited China but never when unaccompanied by (or when I haven’t found) a Chinese speaker. This time however, that was the case and boy, was it a challenge at times. So for those of you who might not know or find a local to show you around, here are some helpful…

China

If you’re looking for a macro adventure then China is certainly a country that will provide challenge, confusion and stunning scenery to those unaccustomed to her ways. What a magnificent place, and yet also such a frustrating place. The first thing to get your head around is the scale of everything. Huge does not describe…

Bhutan is carbon negative

Tshering Tobgay has proudly explained how his landlocked country of 750,000 people up in the Himalayas has managed to remain carbon neutral and now has developed itself to be carbon negative. The country is Bhutan. If you’re not even sure where Bhutan is then watch the video – he’ll show you, along with some beautiful pictures…

Cambodia

Looking for an interesting place to visit for a few weeks? Cambodia is one of those places that really does reach all expectations. Angkor Wat is a certain highlight. The temple complexes and complex histories of the Kumar people provide at least three days of constant entertainment and awe. Phnom Penh, the capital, has some…

World Water Day (22 March)

March 22 was World Water Day, recognised internationally as an opportunity to learn more about water related issues in developing countries. Here are some interesting facts about water and development:  Half of all workers around the world are employed in sectors relying on water. Millions of these workers are unrecognised and unprotected such as young women…

Walking

Recently I had 24 hours free between lunchtime and lunchtime so I packed a rucksack and took myself up to a local walking / hiking trail. Micro adventure here we come. And it was brilliant. It was physically challenging for the heavy pack and the torrential rain soaking me through to the bone to not…