Don’t Skip El Salvador, Sillies

This one time in Nicaragua I attended a pool party at a popular backpacking hostel in the beach town of Las Peñitas. Conversing with a bunch of young travellers over many cans of Toña, a pattern began to emerge that I couldn’t really comprehend. These people have been all over South America, they’ve been to Panama, Costa Rica, and they’re now in Nicaragua. Next they’re … Continue reading Don’t Skip El Salvador, Sillies

San Salvador: The Best City You’ve Never Been To

I read about five minutes ago that less than 0.1% of British people have been to El Salvador, which, apart from making me feel all smug for apparently being part of my country’s travel elite, made me pretty sad for the remaining 64,370,000. This figure may even be generous given the likelihood that many of those who claim to have been to this place were … Continue reading San Salvador: The Best City You’ve Never Been To

100% failure rate

I’ve just been on a delightful jolly across beautiful Norway exploring cities, fjords, mountains and generally having a splendid time. It wasn’t so splendid getting there, though, and because I do think it’s important not to give a one-sided account of the travel experience, I’m giving you, as I always do when travel goes tits-up, all the riveting details of what should have been a … Continue reading 100% failure rate

Norway in a Nutshell

Deepest winter, which we are currently very much in the midst of, puts a limit on the amount of Norway’s great outdoors the casual tourist can reasonably engage with. The days are short, the roads are snowy, and all the country’s most popular fjord-based attractions are coated in several inches of solid ice. We kind of knew this when we booked our tickets, but we weren’t very … Continue reading Norway in a Nutshell

Bergen + Oslo

I arrived in Bergen at 3am not out of choice but because, as a general rule, planes do not work properly when I am on them. Bits fall off, flaps malfunction, things start to smoke…. that kinda thing. Today it was the windscreen that shattered on aircraft number one and the de-icer that called it quits on aircraft number two. Amongst other things. Here’s a full account of … Continue reading Bergen + Oslo