Remote Travel in Africa – Episode 96 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Africa is a place many of us aspire to explore but fewer people actually get there. I've been lucky enough to travel a little through Tunisia (the pic below is of my camel's foot when I spent a day out in the Sahara Desert in Tunisia), and have a quick trip to Egypt, but that is not even scraping … [Read more...]

Travel in Africa – Episode 80 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Let's go to Africa! To date, my trips to Africa have been brief and fairly northerly ... I spent a week in Egypt near Hurghada, and a fabulous fortnight backpacking around Tunisia. But there's so much more to see. I did spend quite some time a few years back planning a trip to Africa including … [Read more...]

Travelling in Africa: Armchair travel giveaway of Njinga by Kate Leeming

I first heard of Kate Leeming's African adventure via an email from my mother. She told me she'd seen an interview with Kate on TV and was sure I'd love her story. As many of you will know: mothers are always right! I do love Kate's story. She's a fellow Western Australian originally and has … [Read more...]

Armchair travel – great books and a month of birthday giveaways at Not A Ballerina

Most of us, unfortunately, can't travel all the time. (And honestly, I don't think I want to travel all the time - although a bit more often would be good!) However, a pretty decent substitute for travelling is travelling vicariously through others, and I do love to read a great travel book to give … [Read more...]

Two weeks in Tunisia: My backpacking Tunisia itinerary

When people ask me that super-tricky question about the best place I've visited, I can't really give a good answer, but my two weeks in Tunisia always rate extremely highly. Tunisia wasn't exactly a destination I'd always dreamed of - in fact, I wasn't even sure where it was on a map. I had two … [Read more...]

Hot air ballooning is on my one-day list

Thanks to the cover of our edition of Dr Seuss's Oh, The Places You'll Go! - yes, it features a hot air balloon - the small boy is going through a phase where he points out such balloons all over the place - in books, puzzles, and even where they don't really exist. But he's got me thinking - one … [Read more...]

Sharing breakfast with giraffes in Kenya

With a small boy around, suddenly I'm talking and thinking a lot more about animals. And thus over the past year or so I've come to the conclusion that one of my favourite animals is the giraffe. Which means when I read this blog post about Giraffe Manor I got quite giddy. Giraffe Manor is a … [Read more...]

My new Kiva loan heads to South Sudan

After a few weeks of intermittent browsing on the Kiva site, I've finally loaned my money out again to an entrepreneur, this time in South Sudan. As I always say when I talk about Kiva, the thrill of sending my $25 out there (over and over again!) is not just to help someone, but to help someone … [Read more...]

The Bardo Museum of Tunis with mosaics galore

I'm always saying I'm going to tell you more about Tunisia, one of my all-time favourite places to visit, and especially since it's been in the news of late I feel even more compelled to tell you all the good reasons to go there (not just the political curiosities). So, let me introduce you to one … [Read more...]

World Cup fever makes me think about Ghana travels

You might remember I have a slightly odd obsession with the soccer World Cup, built up through travels which have coincided perfectly with the last two tournaments in Germany, Japan and Korea. Well, I won't be heading to South Africa this year, but I will be watching closely on TV. And the important … [Read more...]