March 2013

Hiking up Pedra da Gavea

By |March 13th, 2013|

When I was planning my South America trip, I made sporting activities a priority. I didn’t realise how much I loved it even when I travelled.
Rio de Janeiro was my first destination in South America, and whilst Rio’s culture of extremes itself was an amazing experience, I had my sights set on some hiking too while I was in town. 
Although there were many hiking options to choose from in Rio, in the end, I opted to hike and climb up Pedra da Gavea with a company called Nattrip. Pedra da Gavea is one of the tallest mountains in Rio da Janeiro, standing at 842m high, with undoubtably the best panoramic views over the city.  […]

Reflections on my Last 5 Months of Travel

By |March 5th, 2013|

As I travelled through Asia, I scribbled down various thoughts and feelings and collated them into a set of reflections on my last 5 months of travel in this post.
Some on travelling generally, photography, life, volunteering, my old day-to-day life, blogging, love and country specifics. […]

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    Rio de Janeiro – A City where Poverty, Indulgence, Crime, Celebration, Beauty, Passion and Future all Live in a Strange Harmony

Rio de Janeiro – A City where Poverty, Indulgence, Crime, Celebration, Beauty, Passion and Future all Live in a Strange Harmony

By |March 2nd, 2013|

When I booked my ticket to South America, my first stop was going to be Rio de Janeiro. I was confident it was a good place to start, but I didn’t know exactly what to expect. 
Why did i think it was a good place to start?
Like Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro and another couple of cities in South America have the cheapest flights in and out of London. Those included Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima. After looking at the different weather for the countries I wanted to visit and how they could broadly fit together, I realised Brazil would be in good weather and would deteriorate over time. With the country in the midst of carnaval celebrations, I also thought it would be high on most backpackers lists, so plenty of like-minded travellers to bump into in the hostels and overlap journeys with. So with weather, a solid backpacker trail to start on and cheap flights, it became my first destination. […]

February 2013

Reflections from my Original RTW Packing List

By |February 28th, 2013|

After I got back from my Asia travels, I got a chance to reflect on my original RTW packing list and decide how to adjust it for my upcoming South America travels.
The reflections I had include:

Lockable backpacks are useful when lockers are small or non-existent
Dry barrel’s offer so much more than rain covers
Dry sacks and packing separators speed up the check in/out part of travel
Leave space in your main pack to buy clothes and repack with ease
Don’t neglect the clothes you really love
Go plain colours on tops or bottoms but not both or neither
Other gear changes i made for my trip to South America

Surviving the Tough Guy 2013 Challenge

By |February 2nd, 2013|

One of my five reasons for coming back to London in January was for an event called Tough Guy. I explained why I thought it was a good idea to come back for it in one of my travel reflection posts.

Not much longer than a day in the country and I was on the M6 motorway driving up to Wolverhampton in the car with my buddy, reminiscing about the past years competition and how the weather might play a big part in this years event. You see, whilst on the surface Tough Guy is an event that looks very much like a physical challenge, only past competitors realise that it’s actually more of a mental challenge.

The course will test almost every fear you have and most definitely your patience. Here’s brief YouTube video of some of this years competitors.