Found 345 posts.
Found 345 posts.
This was a race I'd been waiting a long time to do, and it was one of the highlights of a really nice weekend away seeing friends. Sure there was rain, but there was sun as well. There was just the 'small' matter of running 36 miles, 16 of which would be going up and down cliffs with lots of steps. Sounds like a challenge!
May 15, 2022
It’s been quite a journey getting to Guernsey. Usually I’ll know where I’m going overseas at least a year in advance. Unusually, for 2020 I had no idea where to go. I’d been wanting to visit Chile and Easter Island for a couple of years, but the friend I’d agreed to go there with was unable to. When it got to the point in 2019 when I’d seen people tweeting about how good an ultra marathon in Guer …
May 3, 2022
Half-way into my trip, the rules for foreign travel changed, and on that Sunday I found myself having to book a PCR test for Day 2 instead of the LFT I'd already received. It then took until Thursday, the day after returning home, for the company to post my PCR, and I received it the following afternoon by DHL. I took the test straightaway, and my parents took it to the priority postbox as require …
December 11, 2021
I covered over 18 miles on foot today, not having realised it'd be a long hike between two of the sights. Time tables for busses were against me as well, and it left me wondering whether I'd manage to see everything I wanted to.
November 29, 2021
A month after getting back from a trip around Germany, I was now starting to think about my upcoming trip to Cyprus, and making sure I had everything I needed for this to go smoothly and be enjoyable.
November 16, 2021
I may not have needed a COVID-19 test to return to the UK, but the rules as they were at the time meant that I needed a PCR test 2 days after arriving back. It feels like I'm one of the few people that have never had any sort of COVID-19 test, as since March 2020 I've stayed mostly a home, and haven't had many opportunities to come across people. Of course, going to Germany changed that, and so tw …
October 8, 2021
My first trip since the pandemic started, today would mostly be about seeing how travel has changed, and getting to my destination: Berlin.
September 24, 2021
My next adventure is about to begin - a few days of exploring on foot and bike around the city of Amsterdam, and doing the marathon whilst I'm there.
October 8, 2019
Anyone visiting Malawi is supposed to have a test for Bilharzia on return to the UK. I had no idea how troublesome that would prove to be…
April 16, 2019
Who'd have thought a journey to a hotel near London Heathrow could be eventful?
January 31, 2019
Preparing for a return to New Zealand - nine years after the original trip. This time there'd be more opportunities to explore
January 25, 2019
My friend, James, was back in the UK for Christmas, and the new year. His easiest route back to Canada was going to be via Zürich in Switzerland. As it was a place neither of us had visited, he invited me to join him for a short stay starting in Geneva - and taking a train from there. Whilst I was in Canada after the Chicago Marathon, we booked the hotels; having booked the flights during the sum …
December 30, 2018
There comes a time in every trip when you’re ready to go home - under normal circumstances this would have been on the day of or the day after the last day of sightseeing. Not this time though - to avoid wasting annual leave I’d decided I’d work remotely for one day so I could then fly home over the weekend. One advantage of having awoken early each day of this trip, is that when it came to worki …
October 12, 2018
I didn’t need to worry about breakfast - I’d bought it on my way back to the hotel the night before. This meant I could get up a little later, have breakfast, and then finish packing before heading to the train station to get to the airport. At least in theory, but I found myself awake before 06:00 once again. Rather than flying straight home as I often would, I was on my way to Canada to rejoin …
October 8, 2018
Once upon a time I was given the chance to live and work in the city of Chicago. I tried to figure things out quickly, hoping to make it a smooth as possible - I looked at bank accounts that would allow easy access to money from overseas, and I even bought a new coat that would keep out the windchill of the city supposedly famous for its winds (although this is not actually what the moniker means) …
October 1, 2018
Preparing for a trip across two European countries with my sister, with the travel between places to be organised by a third-party. All we needed to do ourselves was to decide what we'd see, and how to get from Bled to Ljubljana at the end of the trip. This time we'd both be travelling light.
August 14, 2018
Notes about my preparation for a week of volunteering and a marathon in Africa's warm heart - Malawi.
May 15, 2018
Planning trips can take a lot of work, and sometimes it may feel like you\'re forgetting things. I find that by using a spreadsheet I can be prepared enough without losing the spontaneity of finding new things whilst you're there. In this post I go into detail about how I plan my trips.
May 3, 2018
Ten years since my trip to Egypt, I'd be returning to the northern part of Africa to visit Maroc.
October 25, 2017
Despite our efforts for a smooth journey home, mine would not quite go to plan.
April 16, 2017
A very long day of travelling, and eventually arriving at a hotel in California
April 3, 2017
When planning for Arizona I’d come up with the idea of a road trip from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, and then down into Nevada. The first two places were about the only parts of California I’d not visited after having been to the state first for Comic Con, and then later for a Big Sur road trip. There were a few National Parks in Utah that one of my friends wanted to visit as well so c …
March 26, 2017
A delay in waiting for a group from another company would cause other delays, and problems for the rest of the day. It was however all part of the adventure.
November 28, 2016
At the end of 2015 an opportunity arose for 2016 as I heard about a new marathon by Impact Marathon Series which aimed to bring aid to Nepal following their recent earthquake. When abroad I usually do some training runs, but so far I hadn’t had the opportunity to race. As this was a country I’d not yet visited, after asking a few questions I decided to go ahead and enter. This started off as bein …
November 7, 2016
I had hoped to go for a morning run whilst in Kayenta, but at the time I’d need to go out, even for a short 5K run, it would have been in complete darkness. As I didn’t have my head-torch on me I had no choice but to miss another run. We went for breakfast at 06:30 so that we could get to the Monument Valley visitor centre around the opening time. The problem though is that the restaurant didn’t …
October 6, 2016
After going with my sister to New York City in 2014 we agreed that we’d have another trip to the states the following year. To start with this plan was for a short trip to Florida so we could go to Disney World, and the John F. Kennedy Space Center. With news that Disney had bought Lucasfilm and would be creating a new “Star Wars Land” there we decide we’d delay the trip and instead go to Arizona. …
September 27, 2016
It was an early start – the earliest one of the trip. As our flight was at 06:05 we needed to be on the road by 03:00. The hotel did however provide a packed lunch for us to take with us for breakfast, though it was still quite an early one. As is usual for Russian airports we had to have our bags x-rayed on entering the airport, and then after clearing passport control having hand luggage scanne …
June 5, 2016
It was a restless night – with so much noise around the hotel it meant it was difficult to sleep. At around 04:30 there were loud banging noises that sounded like large metal containers being moved. Eventually though it was time to get up and head to the airport, having had only 3 to 4 hours of sleep at best. Due to how early we were leaving it meant having breakfast at the airport – fortunately …
November 13, 2015
It was an early start to the day, so early in fact that not only could I not get a lift to the airport, but there wasn’t a train running either. My only choice was to take a 05:30 taxi to the airport, and that was probably slightly later than I should have really. The taxi turned up late, but I was still at the airport in plenty of time to drop off my bags. Even though I’d checked in online and ha …
November 6, 2015
It was time to plan a new adventure, one which this time would involve driving around the USA
October 27, 2015
For the first time since 2009 it was a business trip that would be taking me abroad. Whereas previously I had gone with a couple of other colleagues, this time I was flying to the US alone. Due to the number of weekends I had busy over the course of the year it meant the only way I could fit in this trip was to fly out mid-week, but this did also mean I’d have some downtime at the weekend to use f …
July 16, 2015
A new adventure had begun, with my sister in tow, to the Big Apple. We'd planned on seeing so many sights and would need to figure out the best way to see them all whilst exploring.
October 4, 2014
After visiting North America for the first time to attend San Diego Comic Con International in 2013, one of the biggest conventions of it’s type in the world, I was left wanting to visit America again. The previous visit was a great experience and I was keen to visit San Diego Comic Con again. Unfortunately the friends I went with didn’t want to go a second year running so I decided it would be a …
September 30, 2014
I got up at 06:30 to go for one last run along the coast. This one was once again a 20 minute easy paced run which ended up becoming a 25 minute run — just enough to make it a 5K at a slowish pace (probably fairer to say it was half way between easy and race paces). This morning though it was cloudy and damp following the previous night’s thunderstorms so there wasn’t as good a view. Today we did …
July 18, 2014
Today I got up at 06:30 expecting to get ready for a day trip over to Guernsey. To make sure we’d get there my Mum who has on occasion had travel difficulties saw the Doctor to help with her nerves, and also brought a hip flask of brandy with her. However, she hadn’t used the medication she’d been given or the drank the brandy; she instead felt that she couldn’t go on the trip. I did wonder how mu …
July 17, 2014
Up to this point I’d not slept that well, yet hadn’t been overly tired. So once again I was already awake when I got up at 06:30 to go for a run. This was supposed to be a 20 minute easy run, but instead turned into a 5K easy run (so about 27 mins, a 5K in 20 minutes would be my race pace and setting a new PB). Instead of running purely along the coastline this time I ran through some of the city …
July 16, 2014
Today was the first run of the second week of marathon training so I got up at 06:30, before the others had gotten up and went out without making any noise. This time it was a very slow recovery run for what was supposed to be 25 minutes. Instead of heading across the promenade and into the city I instead went east towards where the market was the day before. Sadly this route included a particula …
July 15, 2014
We got up at 07:00 and by 08:30 we were out on the road headed in the direction of Dorchester and went straight through to Cerne Abbas. In this village there is a giant carved into the limestone rock though it’s origin is not entirely known. There is speculation that it may be an ancient carving of Hercules, or a Saxon (or other) deity. What sheds some doubt on it’s age though is that it is not me …
July 14, 2014
I got up at 06:30, particularly early for a Sunday, so I could go for a “long” run before breakfast. I decided to take it at a very slow pace along the seafront. This route took me over the bridge to where we’d walked the day before. The run felt easy and I didn’t have any knee issues during the actual run. Later in the day though I did feel the odd twinge in my knee when going down hill. When I’ …
July 13, 2014
We got up at 06:30ish and straight after breakfast started loading the car up ready for our holiday down in Weymouth. By 07:30 we were on the road heading south. One of our stops was at Uffington to see the Bronze-age white horse carved in chalk on the side of the hill there, and to have a cup of tea. It’s not that easy to see properly though as it’s at an angle where seeing it from the air would …
July 12, 2014
The trip, at last, was at an end.
January 20, 2014
Our final day of the trip would end with a flight to Madrid, but first we wanted to see the theatre.
January 19, 2014
The voyage was almost over, we would soon be approaching Ushuaia once more.
January 17, 2014
For the first time in a while, it was another day spent entirely at sea
January 10, 2014
It was time to prepare at last for the biggest adventure of my life so far, to the final continent. To Antarctica.
November 1, 2013
Although I didn’t need to check out until 10:00 or be at the airport until 13:00 I decided to get up relatively early to allow time to get the last few items packed ready for flying. I couldn’t pack entirely as I was still waiting for that friend’s drink he wanted me to take back to England with me and he’d got in late and wasn’t awake at the time. Can’t blame him though, he’d been up late watchi …
July 21, 2013
The safari was over, and now it was time to go home.
March 10, 2013
In planning for this next adventure, I decided having two camera bodies would be advantageous - no need to change camera lenses whilst dealing with dust from the savannah.
February 16, 2013
Our schedule for the day was tight again - we had to be at the Glenfinnan Viaduct at a specific time in order to see the steam train passing over for the second and final time of the day. This, to Harry Potter fans, was part of the train journey that students take on their way to Hogwarts.
September 5, 2012
Another late night and another early start; but it was time to head home.
April 28, 2012
We got to see some of the sights in Xi'an itself, and then towards the end of the afternoon headed to the airport for our flight to Guilin. The lateness of the flight, and the delay, meant we couldn't get an evening meal before reaching the hotel. By the time we got there it was close to midnight, and my new suitcase was broken.
April 20, 2012
Our first full day in Beijing was spent looking around the Temple of Heaven, experiencing Chinese tea traditions, and then returning to the centre of the city. From there we went through the infamous Tiananmen Square to reach the Forbidden City - the centre of Chinese power for centuries.
April 16, 2012
Another adventure starting with a late flight meant another meal at Heathrow airport. Whilst there we were surprised to be met by a representative from the tour company who would then be assisting the group for the entire trip.
April 14, 2012
After returning from Peru it was decided that we would visit China, however due to one thing or another the plan to go there got delayed. So in the year that the Olympics arrived in London after having been in Beijing, we had planned to head off to Beijing and see some of the Eastern parts of China. Time to plan!
April 7, 2012
Another trip over, it was now time to head home to England.
February 21, 2012
An evening flight meant that we wouldn't be arriving at the hotel in Reykjavik until the early hours of the following morning. We'd then have several hours of sleep before a day of tours for the first proper day of the trip.
February 18, 2012
Photography had always played a big role in the trips I went on; but with Iceland there would be a definite shift to this being the main focus. Everything we planned would be centred around this.
January 25, 2012
It'd been an unpleasant night for me; but the hours that followed would be even worse. I'd now got several flights ahead of me whilst suffering from food poisoning.
May 3, 2011
The entire first day of the holiday was spent travelling: first to Birmingham for our first flight, and then to Amsterdam for our second. I'd not thought about food which meant I'd not thought to take Euros with me either.
April 20, 2011
In the same year as having gone Australia and New Zealand, I was now travelling with work for the first time. Of all the places it could have been, it was India: somewhere I could probably have done with more time in.
July 11, 2010
The last of the three peaks was in front of us: Mount Snowdon. The rain had continued on all through the night and was still going in the morning. It looked like it wasn't going to be the most pleasant of hikes.
April 5, 2010
This was the longest of days - I'd not been sleep since waking up for the Tongariro Crossing and now had a bus ride to Auckland to take a flight to Melbourne, and the very long flight home via Hong Kong. If only I could sleep on planes.
March 26, 2010
Another day in the classroom, and also practicing some of the Open Water skills we'd need for this PADI qualification.
March 14, 2010
As we were in Cairns, it meant we were close to the Great Barrier Reef. It felt like it made sense to learn how to scuba dive whilst there so we could get even closer to the reef afterwards. For our first day most of the time was spent in the classroom.
March 13, 2010
To save on money we'd booked another overnight flight to Cairns; but it meant by the time we'd arrived in the city for a tour of Kuranda we were very sleep-deprived. To get to the rainforest we took a cable car up through the trees, then explored the village before taking the train back.
March 12, 2010
The end of the adventure had arrived, and we were now heading home after a short visit to their gold museum.
June 7, 2008
The journey back to Lima, ready for the end of our Andean adventure.
June 6, 2008
Another day with nothing to do. Planning ahead really is key.
June 3, 2008
James was now starting to feel better so we explored a little more of Cusco - at least what little we could find.
June 2, 2008
A day spent sitting around the hotel in Cusco.
June 1, 2008
The start of an adventure in Egypt - we had no idea what would lay ahead of us.
June 4, 2007