history

Uncovering historical sites naturally leads to adventure. Discover Machu Picchu, Mayan ruins in Tikal, or take on a self-guided Roman running tour.

Lincoln Memorial - Washington DC
Washington DC Walking Tour
10 Oct 2018

Washington DC is a walkable city with wide open esplanades and a well planned layout to align the many monuments, memorials, museums and government buildings that make up this District...

Ruins of St Paul's Macau
Visiting Macau as a Non-Gambler
04 Oct 2018

Macau is a fusion of Chinese and Portuguese culture, cuisine and architecture. Portuguese held the land for 400 years and transformed a fishing village into a major colonial outpost. The...

Fort Sumter Charleston South Carolina
Tips for Visiting Fort Sumter in Charleston
02 Oct 2018

Almost all guides to Charleston list Fort Sumter as the number one attraction for visitors. It certainly is a place that put Charleston on the map many years ago during...

Fort Johnson
The Forgotten Fort of Charleston
25 Aug 2018

On James Island just outside Charleston lies the few moss-covered remains of Fort Johnson. There is no plaque, no tour and no entry fee. It is rarely visited, mostly because there’s...

tirana hostel
Albanian Road Trip
22 May 2018

It would be fair to say Albania is not on everyone's bucket list. It may not promote the same spirit of sailing as say Croatia. It may not deliver the...

Tegalalang Rice Terrace
In Pursuit of Happiness
16 Oct 2017

Rice paddies cascade down volcanic mountains like green lava fields. Terraced land is so ubiquitous it looks as though formed from nature in this self-proclaimed island of the Gods. Workers...

Nasi Goreng warung bu mangku
Nasi Goreng Tour of Bali
18 Sep 2017

Nasi Goreng, the unofficial national dish of Indonesia. This ubiquitous item appears on menus from Jakarta to Denpasar. While 'fried rice' is the literal translation, this simple dish combines many...

The ronze Horseman Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
21 Aug 2017

If you are devoid of a Russian history major prior to your visit to Saint Petersburg you may find yourself looking vacantly at testaments to distant Tsars, peering curiously at...

Entrance to Graceland.
Beneath the Sideburns and Sequins of Elvis
10 Aug 2017

Standing in the Jungle Room of Graceland. I feel the mastery and extravagance of Elvis exude from the walls. I imagine he and his entourage lounging about. Drinks and drugs...

Running Tour Rome
Running Tour of Rome
03 Aug 2017

Rome in mid summer. Think heat. Think crowds. Think stress. Whether travelling solo or in a tour, all roads (and tourists) lead to Rome, particularly it's historic attractions. There is...

adams peak trail
Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka
29 Dec 2016

As far as mountain names go, Adam's Peak is as simple as you get. Alongside Everest, the Matterhorn or Acongagua it seems quite plain. But this is Sri Lanka where...

halloween new orleans
Halloween in New Orleans
31 Oct 2016

Our Halloween began with a scene out of American Horror Story. Our Lafayette Airbnb creaked and moaned all night, cats mysteriously appeared from nowhere and then disappeared just as quickly....

greve in chianti
Greve in Chianti
20 Jul 2016

It was hard to believe that after only one day in Greve in Chianti we'd be invited out to dinner. Even more curious was that we had been befriended by...

jabet peak summit
Port Lockroy, Antarctica
16 Jan 2014

The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust staffs the most southern post office in the world located at Port Lockroy on the Antarctic Peninsula. This remote outpost attracts a resilient crew over the...

No Signboard white pepper crab
No Signboard Neccesary
25 Mar 2013

Arriving into Changi airport my phone buzzes with an incoming message while in the customs queue. "No Signboard 414 Geylang road, Geylang". Sender was unknown. Certainly a cryptic welcome message...

Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
12 Sep 2011

I walk down the corridor leading away from my room. The receptionist, Natasha is scurrying toward me in a distraught state. "Gun, gun" is all she can verbally muster. She...

Macchu Pichu
Hiking to Machu Picchu
10 Sep 2011

Awake 4am for a 5am departure. It is dark, cold and still. Today we reach Machu Picchu on the final day of the Inca Trail. Packing up camp Allison decides...

Inca Trail
Inca Trail
07 Sep 2011

Inca trail beckoned after a 2 day acclimitisation in the quaint town of Cusco. A relatively civilised wake up time of 6am for a 7am departure. We meet our Inca...

Cusco Peru
Cusco
04 Sep 2011

Get a sleep in before a taxi arrives to take us back to Cusco. Let the acclimitisation begin! Our base camp being Torre Dorada Hotel which we arrive at after...

sacred valley peru
Sacred Valley, Peru
03 Sep 2011

Early start. Note to self, LAN domestic flights require a check in 2 hours prior to take off! Seems like we are last to check in and get bundled up...

Ritual washing Varanasi
Varanasi
25 Sep 2010

Awake to the clickity clack of the overnight train from Agra into Varanasi. Slept pretty well and with no reason to get up, slept through to 10 am. We arrive...

Taj Mahal
A Night at the Taj Mahal
23 Sep 2010

We had passed the 3rd level of security. The small group of tourists was down to 12. We felt like Charlie visiting Willy Wonka's chocolate factory clasping our golden tickets....

Antigua church
Christmas Antigua, Guatemala
25 Dec 2005

Christmas day. And looks like we may get to experience the full 24 hours allocated to this special day. From midnight the intensity of fireworks hit a crescendo as a...

tikal ruins guatemala
Discovering the Lost City of Tikal
04 Dec 2005

We have breakfast with the yachtie set on the Rio Dulce. We say adios to Capt John and the Windy Dancer and also to Sean our Canadian companion. Although we...

tulum mexico
Tulum, Mexico
24 Nov 2005

On a bus south to Tulum. The bus stopping all around town drumming up business before eventually departing. Little did we know this is very common practice in Central America....

marthas vineyard
Boston and Cape Cod
26 Sep 2005

Board the bus in Moncton which crosses the border into the USA not too far down the road. As Aussies we get a more than thorough interrogation although one guy...

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island
16 Sep 2005

Arrive in Moncton, New Brunswick after an early flight from Toronto. Pick up our hire car and opt once again for a PT Cruiser to sort us out for our...

Quebec City
Quebec City
06 Sep 2005

Train journey to Quebec City is peaceful snaking alongside the St Lawrence river. Train station in Quebec City is outside the walls of the old city and at the bottom...