Top 50 Travel Experiences

Below are some of the most rewarding experiences I've had to date while travelling around the world.
Try some of them: you won't be disappointed.

Terrific Terracotta

Seeing the faces of the mighty Terracotta army warriors in Xi’an and feeling inspired. Historical.

China
2008

Malfunctioning Malawi

Bathing in Lake Malawi for a week due to widespread plumbing problems in Nkhata Bay.  Refreshing.

Malawi
2011

Bubbling Budapest

Visiting a thermal wonderland in Budapest and sitting outside in bubbling waters under a starry winter’s sky.  Intoxicating.

Hungary
2009

Naturally New Zealand

Driving solo around New Zealand’s north island, and visiting exquisite natural sights,  such as the stinking steam and bubbling mud baths of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland.  Enchanting.

New Zealand
2014

Godly Galilee

Walking the shores of the Sea of Galilee and watching the waters glisten as they reflected the sun's disappearing rays of dusk. Other worldly. 

Israel
2014

Regal Romania

Making it to Peleș Castle after having slid halfway down the icy road with each step forward. Rewarding.

Romania
2008

Russian Roulette

Feeling faint after being whipped by birch leaves in a Moscovian Banya, being lowered to the ground then opening my eyes to see Russian ‘jewels’ swinging before my eyes.  Mind blowing.  

Russia
2013

Tantalising Taj Mahal

Sighting the monument to love for the first time in Agra.  Breathtaking.

India
2007

Colourful Chaos

Participating as an extra in a Bollywood film after being scouted on the streets of Colaba in Mumbai. Chaotic.

India
2007

Macedonian Meltdown

Feeling the sudden onset of cramps while in a remote Macedonian Village and mistaking wind for something more solid. Shameful.

Macedonia
2011

Icy Indulgence

Dashing into the Adriatic Sea from Dubrovnik’s shore despite the mid-winter temperatures.  Invigorating.

Croatia
2006

Bitter-Sweet Bolivia

Making it onto the evening news in Bolivia after waiting several days at the bus terminal for a ticket to Cusco. Bitter-sweet.

Bolivia
2006

Amiable Amsterdam

Feeling high - inadvertently - simply by sitting alongside smokers in one of Amsterdam's many 'cafes'.

The Netherlands
2003

Dazzling Darbukas

Walking through the Medina of Fez el Bali and discovering myriad shades of turquoise resplendence. Exotic.

Morocco
2003

A Topless Tapestry

Realising that the cabaret show at the famous Parisian Theatre was topless only once it started, by which time it was too late to leave.  Getting pulled on stage at half time to participate in a comedy skit.  Embarrassing.

France
2003

Powerful Pharaohs

Seeing Tutankhamun’s embalmed two-thousand-year-old corpse, and being offered a chance to pay to take a photo by the security guard.  Surreal.

Egypt
2011

Flying Fun

Flying a small twin engine plane from Dar es Salaam to Arusha – with the assistance of the pilot - after having safely delivered a sick cardiac patient to the paramedics at the airport.

Tanzania
2015

Captivating Cappadocia

Flying in a hot air balloon above the mysteriously beautiful region of Cappadocia.  Sensational.

Turkey
2013

Unearthly Ushguli

Succeeding in visiting Europe’s highest town – Ushguli – after having to climb over an avalanche-blocked road. Worthwhile.

Georgia
2013

Summit Success

Climbing to the summit of Mt Etna in Sicily without encountering an eruption.  Remarkably rewarding.

Italy
2010

Delightful Driving

Driving my sister around the English countryside, including the Cotswolds, during her visit to see me.  Comforting and familiar.

England
2005

Redolent in Rome

Catching my first ever glimpse of Rome as an eighteen-year-old who’d spent several years studying Ancient Rome at school.  Indescribable.

Italy
2003

Villainous in Vienna

Being stalked – alongside my cousin Eva – through the streets of Vienna by a knife-wielding Bulgarian gypsy.  Priceless, and slightly terrifying. 

Austria
2003

Foreign Family

Meeting my mother’s cousins for the first time at their stunning home overlooking the Alps a short drive from Salzburg.  Familial.

Austria
2003

Experiencing Escargot

Eating escargot in Portugal, deliciously prepared by my friend’s cousin.  Garlic goes a long way. 

Portugal
2005

Salty Sailing

Floating effortlessly across the salty waters of the Dead Sea.  Sublime. 

Israel
2014

Fictional Footsteps

Walking in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia by spending a few days in Wadi Rum.  Hauntingly beautiful.

Jordan
2014

Greek Island Goodness

Riding around Santorini with my best friend, both on scooters, and almost getting bogged in volcanic sand.  Best friend heroism. 

Greece
2005

Sri Lankan Sincerity

Sharing an authentic evening with a Sri Lankan family in their home, after having met the son on top of Sigiriya. Authentic.

Sri Lanka
2013

Stark-Naked at a Spa

Baring my soul by getting naked with hundreds of Japanese men at Spa World in Osaka, the largest spa in the world.  Strangely liberating.

Japan
2008

A Polar-Like Plunge

Jumping through a hole in the floor of a sauna, into the freezing waters of the lake below, after riding snowmobiles and attempting to ice fish near Kiruna.  Intoxicatingly enjoyable.

Sweden
2013

A Hair-Raising Hostel

Finding a dead body in my assigned dorm room at a hostel in central St Petersburg.  Alarming.

Russia
2013

Wicked Waterfalls

Feeling deafened by the roar of water pounding behind me while standing in front of the waterfalls at Foz do Iguaçu. Powerful.

Brazil
2006

Witty Winehouse

Literally running into Amy Winehouse – clearly on a bender – outside her home in Camden, after which she punched a pedestrian in the face.  Comical.

England
2008

Nostalgic New Year's Eve

Standing outside the Colosseum at midnight on New Year’s Eve to see the sky erupt into splinters of light.  Magical.

Italy
2009

A Riotous Road Trip

Driving around Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal for six weeks with two other guys and a car full of gear, an adventure replete with fun and some misadventure.  Liberating.

Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal
2003

Sensational Snorkelling

Snorkelling off the coast of Zanzibar surrounded by multitudinous colours of vibrancy.  Exquisite.

Tanzania
2011

Leisure by the Lake

Spending several days by Lake Ohrid in summertime with an eclectic group of people.  Bliss. 

Macedonia
2011

Adventurous in Albania

Hitchhiking from the centre to the south of Albania and meeting some of the kindest people I’ve ever encountered. Surprisingly fun.

Albania
2011

Riverside Recreation

Dancing the night away to live music with likeminded and spirited travellers by the river in Kampot.  Riotous.

Cambodia
2013

Mesmeric Meru

Arriving at the summit of Mt Meru in Tanzania with perfect weather and skies clear enough to see Mt Kilimanjaro in the distance.  Mesmerising.

Tanzania
2015

Tantalising Tofino

Kayaking the waters surrounding Tofino on Vancouver Island, surrounded by some of nature’s finest sights.  Invigorating.

Canada
2016

Ingenious Incans

Catching a breathtaking glimpse of Machu Picchu for the first time.  Magical.

Peru
2006

The Titillating Tango

Dancing the tango in the streets of Buenos Aires.  Seductive.

Argentina
2006

The Magic of the Masai

Volunteering as a registered nurse for a flying medical service based out of Arusha and having the opportunity to work one-on-one with the Masai. Life altering. 

Tanzania
2015

Vibrantly Venetian

Riding in a gondola through the canals of Veniceas an eighteen-year-old living-on-the-other-side-of-the-world first-time-away-from-homeadolescent.  Charming.

Italy
2003

Sinai Surrealism

Watching the sunrise while sitting on top of Mt Sinai.  Otherworldly.

Egypt
2011

A Perfect Panorama

Looking over the South Atlantic Ocean from the top of Cape Town's Table Mountain.  Perfect.

South Africa
2011

Solo in Soweto

Staying with South African friends in Soweto, which resulted in me being the only Caucasian in town.  Priceless. 

South Africa
2011

A Desert Disaster

Gazing admiringly at the Pyramids of Giza, only to realise my camel wanted to run in the opposite direction, destination: Middle of the desert!  Hilariously terrifying.

Egypt
2011