Maboneng: the trendiest neighbourhood of Johannesburg

Let’s face it, Johannesburg doesn’t have a brilliant reputation when it comes to safety.  Stories of crime, poverty, theft and murder are the main reasons visitors travel straight from OR Tambo Airport to safer and more secure places.  And yes, you definitely have to keep your wits about you, but if you want a complete picture of South Africa, you simply can’t bypass Johannesburg!… Continue reading

The sleepy hinterland of the Italian Riviera

I’ve been three times to Liguria. I never really planned to, but sometimes life has different plans for you…
On my first occasion I visited the Cinque Terre, unanimously considered the highlight of the area. Fair enough I guess, five villages clinging on precariously to the cliffs with the blue waters of the Ligurian Sea below: there’s worse when it comes to scenery.… Continue reading

Mljet: don’t miss out on Croatia’s greenest island!

Sure I’d heard of Korcula and Hvar, even Brac sounded somewhat vaguely familiar. But when a colleague suggested I should visit the Croatian island of Mljet, I shrugged and had to admit I’d never heard of it…
“One third of the island consists of National Park, there’s ample opportunity for hiking & enjoying the outdoors and above all it’s quiet and away from the crowds”, said Ken.… Continue reading

Walking the West Highland way in 7 days

I came to Scotland for the very first time in 1998. It was my first backpacking trip and my rucksack was way too heavy for the frêle 22-year-old I was back then. I did manage to visit some of the highlights of Scotland, but sitting on a train towards Fort William, I spotted more experienced travellers making their way into the fierce looking highlands on foot.… Continue reading