How did it come to this? This is the question that goes over and over in my mind as I grip the sides of my bunk. My knuckles are white as the hum of the motor threatens my sanity. Our small, single-hulled boat savagely rolls from one side to the other as the force of … More Wild seas and pirates: 24 hours on the Indian Ocean
I had spent two and a half days travelling to the middle of nowhere. Tiredness and irritability had become the norm and it was hot. We had travelled by plane, driven in the back of old vans and endured a horrifying ocean crossing of the Mentawai Straight. During the crossing a freak wave crashed over … More Mentawais: Island time
There are two types of people who read travel blogs and adventure stories: those who travel and those who long to leave everyday life behind and hit the vast open road. I seem to drift somewhere between the two as I am forever dreaming of my next adventure if I don’t already have a trip … More 3 Reasons to Drop Everything and Travel Now
There is nothing quite like the feeling of anticipation that comes with planning a trip. By our standards, the winter here in the south has felt long this time around. It has been wet, windy and cold. For months, my friends and I have squeezed into our wetsuits and battled the dash across the numbingly cold sand only to quip and reflect on … More Escaping Winter’s Shackles
Since finishing high school some 13 years ago, I have spent just under half of that time traveling. In the beginning, being somewhat younger and more naive, I did not truly understand how lucky I was to have the opportunity to see different parts of the world, experience new cultures and eat new and delicious … More Short Story #1: Pooie-Louie & Comedy on the High Seas
Over the years, my bucket list has taken on different forms with the order changing and certain items dropping off, only to be replaced by something new to reflect my changing priorities and needs in life. While my bucket list has been somewhat fluid over the years, there are those certain ticket items that have not changed. For me, … More Daring to Dream
Have I told you the one about the time I had to scrub live coral out of my friend’s skull with a toothbrush? For someone who usually needs an anti-nausea pill at the sight of blood and guts, I got an odd satisfaction out of jamming an old toothbrush into the gash on his head … More Have I told you about the time when…?