The boatman reached into the Pacific Ocean and scooped out two bedraggled vultures, laying them on the huge pile of rucksacks. Now this tiny narrow rowing boat not only had 10 sweaty backpackers but two enormous soggy birds of prey, making their way from Nicaragua to El Salvador. This border crossing was pretty surreal.

Dub-step played from one of the official’s iPhones at Nicaragua’s border, the landscape was immediately dryer and more baron that Costa Rica’s lush green hills. It was clear that this Central American country was less used to backpackers with local markets only full of local faces. Nicaragua has a slightly edgy feel to it, Read More

Sat in a hectic indoor market in San Jose, at a makeshift ice-cream bar enjoying vanilla ice-cream made with fresh pods and a dash of cinnamon with Robert, was how my Costa Rica adventure began. My new actor musician friend wanted to improve his English and I wanted to explore the sights with a, Read More

I’m being shown around a township by a local, a white speck in a black neighbourhood. Being greated with friendly smiles and nods, which made me feel slightly less like voyeuristic than this trip essentially is. It’s not a comfortable notion being shown around. It doesn’t sit well with me as an afternoon activity, Read More

It took me a while to get into the swing of things in South Africa. I wasn’t thrilled about spending my life behind bars, gates and memorising a million security codes. Just heading to an ATM can become an ordeal as you try and locate a secure one and watch your back for the, Read More

The proud male lion is lit up, his big round face like a sun with his glorious golden mane illuminated against the backdrop of the thick night sky. If I wanted to paint a romantic picture I’d say he was basking in the glowing light, but I’m pretty certain this majestic animal doesn’t enjoy, Read More

As much as I’m desperately trying not to other-think it, live in the moment and savour every second, it’s a fact that I’m now much nearer my end date than my start date. Much, much closer and I’m terrified.