A Beginners Guide to Turkish Cuisine

Food Turkish food is always so fresh and delicious that as soon as I get close to arriving in Turkey I get excited butterflies in my stomach. Whether it is something simple like kebab or slow cooked güveç there is always lots of flavour to enjoy. The dishes vary between regions utilising ingredients unique to the area so, like any country, I always try to pick dishes specific to that region. The list of dishes below is obviously…

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Top 10 Turkey Destinations

Visitor numbers to Turkey have dropped a lot of the last few years and I think it is such a shame. As a tourist destination, Turkey has a lot to offer with a rich and diverse history, incredible scenery and amazing food. I first travelled through Turkey in 2015 as part of a Silk Road tour and I loved it so much I’ve been back at least once every year since. With a sliding Lira, Turkey is also…

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Helvellyn – The Best Lake District Hike

This year I’ve done some great hikes in far reaching places. In japan we hiked to the top of a volcano so we could snowboard back down and in Ethiopia we hiked in the Simien mountains with Gelada monkeys. However, the best hike of the year so far has to be a hike that was a lot closer to home. Just a (relatively) short drive up the road, Helvellyn has to be the best Lake District Hike. Ullswater…

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A photo journey of America’s National Parks

I recently read an article by a guy who had plotted the most optimal route for a road trip to visit all of the USA's lower 48 National Parks. I thought it was an intriguing proposition. I've done a quite a few road trips around the US trying to visit them all, but I've only managed to see half. The route creator claims you could do this road trip in 2 months if you put your foot down,…

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Great day trips from Kaş

Kaş is a town situated on the beautiful Turquoise coast of Turkey. Once you have explored everything this town has to offer there are some amazing day trips from Kaş that are worth investigating. In this post I'll talk about four of my favourite ones. Exploring outside of Kaş To learn more about Kaş and the rest of Turkey read this post on my Top 10 Turkey Destinations. A day in Demre A trip to Gombe A day…

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Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike

Have you ever thought about a Grand Canyon rim to rim hike? I’ll admit that for my first visit to the Grand Canyon that thought hadn’t crossed my mind. For my first visit I wanted to see the Grand Canyon in all it’s glory and I figured the best view was from the air. So in 2012, during my first visit to the Grand Canyon National Park I splashed the cash and did a helicopter ride. It was…

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What’s in my backpack? 14 essential items for a photography hike

When I head out for a hike I always take my trusty camera backpack, jam packed with everything I need to enjoy a good hike and capture the best moments along the way. When I'm travelling to a new destination certain items are taken out, others are put in and it doubles up as my carry on luggage. Perfect! Here is a complete list of my essential items for a photography hike. I'm not sponsored by any of…

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22 Reasons to visit Kyrgyzstan

I first went to Kyrgyzstan in October 2015 and absolutely loved it. I raved about it so much to my friends and family that some of them even booked trips there! In 2018 I got to go back, not once but twice and I fell in love with it even more. So, I thought it was only right that I should share some of my ramblings about why you too, should visit Kyrgyzstan.  Since I emote visually this…

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So what is Overlanding anyway?

My Journey from snowboard instructor to truck driver In 2013 I started a big new adventure in my life when I became a tour leader/driver for an overland adventure company called Dragoman. It was my biggest challenge to date. I remember completing my application whilst I was living in Tahoe, California. A friend told me I could become a tour leader for an overland company and I remember thinking, what is overlanding?! It was the end of a…

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A guide to hiking Pen Y Fan – 3 routes up Southern Britain’s highest peak

Let me start by explaining how to pronounce it! If you’re not from Wales you’d be mistaken into thinking that it is pronounced pennyfan. But that’s one sure way to get a chuckle from the locals. Actually, you won’t go far wrong if you try pen-er-van. Right, now that’s sorted let’s talk about the hikes. At 886m Pen y Fan literally means the top peak and there are several routes that can take you to the top. It is…

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