Wildlife watching in Southern Africa: What to see that isn’t the ‘Big Five’

For most people, the aim of going on a safari in Southern Africa is to spot some or all of the ‘Big Five’. That’s the lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard, by the way – animals that are notoriously difficult for hunters to successfully kill. I’ve managed four so far but the king of the … More Wildlife watching in Southern Africa: What to see that isn’t the ‘Big Five’

What It’s Really Like To Be A Freelance Writer: 5 Things I’ve Learned

When I mention to people that I’m a part-time freelance copywriter I usually get a lot of questions about what I write and how I make it work, followed by a small exclamation of envy. One friend of mine, who’s been following my journey from occasional travel writer to actual freelancer, told me I must … More What It’s Really Like To Be A Freelance Writer: 5 Things I’ve Learned

Islands of Happiness

“You should live as islands unto yourselves, being your own refuge, seeking no other refuge.” [Selected from the Buddha’s final words] This is a post to empower you; to help you focus on yourself and work on something the Buddha knew only too well – that true happiness comes from within. Not from the latest … More Islands of Happiness

The Best Places to Escape the Crowds in Bangkok

Bangkok is a small world within itself, and it’s one of the busiest cities in the world with crowds that extend as far as the eye can see. You can do so many things that it’s impossible to mention them all, but I can absolutely guarantee that you’re going to need a break whether it happens at hour five or hour fifteen. … More The Best Places to Escape the Crowds in Bangkok