The Road to Nowhere: Driving into the Unknown in Dominica

I felt a knot of excitement develop in my stomach as land came into view outside my round plane window. I could see a roughed coastline which consisted of a mixture of black boulders and valiant cliff-faces. The shoreline was wild and remote. I couldn’t see a single hint of development. In-between rocky outcrops lay… Read More

Monday, 13 April 2020

The Start of the Most Ridiculous Travel Day I’ve Ever Experienced

We trundled along the smooth tarmac and I stared hopefully out of the rear minivan window at the dark clouds that engulfed the sky around us. It was our second attempt at leaving Barbados. Yesterday a tropical storm had struck the windward islands, journeying to the south of Barbados. Despite not hitting the island directly,… Read More

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Stranded in a Tropical Storm in Barbados

The departures board flashed red and I stifled a sigh. Delayed. Even worse, it didn’t say how long the flight was delayed for. The departure board was an array of red now with a cluster of flights delayed. Well, they don’t say Liat is an acronym for ‘leave islands any time’ for nothing. Outside the… Read More

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Glimpsing Another Side of Barbados: The Calm Before the Storm

“We need to pull-over. I have so much sand in my pants.” Lewis complained. After being dragged around in the Caribbean sea by a huge wave, Lewis was left dishevelled and apparently with a mountain of sand in his pants. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how uncomfortable that was. We were currently trundling along… Read More

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Visiting Barbados Again After 7 Years

Barbados has changed. Confused and dismayed, these were the words that thrummed through my head as I stood in a dusty carpark. Behind me were the beautiful coloured cottages known as the ‘Chattle village’, a quaint array of houses in traditional Bajan architecture known as the ‘chattle’ house. This was a spot that always filled… Read More

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Birdwatching in the Koofung Forest Park, The Gambia

Our lodge in The Gambia (Footsteps Eco-Lodge) was perched upon the edge of a protected area of forest known as the Koofung Forest Park. As a result, it was a renowned spot for birdwatching. Now, I’m going to be totally honest here. I have never ever seen the appeal of birdwatching. There I said it!… Read More

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Expedition to Brikama Town in The Gambia

We woke up to another day of paradise in The Gambia. The sun filtered down through the canopy of vibrant trees, dappling the footpath ahead of us as we made our way to breakfast. Footsteps Eco-Lodge was proving to be a very friendly place to stay. Last night, dinner was served for us at a… Read More

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Our Journey to The Gambia’s Secluded Beach

“The closest ATM is in Brikama town.” The woman at the Western Union counter explained. It was the only store that closely resembled a bank in the village of Gunjur. Gunjur was our nearest village, situated a few kilometres from the ocean and out of view from the main road. A few quaint, colourful shops… Read More

Monday, 23 March 2020