A Christmas Story: That Time I Got Kicked Out of the Vatican City

A Christmas Story: That Time I Got Kicked Out of the Vatican City

It was early December and myself and three fellow singers from the ship had been asked to make the trip to the Vatican to make a film to be shown to the passengers in the build-up to Christmas. Glory, glory, Hallelujah! A trip to the Vatican!! I'd been before, a couple of times, but in [...]

Three Days in Portland Oregon

Three Days in Portland Oregon

I arrived into Portland on the Coast Starlight Amtrak train, having left Sacramento the night before, chugging through the snow-capped mountains of Northern California and Southern Oregon until we finally pulled into Portland's Amtrak station in a haze of drizzling rain. I was spending three days in Portland as a solo traveller, and wanted to [...]

What a Way to See the Rainforest! A Boat Trip on the Tortuguero Canals

What a Way to See the Rainforest! A Boat Trip on the Tortuguero Canals

Costa Rica is one of those brilliant countries which places huge importance on its flora and fauna. In this day and age, with other parts of the world burning to smithereens to make way for crops and livestock, kudos surely has to go to the government of this Central American paradise, for attempting to do [...]

24 Hours in Gjirokastër, Albania (That time I fell in love with an actual town)

24 Hours in Gjirokastër, Albania (That time I fell in love with an actual town)

All research that I'd done prior to my arrival in Albania, was that many a person makes a day trip from Sarandë to Gjirokastër; but not so many opt to stay overnight in the mountain city. And I am just here to tell you guys: staying a night in Gjirokastër is 100%, absolutely, without a [...]

One night in Cascais (It was pitch dark and I still loved it)

One night in Cascais (It was pitch dark and I still loved it)

What some people don't realise is that when you're a crew member of a ship you're technically not getting paid to travel the world; you're getting paid to work, and the travel is a side bonus. On the day in question that we arrived in Lisbon, sailing down the river to be greeted with beautiful [...]

Four Days in NYC: The One Where I Got by with a Little Help from my Friends

Four Days in NYC: The One Where I Got by with a Little Help from my Friends

I touched down in New York City some time around 9am on a March morning, feeling rather frazzled after a sleepless flight spent sitting behind two babies who were clearly not big flying fans. The sun was shining and the air was rather on the crisp side, and combined they really helped to sharpen my [...]