Author: footprintsaroundtheglobe

[People Of The World Series]: Faces Of Cuba

There is a hidden story behind every face, a smile or an expression telling a thousand stories without any words. Some of my favourite pictures from my travels are of people’s faces around the world, a snapshot of someone’s daily life captured in a split-second action shot. It is true that one of the best ways to get under the skin of a country is through its locals. In my People Of The World Series, I share my photographs of people from all around the world.

Society | by Eddie Vedder

Some days in life, and I feel like a lot of people would agree, I just want to escape everything; people, my city, the country, normal life and society. For Chris McCandless, whose name you might recognise from the famous film Into The Wild, this thought resonated more than, and on a different scale to, most. It tells the true story of how materialism and the superficial nature of society led him to leave behind $25,000, his family, and all of his possessions and escape into the Alaskan wilderness. Read my review here…but for now I will leave you with the inspiring lyrics of the film’s soundtrack, written by Eddie Vedder:   It’s a mystery to me We have a greed with which we have agreed And you think you have to want more than you need Until you have it all, you won’t be free Society, you’re a crazy breed I hope you’re not lonely without me When you want more than you have, you think you need And when you think more than …

Paradise Does Exist: A Week In The Seychelles

So I’ve just said goodbye to this beautiful island and my last Seychellois sunset as I write this from the tiny airport runway about to set off on our evening flight back home to the UK. It’s been an interesting week – filled with sun, storms, rain, giant tortoises, beautiful nature, botanical gardens, great food, cocktails, markets, sunsets and the most incredible postcard-perfect beaches I think I’ve ever seen. All in all we had a great time on the island and found the hospitality of the Seychellois people to be warm, welcoming and genuine. The only negative experiences we had was the first hotel we stayed at (which I won’t go into any more detail about as this is not what this post is about!) and a bit of unfortunate cloudy and rainy weather for quite a few days which was disappointing…but what can you do about nature! Having said this, however, if it hadn’t have continued to rain one morning, we probably wouldn’t have made the decision to visit the main island town of …

The Essential Packing List

So you might have read my post Plane and Simple: Packing Made Easy with my top packing tips and some essential travel items, useful for both long haul and shorter trips. Sometimes packing and the pre-travel can be one of the funnest parts of travelling! However, this week as I find myself once again hauling my barely dusty case out of the wardrobe to embark on the packing process precisely two days before I fly to the Seychelles (hard life) and wondering as per usual why I hadn’t been more organised and wishing I’d started putting together some things a bit earlier, I’m finding that this is not the case. Granted a beach holiday like this one is not the hardest trip to pack for, especially compared to my last few trips to India and Cuba which were backpacking trips so required a lot of planning for different scenarios, but it still takes a lot of time. Anyway, I thought I would potentially save you the same stress and share my full packing list with …

Viñales: Cuba’s Green Scene

When someone says Cuba, you most likely conjure up iconic images of its capital Havana – its bustling streets, lively music, happy faces and those old school vintage cars roaming the streets. This without doubt is the heart of Cuba, its lively body and soul. Idyllic Caribbean beach scenes might also come to mind – white sand, turquoise waters and rum cocktails. And you wouldn’t be wrong. The large majority of visitors to Cuba split their time solely between Havana and the Varadero beach region, a nice little combination of city and beach with the added ease of getting between the two in just a couple of hours. However, there’s just so much more to the island if you have the time to really explore. After an incredible few days in Havana (more on that to come in a later post), we headed a few hours west to the beautiful Viñales, four to be precise. Now this is by no means off the beaten track, but perhaps due to its position in the opposite direction …

4 Top Tips For Backpacking Australia

1. Be as flexible as you can be Unless you really have to, don’t plan your itinerary in too much detail. You might arrive somewhere which you’d planned to stay for 3 days in and fall in love with it, make friends who you want to stick with for slightly longer, or have bad luck with the weather and want to stay a bit of extra time. Equally, you might have set aside a week for somewhere you thought you’d love but it just doesn’t float your boat. Although it’s important to be organised or have a rough plan to a certain extent, I would say leave it open and flexible as much as you can. 2. Go off the beaten track Sure, you’re going to want to visit Melbourne, see the harbour bridge and opera house in Sydney and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. I’m not saying don’t visit the main tourist attractions – they are amazing cities and destinations and 100% worth going to, but it’s nice to also plan to …