Author: footprintsaroundtheglobe

Philosophy Of Travel

“In space, your convictions get heightened. You find yourself laughing and crying much more. You start to think, about all those people you know in, say, Saskatoon, and how they’re not that different from the people in the city in Africa that you’ve never been to – trying their best, raising their kids – and how your particular set of loves relates to everything else” This is what happens on this Earth, too, when you travel and let yourself live a bit differently, and see others live differently. No text book, degree or diploma will give you the valuable experience of what another city or country can provide. Travel the world, live in other cities, learn cultures. Learn because it keeps your mind young and your ideas developing. Travelling offers you possibilities. When you’re stuck about what to do next in life, get on a plane and spend time in another country. You not only learn about others, you learn about yourself. Travel opens up options you never knew you could have. You’ll become clearer …

Philosophy Of Travel

“That is why we need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don’t lift to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don’t let yourself become one of those people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveller has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice.” –  Kent Nerburn (Letters to my Son)

Christmas Gift WanderLIST For Travel Addicts

If, like me, you have globetrotters for friends, send them on the road with the perfect present this Christmas season…Here are my top 5 ideas: 1. Lonely Planet Travel Book // £10-20 These are the best travel books around in my opinion – from handy and informative travel guides to inspirational coffee table books, I don’t think you can ever have enough! Lonely Planet’s The World (as featured in above image) – I LOVE my copy of this and they have just released an even more beautiful hard-back copy in purple which I love even more (is it too much to have both versions?!) Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist – this also forms part of my ever-growing travel book collection and I am obsessed with it! Really great for general travel inspiration and a great looking coffee table addition for any keen adventurer. Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2018 – I don’t have this one (yet) but have been eying it up for a while and am really keen to get my hands on it to …

Patriotism At Its Best: Propaganda Of The Cuban Revolution

If I had to describe Cuba in a few words after my time spent there, ‘patriotism’ would be up there in the top three. The iconic Cuban Revolution of 1953 has formed a country with such a strong sense of unity and pride which still echoes today wherever you go. The revolt led by Fidel Castro in 1953 resulted in an overthrow of the authoritarian government which was replaced with a socialist state six years later. This transformed the country’s political, economic and social situation for the better, the effects of which truly live on today. From the buzzing capital of Havana to its rural vineyard towns and coastline, the country is united with a unique sense of purpose, proud achievement of the island’s past and mutual hope for its future. Huge billboards grab your attention at roundabouts, posters cover shop windows, street art and graffiti is sprawled on buildings and walls wherever you look, and Revolution merchandise oozes from every shop corner just like patriotism does from its people. Here are some of my …

[Hotel Review]: Banyan Tree Seychelles

So after a really disappointing experience at our first hotel, it wouldn’t be exaggerating to say we rushed back from breakfast first thing to pack up our bags and check out of our rooms in the keen desperation to get to our next stop – what we had been savouring for our last stop and what we were (even more so than before) hoping would be a memorable end to our Seychellois experience (read all about my time on the island here)… And it didn’t disappoint. The Banyan Tree Seychelles is a true oasis of calm and serenity. No sooner had we drawn up to the grand entrance of the property than we were swept into the cool air -con of the spacious high-ceiling lobby, bags taken care of, and offered refreshing fruity drinks and cold face towels – just what we needed! After being told we’d kindly been upgraded to an Ocean View Pool Villa (!) and whilst the check-in process was taken care of by the competent and friendly staff, we were free …

[Tv Review]: The Ganges With Sue Perkins

With winter now well and truly in full swing in England and with India and the sun on my mind, I delved into my tea cupboard to make some ‘authentic’ Chai (read all about that here) and finally settled down to catch up with the rest of the country to watch BBC’s documentary following the journey of Sue Perkins travelling down the Ganges from its source in the mountains to where the mouth of the river meets the sea. I had seen so many varying reviews and comments on Twitter about the series that I was keen to see it for myself. India has had a piece of my heart since I travelled there last year and remains in my top favourite countries – it was fascinating, engaging, eye-opening and full of the warmest and friendliest of people, breathtaking architecture and a stunning plethora of colours, smells and noise. On my trip, I travelled around beautiful Rajasthan for just under three weeks and this in itself is a vast area to cover. I don’t think …