Tourism is a very, very complex industry that has been designed to look simple. Hundreds of interlocking components come together to deliver the illusion of the simple life. The image of azure seas lapping against yellow sands patrolled by Beautiful People carelessly shaking their hair takes a great deal of work. A simple vacation requires […]
Proof of the Covid Vaccination Covid vaccinations are vital. For those of us eager to travel and for the travel industry itself, the availability of vaccines is the only glimmer of light in these dark days of Covidry. We have seen extraordinary accomplishments. Tens of thousands of scientists from all over the world having immediate […]
The Trip to Saskatchewan Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s primary cities, are fun; not, perhaps as scintillating as Paris or Bangkok, but fine places to spend a day or two in search of distraction. The idea of spending a couple of nights in the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina and the Bessborough in Saskatoon, two rather elegant […]
Thirteen kilometres east of Elbow lies a true Saskatchewan surprise: The Smooth 42 Craft Distillery. And it is well worth pulling over to visit. This the third day of the trip, and yes, I know that Day 2 is yet to be published, was a day for small-town-exploration. It was a day to look at […]
A Prairie Road Trip Saskatchewan offers some terrific opportunities for a Road Trip. The Prairies are not my normal beat, I will admit, but in these Covidry Times, needs must. Canada’s patchwork regulations allow travel to and from a bewildering combination of Provinces without quarantine. At the moment, Manitobans are only permitted to return from […]
Turkmenistan is fascinating; from the quirky capital of Ashgabat to the ruins at Merv in the Karakum Desert, there is always something of interest to see, do or hear
For some reason, I have been to this curious corner of the Sahara twice. Once deliberately, as I have long been fascinated with odd places, and once as part of the drive from Spain to Sierra Leone.
Guinea is loud and unpredictable; the countryside is raw and overwhelming; its people are friendly yet reticent; and its roads, dear God, its roads ……
Mauritania for three or four days, longer, perhaps, for those with some particularly niche interests, is a tremendous opportunity and a very interesting place to visit.
Driving across the Sahara Desert may appear to be an odd thing to do, and perhaps it is. This journey started, as all good adventures do, in a wine bar.
West Africa is not the most visited region of the world, and for those who are frustrated by the phenomenon of “overtourism”, it could be an ideal destination.
The most interesting part of the coast is possibly Gibraltar and La Linea. Another example of dual-economies with each distinct place living symbiotically with each other.