Travel – A Matter of Perspective

Travel – A Matter of Perspective

A recent conversation on Facebook with a fellow travel addict raised the issue of how we all see things so very differently, how different destinations, different landscapes, different activities appeal to different people and how what one traveller may consider a boring landscape may see another revelling in its beauty. I mean, and don’t shoot me here, but I consider the landscape of the Australian outback rather boring and the last thing I would want to do is sit looking at its never endingness out of a train window for hours on end – put me on a plane and get me there if I’m crossing the continent. I do get the beauty of its colours and the uniqueness of the vast areas of the uninhabited canvas that Australia possesses, but at the same time I need something to spark my attention, something to wonder at, to consider its history or its power or its past. Others, I know, absolutely love that same vista that I can take or leave. I love buildings in a landscape, in a cityscape or a village setting. I love old buildings and falling down buildings, I love the ruins of the past, the physical history of a place and the buried history of communities that once existed and no longer do. I love delving into what was and roaming the remains that still sit as evidence of the past. Maybe you could consider me a historical traveller or a travelling historian but my travel itineraries certainly aren’t limited to areas of historical significance. If I’m doing landscape travel give me coastal scenery, calm...
Hadrian’s Wall – walking through history

Hadrian’s Wall – walking through history

I’m sure by now that you’ve all heard me talking about my trip in May when I’m going to be walking along the length of Hadrian’s Wall. You can do it in 5 or 6 days if you like but we’re taking 10 days, we want to explore a bit, spend time in the ruined forts along the way and breath in the ambience. I’m really excited about this walk through history that I’m taking so I thought I’d share a few details with you about Hadrian’s Wall and see if I can drum up a little enthusiasm from you guys to maybe want to take it on sometime. Even if you don’t want to walk the whole length it’s one of those walks where you can dip in and out of it and just do a day walk here and there when you feel inclined. So if you’re a little bit hazy on your Roman history, Hadrian’s Wall – where is it, what is it and why is it? Where is it? Hadrian’s Wall runs from modern day Wallsend on the east coast of England to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast. Although it’s often thought, incorrectly, that it separates England from Scotland it actually veers from the border quite significantly and is completely in England. In the west the wall is less than a kilometre from the border but in parts the eastern section is over 100km away. What is it? It’s a stone wall, mainly. When it was constructed it would have measured around 3 metres wide and up to 6 metres high and was made of...
Walk With Me.

Walk With Me.

It’s the start of a brand new year and there’s big things on the horizon for me. To start with I’m in full planning mode for my trip in May and it’s going to be a BIG trip with lots of highlights. There’s a weekend retreat to kick it off, a 10 day walk along Hadrian’s Wall, a summit of Ben Nevis (contrary Scottish weather permitting), five days of day walks in the wild and windswept Orkney Islands, ten days in England with more walks being scheduled and a week in Paris (possibly to recover from all the walking with wine and cheese and pastries and all things French) and they’re only the main bits, I’m sure there’ll be lots of exciting things happening in between these. Walk With Me And the most exciting thing as far as I’m concerned is that I’m taking you all along with me. No, I’m not paying to fly you all over there and actually, literally, physically walk with me but I’m taking you all along through the wonders of social media and my Walk With Me project. You’ll get to see it all, from my training here in Perth to the famous wall that the Roman Emperor Hadrian had built (to keep out those damned barbarians) and the wilds of the Orkney Islands. If you’re lucky I might even take you to Paris with me to wander the streets and over indulge in the culinary delights of that city. So how will this work? Come take a virtual walk with me. Blog posts Before I go I’ll be keeping you updated with...
My Travel List

My Travel List

Five years ago I wrote myself a list. I was approaching sixty and I wrote a sort of Bucket List of places I wanted to visit before I turned seventy *said very, very quietly so no one heard me.* I called it my sixties list. A few days ago I came across that list. Now to start with I don’t like the term Bucket List, it tends to imply that the said bucket is in imminent danger of being kicked, and it certainly isn’t, there’s going to be a lot going on before any kicking gets done. I prefer to call it my ‘Travel List’ or my ‘To Do List’ or my ‘Must Go There List’ or yes, my ‘Sixties List.’ Now, anyone with a reasonable grasp of maths will have figured out that, if five years ago I was approaching sixty then now I guess I’m approaching sixty-five (there’s still 8 months to go so don’t rush me). No matter how much I ignore the fact, birthdays do happen but as you know my philosophy is to take them with a pinch of salt, just because there’s a specific year written on that bit of paper we call a birth certificate doesn’t mean that we have to be constrained by the fact that everything stems from there. We’re here to live and make the most of life so let’s do that. Well anyway, five years ago my list looked like this: Everest 60th anniversary trek. Morocco Cinque Terre House Swap – Canada Paris (again) Peru – Hike the Inca Trail and explore the ruins of Macchu Pichu Coast...
Adventure Travel – Why?

Adventure Travel – Why?

Adventure travel has become so much more available in recent years and more people are heading off to undertake more extreme adventures. As I plan my next adventure, hiking the length of Hadrian’s Wall and a bit of wild hiking in the Orkney Islands, I’ve been considering the whole question of why some of us do the adventurous/extreme things that we do? Why do we push ourselves to the limit and sometimes beyond that limit? And do we actually enjoy the stress and the pressure that we put our bodies and our minds under? I mean it would be so much easier to just stay in nice hotels and hire a car or catch a train and see all the sights that everyone else sees when they visit. But oh, so much more boring. I recently did one of those random quizzes that you get on social media, I don’t normally do them but this one piqued my interest, it was travel related. My results (taken with a pinch of salt obviously) indicated that I was an Active Explorer,  so pretty accurate really. But as to the why of it all, why I want to do something a little out of the ordinary when many others are quite happy to take it easy on holiday, well, the answer escapes me. I don’t think there’s any straightforward answer to these questions. In April 2015 I completed my second trek to Everest Base Camp, it was a more difficult trek than the first, there was a lot more ‘weather’ to contend with, we had a diem horribilis when the heavy snow...
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