5 Things Guidebooks Won’t Tell You About Ethiopia

The scars of European invasion and exploitation run deep in Africa. Centuries of fighting, pillaging, and colonization have taken their toll on the continent and most cultures are now smudged facsimiles of their original selves. But then there’s Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the only African country that hasn’t been colonized or overpowered by a European nation […]

A Backpacker’s Guide to Traveling Africa Overland

Africa is big. Seriously big. Like, imagine how big Africa is in your head. Wrong. It’s even bigger. This was a fact that I didn’t entirely grasp when I made the decision to travel overland (i.e. on roads) up the east coast of this huge landmass. Point A was Cape Town, South Africa. Point B […]

Travel Malawi: The Best Backpacking Destination You’ve Never Even Heard Of

Malawi is one of those countries that a perfectly educated and worldly person can get through their entire life having never thought about. It’s fair to say that this landlocked African nation hasn’t exactly got a lead role on the global stage. If anything, it’s the kid in class who has to play background tree […]

Visiting Modern Luxor Egypt to Discover Ancient Thebes

Egypt is a country that has captured the imagination of travelers all around the world, where ancient temples are juxtaposed against apartment blocks and the roads are shared between cars and camels. There’s nowhere quite like it.   While many people make the trip just to Cairo for the pyramids — and yes the pyramids […]

The Danakil Depression: 5 Reasons to Visit the Hottest Place on Earth

There’s a place on this beautiful earth of ours that experiences average daily maximums of 41.1C (106F). I’m not talking the average in the height of summer. I’m talking every single day of the year. Dallol, Ethiopia is the hottest inhabited place on earth. It can be found in the very heart of the Danakil […]

Constitution Hill and 5 Other Must See Nelson Mandela Sites in South Africa

There are a number of South African museums and heritage sites you can visit if you want to celebrate our most well-known statesman, Nelson Mandela’s centenary in 2018.  But most who visit these sites are usually in search of something a little more. They’re usually looking for a way to get more closely acquainted with […]

Explore the Seychelles Islands Before They Get Too Touristy

“Paradise on Earth” is probably the most clichéd phrase on the internet to describe tropical islands; however, “Paradise on Earth” is the only phrase to describe the tiny, green, pearl-like Seychelles islands. The beauty of this country is apparent even before you touch its ground. From the window of the plane, you can see the […]