Chicago in Winter

As the winter slowly comes to an end, visitors to Chicago (and plenty who live here too) are wishing it was already spring. Bringing warmer weather, spring means the arrival of many of the markets and festivals, so it’s easy to sit around and forget that Chicago has plenty of fun activities to…

State by State: Wyoming – A Road Trip Guide

State by State: Wyoming A Road Trip Guide I walked into the bar behind my two travel companions. It was a large log fronted BBQ grill with dark windows and a parking lot filled with motorcycles. Inside we wandered in ignorance toward the bar which appeared to be bustling. It…

Visiting England

Visiting England Advice from a Local This article has been bubbling away in my mind for a few years now, pretty much since I moved to the USA seven years ago. I noticed very early on that my daily conversations where somewhat formulaic. I’d be in a line for food…

How to Plan & Enjoy a Hiking Trip

How to Plan & Enjoy a Hiking Trip Have you spent too long looking at random Facebook and Instagram posts depicting images of mountains and rivers and a hiker, boots laced with the sunset disappearing in the distance? Do you look enviously at photos of people camping, gathered around a…

Road Tripping South Ireland

Road Tripping South Ireland   Have you ever wanted to uncover the hidden gems of the emerald isle? Fantasize about driving down thin country lanes passing castle ruins and finding fairies? Well that’s exactly what I wanted to do so I spent seven days exploring the delights of south Ireland…

Photographing The Parks

Photographing The Parks: Tips for Getting Incredible Photos Over the last seven years I’v spent a good deal of time vanishing on short notice for trips which involve endless driving, early morning get ups, hiking and a good deal of sitting around. If you want to get the best shots of…

The Yorkshire Dales: Unearthed

Yorkshire Dales I was born in Yorkshire, in the town of Wakefield. Its a town that wikipedia states was significant in the middle ages for its wool trade. I left when I was young. In fact, I left the entire county of Yorkshire when I was very young, but family remained…

Encountering Denali Wolves

Encountering Denali Wolves: I’ve never particularly felt threatened by animals. Aside from a brief shark encounter whilst scuba diving and being knocked over by a bulldog at age seven (more of a comical scene than a scary one according to passers by), nothing too terrifying has ever occurred. In fact…

Gift ideas for travelers

Gift Ideas for the travelers in your life It’s getting to that time of year again when we shower our loved ones with gifts and kindness. Now I am one of those people that will search high and low to make sure I get something that the individual will not…