Tag Archives: travel

Giving back and travelling in Cambodia

When you booked yourself a trip to Cambodia, lured by the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, lush landscapes, warm temperatures, cheap cocktails and tropical beaches, you might not have spared much of a thought for it’s recent dark past. Maybe when the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh by storm in 1975 and sent the inhabitants of the […]

How to dress in a Muslim/Arab country

So it is your first time to go to a Muslim/Arab country, how exciting! Whether it be Jordan, Morocco, Egypt or Turkey, you should dress in the right way – if you want to be respected by the locals, that is. Just remember, we have funny preconceived ideas about Muslims (influenced by the tv and […]

“Egypt must be at least 10,000 miles from New Zealand”

A client of mine (who was on a Venus Adventures women-only trip to Morocco with me) sent me an excerpt out of her travel diary from when she visited Egypt in the 80s. It is always fun to read old travel diaries – to see how the world has changed, how life has changed and […]

Why go on a women-only trip? Here are a few very good reasons…

There is nothing wrong with travelling solo as a female, and in fact, it is good for the soul, your sense of adventure and opening your mind. But if you want the hassle taken out of travel (when you travel independently, you spend a lot of time each day just planning your next day), then […]

Negative people on a group trip – how to handle them

So you have booked yourself on a group trip and you are preparing yourself for an adventure that you have saved hard for and that you deserve. It’s your holiday! You are in a good mood and ready for some good times ahead. On the first day you meet your other group members, and everyone […]

Why Haven’t I heard of Kerala?

Kerala is a state in South India with a long coastline, a labyrinth of waterways, and beautiful hill country. However when you think of India, most people think New Delhi, parched land, and the Taj Mahal – Kerala does not pop to the top of the list of places to visit. I live in New […]

9 different reasons why I love to visit Muslim / Arab countries

In these days of rampant Islamophobia, a trip to an Arab country could do everyone a bit of good. Being amongst Muslims has certainly changed me, and understanding other cultures, not judging them, is key, I believe, to  peace. Travelling either as a lone female or with a group of women in the Muslim world, […]

Does a perfect wood stack make you anal retentive – or just Swiss?

  My favourite woodstack. 10/10. Just love the symmetry and harmony of all the round bits of wood. Love it. And with the flowers on top…nice touch..sigh! Having lived in Switzerland for most summers for half of my life (I only do summers year round) I have seen many an amazingly perfect wood stack.  Obviously somewhere along […]

How to ward off the evil eye…

When travelling in Morocco, you will come across the Hand of Fatima in jewellery shops (as beautiful pendants) or as door knockers on peoples homes – and it is used to ward off the evil eye. The Hand of Fatima, also known as Khamsa (meaning “five”), is named after Mohamed’s daughter, Fatima Zahra. Arab’s are […]

Dahab Days – life in another land, Egypt

This is a kind of photo-diary about life in the South Sinai, the random things that happen and people you meet. Enjoy! It was a rare windless winter day today, 22 Feb 2014, so I went for a bike ride out of Dahab and down the coast. The beautiful turquoise water kept drawing me further […]