Category Archives: BLOG

Long Haul Flights: The Bad and the Hilarious – Learning the hard way

The last couple of posts have been about how to get the best out of flying economy and kicking jet lag in the ass. The tips I’ve picked up over the years have simply been from finding out the hard way. So I thought I’d share a couple of stories with you about the worst […]

Walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path Solo (Part three)

The final stretch. In the final two stages of the Hadrian’s Wall path the wall almost completely disappears, both days however are defined by two things : 1. The (at times) overpowering stench of animal manure and 2. The wee marauding beasties that hover in packs of millions. Day 5 / Brampton to Carlisle Starting […]

Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path Solo (Part two)

THE MIDDLE SECTION. UNDULATING AND BEAUTIFUL. Day 3 / Chollerford to Haltwhistle The term undulating sounds quite pleasant doesn’t it? In reality this oft-described undulating section is punishing. Miles of hills, after miles, after miles. However, hills aside this section does boast some of the most spectacular scenery on the path (including some massive sections […]

Walking Hadrian’s Wall Path Solo (Part One)

HADRIAN’S WALL PATH: 84 MILES, 5.5 DAYS, ROMAN FORTS & A WHOLE LOT OF COUNTRYSIDE Hadrian’s Wall lies in the border country between Scotland and England, built on the orders of Emperor Hadrian in AD122 it marked the northern limits of his empire. It is the first National Trail (in the UK) to follow the […]

Hadrian’s Wall Path – Tally Ho!

Tomorrow, I embark on my first big solo multi day “walk”, starting with a casual 115 Kilometre (83 miles in the old money) saunter of Hadrians Wall between Wallsend (Newcastle- upon- Tyne-) to Bowness-on-Solway over 5-6 days – aiming for 20-25kms a day. The planning I’ve done for this walk, let’s be honest has been […]

Packing for a Holiday: How not to do it (advice from a serial overpacker)

Packing for a Holiday without overpacking My name is Mel, and I’m a serial overpacker 🙋‍♀️ Seriously, if there was a 12 step program for overpackers I’d be the first to sign up. Anyone that has ever travelled with me can attest to my desire to pack a stupid amount of crap with me on […]

Melbourne: Where to have a bloody good night out!

Full Disclosure: I grew up in Melbourne and spent the majority of my 20’s lurking in dark bars watching bands and knocking back pints of Geelong Bitter – so my idea of a good night out may not be shared by many people. But here are some suggestions if you find yourself in Melbourne (in […]

Auckland: A day of assumptions, extinct volcanoes, & knackered calf muscles

A whirlwind day trip around Auckland to Mount Eden and Rangitoto Island Chasing the Sunrise at Mount Eden To assume, as the saying goes, is to make an ass of you and me. In this case, entirely making an ass of me. I’ll come to why this is the case in a wee moment. For […]