Food tour in Riga, Latvia

“We are going to start with dessert,” declares Anda, placing two slices of cake in front of me. The first is a Napoleon cake, a Russian derivative of the French mille-feuille, with multiple layers of buttery pastry and decadent whipped cream. The second is a honey cake, a traditional Latvian dessert made using honey, sourContinue reading “Food tour in Riga, Latvia”

Ramen tasting tour in Tokyo, Japan

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Nov 30, 2019 Frank Striegl is a walking advert for the nutritional merits of ramen. As the author of one of Tokyo’s leading ramen blogs (, the fit, lean 35-year-old eats around 350 bowls a year. Clearly, that wasn’t enough because in 2017 he started offering ramen tasting toursContinue reading “Ramen tasting tour in Tokyo, Japan”

Sunset Hummer tour in Moab, Utah

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Dec 1, 2018 “It’s OK to scream,” says Mike. Good to know because I’m about to start wailing like a teething toddler. Ahead of us is a steeply plunging wall of sandstone and we’re going down it. Fast. I can’t see what’s at the bottom but I’m fairly sureContinue reading “Sunset Hummer tour in Moab, Utah”

Cycling the Waterford Greenway, Ireland

Traveller, Sun-Herald, Australia – Nov 4, 2018 Few cities are as synonymous with a product as Waterford in south-east Ireland. The renowned crystal maker was based there from 1783 until 2009, when its owning company, Waterford Wedgwood, went into receivership. Hundreds of manufacturing jobs were lost and tourist numbers dwindled. As Phil Brennan, owner ofContinue reading “Cycling the Waterford Greenway, Ireland”

GoBoat trip on Regent’s Canal, London

Traveller, Sun-Herald, Australia – Oct 28, 2018 “Give way to everything” is the crux of the safety briefing at GoBoat’s headquarters in Paddington Basin. London’s canal system might not be the industrial thoroughfare it once was but there are still plenty of things to trouble the first-time boater. Fortunately, the top speed of the vesselContinue reading “GoBoat trip on Regent’s Canal, London”

Bar tour in Budapest, Hungary

Traveller, Sun-Herald, Australia – Aug 19, 2018 “I guess she can drive!” we all cry, clinking our glasses in unison. According to Fanni, our smiling guide from Urban Adventures, this is the closest approximation to “egeszsegedre!” or “cheers!” in Hungarian. Given Hungary’s location in the heart of Europe, you’d think its language might resemble thatContinue reading “Bar tour in Budapest, Hungary”

Delicious Dublin food tour, Ireland

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Aug 18, 2018 “I fell in love with Dublin,” says Ketty Quigley, explaining why she relocated to Ireland from France in 2004. “And I fell in love with an Irish man,” she adds with a smile. “What I didn’t fall in love with was Irish food.” Thankfully, much hasContinue reading “Delicious Dublin food tour, Ireland”

Contoy Island Tour, Mexico

Traveller, Sun-Herald, Australia – May 13, 2018 “Make some noise for the crew,” bellows an excitable guide. “No noise, no lunch!” I’m in Cancun, Mexico’s Vegas by the sea, and have signed up for this “Paradise Island” boat tour for what I’d hoped would be a respite from the town’s all-you-can-drink happy hours and pole-dancingContinue reading “Contoy Island Tour, Mexico”

Tour of Nyamirambo in Kigali, Rwanda

Traveller, Sun-Herald, Australia – Feb 18, 2018 In a bare concrete hall, women rummage through second-hand clothing on makeshift wooden tables. “We call it caguwa wishyure, which means pick and pay,” says our guide Shema. “You can also say caguwa to a loved one. To show her she’s unique and there’s nothing else like her.”Continue reading “Tour of Nyamirambo in Kigali, Rwanda”

Embera village visit, Panama

Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – Feb 3, 2018 After turning off the main road, we park in a small clearing and follow a dirt track down to the river. Waiting for us in a wooden dugout canoe are two men wearing small black and white beaded skirts and bright yellow loin cloths. The youngerContinue reading “Embera village visit, Panama”

Rockin’ Running Tour, Memphis

The Sun-Herald, Australia – February 2, 2014 It’s a common holiday conundrum: how do you find time to exercise while you’re away? No one wants to spend hours cooped up in a gym when you could be sightseeing. It’s particularly challenging in a city such as Memphis, with its tempting trifecta of blues, booze andContinue reading “Rockin’ Running Tour, Memphis”

Gibson Guitar Factory tour, Memphis, Tennessee

  The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia – October 27, 2013 As a guitar-mad teenager, there was only one thing I wanted for my 18th birthday: a Gibson Les Paul. Immortalised by the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Slash, it was the wannabe rock guitarist’s dream instrument. There was only one problem: a newContinue reading “Gibson Guitar Factory tour, Memphis, Tennessee”