Just getting to the remote island of St Helena is all part of the adventure. Situated nearly 2,000 miles from the African coast in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, it used to be a six-day journey on the ship RMS St Helena from Cape Town. But since the end of 2017, that has shortened to a mere six-hour flight from Johannesburg.
We are watching unfolding events in Venezuela with great interest. The country has been effectively out of bounds for a number of years and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to the country. With power cuts, food shortages and inflation expected to reach 8 million per cent this year, millions of people have […]
In response to the recent atrocities in Sri Lanka, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated their advice for travellers. The Sri Lankan authorities have declared a nationwide State of Emergency. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following the attacks […]
The Amazon river runs for some 4,000 miles (6,400 km) in South America and has over a thousand tributaries, 17 of which are longer than 1,000 miles. It discharges about 55 million gallons of water into the Atlantic every second. The Amazon Rainforest is home to many indigenous tribes, some of which have never been […]
To commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon, Ponant Cruises is organising an exceptional, 16-day cruise on Le Lyrial departing from Namibia which will be at St Helena on 5 May 2021.
The Quilotoa Lagoon spans over 2 km in the crater of a volcano. In this continuing account of her travels, backpacker Manuela de Mendonca describes the three day trek known as the Quilotoa Loop.
“Blessed with incredible food, hotels and spectacular sunsets – and a mecca for surfers and yogis – Nosara on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula is a thrilling discovery.” Daisy Hoppen, Evening Standard, 7 March 2019. Link to article: Evening Standard Lifestyle Magazine Costa Rica a wonderful destination for honeymooners, families and independent travellers of all ages. […]
The Galapagos Islands, to go or not to go? I get seasick, dislike swimming in the open sea and have a morbid fear of sharks. And for a backpacker with limited funds, a trip to the Galapagos is hugely expensive.
But in January I booked a week’s Galapagos trip. It turned out to be quite an adventure.
Travel companies are always affected by world events. In recent years the banking crisis, the ash cloud from the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano, the Arab Spring and the Zika virus have all had an impact on travel. In the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 atrocities there was a global downturn in travel.
By Manuela de Mendonca
In this week’s blog, Manuela celebrates Christmas in Medellin with fireworks and travels down to the ‘white city’ of Popayán for the New Year.