Has Travelling Cured My Anxiety?

Has Travelling Cured My Anxiety?

I remember vividly the first time that I had a panic attack. I was in the toilets at work around 7 years ago. I was 24. I’d not been able to stop crying for days following a huge family fallout but this was something else, I thought I was having a heart attack....
Homesick Check In: Six Months

Homesick Check In: Six Months

I was sat on a pallet drinking a beer in a hostel in Chengdu, China, when the news came through last week. I’d been waiting days, weeks for it and now it was finally here it was completely overwhelming. An explosion of emotions erupted inside me. My sister had...
Why do travellers keep saying they have “done” places?

Why do travellers keep saying they have “done” places?

Please forgive me for this contemptible rant, but I’ve developed an almost debilitating pet hate in the time that I have been travelling. It’s petty, it’s insignificant and it’s MY problem, not yours. But every time I hear someone say they have...
It’s rude to stare. But is it racist?

It’s rude to stare. But is it racist?

“Fuck off home you nigger” The sentence chilled me. Time slowed down as I processed the words that had just been spat in my direction, outside a football ground in the north of England. Despite it happening over ten years ago I remember it vividly. It made...
Is travelling making me angry?

Is travelling making me angry?

I’m generally a very level headed, calm and easy going person. My mum used to say that if I was any more laid back I’d be horizontal. When we set off on our travels, friends and family kept telling us that it would change us, and I guess that’s one...
Life and Death on the Road

Life and Death on the Road

Yesterday we drove through the aftermath of an horrific bus crash that had happened only a matter of minutes in front of us. It was awful. We were on a Colombian motorway on our way to the North coast via Barranquilla. The road was busy because Colombia were playing...