After flying for years with KLM and Air France, I was shocked to find I had to pay for a cuppa on Britain’s “premium” airline, British Airways. If you guzzle tea like there is no tomorrow (like me), then it can be quite frustrating to pay £2.50 on board or approximately £3 for a cuppa at the departure gates. For a 1.5 hour flight, I could easily spend a tenner drinking tea… Read More

Sumatra is the largest of Indonesia’s 17,508 islands and it was the first island that I would visit during the trip in November 2018. The island has several active volcanos and was once populated by dense rainforests. The areas that were once dense rain forests are now populated with deforested fields and palm oil plantations. The road to Gunung Leuser seems like a never ending stretch up money driven devastation.  The remaining… Read More

Mental health is in a way mental wellbeing. This is about our emotions, feelings, thoughts and ability to solve problems or overcome difficulties. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll be very familiar that I spend a lot of time (most weekends) in the Bavarian or Tirolean alps. Since moving to Munich, I have realised that in a lot of ways that my my mental health has improved because… Read More

Can you fail at something you can’t control? Is it failure if you learn from it? If you stay safe as a result of not pursuing something, is it failure? These are questions that I asked myself during a June trip to Alta Badia in the Italian Dolomites. During the month of June, it is often still spring above 2000m. There are still substantial amounts of snow, especially in the north faces…. Read More

If you are helping a loved one who is suffering with anxiety, it can be tough to know how to support or what words to say. You will be doing your best to support them, and that is great. With this, it is good to be mindful of things that don’t help. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, I tweeted and asked my followers “What are the most unhelpful things… Read More