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The Happy Planet Index (HPI) Makes Me Unhappy

Happy Planet Index

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an attempt to change how we measure the well-being of different countries. It challenges our current use of income-based measures such as GDP per capita. The idea of the Happy Planet Index makes me pretty happy. Even the UK … Continue reading →

Do I Need Anti-Malaria Tablets?

Do I Need Malaria Tablets?

Malaria is a tricky one. You can’t be vaccinated against it, but it can be cured. Yes, almost one million people die from it every year, but those who do, don’t have access to treatment. There are many ways to try and prevent malaria, but … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Survive an Illegal Tour of San Pedro Prison, Bolivia

San Pedro Prison La Paz Bolivia

Once I arrived in La Paz, it became my sole mission to gain entry into San Pedro Prison; a prison that even the guards don’t enter. From a trip to the police station, to being scammed and giving up hope, to finding a second-wind, and … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Make the most of a Visit to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia’s Famous Salt Flats

Salar de Uyuni Bolivia Salt Flats

A visit to Bolivia’s salt flats in Salar de Uyuni is a once-in-a-lifetime event.  It all starts with one of the most painful bus rides on Earth, but gets better very quickly with stunning lunar landscapes and possibly the quirkiest travel photos you’ll ever have the … Continue reading →

Would You Join an Illegal Tour of a Bolivian Prison?

San Pedro Prison Tour La Paz Bolivia

For years we’ve heard stories of the infamous tours of San Pedro Prison in Bolivia. By law, tourists are strictly not allowed in the prison, but there’s a well-worn path of contacting English-speaking inmates to take you in as their relatives for an illegal tour. (Yes, you … Continue reading →