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Does Colombia Still Deserve Its Reputation?

by Globetrooper Todd | 18 Responses
Colombia Dangerous Reputation

If you ask the average traveller about Colombia, they’ll look at you wide-eyed with thoughts of unruly drug cartels and merciless kidnappings. And if you tell them you’re actually thinking of visiting, well, they’ll be quick to recount an episode of Locked-Up Abroad or a story about some poor family being held for ransom.

But talk to someone who’s actually visited, especially recently, and they’ll describe a country with a melodic latin vibe, impossibly happy people and glorious green landscapes.

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Posted in Colombia | October 7th, 2010

The Culture Shock Blues

Culture Shock Blues

It sounded like a great idea at home: travel to a developing country, see how the locals live, learn a thing or two about life, eat great food, make new friends, and return home a better person for it all. Fast forward a few weeks, … Continue reading →

HOW TO: Make the Most of a Visit to Machu Picchu

Visit Machu Picchu

It’s easy to make a visit to Machu Picchu un-memorable. Arrive at 10am, take a two-hour guided tour, pose for a few happy snaps, and return home with a memory full of rocks. But it doesn’t have to be that way. After two full-day visits … Continue reading →

The Science Behind Venomous Snake Bites

Science of Venomous Snake Bites

Snakes primarily use their venom to debilitate and digest prey. Sure, humans aren’t prey for most venomous snakes, but the toxins work on us in the same way. I mention this because if you keep in mind that venom is intended to secure food, its excessive effects make … Continue reading →

The Best Place to Live in Argentina

The Best Place to Live in Argentina

Paris of the South or the Chocolate Capital? It’s a tough choice, so we’re after your vote. We’ve narrowed the search down to a single country, the next step is to decide what city. Starting this October, we’ll make our way down to Argentina, but … Continue reading →

Field of Dreams: My Favourite Expeditions From Adventure Companies Around the World

Field of Dreams

My love affair with travel actually started many years before I realised it. For a long time, I had a designated bookmarks folder containing a handful of links to adventure companies. Every now and then, I’d venture into the folder, click a random link, and flick … Continue reading →

Can You Ever Have Too Much Freedom?

Too Much Freedom

Imagine visiting an ice creamery with 195 different flavours. Looking across the counter, your mind conjures up vivid taste-bud imagery: the sweet tang of sour apple, the velvety texture of mango cream, the bubble-gum fruitiness of rainbow swirl… they all tantalise you in their own … Continue reading →

Intrepid Travel vs Gap Adventures – Review

Intrepid Travel vs Gap Adventures - Review

It’s easy to get carried away with customer reviews on the world wide web. I’m one of the worst culprits; I pore incessantly over reviews before I commit to anything. And although conducting these silent surveys is oddly empowering, they become debilitating as you find conflicting … Continue reading →

Why Can’t We Drink Sea Water?

Why Can't We Drink Sea (salt) Water

Imagine you’re stranded on a desert coastline… Namibia’s, perhaps. The searing heat drains your body of fluids and your mind slows to a snail’s pace. Forget food, forget sunburn, forget your coordinates; your biggest danger here is dehydration. If you don’t find water soon, you’ll … Continue reading →

Non-Travel Books to Inspire a Life of Travel

Books to Inspire Travel

If I think back to what inspired me to travel, it had very little to do with reading about others’ adventures. Sure I loved stepping into the shoes of climbers on towering peaks and donning the suits of divers in circuitous caves, but those stories … Continue reading →

The Grocery List of Travelling Champions

Travel Food Grocery List

For us long-term travellers, eating out every night is expensive and generally unhealthy. There are some exceptions, such as in certain regions of Asia, but they’re rarer than you’d think. So we need to find a balance between cost, convenience, taste and healthiness. It’s difficult … Continue reading →

Packaged Group Tours vs Independent Group Trips

Group Tour vs Independent Trip

In the blue corner, we have the group tour bus: a diesel-powered road-train full of drunken sex-charged youths, all wanting to say they’ve ‘done’ Europe. And in the red corner, we have the independent traveller: a weathered, leathery, stolid character, who’s at least 10 times more … Continue reading →

Which Route to Take Up Mt Kilimanjaro?

Mt Kilimanjaro Routes

Back in 2008, Lauren and I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro up the Machame Route (also affectionately known as the Whiskey Route). At the time, it offered the best compromise between traffic, scenery, weather and availability. But preferences are personal. Would you prefer to sleep in tents … Continue reading →