Africa

Lets climb Mount Toubkal: A complete guide

Are you wondering if you should climb Mount Toubkal? Climbing Mount Toubkal isn't on everyone's travel itinerary who visits Morocco. But if you are the adventurous type and you like to get off the beaten track, then this mountain climb is absolutely for you! Climbing...

Mount Kilimanjaro packing list FOR GIRLS

Finding a Mount Kilimanjaro packing list for girls can be tricky. There are sooo many packing lists out there, but all too many of these lists have unnecessary items. Seriously, do you really want to be lugging teddy bears and potties up the highest mountain in Africa?! Didn't think so... In this article I will tell you want you really really DO need and what you actually DO NOT need. Forgetting...

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Sex tourism in The Gambia: What, where and why

The Gambia is famous for its golden sand beaches, its wildlife and ecotourism scene and its female sex tourism. Sex tourism in The Gambia has hit headlines on many occasions in recent years, with stories of middle-aged Western women in search of long-term love, holiday romances and one night stands. However, there is often more to it than relationships. Stories of Gambian love cheats, visa scams...

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10 interesting Mount Kilimanjaro facts

Located in east Africa and standing at 19,340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous mountains in the world - and for good reason. There's a lot to learn about Mount Kilimanjaro, and I've compiled a list of 10 interesting Mount Kilimanjaro facts for you. Have a read and see how many you already knew, and how many are a complete surprise! #1 Nobody knows where the name 'Kilimanjaro'...

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The Kilimanjaro toilet experience

So I never thought I would be writing a blog post about toilets, but seen as the Kilimanjaro toilet experience is one of the biggest things on people’s minds when climbing the mountain and it definitely formed part of my love-hate-relationship with Mount Kilimanjaro. Here is the low-down:  Are there any ‘normal’ toilets on Mount Kilimanjaro? Yes! If you choose to climb the Marangu Route, more...

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Visiting the Valley of the Kings: A complete guide

If you like history, then visiting Egypt is probably already on your bucket list. There is SO much history to see and explore in this beautiful African country. From pyramids to pharaohs, ancient Egyptian history is full of stories and colour and monuments. And one of the best bits of Egyptian history is the Valley of the Kings. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting… What is the...

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Will I Die When Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

Will I Die When Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? This was a genuine question that I had prior to commencing my ascent. Perhaps it’s because I’m a mum now, or maybe it’s because I’m getting older and ‘wiser’, I don’t know. Either way, I was a little bit concerned. Deaths on Mount Kilimanjaro And I was right to be. Somebody DID die whilst I was on the mountain, in fact I was probably only feet away...

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Is Gambia safe to travel to?

Gambia is beautiful. It such a colourful part of the world with fishing villages, bright blue skies, soft sandy beaches and so much nature to explore. It comes as no surprise that it’s on many people's travel bucket lists! But for a lot of travellers, there’s a big question mark when it comes to this West African country: is Gambia safe? In this article I will tell you the pros and cons to...

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Mount Kilimanjaro

People told me I was crazy for signing up to climb Mount Kilimajaro. Looking back on it they were probably right- I blame my post-pregnancy hormonal, emotional and slightly less slender than I would like self. I hate the cold, I’m scared of heights and I have a mild case of cleanliness OCD… so why on earth would I sign up to spend a week enduring all of these things? Actually, this isn’t the...

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The ultimate three week Egypt itinerary: Do it yourself in Egypt

Egypt is a magnificent country! We had a three week Egypt itinerary and were able to see most of the top sights during this time, as well as enjoy some relaxation time. In this post I will give you the details of our three week Egypt itinerary as well as recommendations for things to do and places to stay. Why you should travel in Egypt right now Egypt has so much to offer! From ancient...

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Gambia Bumsters: What are they and how to stay safe

Gambia Bumsters. If you've ever travelled to The Gambia, you will almost certainly have heard of this term. But what exactly are Gambia Bumsters? And how will they affect your holiday? In this blog post I will explain all... What are Bumsters in Gambia? A Bumster is a term used locally in The Gambia for a beach boy. The term Bumster is thought to have its origins from the English word for bum,...

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Hi, am Dr Hayley Stainton

I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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Spring vacation: What is it + why do we have it?

Spring vacation, also known as spring break, is a popular phenomenon in the USA. But for those of us who are based elsewhere in the world, it is often an unknown concept. In fact, for many of us, it is something that we see only in the movies or on our favourite TV...

10 must-see Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK

There are many must-see Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Whether you are exploring the UK from overseas or looking for the perfect staycation, there are plenty of rural tourism destinations to keep you busy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In this...

The shocking truth about elephant riding in Thailand

Elephant riding in Thailand has become somewhat controversial in recent years. When I first went backpacking back in 2011 it was a right of passage to climb onto an elephant's back and to be paraded along the street. But nowadays, things are very different. Society...