• The archetypal story

    A few years ago, in order to better teach my English Literature students about classic storytelling techniques, I learned all about the archetypal story. It’s something I’d always resisted – the idea that every…

    15th May 2017
  • Acatenango photos

    Volcan Acatenango, Guatemala

    Three volcanoes tower imposingly above the beautiful city of Antigua, dwarfing its colonial buildings to toy town proportions. Volcan Agua, named for its last eruption of mud and water in 1541, destroyed the original…

    12th May 2017
  • Storytelling and travel, the perfect partnership

    Storytelling and travel go hand in hand. That’s because all journeys are stories of one kind or another – and all stories contain a journey. But when you’re the main protagonist in that tale,…

    8th May 2017
  • Adventures in the jungle, Osa Peninsula

    It’s 5am in the jungle and the orchestra is tuning up for sunrise. Cicadas strike up a tremulous soundscape, toucans and quetzals lay down their motifs, and then comes the bass: a deep-throated roar…

    3rd April 2017
  • Hand rolling cigars, Granada

    On the balcony over the central courtyard of a colonial mansion, a portly chap strikes up an aria in his fine baritone. It reverberates through the old walls, transporting us back to its heyday in…

    30th March 2017
  • An organic coffee finca with heart, Matagalpa

    The vista from the wooden deck takes in a bright bed of tropical flowers. As the mist lifts like a veil, the cloud forest beyond is revealed. A hummingbird darts in and out of…

    3rd February 2017
  • What’s in the bag? Tron’s travel packlist

    Travel packlists… the neverending story Knowing how to pack, for whoever, wherever, and whatever you might encounter on your travels is a hurdle all budding travellers must face. In this series, we bring you…

    26th January 2017
  • An effigy of Donald Trump to be used in the traditional Nicaraguan Quemar al viejo new year tradition

    Burning the old at new year, Jiquilillo

    Burning the old year, igniting the new Down at Jiquilillo beach, we’re participating in a Nicaraguan new year tradition. Quemar al viejo, or burning the old, is a chance to set the dying year…

    20th January 2017
  • Summit of Volcano Cerro Negro, Nicaragua

    Volcano boarding, Cerro Negro

    Baptism of fire Scroll down to watch a video of Anton’s epic descent “Ok chicos,” says Erla, our guide, “you’re now standing on the most dangerous spot in Nicaragua.” We’re at the summit of…

    17th January 2017
  • Newly hatched turtle makes his way to the sea

    Releasing baby turtles, Poneloya

    In the dark, wet sand, a tiny turtle flips with all the energy it can muster. The little fins barely scrape below the surface as she desperately struggles towards the sea. It’s Christmas Eve…

    12th January 2017