My 5: Hiking to The Virgin Mary Statue – Castro Urdiales, Spain.

Hiking To The Virgin Mary Statue Castro Urdiales Spain

1. August 2015. One of the coolest things I did during my month-long stay in Castro Urdiales was the thirty-minute hike from town up into the hills to see The Virgin Mary Statue. If my boss hadn’t taken me I would never even have known about it, as it certainly wasn’t mentioned online or in […]

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My 5: Hiking The Great Wall of China, Mutianyu.

Mutianyu The Great Wall of China

1. June 2014. Located just seventy kilometres northeast of Beijing, Mutianyu is a fully restored section of China’s Great Wall ideal for those looking to strike a balance between convenience and authenticity. Having already hiked the stunning and somewhat wild Jinshanling to Simatai section four years earlier, this was my second Great Wall experience and […]

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My 5: Hiking The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China Jinshanling to Simatai

1. May 2010. For visitors to China, hiking  a section of The Great Wall often finds itself planted at the very top of the bucket list. But choosing which part to tackle can be an overwhelming task, with nearly nine thousand kilometers of wall snaking its way across the country. Some of the most impressive stretches […]

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My 5: Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary – Kerala, India.

Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary Kerala India April 2004

1. April 2004. Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary was one of Kerala’s most respected elephant training centers. Set in and around the Malayattoor Forest Range on the southern banks of The Periyar River, I came here at the tail end of my India travels in 2004 to meet, feed and wash Kodanad’s community of loveable elephants. 2. […]

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My 5: The Kerala Backwaters, India.

Kerala backwaters cruise India

1. April 2004. Once upon a time… when Leighton was a mere pup… he took a trip to India. The final location of that month-long adventure was a six-night stay in Fort Kochi, Kerala. I’d come to Kerala specifically to tick two things off my bucket list. One was a visit to an elephant sanctuary, […]

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My 5: Coconut Beach – Koh Rong, Cambodia.

Coconut Beach Koh Rong Cambodia

1. December 2015. It had been a tough slog of a hike over from neighboring Nature Beach in roasting afternoon temperatures, but finally the dense jungle trail brought us out into an opening to the entrance path that leads down to Coconut Beach. 2. December 2015. My initial thought upon entering Coconut Beach was that […]

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My 5: Hiking from Nature Beach to Coconut Beach – Koh Rong, Cambodia.

Hike from Nature Beach to Coconut Beach Koh Rong Cambodia

1. December 2015. After a day lazing about on Koh Rong’s sleepy Nature Beach, Wonderboy and I decided to hike over to the island’s neighboring Coconut Beach which, we were told, is one of the island’s most impressive stretches of sand and home to a stunning bay of aquamarine water. 2. December 2015. The wild, […]

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