San Gil is a beautiful, vibrant town. A busy central plaza is surrounded by sloping, cobbled streets. At a first glance you would never guess, but this town has a secret. A love of the extreme. From extreme sports (I tried paragliding) to extreme culinary offerings. And I’m not just talking about the pineapple sauce they put on my hot-dog, because that was actually pretty tasty! I’m talking about hormigas culonas. Or big-bottomed ants.
Last week I was invited on a road trip from Perth down to the south-west coast of Western Australia. The big highlight of the journey was to be a whale watching trip in Augusta. I’ve previously been on a trip to see orcas from Vancouver Island which is one of my favourite memories of my Canadian adventure, so I wasn’t going to miss out on this opportunity to view more whales in their natural habitat. However as my travels across the globe have taught me, things don’t always go to plan. The old wives tale of bad luck comes in threes certainly held true for me.
If money is tight Fremantle’s bohemian atmosphere make it a great destination by Australian standards. This compact city can accommodate backpackers even on the tightest budget. Here are my top 10 cheap ideas ranging from completely free activities stretching to bargain $10 prices.
Fishing Boat Harbour
Take a stroll along the boardwalk at Freo’s working harbour, home to hundreds of fishing vessels. Enjoy the waterfront lined with restaurants and find the statue of Bon Scott from AC/DC. In winter keep warm with a bag of hot chips, just keep an eye out for the hungry seagulls!
I’m a big fan of breakfast. It has the power to make or break the rest of your day. Generally, it has to be something different from other meals. I don’t understand the bread, cheese and cold cuts of continental Europe, that’s lunch! I wasn’t impressed in China when I went down for breakfast in a hotel to be presented with rice. Neither was I pleased in India when a hotel provided chips for breakfast. (Not sure what they were thinking?!) But less of the bad and more of the good. Here are my favourite breakfasts from around the world.
A new interactive guide has ranked Bogotá as the second worst holiday destination in the world. Rating location, crime statistics and cleanliness led to the piles of household waste in Stolipinovo, Plovdiv in Bulgaria taking top spot as the least desirable place for a short break. The ‘high violent crime rates’ gave Bogotá its high ranking, but is this a fair reflection on the Colombian capital? Should travellers skip Bogotá?