5 days in Israel

If you know me (or follow my blog) you’ll know I can’t resist a new country. I love to maximise value from my travels and if there’s a new country within reach, I’ll visit it. I’ve been to over 80 countries now – read my blog about how to make travelling a habit! Sunset at…… Continue reading 5 days in Israel

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Farm to Cup Coffee Tour and Hiking in Sipi Falls and Kapchorwa, Uganda

A must-do on the independent backpacker route in Uganda is Sipi Falls on the northern slopes of Mount Elgon. Well worth the 8 hour trip to get here and easily broken up with a stopover in Jinja to see the source of the Nile. Read my blog post here for how to travel by public…… Continue reading Farm to Cup Coffee Tour and Hiking in Sipi Falls and Kapchorwa, Uganda

Kampala to Sipi Falls, via Jinja and the source of the Nile

After a Queen Elizabeth National Park tour and a couple of days hiking in Lake Bunyonyi, it’s time to discover what lies to the east of Kampala. The first stop is Jinja to find the source of the Nile. Yep, it’s the source of the Nile When I was researching how to travel independently in…… Continue reading Kampala to Sipi Falls, via Jinja and the source of the Nile

Lake Bunyonyi – independent solo travel in Uganda

If you make the long journey to Bunyonyi Lake, with its appealing steeply terraced hillsides in the west of Uganda, you’re rewarded with temperate climes, fresh air and the relaxing rhythms of the agricultural communities based around the lakeside. View of Lake Bunyonyi from Itambira island View of lake from mainland hike It’s not a…… Continue reading Lake Bunyonyi – independent solo travel in Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park on a budget – independent solo travel in Uganda

Those of you who follow my blog know how loathe I am to do an organised tour, preferring by far to travel as independently as possible. And while it’s not totally impossible to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, the second largest national park in Uganda (after Murchison Falls) on your own, it is far easier…… Continue reading Queen Elizabeth National Park on a budget – independent solo travel in Uganda

Exploring the UK – my favourite UK staycations and short trips

Ideas for UK Staycations I’m always going on about how many people overlook their own country in favour of backpacking more exotic climes, yet I’ve never actually written a blog post about travelling in the UK. Now is the time to remedy that! In our new Covid-19 world, overseas travel is going to be more…… Continue reading Exploring the UK – my favourite UK staycations and short trips

First time backpacker? Here’s a few of my top travel tips for new (or old) backpackers

So you’ve decided to become a backpacker? That’s excellent news! The Tor Goes Travelling Again mantra is to Make Travel a Habit. I believe anyone can become a backpacker no matter what your age. I recently dragged my 75 year old mother across Russia and Mongolia, giving her an insight into how I travel. That’s…… Continue reading First time backpacker? Here’s a few of my top travel tips for new (or old) backpackers

From Russia to Mongolia by train – Tors Travel Tales

I started writing Tors Travel Tales last year, with the aim to eventually write one about every country I’ve been to. I’m not making much headway so far. I think I still have about seventy odd to go!  Tors Travel Tales – an attempt to write a backpackers account of every country I’ve been to.…… Continue reading From Russia to Mongolia by train – Tors Travel Tales

Exploring at home – learn new skills and meet new people by travelling and volunteering

What will travel look like after Covid 19? Well it definitely looks like travel might be very much changed for the next year or so. One recent travel article I read even suggested that countries might not reopen their borders to travellers until vaccines are available for all and a Covid 19 travel vaccination might…… Continue reading Exploring at home – learn new skills and meet new people by travelling and volunteering

From backpacking the Maldives to hiking in Mongolia – a quick tour of the eighty one countries I’ve visited

A brief history of some of the countries I’ve visited during my nearly twenty years of backpacking Is country counting acceptable in the world of backpacking? There’s a lot of negativity around ‘country counting’ in the travel community, with some travellers being very disdainful of those who count. It’s not about the quantity, it’s the…… Continue reading From backpacking the Maldives to hiking in Mongolia – a quick tour of the eighty one countries I’ve visited