Frozen bananas, wild swimming and American school buses in Guatemala – Tors Travel Tales

Cooking lessons, hiking and volunteering as I backpack across Guatemala I travelled through Central America for five months in late 2018, doing a figure of eight route through five countries. I started and finished in El Salvador, taking in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Belize along the way. I have the luxury of travelling every winter…… Continue reading Frozen bananas, wild swimming and American school buses in Guatemala – Tors Travel Tales

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Top ten Central American experiences – off the beaten track vs Instagram perfect

Instagram-perfection or off-the-beaten track? Top Destinations in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Belize compared In December 2018 my four month Central America backpacking trip began, taking in five countries. A loop from El Salvador into Honduras, on to Guatemala, across the Mexico border and back through Belize makes for a great Central America travel…… Continue reading Top ten Central American experiences – off the beaten track vs Instagram perfect

Top places to travel as a solo female backpacker – from China to Belize

My favourite places to visit as a single female traveller and why I’ve travelled all over the world as a solo female backpacker and never really thought twice about it. I’ve loved everywhere I’ve been. But of course, there are some locations that stand out over others. As a solo traveller, or even when travelling…… Continue reading Top places to travel as a solo female backpacker – from China to Belize

Follow in my footsteps – photos of my feet around the world

Many years ago I read a great travel article about a London photographer, Tom Robinson, who documented his travels by taking pictures of his feet in weird and wonderful places. His feet are eventually joined by his new girlfriend’s feet and later by their daughter’s feet. My friend Paula, who has joined me on several…… Continue reading Follow in my footsteps – photos of my feet around the world

Eating my way around Central America – street food for vegetarians

So I’m sitting here, twiddling my thumbs at Mexico City airport waiting for my connection to Heathrow. Hmm, what to do to pass the time? But wait, I’m an actual blogger now, so obviously I’ll write a blog post of course! I was thinking about what I’m going to miss about Central America and the…… Continue reading Eating my way around Central America – street food for vegetarians

A volcano hike, a food festival and 5 days of falling off a surfboard – my last week in El Salvador

It’s quite hard to write this knowing I’ll be on a plane back to Britain tomorrow. I’m not sure I’m ready for such mundane things as sorting out my car insurance and updating my CV! I’d always planned to have the final week of my trip at El Salvador’s famous surf beach El Tunco, but…… Continue reading A volcano hike, a food festival and 5 days of falling off a surfboard – my last week in El Salvador

Ten days of backpacking, adventure and relaxation in Belize

Belize is completely different to the other Central American countries I’ve travelled through on this trip. It’s my 77th country (not that I’m counting!) and I was really looking forward to exploring it.   While El Salvador, Honduras,  Guatemala and Mexico all have their own distinct identities, they still have a lot in common. Belize…… Continue reading Ten days of backpacking, adventure and relaxation in Belize

10 everyday Belize sights you can’t help but love

Belize is my last new country on this trip,  so this is my final ‘everyday sights’ for a while. But, check out what makes El Salvador a little bit different to Honduras and what differentiates Guatemala from Mexico. Belikin The beer of Belize fills every fridge in every supermarket and graces most store and restaurant…… Continue reading 10 everyday Belize sights you can’t help but love

Tarantulas, tayras and recycled trash – two weeks volunteering at Belize’s first Earthship

Nestled in the jungle in the southern Toledo district of Belize, an area of Mayan villages and dirt tracks, next to Lubaatun ruins, is an three storey earthship. An earthship for those who don’t know (I didn’t) is a building made from recycled waste, such as bottles and tyres. Instead of using bricks, you simply…… Continue reading Tarantulas, tayras and recycled trash – two weeks volunteering at Belize’s first Earthship

Dos and Don’ts of backpacking Belize

  Okay, so I’m only eight days into my Belize trip so I’m no expert, but here’s what I’ve learnt so far about this fascinating country… Don’t expect everyone’s first language to be English Although the official language is English, Belize is a wonderful mix of distinct cultures. On the bus there’ll be a conversation…… Continue reading Dos and Don’ts of backpacking Belize