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

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Wine tasting, empanadas and olive trees – a cycling tour of Mendoza Vineyards, Argentina

A perfect self guided day tour of Mendoza wineries in Maipu area Hiring a bicycle and cycling around vineyards in Mendoza, the premier wine region of Argentina seemed like a perfect way to pass an afternoon. Guided bus tours of the vineyards were staggeringly high prices, from US$100 upwards, so we were pleased to discover…… Continue reading Wine tasting, empanadas and olive trees – a cycling tour of Mendoza Vineyards, Argentina

Asuncion, Paraguay – a walking tour of the historical centre and a flask of terere at the beach

An walking tour of historical downtown Asuncion We planned just one day in Asuncion to explore the historical centre and get a feel for the city. We took a five hour bus from Cuidad Del Este, enjoying great views of the  very flat, very green countryside. Asunción is the capital of Paraguay, with a population…… Continue reading Asuncion, Paraguay – a walking tour of the historical centre and a flask of terere at the beach

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

5 Perfect Autumn Walks around Bristol – all accessible on public transport

I hate being stuck indoors all day, so rain or shine, I go exploring even if it’s just for an hour. I always feel so much worse if I stay inside all day. At the moment I’m living in Bristol, in a house I’m sad to say, it being a bit too cold for vanlife…… Continue reading 5 Perfect Autumn Walks around Bristol – all accessible on public transport

Make travel a habit – how a minimalist lifestyle makes it possible

How to travel for six months every year Everyone should travel more. People often say to me ‘I wish I had your life’. Well, of course, my answer is ‘you can’! Even with a full-time job you can easily commit to making travel a habit, not a one-off. And the first step is to spend…… Continue reading Make travel a habit – how a minimalist lifestyle makes it possible

Tors Travel Tips – tissues, snacks and staying safe as a solo traveller

I recently read a travel article about a solo city break in Vienna. I was quite surprised that the writer thought it a big deal to have a weekend away alone. Of course I travel alone every year for a few months and have done for over fifteen years now, so I’m well used to…… Continue reading Tors Travel Tips – tissues, snacks and staying safe as a solo traveller

When is a country not a country? Non-countries, principalities and disputed territories to explore

I love backpacking and would like to eventually visit every country in the world. At the moment I’m at 78 countries (I think!). However, not every country is a country. Or is it? Here’s some of the odder places I’ve visited during my many years of backpacking. Transnistria, Moldova This disputed territory declared independence from…… Continue reading When is a country not a country? Non-countries, principalities and disputed territories to explore

10 everyday sights in Mexico you have to love

  Ah, Mexico. Although I only spent 10 days here backpacking from San Cristobal to Chetumal, I feel like I know it well! I definitely want to return one day and see a lot more of the country (and eat a lot more street food). As with my previous posts for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala…… Continue reading 10 everyday sights in Mexico you have to love

In the footprints of Mayan Kings – deciphering impressive hieroglyphics in Copan, Honduras

PEmblem glyphs, ancient ball courts, scarlet macaws, hieroglyphic stairways… this was all nonsense until I visited the Mayan ruins of Copan and spent six hours (yes SIX hours) rambling around, Who knew it would be so fascinating? (And of course I wanted to get my full $15 worth). The site is an easy ten minute…… Continue reading In the footprints of Mayan Kings – deciphering impressive hieroglyphics in Copan, Honduras