Would you wear this at home?

I will happily admit a lot of travellers offend me (and for many reasons) but the one thing that I really hate is some of the outfits they wear. Backpackers in Nepal and India have been by far the worse and here are a selection of candid snaps:

Beach time

Watching Indians relax on the beach, it is striking how differently they behave compared to westerners:

The real Slumdog Millionaire

After much debate as to whether it was ethical, we visited a slum in Rio and it was a fascinating insight into otherwise invisible section of society which (according to the guide anyway) the inhabitants were keen for people to see. Therefore, we also wanted to visit Dharavi in Mumbai, known as Asia’s largest slum. We took…

Now for some proper sightseeing…

After relaxing on the beach in Kerala and Goa, I was looking forward to some real sightseeing. First we headed 400km inland to the historical town of Hampi which is full of temples and surrounded by gorgeous countryside. We toured around in an auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) and a moped, checking out ruined palaces, crazy boulders and…

Watch that cowpat!

Cows are everywhere in India.  They are considered holy by Hindus and heaven forbid should you injure one, it would probably be worse than killing a human.

Getting stuck in Goa

We’ve met loads of other backpackers who have talked of getting stuck in a particular place. We haven’t really found this to be the case as we tend to move on once we’ve relaxed for a few days or once we have seen the main sights. However, we definitely got stuck in Goa. Having been on beaches further south…

Around the tip of the India

After an unsuccessful search for Bengal tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park, eight hours south-west of Varanasi, we embarked on an epic journey down the eastern coast (as there didn’t seem to be any major sights on the way) to the town of Pondicherry. We covered over 2,000km on three trains, taking four days. We met…

A sip of septic water…

Our first stop in India was Varanasi, one of the holiest Indian cities that is sacred for Hindus. People from all over the country come to swim, wash and even drink from the sacred waters of the River Ganges. It’s pretty crazy when you realise that the water is actually septic. But the main reason…

First impressions of India

We had heard many rumours about India…”people stare at you”, “it’s dirty”, “it’s hardwork” and so on. However, as we have travelled in a lot of dirty and difficult countries, we couldn’t fathom why it would be that tricky or different from other places we had visited. So here are our first impressions of a…