Tag Archives: April A-Z Challenge

LIGHT AIRCRAFT – MY TWELTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

In 1998 my regular travel buddy Hamish and I toured Peru. During our first week in the most beguiling country we decided to take in the mythical Nazca Lines. The Lines are giant sketches carved into the desert floor depicting the likes of a monkey, a whale, lizard, a spider and many more. Each carving was […]

KAYAK – MY ELVENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

In 1996 I travelled to Hong Kong with my brother Ed to stay with my other brother’s brother-in-law and his wife on the edge of a lake in the New Territories. One night us three blokes went on a real bender in Central HK and eventually returned at seven in the morning by taxi, still rolling […]

JEEP – MY TENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

This was another special holiday as Mrs Wilbur and I visited South Africa in 2003. The main feature of our trip was a safari in Kruger National Park. We stayed at a rustic lodge called Akeru and no sooner had we arrived than we were off in search of the Big Five. We met Ryan […]

INTER-RAIL – MY NINTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

Island hopping was high on the list for the blogging treatment having visited Spetses, Hydra, Aegina, Poros, Santorini, Rhodes, Symi and more, but how could I possibly not plump for inter-rail? My 1987 experience gained from my three weeks of training around Europe has been hugely influential in my life, instilling an adventure gene that […]

Helicopter, Nice to Monaco

HELICOPTER – MY EIGHTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I have been a passenger on a helicopter four times, for a grand total of twenty-eight minutes! In the days that I was an international sales manager, I managed some clients and suppliers based in Monaco. Our travel policy was very much budget flights in those days, but amazingly we managed to persuade our travel […]

GOLF BUGGY – MY SEVENTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

Although I have flown a glider (well I took the controls for five whole minutes!), perhaps strangely I have chosen a golf buggy for my G themed transportation. On the basis that I am absolutely hopeless at golf (sorry dad, I did try!), this has nothing at all to do with my presence on a […]

FOXTROT SUBMARINE – MY SIXTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

In 2013 I visited Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea sandwiched between Poland & Lithuania. As part of the open air maritime museum, there was the opportunity to scramble inside a decommissioned Foxtrot submarine. This was a cramped experience up there with the Chu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam and one of the few […]

ELEPHANT – MY FIFTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I had ridden on the back of an elephant in India before but that had been sat on a howdah for just a few metres up to the Amber Palace. This was nothing compared to my visit to Elephant Village just outside Luang Prabang in Laos. Normal Monday morning – get up at six tired […]

DONKEY – MY FOURTH TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

In 1996 I visited Egypt at Easter. I went with the brilliant people that are Explore as a singleton. The whole trip was brilliant – Cairo, Pyramids, temples, two night small boat trip (sleeping on deck) down the Nile etc. We had two three a.m. starts – one to go to unbelievable Abu Simbel and […]

CABLE CAR – MY THIRD TRANSPORTATION THEMED BLOG FOR THE APRIL A-Z CHALLENGE

I nearly plumped for my only ever camel ride in Egypt, but instead decided to recount my journey on The Téléphérique (proudly delivered in 1965 just like me!), a precipitous cable car ride starting at the bay of Jounieh, a city 16KM outside Beirut in Lebanon. It was the year of my marriage in 2000 and against […]