Sunday, 19 May 2019

Railway Line Hiking in Sri Lanka (TRAIN COMING!!!)

Despite being prohibited, walking along the railway tracks is quite normal in Sri Lanka. You see locals doing it all the time. It's safe as long as you have a good idea when the trains are coming.



I was taking a train from Colombo to Ohiya and thought it would be nice to get off the train 1 stop early at Pattipola and hike along the tracks to my destination station. I really should have taken my own advice about knowing when the trains were due though........

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Friday, 10 May 2019

Chatting with SRI LANKAN Locals at Galle Fort Beach. (Cheap Day Trip by Train from Colombo,) 🇱🇰

I escaped the big city by jumping on a train to Galle. With a 2nd class ticket costing 240 rupees ($1.37 USD / £1.06 GBP) and the ride only lasting 2 hours, it made for an easy and cheap day trip from Colombo.



Galle Fort was initially developed by the Portuguese but it was the Dutch who built it up in the 1700's. Despite being a world heritage site, nothing is closed off, so it was possible to along the walls while taking in the nice sea breeze. And after getting all hot, a nice dip in the ocean, which is where I met some local Sri Lankans for a fun chat.

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Saturday, 4 May 2019

FRIENDLY Locals, CHEAP Food. Exploring Colombo, Sri Lanka. VLOG

I had a free day in Colombo, Sri Lanka before going to explore the rest of the country. My travel itinerary was well planned, except for what to do in Colombo. No problem, there's always something to do (and eat) in big city and Colombo was no exception.



$0.85 for a large selection of Sri Lankan Achcharu and $0.17 for a Cinnamon Drink. That's what you call value for money. You can eat in Colombo until you're full without your wallet being empty.

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Avoid this SCAM in Sri Lanka

Every day in Sri Lanka I was approached by random strangers trying to convince me to go places. I happened to be recording a vlog when one of them approached me and the followed me through the streets in a desperate attempt to get me to go to some fake Tsunami Temple. Having watched the video back and doing a bit of research afterwards I can explain what the scam is. Watch the video to find out.



Unfortunately these scammers give the good citizens of Sri Lanka a bad name. Most people that you talk to in a genuine interaction are friendly and helpful. The presence of scammers targeting tourists shouldn't stop you from talking to the locals. Just have a lot of common sense and know that if something doesn't seem right then it isn't.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Scottish Hotel in Sri Lanka. What's on the menu?

Video Blog. Follow me as I stay in a Scottish hotel in Sri Lanka.



After spending 6 hours in my wee pod at the Capsule Hotel it was time to check in to a real hotel. Having not visited Scotland for a couple of years I decided to stay in a Scottish-themed hotel called The Steuart, a good Scottish name.

How was it? Were there any deep-fried Mars Bars on the in-room dining menu? Was there Irn Bru in the minibar? Or was it not authentic at all? Watch and find out.

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The Steuart by Citrus: 01, 45 Hospital Ln, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

$19 Capsule Hotel in Sri Lanka

I'm making the switch from blogging to vlogging, so let's get started:



I recently stayed in a Japanese style Capsule Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I was inspired by watching a video from Harald Baldr a week earlier, where he stayed in a capsule in Vietnam. As I arrived in the early hours of the morning it seemed like a good opportunity to not waste money on a hotel room and have a cool experience at the same time.

So how was the experience? Watch the video to find out.

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The Capsule Hotel: 380 Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Koh Lanta - Trip Report

I decided to spend Xmas 2017 with my girlfriend in Koh Lanta; one of the few beautiful Thai islands that has yet to be overrun by loud, elephant-pants-wearing trashpackers drinking out of buckets or massive groups of manner-less Chinese tourists.

Getting there from Sri Lanka (trip report) involved being transported in every form of vehicle, but in Koh Lanta I had one of my own; a wee Honda Click scooter for zipping around the island.


This is where I made a rare travel blunder, embarrassingly in the country that I know best.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Sri Lanka - Trip Report

I travelled to Sri Lanka solo, just as I have on many of my previous adventures.

This time it wasn't the original plan but my girlfriend happened to crash her car on the way to the airport. Very unfortuante for her, but for me - I got to sit next an empty middle seat on the plane. Every cloud has a silver lining.

It was 1am and I had arrived in the land of the vertical bank note.

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My first destination was the incredibly scenic town of Ella. The 7-hour taxi ride there from Colombo airport was a little costly by Sri Lankan standards at 13,000LKR ($81.50, 61.50 GBP). The trains in Sri Lanka are so cheap that they're practically free. It's just unfortunate that the first train would have got me to Ella at sunset rather than sunrise. Time is more important than money when you're on a short trip so I didn't want to waste a whole day, unlike my girlfriend who was wasting the day in a police station thousands of miles away.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark - Trip Report and Vlog

Why would anyone leave Scotland in the winter, only to travel to an even colder country?

Well, £25 each way flights and the promise of the best pastries and bacon in the world was good enough reason for my brother and I to book a trip to Denmark.



For this trip report I made a vlog. I've considered doing this in the past but it seemed like too much hassle to do it well. Technology is getting better though and I was able to film, edit and upload this vlog in Ultra HD using just my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge).

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Milan, Italy - Trip Report

I arrived in Milan around 8am after a long overnight flight from Hong Kong. Having had the luxury of a comfortable night's sleep, thanks to the unforgettable experience of travelling in first class, I was ready to spend the day exploring rather than recovering.

This was my first trip to Italy and I had scheduled it so that I could experience the ‘Derby della Madonnina’ - the famous derby match between AC Milan and Inter.

I had yet another stay with AirBnb, booking a beautiful apartment in a residential area, right beside a metro station, for about a third the price of a decent hotel room in the city.

Just checked in to my Airbnb apartment in Milan. #Milan #Italy

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Before booking I contacted the host and told her I could only book if I could check in at 8am. In this scenario the host has to block out the previous night on the booking system, so they're not always keen to do this. Thankfully, as I was booking for a whole week, the host agreed to my request.

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After settling into my wonderful new home I went out exploring. It was the coldest weather I'd experienced in close to 3 years at around 10 degrees C, but still bearable wearing a hoodie - the only warm item of clothing in my whole suitcase.