On a cool winter morning, Stanley (our safari tracker) witnessed one of the most harrowing scenes in his career at Kruger National Park, South Africa. He encountered an elephant, shot and immobilised by bullets to the head, legs and neck – he was not dead and still faintly breathing. As Stanley continued to account this … Continue Reading

First things first – what are the big 5? The big 5 are – African Elephants, Black/White Rhinoceros, Lions, Leopards and Buffalos. I’ve always been fascinated by animals and so the idea that there are just 5 key animals to focus on when you’re on safari is something that I’ve always found to be a … Continue Reading

Mauritius is a volcanic island nation that is nestled (relatively) close to the shores of Madagascar. Famed for its pristine Indian Ocean beaches, its natural lagoons and coral reefs – Mauritius is truly a beach lovers paradise. All around the coast is a host of spectacular beaches that will drive your travel-lust into overdrive. 1.) LE … Continue Reading

Arrive at the bus/car stop next to Koutoubia Mosque… Head off towards the main square – Jemaa el-Fnaa (which is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage site and actually inspired that list)… Pop into the souks… Perhaps even stop for a little treat… Head through winding maps and alleyways. If you’ve never been before, perhaps go armed with … Continue Reading

These are some photos from our trip to Marrakesh that for some reason or the other, never quite made it to the blog. I guess you can call it an “outtake” of sorts… One thing’s certain though, looking at these photos makes me long for summer sunshine!

Madagascar is probably not the first place most people think of when it comes to planning your holiday but despite the country being one of the most remote places to visit, there are so many reasons to visit Madasgascar (or at least to think about it when you’re planning your holidays) and here are just … Continue Reading

2014 was the year that Hand Luggage Only was truly born! Lloyd and I started toying with the idea of Hand Luggage Only back in 2012 after travelling around at every opportunity possible and accumulating quite a lot of travel photos so after a bit of “to’ing” and “fro’ing” we finally decided to go for … Continue Reading

Visiting Morocco was definitely one of my travel highlights of the year! It was so exciting and for some reason, unexpectedly so. I think the biggest draw to visiting Morocco is the authenticity you get on a holiday here. The people don’t try to edit themselves for you and become some version of themselves that traveller … Continue Reading

Marrakesh is a visual feast! One of my favourite things about being in Morocco and Marrakesh in particular is how colourful everything is. From the spices in the souks to the outfits worn by locals and visitors alike to even the landscape, Marrakesh is truly one of the most colourful travel destinations out there. I’ve … Continue Reading

Morocco is one of the more memorable places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting and particularly so is the city of Marrakesh! I’m not entirely sure what it is about it that makes it so exciting – perhaps it’s the raw unpretentiousness of it all, the Arabic heritage, the hustle and bustle of people going about … Continue Reading

A trip to Cape Verde is definitely one I recommend! I had an amazing time on this gem of an island and have put together a little guide to the amazing holiday destination. Cape Verde boasts pristine sandy beaches and amazing sand dunes – the water on the beach is the perfect temperature and the people … Continue Reading

The Souks of Marrakech are a very interesting place to visit! Filled with so many beautiful (and delicious) sights, the Souks are a definite must-see when you are in Marrakech however, here are a few quick tips to help you make the make the most of your trip to the Souks: 1.) Beware of helpful … Continue Reading