Author Archives: Richard

Sand, sea and.. a hippo? Five beaches with unusual wildlife

Esquire’s round-up of 10 beaches best-avoided begins with Goa, where “sacred cows roam freely on the sand, taking cover under tourists’ umbrellas”. This picture proves as much, apparently showing a cows taking a break during a game of beach volleyball.   As Esquire admits, sat at your computer desk and free of the noxious downside, there’s

Fredalo holidays: six ways to be unsteady like Freddie Flintoff

Retiring English cricketing behemoth Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will be fondly remembered for four things: slaying Australian bowlers and batsmen, staggering sportsmanship, exceptional levels of inebriation, and an accident while stoically steering that most manly of nautical vessels: the pedalo.  With the release of an advert (watch below) fondly playing on his infamous watery wobble, and

Panna NP runs out of tigers – reaction and advice from UK operators

Reports from India this week have suggested that Panna National Park has ‘run out’ of tigers, a further blow to the country’s efforts to preserve the status of its fabled predator.  We contacted two of our Indian-operating clients for their thoughts. Paul Bondsfield at adventure specialists Explore: “While none of our tours take in Panna National Park,

Operator comment: Newly opened-up parts of Sri Lanka – worth visiting?

The Foreign Office has just relaxed its warnings about travel to certain parts of Sri Lanka, including several areas ripe for tourism that have been off the map for ten years. So are these areas worth a visit, and will they soon take off?  Here are the thoughts of Oliver James, part of the expert

Live 23 years longer by visiting Easter Island?

Easter Island soil is apparently the source of a compound used by scientists to create a “wonder pill” which will extend lifespans by up to 23 years!   A microbe living in the ground of this remote, historic Pacific island is responsible; without drowning you in science, suffice to say said microbe prevents damaging proteins from

Are Costa Ricans the world’s happiest people?

Just announced, the Happy Planet Index for 2009 has painted a surprising picture of the relative wealth and progress of nations, with Costa Rica named as the world’s happiest country. In this second annual global ranking of well-being and environmental impact, Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world, as well as the

Kate’s great, say Regaldive clients

Kate Humble tops poll of dream dive buddies – as Amy Winehouse falls short. BBC presenter and oceanic adventurer Kate Humble has been crowned the dream dive buddy of Regaldive clients. In a survey conducted by the dive specialist, Kate just edged out diving legend and underwater experimenter Jacques Cousteau, with renowned scuba figurehead Monty