Alex is about to embark on his final year at UEA, studying American Literature with Creative Writing. Hobbies include: reading, writing, chair-leaning and collecting small bits of wood and stuff. Also likes cats, but not when they wee on the bed. Ambitions: to travel more, write more and hear a blue whale sing.
"Originally Longacre Square, Times Square was renamed after the New York Times printing offices were established there. If it were renamed again today, it might be deemed something along the lines of McDisney Square; now it is the enormous electronic bill…"
It’s mid-July and the summer solstice has just passed its apex, though judging by yet another stifling night in London, this hasn’t appeared to quell the temperatures much. The feeble desk fan in the corner does little to alleviate the situat…"
"The Hana Highway creeps round the east coast of Hawaii in a clockwise direction, cut into the fingers of rainforest that probe the pacific. The views of oncoming coves and juts of jungle are breathtaking, as is the driving experience. Many of the bridges…"
Campsites are great because they do what it says on the tin: provide a place to pitch a tent, and let you stay there for as long as you can afford. Unfortunately, in the case of Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, this might not be very long. Aside from the exto…"
"Set in some of the most idyllic countryside in England, Stowford Manor Farm is a small, but neat and friendly campsite. Enjoy the traditional charms of the British countryside; a tree-fringed stream is a great spot to do some fishing, kids can explore th…"
Dennis Cove Camping is a long-running establishment and they know how to keep a tidy ship. The campsite, 10 minutes walk away from Padstow is small, but well maintained and you’ll receive a warm welcome from the owners. The surrounding countryside is gen…"
Some ski resorts are built to accommodate great numbers skiers; it is their trade and they have been doing it for centuries. Cable cars take you from the mountainside to your doorstep and back again from six in the morning, while snow machines churn out …"
The unfenced campsites in the National Park in Botswana, where Lions, Jackals, Bat-eared foxes and Elephants roam at their leisure are not for the faint of heart, or weak of will. Needless to say, without the impractical desert temperatures there is the …"
Angel Island has a history of different settlers; originally it was used as a hunting ground for the Miwok Indians who up until the colonization of America, would take to the island in boats for the deer and the seals that loved the rocks. Since then it …"
In the remote region of central Iceland, there is not much in the way of convenient amenities. In Arbudir, the closest you’ll get to luxury is a small wooden cabin with a toilet inside. On the reverse side, if it’s a survival-of-the-fittest style camping…"
The fact that guests here reside in “tents” is just about the only thing that qualifies this luxury destination on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in west-central India as a campsite. The tents themselves are huge, exquisitely woven and house …"
Held annually in Earl’s Court, London the Great British Beer Festival is a Mecca for awnings, beer stalls and avid consumers of alcohol. Organised by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, the Festival aims to educate people about the value of locally produce…"
"Still an active archaeological site, El Tajin is one of many pre-Columbian ruins still being uncovered in Mexico. The ruins at El Tajin only cover a kilometre square, but incorporate about 150 buildings, 20 of which have been fully excavated. Amongst the…"
The Rockefeller Center is an inter-connected complex of 19 buildings in mid-town Manhattan. Every winter they construct an ice rink in the Lower Plaza and erect an enormous, lavishly decorated Christmas tree that is definitely worth a visit for an emerge…"
In 1980, Radio City Music Hall made a welcome return to what it had originally been designed for: concerts and live stage shows. After its opening in 1932 was unsuccessful, it adopted cinema as a medium more in line with public demand. By 1979 though, ch…"
Presently just plans in progress, the Malcolm X Museum, once completed aims to preach information about the life and times to the younger generations using integrated audio and visual technology throughout the museum. Without a location designated, it is…"
"Grave of the assassinated Islamic icon Malcolm X"
With five acts to choose from throughout Vegas, Cirque du Soleil offers up glittering portions of acrobatic and high-octane entertainment. From the water-borne antics of “O” at the Bellagio Hotel to Criss Angel dressed as a Victorian Noble at the Luxor, …"
After days of envisioning throwing chunks of raw meat into the bloody, gnashing jaws of the resident Great White, I was utterly deflated to find out it had been released “for research” just a couple of weeks earlier. On the up side, there was a kelp “for…"
Just outside of the city of Nizwa in Oman, Bahla Fort is an UNESCO World Heritage Site that has just about made it, limping, in to the 21st century. Since 1987 its sandstone towers, extremely vulnerable now to any amount of wind and/or water erosion, hav…"
Calakmul, meaning literally "two adjacent pyramids" is one of the largest Mayan cities ever discovered. Spotted from the air by fluke in 1931, it has since been extensively excavated and preserved for visitors. The total ruins discovered so far…"
Once a city made wealthy from being at the axis of conjoining trade routes, Taxila slipped into anonymity when these routes became obsolete in the face of modern transport techniques. Now under Pakistan’s jurisdiction, 35 km to the west of Islamabad, the…"
"The ruins of Paquime, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua are one of few places in the world that have not been entirely undressed by science. Archaeologists still debate what powers, if any Paquime had in the region, and if so, who was behind it? Various …"
The ruins of Chavin de Huantar date back to a pre-Inca culture which first populated the Mosna canyon around 900 B.C. At 3150 m, and sandwiched between two Andean Mountain ranges, you could say Chavin de Huantar was "out of the way", but for an…"