THOUGHT-PROVOKING / Wherever we go, we try to dig beneath the surface of a destination and find the stories that lurk there. Stories that tell the tale of how power, politics and beliefs have profoundly influenced peoples’ lives.

In Córdoba, we learnt about an enlightened Islamic Caliphate in the darkness of the middle ages. In Jerusalem, we saw the impact religion and empire had on churches, synagogues and mosques. In Cape Town, we found townships still struggling to recover from the government policies of 20 years ago. And in Namibia, we witnessed the challenge of helping both wildlife and the rural poor.

Travel forces you to confront the world. It’s not always easy. Often, the realities of someone else’s existence make us question our own, but in doing so it has taught us lessons for our own lives.

Berber villages in Morocco
Three Mohammeds and changing life in a Berber village

Life is changing fast in the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains; with better infrastructure, equality is taking priority in important areas.

Havana Streets
Impressions of Havana – A story from the streets

The streets of Havana are crumbling into ruin. But our lasting memory is one of happy locals for whom the streets are a vital part of life.

Cuba today
Life in Cuba today: Private dreams and public reality

Life in Cuba today is undergoing immense change. Here’s our experience of a country combining capitalist prosperity with communist ideals.

Okonjima Nature Reserve Okonjima Cheetah Walk
Walking with cheetahs at Okonjima Nature Reserve

Here's what it's like walking with cheetahs in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, whether you should do it and how to book.

Ancient ruins in Mexico
7 most fascinating ancient ruins in Mexico

The ancient ruins in Mexico can be on wide open plains or shrouded in jungle. Here are 7 of the best and the story they have to tell.

Namibia Wildlife Conservation
Trophy hunting & Namibia’s wildlife conservation challenge

Namibia’s rural farmers lose their livelihood when wildlife kill their livestock. But should Trophy Hunting be part of the solution?

Langa Township Tour in Cape Town
Should you take a Township Tour in Cape Town?

Here's our experience of a township tour in Cape Town's Langa township. What we learnt and why you should consider going on one.

Istanbul
Uncovering Istanbul’s mighty past & uncertain future

Istanbul has been one of the most important cities in world history. But we soon discovered its uncertain future was just as fascinating.

Berber villages in Morocco
Three Mohammeds and changing life in a Berber village

Life is changing fast in the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains; with better infrastructure, equality is taking priority in important areas.

Havana Streets
Impressions of Havana – A story from the streets

The streets of Havana are crumbling into ruin. But our lasting memory is one of happy locals for whom the streets are a vital part of life.

Cuba today
Life in Cuba today: Private dreams and public reality

Life in Cuba today is undergoing immense change. Here’s our experience of a country combining capitalist prosperity with communist ideals.

Okonjima Nature Reserve Okonjima Cheetah Walk
Walking with cheetahs at Okonjima Nature Reserve

Here's what it's like walking with cheetahs in the Okonjima Nature Reserve, whether you should do it and how to book.

Ancient ruins in Mexico
7 most fascinating ancient ruins in Mexico

The ancient ruins in Mexico can be on wide open plains or shrouded in jungle. Here are 7 of the best and the story they have to tell.

Namibia Wildlife Conservation
Trophy hunting & Namibia’s wildlife conservation challenge

Namibia’s rural farmers lose their livelihood when wildlife kill their livestock. But should Trophy Hunting be part of the solution?

Langa Township Tour in Cape Town
Should you take a Township Tour in Cape Town?

Here's our experience of a township tour in Cape Town's Langa township. What we learnt and why you should consider going on one.

Istanbul
Uncovering Istanbul’s mighty past & uncertain future

Istanbul has been one of the most important cities in world history. But we soon discovered its uncertain future was just as fascinating.

moorish sites in cordoba
Uncovering an enlightened caliphate in Córdoba

The Moorish sites in Córdoba tell the story of the only Islamic Caliphate to rule from western Europe; one that yearned for scientific advancement and spread knowledge across backward Christian empires.

holy sites of Christianity
Christian sites in Jerusalem – Dishevelled and intriguing

Exploring the holy Christian sites in Jerusalem taught us a valuable lesson in the power and wealth of religion and empire. Here's what we learnt in this intriguing city.