Scotland Roadtrip

Me and my friend Sam drove the North Coast 500 route – a 500 mile route along the Northern and North Western coasts of Scotland around the end of May. Setting aside a week, with a few day-hikes planned in, we drove the route anti-clockwise as recommended, coming off the route at the end to…

For Those Thinking of Starting a Van Life

A few pointers to get you under way in exploring the various avenues of living small and mobile. First published 16 April 2018 on Wix. I chose living in a camper van as a way to move from farm to farm and be able to easily carry my pet cat around. As it turned out,…

After a Year of Living in a Van Part 2

This post was originally on Wix dated 12th March 2018 In part 2, I will be looking at things that have worked really well. Ideas that I’ll take into the future, whether that’s building another van, a tiny house on wheels or a full-on house on top of a foundation. Minimalism The process of moving…

After a Year of Living in a Van Part 1

This post was originally posted on Wix dated 8th March 2018 I can confidently say that I’m still loving it but I took a moment to reflect on the experience and thought I’d share a few things over several posts. There are many bits that I’m glad I included in the build and some that…

Hunting in Japan

Another key event from my trip to Japan was a brief introductory course on hunting from my uncle. I’ve always been fascinated by hunting and eagerly tagged along to watch as he set up traps amongst the dry winter mountains of Izu. As with many temperate countries around the world, Japan used to have its…

How to Grow Organic Rice in Japan

Around this time of the year last year, I spent 3 weeks in Japan and one of the key experiences from the trip was going to visit my uncle’s place at the Southern tip of Izu peninsula. It’s a lovely place where rolling mountains and oceans meet with plenty of onsen (hot spring bath) dotted…

Iceland Road Trip

A while back, my friend Sam gave me a call and asked if I wanted to join for a short trip to Iceland – a small volcanic island on the edge of the Arctic circle. I’ve been fascinated by Iceland for a while. It produces 100% of its electricity from renewable resources – geothermal (heating…