People at the Sea Organ, Zadar, Croatia just before dusk ©SarahMitchell (GuttertoGlobe)

Zadar Sea Organ – Where life happens and the sea sings

Do you like to meditate to the sounds of the ocean? Or relax to a piece of music? Well, why not do both? The Sea Organ at Zadar is the only place in the world where the sea plays music. Come along, take a seat, and spend some time watching the world. In four hours relaxing at The Sea Organ, I had the opportunity to slow down and just notice life happening around me.

Hostel Horrors - Does cheap have a price?

Hostel Horrors – Does cheap have a price?

When travelling on a budget, a hostel can be a great option for saving a bit of cash. They’re incredibly popular all over the world and definitely have an atmosphere unlike that of any hotel. But is there a price to pay for this cost-effective accommodation? Well, there are certainly plenty of travellers with a story or two to tell. Still, don’t get discouraged by these tales of woe. If you want to travel without having to sell a kidney, you won’t go far wrong with a decent hostel.

Global Citizens – from the sofa to the planet

You ARE a global citizen. Whether you travel the world on a regular basis or spend more time than you care to admit sitting on the sofa, you can’t escape your identity. Whilst divided by oceans and mountains, by political borders and ideologies, by spirituality and religion, by language and skin colour, and by every little detail that makes us individuals, there is so much that we share. Regardless of the differences, we are 7.4 billion residents of one little planet hurtling around an incomprehensible massive universe.

North York Moors – Hiking and Wild Camping Solo

On May 25th 2016, I decided to take a break from ‘the world’ and take a solo trip to the wide open spaces of the North York Moors. It would be my first multi-day hike and my first experience of wild camping. After 4 days and 3 nights hiking part of the Cleveland Way National Trail, I had huge blisters, painful shoulders, a great sense of achievement, a fresh awareness of self, and some brilliant memories.

Liebster Award for www.guttertoglobe.com

A Liebster Award for Gutter to Globe

It’s Award Time! I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award. Here I answer some questions about myself and select some great blogs for Liebster nomination. Don’t miss my (possibly surprising) little ‘fun fact’ secret, and my possibly ‘rather too complex for the question’ analysis of Harry Potter!

Injured in Nairobi – Mended in the UK

Picking myself up off the ground, brushing off as much of the dust as I could, my initial thoughts were those of embarrassment. Getting injured abroad is a worry, but this time I discovered my ability to carry on regardless, as well as the amazing services of the NHS back in the UK.

10 Songs That Inspire My Travels

Some songs just inspire me – whether that be to head out for distant horizons or just to continue trying to do something good in this world. Here are ten of my favourites (plus a couple that I just couldn’t leave out).

Elephant Babies at the David Sheldrick Trust

A line of the cutest baby elephants elephants comes running towards me from out of the brush. With huge ears flapping, they race down the slope like a bunch of toddlers excited to see what Santa has brought. At the Nairobi nursery of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, you can enjoy getting up close to some adorable babies.

Humanity shines at the Car Wash

The grateful smiles, the offers of eternal friendship, and those overwhelming emotions are things that every volunteer comes to know. But, this time, I was blessed merely be being the courier of someone else’s goodwill, at the Tujiinue Youth Group car wash.