Standing at the edge of a crater the size of an American football field that is leaking flaming gas, my old nemesis of vertigo was making himself known. Or was it just the smell of the methane fumes? I was standing alone at the edge of the Darvaza Gas Crater, central Turkmenistan, which is also known as the 'Door to Hell' - a very fitting accolade.
A lot has changed since January 2014. Not just that I now live in London, have a stable job and most excellent workplace, but mainly for the reason that this time two years ago I was living in Palermo, Sicily. Yeah, I'm still trying to get used to the lack of good coffee.
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The only thing that can stand in the way of your dream is fear, but no worries, it's natural. I'm sure Christopher Columbus did a nervous poo before he set off to explore the world.
I am sad, very sad. For the last few days I have been haunted by the news of the man who pulled up outside the Jewish museum in Brussels, and shot and killed two visitors and a member of staff. There are photographs on the internet of him firing through the door.
He is unsettling his fellow world-leaders so much that they are scrabbling to form an economic and military alliance to protect themselves from him. His behavior across central Europe is violent and unpredictable and he has made repeated attempts to shut off key supplies to his opponents.
Mention to someone that you have just been on a cruise and they might look at you with a mixture of contempt, horror, disbelief and disgust. That is of course, if they have never tried cruising themselves.
I fell in love with Western Australia not once, but twice. The first time I was in a little coastal town called Kalbarri. I had landed a job as a guitar player at a local seafood café, getting a free meal plus enough dollars to pay for my lodgings. As the sun set on the nearby ocean, I would play my tunes, sip beer then head home to look forward to another day of idling in the sunshine.
We want to experience how it feels to exist in a different place. We want new sensations: new sounds to fill our ears, the smell of a different kind of food and then the unfamiliar taste of that. Travel also gives us a chance to play the comparison game.
If you've decided that you're ready to discover Europe on your own, consider traveling to these 10 destinations during your trip.