Author: Asha Tanna

A male chimp in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda photo ©Asha Tanna 2012

Taking The Plunge

March 5, 2017


Relief was the biggest emotion I felt the day I left Caqalai Island. As I clambered into the boat to take me onto the next leg of my journey I had several options of what to do next but no firm plans. Do I leave Fiji altogether go straight to Nadi catch a flight to […]

Trouble in Paradise

March 1, 2017


The honeymoon period lasted just four weeks. I was under no illusion that the next six months wouldn’t be hard work; but I hadn’t anticipated just how bloody difficult it was going to be dealing with people voluntarily exiled on an island too small for big egos. Then there was the disorganisation and chaotic management; […]

Kiwi Delight

January 10, 2017


I’m sat on a flight from Queenstown to Auckland en route to Fiji with a huge smile on my face. It’s 0545 and I’ve not slept a wink. I’m hungover as hell, and severely dehydrated after doing an all-nighter with a cute British barman I met. Plum wine, sake, Japanese whiskey and cab sav. Yup […]

Flying solo

December 31, 2016


It will take three flights, two transits and 29 hours to get to New Zealand. A country that has long been on my list of places to visit well before Peter Jackson shared its beautiful landscape with the world. A country with mountains and glaciers, glow worms and penguins as well as volcanoes. I only […]

Going cold Turkey

December 30, 2016


On Christmas Eve morning I bolted upright in bed from a panic attack. My heart was racing fast and the bed sheets were damp from sweat. Today I was packing up my London flat once more and hitting the airport with no return date. There was a feeling of trepidation because as much as I […]


January 23, 2016


The bus pulled into Pucon around 7am. The whole town was asleep. I staggered through the deserted streets to find my hostel. First impressions of the town was it looked like a ski resort. Wooden chalets lined the road and in -between were bars, restaurants and adventure tour companies.         Posters in all of […]

Back to the city – Santiago part 2

January 20, 2016


After leaving Juan Fernandez I flew back to Santiago to think where I was gonna head next, up or down the country. The father and son I met diving advised me if I was headed south to get to Pucon. The scenery was meant to be breath-taking. It’s a part of Chile known as the […]