I'm Leza, I started this blog 11 years ago as a travel diary for me and my husband when we backpacked around the world for 15 months. I love travel photography, art and music. I've lived in East Africa and visited 55 countries. Back-packed, flash-packed, got married to my Englishman way out in the Ugandan Bush. I want to share the knowledge of independent travel and the great cultural riches it delivers. From beach huts, boutique hotels to 5 star. Incredible capital cities to jungle. UNESCO World Heritage Sites to quirky alternative world wonders. I've seen jaw-dropping palaces in Rajasthan, heard the groaning of glaciers in Argentina and met the Viet Cong in Vietnam. If I can help anyone to see more of this great planet we live on... then this blog has been worth it.

Dec 2007: Bouncing chicken off a Coba crocodile’s head. 1 month on. Cenotes, Merida, Celestun, road relays, Valladolid, Chichen Itza, El Panchan, Palenque…and a new niece.

We have got to that point where we can’t remember what day it is never mind the date. We added another week and stayed on the beach – supposed to check out this Friday and have just added another week so we will have been here a month when we do leave Shambala Petit Hotel! […]