Calling Globe Trekker Kids

Calling Globe Trekker Kids

You are never too young to hit the road.

Check out this lively little dispatch from Istanbul courtesy of  9 year old Olivia Fanders, filmed and sent to us by her mum, Kelly, on their global tour for Shrek the Musical.

Watch this space for further episodes and check out Kelly’s blog at  

Move over Burj, the Sky Mile Tower is coming to Tokyo

Move over Burj, the Sky Mile Tower is coming to Tokyo

Renderings have been released showing the 5,577 feet-high Sky Mile Tower which will stand in Tokyo Bay with a cluster of islands at its feet, dwarfing everything on the city’s already soaring skyline.

The Sky Mile Tower will be surrounded by an archipelago of islands, forming part of Next Tokyo, a “high density eco-district” designed to “adapt to climate change”. The hexagonallyshaped islands are designed to protect the city from flooding and other waterborne risks including “rising sea levels, seismic and increased typhoon risk”.

It will offer multi-level open-air sky decks at every 320 metres and shared public facilities including shops, restaurants, hotels, libraries, gyms and health clinics.

If the proposed plans are approved, the Sky Mile Tower is expected to be to completed by 2045 and will surpass not only Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, but also  Saudia Arabia’s 3,280 ft-high Jeddah Tower, which is slated for completion in 2020.



main image: A rendering of the Sky Mile Tower in Tokyo Bay Photo: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Lights, Action, London!

Lights, Action, London!

Once again, London displayed its reputation as a city of intrigue and wonder as a cacophany of light beamed across the city.


Over the course of a chilly weekend in January, throngs of visitors  flocked to wander the streets and join the hunt in and around the city’s central spots to seek out luminary gems.


Luminous fish kites hovered above the popular shopping district of Regent Street, gigantic flowers resembling triffids swayed in the gardens of Leicester Square, and a series of mannequins formed by netted structures set in various poses; flying above or seated atop rooftops in St.James, near the Piccadilly Arcade.

lumiere5Elsewhere, blinking match stick men shifted rhythmically towards and away from the crowds, the sonic effects of Elephantastic and her baby elephant swinging in her trunk reverberated through the crowd whilst Westminster Abbey was intricately lit by light that integrated with its structure entitled called ” The Light of the Spirit.”

Lumiere was presented by Artichoke, the production company who brought London to standstill with The Sultan’s Elephant.

Thanks to Neda Dorudi for the images


Driving in Delhi…

Driving in Delhi...

Delhi has banned more than a million cars from its roads as part of drastic new measures to cut smog in the world’s most polluted capital city. On January 1st pollutants in Delhi hit 429 on the air quality index – more than 10 times the World Health Organization’s safe limit

As of January 1st, only cars with odd-numbered licence plates will be permitted on the roads on odd numbered days – with the evens taking up even-numbered days. An estimated 8.5 million vehicles ply Delhi’s roads each day – just under three million of these are private cars or vans, which are included in the alternate day ban.

The new rules won’t apply on Sunday, to motorcycles, women driving alone or politicians and other VIPs.

But many Delhiites have been quick to complain that the new scheme will cause considerable inconvenience, add to their monthly expenses and lead to an increase in fraud and corruption.

Security issues, especially for women, mean carpooling is less popular in India than in many other countries.

Despite Delhi having a modern six-line Metro system, commuters say the public transport system doesn’t cover the whole city added to which it is over subscribed and regularly sees up to two million passengers riding on a single day.

Check out our very own Ian braving the Delhi roads for his very own wild ride earlier this year!

Coffee and Curiosity

Coffee and Curiosity

As Globe Trekker HQ winds down for the holidays, our production team are busy wrapping up an exciting new documentary coming out in the Spring, Coffee – The Drink that Changed America, produced in collaboration with PBS.

Earlier this year the Globe Trekker team were out and about shooting the final sequences at veteran coffee shop, Caffe Vita at Capitol Hill, Seattle – home of American artisan coffee scene. Caffe Vita has been around for 20 years and now operates nine cafes in the Pacific Northwest, a roasteria cafe in New York City, and a cafe in Los Angeles.

at artisan coffee house Caffe Vita at Capitol Hill

              Our team was treated to a cupping session - that's a coffee tasting - and a look at the roasting process.

Our team was treated to a cupping session – that’s a coffee tasting – and a look at the roasting process.

cupping session of Dean and Daniel Shewmaker (Caffe Vita).








Next documentary director,  Ian Sciacaluga met Mark Pendergrast – author of Uncommon Ground – the definitive history of coffee and Dean Cycon from Dean’s Beans. Dean Cyon has a long history as a lawyer and activist in indigenous rights and through activism, ecological responsibility and innovative direct development programs for twenty years has utilised coffee as a vehicle for progressive change throughout the coffee lands of Asia, Africa and the Americas.


The politics and Pleasures of Treasure

The politics and Pleasures of Treasure

The Colombian government has announced the discovery of what may be the holy grail of treasure ships – the largest and most valuable wreck of a Spanish galleon ever found, with gold, coins and precious stones  estimated to be worth billions of dollars.

Colombia’s discovery of the 300-year-old, shipwrecked galleon San Jose was sunk by the British in 1708 near the Colombian port city of Cartagena as the vessel was trying to outrun a fleet of British warships off the island of Baru where on June 8, 1708 an explosion sent it to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.

The ship is thought to be loaded with gold, platinum and precious gems but just as valuable are the images brought up by autonomous underwater vehicles showing dolphin-stamped bronze cannons confirming the ship’s identity. Weapons, ceramics and porcelain vases have also been noted at the wreck site and could shed light on an important period in Spanish colonial history but also potentially spawn legal battles over the valuable cargo. Colombia has been involved in a three-decade legal battle with the Seattle-based Sea Search Armada, or SSA, a commercial salvage company that claims it first discovered the wreck’s location in 1981.

The San Jose, described as the holy grail of shipwrecks, is lying in about 700 feet of water and the Colombian government says it will build a museum to house the treasure.

To find out more about Galleons, Pirates and Treasure, explore our Globe Trekker special here

Galleons, Pirates & Treasure from Globe Trekker on Vimeo.

main image: Action off Cartagena, 28 May 1708. Oil by Samuel Scott

Travel ‘Appy Part 3: Find, Eat, Photo

Travel 'Appy Part 3: Find, Eat, Photo

We all love to do it really! Here’s how to in style 🙂


AlPineQuest GPS Hiking: For the outdoorsy type, take a look into AlPineQuest GPS Hiking. A gold-

mine investment for hikers, this app allows you to access online topographical maps even if you are

outside of cell service. With its GPS detector, AlPineQuest GPS Hiking localizes yourself into real time

on the map so you can be sure to see where you are going. AlPineQuest is the perfect solution for

those wanting to be secure adventure-seeker.

Available on Android (£6.49)


Maps.Me: We all know that data roaming charges cost a fortune and Maps.Me knows it too.

Maps.Me is a global map that allows you to zoom in and download detailed maps of different

cities/regions offline. The map will give you directions from point A to point B in great detail. It will

also show you locations of hidden gems, unlike the general location GoogleMaps provides.

Available free on iPhone and Android


TV Food Maps: Ever look at the food on Top Chef, Man vs. Food, and Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and

thought, “God that looks good. I want that!” With TV Food Maps, you can road trip around the

United States following the famous food you see prepared on television. TV Food Maps interactively

helps you find the famous or hidden locations of some of the most delicious cuisine you can find in

the West. Make a road trip of it and go explore famous eateries as seen on the telly!

Available on iPhone (free), Android (free), and Windows (free)


The Photographer’s Ephemeris: The world holds the perfect backdrop for anybody wanting to model

against this scenery or photograph the set; and for all you models and model citizens out there, The

Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) helps you plan the perfect outdoor photoshoot that has natural

lightings against urban and landscape scenery. Time and direction of the sun/moon with the altitude

of the weather will allow you to capture that perfect postcard picture. Do it for the memories!

Available on iPhone ($8.99) and Android (£3.22)


Image courtesy of: Moyan Brenn


Travel ‘Appy Part 2: Connect

Travel 'Appy Part 2: Connect

Finding your bearings with the local currency, lingo and lay of the land is always a good idea and these are the apps you need…


Trip Advisor
TripAdvisor has flocked toward rising popularity with its honest user-based reviewers,
all critical of hotels, restaurants, tourist hotspots, and more. The user-based reflections show the
current number of reviews that like or dislike any location destination you’re heading towards. Users
are known to be brutally honest, keeping to their high standards. This gives you a sneak peek into
the best of what your destination has to offer, giving you a better chance for a more enjoyable
Available on iPhone (free), Android (free) and Windows Phone (free)

When you’re getting lost in a new city but then come across a famous landmark
you’re unfamiliar with, what do you do? Google has an answer for you, yet again. GoogleGoggles is
an image recognition app that allows you to take pictures of famous landmarks and unknown
products, and will then redirect you to more information about your photograph. You will quickly
become the fascinating world traveller who can offer up historical information in seconds.

Available on iPhone (free) and Android (free)
Convertor Plus

To the avid traveller, converting money is not enough when it comes to visiting a
different country. All different units of measure have to be taken into consideration, which
Convertor Plus accomplishes. Convertor Plus has the most extensive list of currencies and units in
categories such as loan, tip, fuel consumption, temperature, and hundreds of others. This app also
includes a built-in calculator, making splitting the bill easy for once.
Available on iPhone (free) 

The iTranslate app makes translating clear, cut, and concise. iTranslate has continually
kept up with the millennial age as it continually revamps itself with a simplistic style on how to
communicate with other nations. With its ability to convert over 90+ languages, iTranslate can
translate over voice recognition, copied text, phonetic spelling, and much more. It will even speak
back to you with the correct pronunciation.
Available on iPhone (free), Android (free), and Windows Phone (free)

Wi-Fi Finder
Wi-Fi has become a necessity to access since data roaming charges keep rising. Wi-Fi
Finder allows you to look for a Wi-Fi hotspot using your GPS function on your phone. The app will tell
you where the exact location of the Wi-Fi hotspot and how to get there. In over 650,000 locations
and 144 countries, Wi-Fi Finder can help you save your data for real emergencies.
Available on iPhone (free) and Android (free)

Babushkas of Chernobyl by Holly Morris Showing in London This Weekend

Babushkas of Chernobyl by Holly Morris Showing in London This Weekend

A new film directed by Globe Trekker presenter Holly Morris and Globe Trekker director, Anne Bogart, Babushkas of Chernobyl, is screening in London this weekend as part of the Green Caravan Festival.

The documentary follows an unlikely group of rebels as they continue to go about their daily lives in the toxic and lonely environment. These women defiantly cling to their ancestral homeland in Chernobyl’s radioactive Exclusion Zone while most of their neighbours have long since fled and their husbands have gradually died off.

The film depicts the zone’s scattered ghost villages, now silent, eerie and contaminated. Many villages have eight or 12 babushkas, or babas – the Russian and Ukrainian words for “grandmother” – still living in them.


Why do they insist on living on farms that the Ukrainian government and radiation scientists have deemed uninhabitable? How do they manage to get by, isolated, in an abandoned landscape guarded by soldiers and rife with wild animals? How has the radiation affected them these past 29 years?

“Starvation is what scares me, not radiation,” says resident Hanna Zavorotyna. That stark choice reveals the incredible journey that the women have traveled: from Stalin’s enforced famines in the 1930s, through Nazi occupation, to nuclear disaster.

Like the wolves, moose, wild boar and other wildlife not seen for decades that have come back to the abandoned forests around Chernobyl, the women of the Exclusion Zone have an extraordinary story of survival, and offer a dark yet strangely affirming portrait of post-apocalyptic life.

Directed and produced by: Anne Bogart + Holly Morris
Runtime: 72′
Year: 2015
Country: USA

The film is screening this weekend at the Frontline Club in Paddington, London as part of the Green Caravan Film Festival, a nomadic film festival focussing on environmentally and socially conscious films.

Travel ‘Appy!

Travel 'Appy!

When a bright-eyed traveler regales you with tales of their adventure, for the most part you hear about breath-taking views, awe inspiring sites, soaking up the atmosphere and wild ideas for their next trip. Rarely do you hear about the unavoidable calamities attached to travel when things inevitably go awry. You miss your flight; you forget your high school level French; you need a taxi but have run out of cash – a myriad of things can fall apart at any time. With the advent of technology, however, the solution to your anxiety is only a tap away. Travel apps have the ability to save you from the unforeseeable mishaps that happen whilst on holiday, making your adventures more enjoyable. Whether you need to learn how to say ‘sorry’ in Vietnamese or find the nearest transportation system in the middle of Morocco, it can be guaranteed that, “there’s an app for that!” From transportation to eateries, apps can help navigate you to get the most out of your traveling experience.

Part One


Air b’n’b
Airbnb encompasses the best parts of traveling all into one. Meeting new people, staying at safe locations, and cheap havens creates a traveling experience that allows you to be stress free! By choosing through a list of people that offer up their homes as a place to stay, you can participate in smart travel in an interesting way. This app gives you an itinerary as well as all the information you need to know about your host and their room.

Free for iOS and Android

A great value guide to more than 8,000 campsites in the UK and Europe, backed up with user reviews, pictures and inch-perfect GPS coordinates. If you’re looking for more than just somewhere to bed down for the night the filter local results by facilities and you’ll soon be en route to a patch that’s right for you.
Available on Android (£1.99)

Hostels are a fantastic alternative way to stay in central city locations across the world as well as interesting historical buildings and more off the beaten track places for a lot less than a hotel. This is a geo-tagged directory of 25,000 listings for budget hotels at your fingertips. The app also provides access to over 3.5million user reviews, minimising the likelihood of a nasty surprise when you turn up after that all night train ride.
Available on iPhone (free) and Android (free)

Couch Surfing
Couchsurfing’s motto stands as: “the world is full of friends you haven’t met.” This app allows you to insert yourself into a global community of over 9 million traveling enthusiasts across 120,000 looking for someone with a shared enthusiasm for exploration. The app (and much more developed website) provides a platform for members to surf on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home, host travelers, or join an event. The system is reciprocal though this is not compulsory, and review based so you can offer up your sofa or stay somewhere new; either way, this app gives you a place to stay or someone to meet, broadening your travel experience.

Available on iPhone (free) and Android (free)