Samantha Trusler

Samantha Trusler

One of the most amazing experiences I have had whilst travelling abroad was driving a 4×4 on Fraser Island, Australia. This is the world’s biggest sand island and the only way to get around this terrain is by four-wheel drive. Cue the bumpy ride and trying to not topple over or get stuck in the sand!

This was an incredible three days during which I slept in a tent by the beach, saw dingoes running along the shore, rescued a sea turtle that was stranded on the sand and saw my first shooting star! A visit to Lake McKenzie with its crystal clear water and white sand was the cherry on top and I believe this stunning island should be on everyone’s to-do list!

Samantha used to work in our customer service team

Orchids that look like animals

Orchids that look like animals

Not so long ago, we brought you to a lovely little blog post about an orchid that looks like a bee. It turns out that this is not the only animal the orchid likes to impersonate. Here are some other tricks they have up their pretty, creative sleeves:

May Day celebrations throughout Europe

May Day celebrations throughout Europe

In Britain, the words “May Day” conjure up images of men morris dancing (ie jumping around with wooden sticks and bells on their knees), girls dancing around a 10-foot ribbon-adorned pole and the election of a May Queen. However, our European counterparts celebrate the day in many different ways…

The Explorers Club: New York's bizarre bug banquet

The Explorers Club: New York’s bizarre bug banquet

When I think of the culinary delights I would probably devour while in New York, I dribble at the thought of hot dogs and onions, giant pretzels and fruity cocktails. I’m guessing you’re thinking along similar lines, right? Well how about if I was to tell that, every year, the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York played host to one of the world’s strangest banquets? Not for the weak-stomached (so me, then), this gruesome feast consists of pickled eyeballs, maggot-covered strawberries and – horror of horrors – deep-fried tarantula!

5 intriguing desserts you won't get at home

5 intriguing desserts you won’t get at home

We all love a good old dessert to tantalise our taste buds, don’t we? Well, I know I do and if you’re anything like me, old fashioned favourites like ice cream and black forest gateaux hit the spot. But, will these bizarre sweet numbers tempt you too?