Boobies and other star attractions – a quick squint at the Galapagos…

Carrots. It's always the carrots. Even if you haven't eaten any carrots, they always seem to show up first when you're retching over the toilet bowl, wondering when the hell your stomach will settle and leave you free to roll into a self-pitying fetal ball on the floor. This is at least what Farzana told me after a night chucking her guts up out on the deck, and in the metre-wide closet that constitutes the bathroom in our five-star yacht....Read More

It’s been a year since candles, muggings, Crepes & Waffles and machetes in Colombia: Día de las Velitas, a Latinalicious extract…

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception! It's been a whole year since the attempted mugging in Cartagena, when I was having an otherwise amaaaaazing time in my favourite part of Colombia. To celebrate survival, here's an extract from Latinalicious on the topic. If you're liking these extracts by the way, don't forget to get your copy on Amazon.com for the incredibly random but bargainous price of just $3.63. Candles, muggings and machetes... I have fallen in love with Cartagena in a...Read More

Win a copy of Latinalicious! Here’s how…

You can get your Latinalicious - The South America Diaries now in all good Aussie book shops, or on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Wanna win a shiny paperback? See below, and spread the world. It will make the perfect Chrimbo pressie/coaster/glossy-tanning-aide come summer! x   AMAZON BLURB "In her latest laugh-out-loud travel memoir, intrepid traveller Becky Wicks sets her sights on both the natural and - ahem! - man-made attractions of South America, and discovers that while gauchos aren't always hot,...Read More

Bulldogs in jars and a lesson in gauchos… (an excerpt from Latinalicious)

Just over a year ago when I was writing the Argentinian bits of Latinalicious, I spent an incredible few days at a dreamlike place called Estancia Los Potreros in Cordoba. Here's where I got to grips with the way those sexy gauchos really live... mmm mmm... and also got to go very, very, very fast on a horse for the first time in my life. I'm just cantering down memory lane looking at some photos, so I thought it was...Read More

Carnival carnage… (an excerpt from Latinalicious!)

If the planet earth was a giant, dancing, naked body, Rio would be its throbbing penis. I've never felt so much sexiness in the air in one place! Entering Colombia was different in that, compared to the russet-toned, wrinkled faces of the stocky Andean people in Bolivia and Peru, it finally felt like the real Latin America. Suddenly there were tall, bronzed or black and dazzlingly handsome humans everywhere. But it's nothing compared to Rio in Brazil. Most people here don't...Read More

VIDEO BLOG: Fun in the Amazon, and some f***ing scary spiders…

"'I do not want to see a tarantula,' I stated to our jungle guide, a strapping, black-haired man in his mid-thirties I'll call Mowgli, as soon as I stepped onto the boat. 'You and everyone else who comes here,' he replied, smirking. Prior to signing up for the trip to Ecuador's Cuyabeno National Park, I Googled what I was likely to encounter here and the Internet informed me there are approximately 3,600 species of spiders inhabiting the Amazon basin. To...Read More

Latinalicious sneak peek: Setting foot on the Inca Trail…

It's been one year exactly since I set off on the Inca Trail in Peru, and with the full account coming out in Latinalicious next month I thought I'd share a little bit here. Man, time flies!!! 8/11 Inca Trail. Day One. Dear Diary How are you? I’m OK but I’d prefer it if I was in a hotel room and not a tent. Today I counted sixty-nine donkeys. I thought if I gave myself a task other than trying...Read More

Ever worn a monkey on your face? Then you’ve never done a Dragoman trip… (Latinalicious snippet)

Last night I had a dream about monkeys... now, this is something that occurs regularly so perhaps I was actually a monkey in my last life, or perhaps I'm experiencing some weird calling back to the jungle, but it reminded me of a moment in Brazil on my Dragoman trip. Me and my mate Russ did the Trans Amazon Rio to Cusco in 24 days back in Feb/March. That's him with a monkey on his face. Awwww. And here's me...Read More

Latinalicious front and back cover sneak peek…

  I quite like this... I think HarperCollins have done a great job! And it will make a nice pretty trilogy when it's on the bookshelves, all shiny! Roll on December! xx PS: My suitcase actually wasn't brown, it had Disney and Winnie the Pooh on it, but I guess I can see why they chose not to use that on here :-(

New ‘Latinalicious – The South America Diaries’ cover just in…

Big thanks to HarperCollins Australia for glamming up the cover for Latinalicious and sending it to me just now. They added some funky sunglasses and made it a bit glitzier in general (that red swirly mass at the bottom will be glittery in print), so it should really cause some seizures when it catches the light for real this December. More news on actual release dates coming soon, but what a journey... going deaf in Bolivia, conquering the Inca Trail,...Read More