Last week I did something crazy. I booked a flight home to England. I knew I was going to head home around Christmas-time, having been away for 20 months already. I would obviously need to buy a flight in order to get there. But on an impulse (and feeling slightly hungover) I went ahead and … More Flying Home For Christmas
You’ve bought the expensive first aid kit. You’ve had all the necessary injections and now feel like a pin cushion. Your malaria meds are ready and waiting. Sunscreen – check. Hand sanitizer – check. You’re as ready as you can be to hit the road and explore foreign climes (if you are as organised as … More The Dangers Of Travel
The Boy’s Perspective: I’m all alone, zombie-apocalypse style, in the staff accommodation attached to a deserted bar in a solitude-inal ski town in the North Island of New Zealand. A few weeks prior a small dilapidated-looking black van had pulled up outside the residence and, after a short conversation with a ‘surfed out’ looking Yorkshireman, … More Pork Or Death?
How can I possibly sum up a year of living out of a backpack in various countries? It’s going to be a challenge – but I like those. During the last 12 months I’ve visited eight new countries, had almost a year of sunny weather, eaten and drank a lot of new things, met more … More A Year Of Travel
This is a guest post by my good friend and fellow British traveller, Kneale Brown. We have a scarily similar life experience and even lived in the same part of England, yet met on my very first night away in Bangkok. If you like what you read you can follow Kneale on Twitter (@KnealeBrown). Standing … More Why So Serious?
Crossing borders is a pretty common part of travel in regions such as Southeast Asia. You’ll inevitably need to get from one country to another via land, sea or air and it can sometimes be an intimidating or confusing transition. I completed ten border crossings in Asia last year, some more eventful than others. This … More Take Me To The Other Side
Our journey began on a tiny longboat, skimming up the Mekong River to the gloriously-named 4000 Islands. A pile of precious backpacks balanced precariously on the prow, and I half expected to see mine tumbling into the brown water at any moment. Luckily, this concern did not become a reality and we made it to … More Travelling Laos: Along the Mekong
At its most basic level, travel is about experiencing new places and cultures – exposing yourself to the unknown and discovering the world. This is the usually the main outcome of trips abroad, whatever the length or the destination. But there are other motivations for travelling, especially long-term, that mean it’s usually about a bit … More In Pursuit Of…
As the boat dipped and bobbed leisurely towards the dock I realised I had no idea what to expect from this place, my first experience of one of Thailand’s famous tropical islands. All I knew of Koh Tao was that it was considered the diving capital of southeast Asia and it was kind of small. … More Thai Style Part 2: The Gulf Islands
The land of Oz. It’s as random and surprising as the otherworld Dorothy finds herself transported to in that famous film. In one corner there are cosmopolitan cities packed with well-dressed urbanites, cocktail bars and posh restaurants. Not forgetting the ground-breaking architecture, golden beaches and modern culture at its very best. Move northwards and you’ll … More The Land Of Australia