Not another travel blog!
No. Well, not really. I write copiously when I travel but most of it is rather boring. This blog is an attempt to take that writing, mix it with selected photographs and distill them into something interesting. The aim is not to boast about the number of stamps in my passport or to bore you with tales of rooftop bars and secret beaches. The aim is to show that every place on earth has an interesting story behind it. By sharing stories and learning from other travellers, I want to build a useful resource for people who are eager to explore.
Unless otherwise noted, I took the photos on this site with a Canon EOS 6D. I don’t take my camera everywhere but I wish I did.
Being somewhere new is wonderful but getting there is often even better. Journeys are too often the uncomfortable bookends to a trip, existing only to be endured. I want to learn how to make each journey an adventure in itself, a chance to meet new people and visit each place with a purpose.
“What interests me is the waking in the morning, the progress from the familiar to the slightly odd, to the rather strange, to the totally foreign, and finally to the outlandish. The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing.”
– Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express
Nuts and bolts
Even the most spontaneous trip needs a plan. Whether it’s visas, flights, packing or just remembering your keys, you can’t avoid some logistics. But planning isn’t all bad: I think travel is even more fun when you have something to look forward to. What better way to soften the blow of returning home than already knowing where you’ll head next? Here you’ll find a selection of resources to help you with your next trip:
There are countless excellent travel sites out there. Some of my favourites:
- Travel Independent – the bible: please read this before you next pack a suitcase
- Cycling About – This blog is useful and entertaining not just for cycle tourists, but for all adventurous travellers. I was a big fan long before I met AliKat on the road!
- Heinz Stucke – The eternal cyclist
- Atlas Obscura – A collection of unusual destinations
- Wikitravel – Indispensable.
- The Runaway Guide – Practical, humorous, heretic.
- Alastair Humphreys – Home of the microadventure.
- Humans of New York – Simple photos of interesting people.
- Sweden to Africa – Another impressive journey
- Caravanistan – the go-to resource for travel in Central Asia
- WanderU – takes you anywhere, from anywhere
- Rome2Rio – similar to WanderU
- Tripzard – suggests travel destinations: nice idea, poor format