Everest Base Camp Trek Day 10: The best drugs are found in the Himalayan mountains

Monday, March 5th, 2012
Tengbouche Monastery the highest in the world

Don’t rush a trek to Everest Base Camp I say something like this every time I do a trek. I guess it’s in my nature to try and “get somewhere first”. With age comes wisdom, so they say. And a hint of laziness mixed up in the guise of a lot of “been there, done that”… Continue reading more »

Everest Base Camp Trek Day 8 part II: Trekking to Base Camp, avalanches & yeti prints

Friday, February 24th, 2012
Mount Everest Base Camp Sign

The Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp From cloud covered mountains to blue sky vistas of Kala Patthar and the remaining trail to Everest Base camp. The morning proved that in areas like the roof of the world things can change in an instant. Narayan and I crunched through the snow out of Gorak Shep.… Continue reading more »

The slums of Kota Kinabalu – Part 2 – bad boys, old men & a caring mother

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Young girl in the slums

Problems in the slums of Kota Kinabalu The ax man cometh (part 1 of the slums of Kota Kinabalu) Faced with an ax wielding teenager, three of his friends and an excitable drunk behind me; I stood my ground.  Getting excited or angry does not work in situations like this. I still wasn’t sure whether… Continue reading more »

Jonny Bealby interview: inspirational travelers

Thursday, April 15th, 2010
Jonny Bealby Photograph

In keeping with my article “Inspirational Travelers” I wanted to bring to you one of my favorite authors of travel, Jonny Bealby. For those seeking a life in the travel industry, this may help you too! Jonny’s written three books chronicling his travel life from a motorcycle adventure around Africa, to following in the footsteps… Continue reading more »

Going Caving in Sagada, The Philippines

Sunday, March 1st, 2009
Caving in the Philippines (click to enlarge)

A good morning to go caving in The Philippines The morning mist lifted off the surrounding mountains to reveal the first of our beautiful Rice Terraces. The air was cooler than it should have been in the tropical Philippines. The sky was lined with thick cloud. In most places that would have been a bad… Continue reading more »

Taking the highest train in the world from Lhasa to Xi’an – part two

Monday, March 17th, 2008
View of mountains, road, and small station from the worlds highest train (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: The highest train in the world moved on, as did my travels. Mentally it was time to move on. Otherwise China would not be what it should have been. The train was for three days. We were cut off from everything other than ourselves and a dwindling menu. Vast mountain peeks …

Taking the highest train in the world from Lhasa to Xi’an – part one

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
View from the window of the worlds highest train (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: It was a travel highlight. The highest train in the world – oxygen masks included. But the start was marred by memories and realization on what we’d just been through. Still, what was outside was another world. How could one possibly top being in Lhasa during the uprising. It wasn’t going …