Shoe removal in Malaysia and Asia: my pet hate

Stack of shoes and boots by a door in Asia

How important is taking your shoes off in Asia? Removing footwear is a cultural custom in Asia. At least indoors. In people’s homes and houses I understand this perfectly. But, in hotels and guest houses? It’s one of the most irritating things I’ve come across … My non-foot fetish Anyone who’s been reading my journals from around about the Turkey travel …

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Sandakan market: Inspiring people to look beyond a guidebook

The new Sandakan Market in Malaysia

Getting told off by a backpacker … After seeing my article Sandakan the next big tourist destination, I got a mouthful from a backpacker in Sandakan. Again, apparently “there is nothing to do here” As readers here know, my journey looks beyond popular tourist attractions. Yes, a visit to Speilok or Labuk bay I will take, they’re …

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Do you ‘like” my style of Independent travel to Sepilok?

Packing up a shop in Malaysia

The horror of of actually reading something about independent travel in Sabah 400 ringgit (USD$125) for a day trip to see Orangutans?! I shuddered while turning more pages in the hostel’s well-worn photo album style brochure. The cheapest thing they had was a 190 ringgit river boat cruise. Also known as, “lots of water, with nothing to see”. …

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From “no town” to boom town: Sandakan city, Borneo

Boats at Sandakan, Sabah

Sandakan city in Sabah, Malaysia, an old age port town, soon to be boom town It’s strange how I find more enjoyment traversing the back streets of Sandakan rather than chill out with the four backpackers zoned out in front of a TV in the budget style hotel … maybe it’s just my current state …

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The Tibetan Temple in Davao City & how to realize you’ve gone too far

The Tibetan Temple Inc in Davao City, The Philippines

Getting to the Tibetan Temple in the rising morning heat was quite easy. There was a small Sari Sari store outside and some shelter in the form of some palm tree coverings. Something I needed, as I am not a fan of humidity. I looked at the large red gates that were firmly closed in …

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Wade Shepard interview: Inspirational Travelers

Photograph of Wade Shepard

I am about to introduce you to someone who runs one of the best travel blogs today. VagabondJourney.com is the creation of 10 year travel veteran, father, and husband Wade Shepard. Vagabond Journey is a rarity in today’s world of flash travel blogging. It’s a mammoth resource of all things travel. What’s more, Wade’s writing is …

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Jonny Bealby interview: inspirational travelers

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 …

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