Sabah … Malaysia … Borneo … too many names: first impressions

Clean road of Kota Kinabalu

With Philippines travel still in my blood, and white foreigners abound on every corner I find myself uneasy with how easy everything is in Sabah, Malaysia. Also known as Borneo or …  my new destination. Travel is easy in Kota Kinabalu Taxis, don’t overcharge. Hostel, booking ready, room ready. Still the annoying shoe removal thing. And …

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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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Inspirational Travelers: are you one of them?

Inside Sofia, Turkey

Inspirational Travel? Just doing your own thing? Or, something different? You’ve been traveling around the world for weeks, months, or even years, what happens when you get back home? A hot shower, clean fresh towels, home cooked meals. And your own beautiful bed that hasn’t had 10,000 faceless strangers use it. Yes, that stray hair …

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Travel & Life with no Electricity, coming soon to a country near you!

Newspaper headline in the Philippines about the power outages

Travel & electrical outages are manageable for the short term. For long term travelers and those living with random interruptions it can be a very different matter. What is it like to live with no Electricity? A failing electrical supply has made the President of The Philippines turn Mindanao into a “state of calamity”, others want a “state of emergency”. …

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Travel Blog Ethics – How not to destroy a life

Refugee children from the Philippines waiting for food

Impact of ignoring travel blog ethics In travel blog ethics we looked at some of the who’s and how’s. Now lets take a look at the outcomes of how ignoring travel blog ethics can affect & destroy lives. The following are 3 brief real life situations in order of severity: (names changed) 3. (Asia) “A group of friends were teaching English …

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Travel Blog Ethics – Are you travel blogging with this in mind?

Laptop with mouse and money in the background

Do you Travel Blog Ethically? Do you even care? The debate over travel blogging vs journalism vs travel writing is an old one. I think it’s fair to say old media, whether it likes it or not, is merging with new media. But, are we returning the consideration? The global merge of ethical content: Travel writers & journalists nearly all …

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Dealing with the religious divide when traveling overseas

Mosque in Brooke

Dealing with Religion when traveling As I have traveled & lived through countries with the  main religions throughout the world I’ve notice little written about the two subjects. Travel & religion. Is there a need? Or is it one of those subjects that people really don’t like to ask, nor talk about? It is after all one …

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