Archive for the 'Travel Journals' Category

Why I don’t accept free gifts or payments for guidebook reviews

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Child holding Money in Nepal_resize

I have never taken a payment or gift for a review – here’s why “Freebie is a product or service offered for free in exchange for a review” At least for the purposes of this article that is my definition of a “freebie”. I’ll also include cash, press trip, junket or any other form of… Continue reading more »

Quotes from the road: one decade on a single journey

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Road to Everest from Tibetan side

Indeed, that little counter in the top right hand corner that adorns every page of this website has ticked over to a new decade. It reveals that this journey has been ongoing for over 10 years. I could have done many things today. Cracked a bottle of champagne. Released a new web design. Published a… Continue reading more »

Looking for something different to do in north Thailand

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Bangkok Roads

Destination choices for the north of Thailand Between travel visas and economics I find myself once taking a stride into Thailand. It’s become quite the place to stop over. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); My initial thoughts were to veer south to Malaysia and perhaps take a saunter into Thailand’s southern beaches. The …

Having Surgery in Asia: my experience

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Chiang Mai Ram hospital in Thailand

The longest way to surgery in Asia Long term readers who subscribe to my newsletter might remember a few years back I wrote a very personal newsletter about experiencing colon pain and having a colonoscopy in South East Asia. It was a smorgasbord of misdiagnoses, the unknown, impending death and getting the all clear. For… Continue reading more »

One man, one bike: riding off into Northern Thailand on my hog

Friday, March 21st, 2014

North Thailand beckons I could only take Chiang Mai’s boogaloo aspects for so long. It’s good if you’ve been traveling for a while to watch some white folk chow down on some kebabs and burgers while chilling out around the locals bars. But there are plenty of places in the world offering this. So why… Continue reading more »

A series of fortunate & unfortunate events leading to Chiang Mai Thailand’s festival of light

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Chiang Mai's eastern gate during Yee Peng

Stumbling onto one of the biggest light festivals in the world It was a mad last-minute dash to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand for the annual Yee Peng festival (Festival of Light). A festival I didn’t think about attending until a series of events all played out. In the end it all led to me being… Continue reading more »