About Nathan James Thomas

Fresh out of high school , Nathan James Thomas hopped a flight to Australia and spent three months riding the Greyhound buses across the remote centre and forgotten corners of the vast continent. Ever since then he's been hooked on the long journey, the strange town, the new city and the unfathomable characters that have kept him traveling ever since. Originally from New Zealand, Nathan spent 2015 in Poland and is now based in Shanghai.

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Poland Today – Interview with Daniel Tilles On Politics and People

Daniel Tilles is a British academic who first moved to Poland in 2004. A frequent writer on current events, Daniel manages the highly popular ‘Notes From Poland‘ community, an English language resource for those interested in Polish current events. In a country that is developing rapidly and experiencing significant political tensions, his cogent perspective keeps […]

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Six Months in Sichuan Part One: A Phone Call in Tibet

Vibrant blue and yellow prayer flags were wrapped around an ugly metal pylon. The thin fabric shook frantically in the wind, as if electrified by the current surging through the wires. Our small jeep turned a corner, and my hair stood on end. I may as well have grasped the live wire myself. It was […]

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The Best Waterskier in Luxembourg: Big Fish in Small Communities with Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith Kahn-Harris describes himself as professionally curious. This curiosity has taken him around the world in search for the big fish who make their splash in small communities. Just who is the best waterskier in Luxembourg, and what is the name of the most powerful politician on the tiny island of Alderney? Keith set out […]

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The Submarine and the Crater – Discovering New Zealand’s Central Otago

  Driving through Central Otago is like strolling through one of the great art galleries of Paris. Confronted by extreme, intricate, subtle and magnificent beauty that shifts and changes with each step, you can you choose to feel either invigorated or exhausted. The cure for either of these conditions is Middlemarch. I refer not to […]

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Strangers on a Boat

It’s dark in Cairns and a Chinese couple is eating dinner on a small boat tethered to the harbor. They have just finished a plate of oysters, and the lady summons the owner over. “The we had before fish” she says, without preamble. The owner, a South African lady who runs the one-table joint with her husband, […]

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Among The Tuna Merchants: Pre-Dawn at the Osaka Fish Market

You’re in a cold warehouse about the size of your high school gymnasium. It’s still dark outside. Enormous tuna fish lie in rows in the middle. They are whole but are missing their heads. A small slice of flesh has been cut from the tail of each, and placed beside it. Signs in Japanese give the origin. […]

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Mysteries in New Zealand and Beyond – Interview with Charles Anderson

Charles Anderson is a New Zealand writer and journalist whose work focuses on uncovering mysteries at home and getting to the bottom of the story overseas. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, and pretty much every paper in New Zealand. As a traveller and journalist, Charles has explored […]

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“Master Worker, Take Me to the Pandas” – A Story of Chengdu

A Highway on the Outskirts of Chengdu, China. December 2016. The taxi driver attacked the road with staccato fury, charging forward into every gap, honking incessantly. This was pretty textbook ‘Chinese taxi driver’ behavior. What set this particular chauffeur apart was his alarming habit of closing his eyes and seeming to doze off whenever we […]

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Talks with Travelers – Six Interviews with Travel Writers from 2016

From the old town of Shanghai to the bomb shelters of Kiev, the Intrepid Times Interviews dig deep into the stories and insights of some of our most beloved travel writers. 2016 saw the beginning of this series, which we plan to expand into the New Year and beyond. Here are the six interviews which we […]

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Reflections on China from the Tokyo Tower

We hightailed it outta Tianjin through smog that caught in your throat, erased buildings barely 50 meters away, and tinged everything with a sickly orange-brown hue. Jaded from over a year in China, the thrill of the unknown, the different, which had attracted us to the country in the first place was replaced by weariness, […]

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