May 21, 2019

Silence of the Sand

"After the heat, the first thing that hit me was the silence. I couldn’t miss it. There was nothing to absorb sound. No trees, no buildings. Just orange sand stretching…
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May 14, 2019

The Typhoon on Mt Fuji

It was around 4pm on a summer evening, when a latent hangover started digging its heels into the flanks of my brain. Why we decide to stay in Shibuya's Senta-gai…
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North America
May 7, 2019

Misheard in Mexico

A veteran travel writer retells a family travel legend with a comic twist. My taste for travel was honed at an early age in the safe, secure and staunchly middle…
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April 29, 2019

No Rules Vietnam – An Unexpected Local Encounter in Hanoi

While travelling in Hanoi, Vietnam, a surprise offer on a Couchsurfing appleads to an unfiltered experience of local life. It was a fairly normal travel day; chaotic, hot, sweaty, disorientating.…
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March 11, 2019

The God of Snakes – Scaling The Himalayan peak of Nag Tibba

I was walking. I kept walking through the rocky trail as my body could feel the weight of every step I took. The sun shone bright, but the air was…
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February 26, 2019

Madrid – Mysteries Overlooked

Madrid is a languid rush. As in all big cities, people look ahead and walk with purpose. Yet they move slowly. Pedestrians habitually pause in the middle of the street,…
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February 19, 2019

The Volcano at Dawn – Trekking Bali’s Mount Batur

As I scrambled upwards through dirt and weeds in the pitch black, I started to feel extremely faint. Our local guide Eddie was quick on his feet, bounding ahead across…
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Essay / musing
February 5, 2019

Returning Home after Long Term Travel

It’s a tough one, returning home from an extended trip overseas. 10 months in Europe; 88 beds in a year; travellers’ exhaustion. It couldn’t be more different than leaving. Everyone…
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January 16, 2019

Soul Searching in Sri Lanka

One Tuesday afternoon in Mirissa, a small tourist town in the southern province of Sri Lanka, I slouched my sandy self on a beach chair, gazing at the clear blue…
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