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Hammocks and Hard Drives is FREE this week!

April 8, 2014 | Travel | 2 Comments

So, remember how I published a book in February? Well, if you’ve been putting off picking up a copy, procrastinate no longer – because it’s FREE this week!

Until Saturday 12th April, you’ll be able to download a copy of Hammocks and Hard Drives: The Tech Guide for Digital Nomads for Kindle from any Amazon store. If you don’t have a Kindle, it’s no problem – just read the book using the Kindle app or in your web browser instead.

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Why You Shouldn’t Overstay Your Vietnamese Visa

March 21, 2014 | Vietnam | 24 Comments

“Please come this way.”

The young immigration officer ushered me towards an open door, his immaculately-polished shoes squeaking slightly on the waxed airport floor.

“Is there a problem?” I asked, as innocently as possible.

“Maybe. Maybe not.” The officer’s face gave nothing away, but I already suspected that my afternoon was about to get a whole lot worse.

A few minutes later, it did.

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And Then He Wrote a Book…

February 16, 2014 | Advice | 21 Comments

As you may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet around here lately.

I mean, it’s not like I hold myself to a rigorous posting schedule these days, but even for me, two posts and a couple of photos in a month is pretty lax. The good thing, I guess, is that I have an excuse… and for a change, it’s a pretty decent one.

You see, even though I’ve been living a few hundred metres from the Caribbean Sea for the last month and dining on delicious street food every day (tacos de arrachera and tortas de cochinita pibil have changed my life), I’ve been spending all day, every day in my apartment or hunched over my laptop in a local coffee shop.

Why, you may rightly ask? Why on earth would I inflict such punishment on myself?

Well, you see, it’s because I’ve been writing a book.

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The Friday Photo #195 – Tiny Frog at Coba

February 14, 2014 | Mexico, The Friday Photo | 0 Comments

Last weekend a few of us rented a car here in Playa del Carmen and headed down the highway to the ruined Mayan city of Coba, about 90 minutes away. Only a few sections have been cleared from the jungle, but it’s estimated that the city limits stretched as much as eighty or ninety square kilometres.

While there are what seems like thousands of cycles available to rent (and dozens of persistent tour guides and cycle taxi drivers), we opted to walk around the ruins instead. The key, as always, was getting there just after opening time when the crowds were fewer, the temperatures cooler and the entire experience far more enjoyable than later in the day.

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Human Trafficking Story

Human Trafficking: One Person Can Change the World

January 28, 2014 | Article | 10 Comments

As you may be aware, I rarely post guest posts on this site. When I was approached by a mutual friend to help publicise some of the work being done to expose human trafficking in South East Asia and around the world, however, it struck a chord. Please take a minute to read and share the post, watch the video and donate a little to the cause if you can.

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The Friday Photo #194 – On the Beach in Tulum

January 24, 2014 | Mexico, The Friday Photo | 3 Comments

Crumbling ruins, lazy iguanas and pristine Caribbean beaches. Now that’s what I look for in my historic sites.

Tulum, on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, is one of the premier attractions in the area, and it’s not hard to see why. I’d never been to an archaeological site where you can wander around admiring historic attractions for a while and then walk down to a perfect white beach to swim in a crystal clear ocean.

Of course, being a major attraction only a couple of hours from the resorts of Cancun, it’s highly advisable to get there early. We took a colectivo (shared van) from Playa del Carmen that arrived shortly after the 8:00am opening time, and had the place almost entirely to ourselves.

By late morning, the tour buses had descended and the quiet contemplation and deserted beaches had turned into a heaving mass of humanity.

Before the crowds arrive, though? It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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On Travel, Fitness and the Longest 26 Miles of My Life

January 17, 2014 | Fitness | 10 Comments

You could say that I’ve had a varied sporting career.

I played both football and cricket as a kid, but gave them up by my mid-teens due to a lack of both time and skill. When I had the choice of either attending cricket practice or my after-school job, those fifty bucks a week seemed a better option than having my gentle off-spinners smashed around the local park for a few hours.

Like many people, any fitness I once had disappeared fast once I hit university. A steady diet of fast food and cheap beer didn’t do much for my waistline, and exercise seemed far too much like hard work. After four years of that, I was developing an impressive middle-age spread … at twenty two.

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Life on the Road: It’s Not Just For The Young

January 4, 2014 | Article | 24 Comments

In less than two years I’m going to turn forty.

Forty.

I believe that’s the point when I officially start planning my midlife crisis, buy a sports car I can’t afford, have an affair with the intern and wonder where the hell my hopes and dreams went.

Except, well, I don’t want a sports car, I’ve got a wonderful girlfriend that I have no desire to cheat on and I’m living my hopes and dreams every damn day. Today I’m in Mexico. Next month, Belize. The month after that it’s the US, then Australia. By the time that birthday rolls around in 2015, I’ll have been travelling continually for nearly four years, set foot on every continent in the world and run a marathon.

And then I’ll set some really ambitious goals.

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