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There are over 500 posts on this site talking about long term travel, motivation and following your dreams. To make it a little easier to find something you might like, here are a range of both my own and reader’s favourites to get you inspired, excited and out there on the road.

Inspiration

Waiting“I WISH.”
Two of my least favourite words in the English language.
If you want something to change – if you really, truly, honestly want it – stop wishing. Start making it happen today.

Read more: So what the hell are you waiting for?

Beach dreamingIf I had ten bucks for every time someone has told me how much they would love to travel - and then followed it up with a "but" - I'd have enough money to fund my own journeys for the next several years.
No more excuses, people!

Read more: Enough excuses already: making your travel dream a reality

White flagYou live in incredible times. So why aren't you making the most of it?
Why are you working longer hours than your parents in a job you hate, eating bad food and watching your relationship disintegrate around you?
Because you've given up the fight.

Read more: When did you give up the fight?

Life is too shortLife's too short.
It's too short to spend in meetings, too short to drink bad coffee, too short to stand in line.
It's also too short for a bunch of things that actually matter.

Read more: You will not be here forever

GoodbyeIt had been a long and rewarding relationship, but ultimately an unfulfilling and toxic one.
It was time to write a breakup letter.
It was time to say goodbye.

Read more: A breakup letter


Travel Advice

Don't forget your toothbrush
About to head off and see the world but feeling a bit daunted by the whole thing?  Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

The great thing is that it really doesn’t have to be that hard – a little knowledge goes a long way...

Read more: 50 handy hints for the first time traveller

Laptop in Laos

Ever wondered what you should take on the road with you in the way of electronics?

After several years of travelling I've figured out what works for me - and what doesn't - when it comes to technology.


Read more: Travel technology – what to take and how to make the most of it

BackpackWhen it comes to travelling for the first time, other than maybe buying a plane ticket I reckon there’s nothing that tells you that you’re really ‘doing it’ more than going into the store and buying your backpack.

As with all important purchases, however, it’s vital to pick the right option.


Read more: Six things to consider when buying your first backpack

Crowded Hanoi streetFor me, SE Asia is utterly fascinating, achingly beautiful and one of the greatest places in the world to backpack, and I find myself returning there time and again.
Here are a few things that I’ve figured out to help you enjoy your time in the region, and avoid a few pitfalls along the way.

Read more: 25 tips for backpacking around South East Asia

Mythos in the Greek IslandsI'll just put it out there, I'm quite partial to a cool refreshing ale.  Or two.  Or twenty two.
Here then are a dozen of my favourite places in the world that I've enjoyed a beer.
A dozen, you say? Seems only fitting really.

Read more: A dozen great places in the world to have a beer


Life Lessons

Dave, Koh RongFor the last decade and a half I've been addicted to life on the road.
Here, then, are fifteen life lessons from my last fifteen years of travel.
Learning, entitlement, plans, opinions and more. It's my longest post, and my most popular - maybe that's telling me something?

Read more: 15 life lessons from 15 years of travel

Then and nowA couple of years ago I sat down and wrote a deeply personal letter to my 22 year old self about what we've learned in the last 13 years - what matters, what doesn't, and how to live a better life.

Read more: Letter to a younger me

SunEvery month or two for the last fifteen years I've dug this song out and listened to it. It speaks to me that much - which I think is pretty damn good for a song about sunscreen.
The song hasn't changed in that time, but my interpretation of it almost certainly has.

Read more: 9 life lessons from a song about sunscreen

BlackboardWhen I first started travelling after spending nearly two decades in the school system, the absolute last thing I was interested in doing was any more learning.
As it turned out, though, my education had only just started.

Read more: What travel has taught me

Departure boardWhy have I travelled so much, and why do I keep doing it?
Sitting in an airport bar while waiting for yet another international flight, I pondered that very question and tried to come up with an answer that made sense.

Read more: Why do I do it?


Freedom and Fear

Laptop in LaosThe post I wrote the day after I booked a one way ticket to Thailand to start this open-ended adventure. Every other time I'd travelled, there'd been an end date in mind.
This time, there wasn't. Two years later, there still isn't.

Read more: I am not going to die wondering

Empty apartmentNearly two years ago I became a homeless person again. It felt like the right choice at the time, and still does now.
Some people choose to invest in their houses, but I chose to invest in my passport. It may not work for everyone, but it works for me.

Read more: My kind of homeless

I am afraidI was about to run a half-marathon in a school dress, quit my job and fly across the world to follow a dream... and I was afraid.
That fear, though, was a good thing. It's how I knew I was on the right path, and it's what forced me to make the efforts I needed to succeed.

Read more: Fear is a wonderful motivator

Flying soloI'd never travelled solo for any real length of time, and the idea frightened me. Could I cope without having the security of a friend or lover by my side? Would I meet new people, or have months of loneliness? Three months in SE Asia provided the answer.

Read more: Flying solo

Moving truckIt never got easy. Every time I left a job, an apartment, a place, a life, I struggled. Nothing worth having comes for free, and travel is no exception.
It's worth the sacrifice - but rest assured, there's always a sacrifice.

Read more: Counting down the days... again


Special places

Sarajevo viewSarajevo was beautiful in its own, war-damaged way. It was safe, but with a gritty undertone that kept things interesting. Most importantly for me, it was very different to both anywhere I had been before and my expectations.

Read more: Sarajevo: war-torn and wonderful

Cycling child in CambodiaThoughts and reflections on my time travelling in Cambodia - the good, the bad and the hope for the future. There's a lot that's broken in this beautiful country, with history and politicians largely to blame, but on the ground there's also reason to stay positive.

Read more: Reflecting on Cambodia

Sunset on Lonely BeachAfter two years on the road (and a bottle of wine), I took some time to look back and reflect on many of my favourite travel experiences during that time.

42 of them, in fact. It's not a short post.

Read more: 42 Of My Favourite Things From Two Years Of Travel

Sayulita beach timeMexico gets a bad rap, especially from the news media. As I discovered during six months in the country, however, that reputation is almost entirely undeserved.

Read more: Falling in Love With Mexico (And Why the Media is Full of Crap)

Ljubljana from the castleI had high expectations of Ljubljana before I turned up, despite knowing little about the city except the difficulty of spelling or pronouncing it. It turns out that those expectations were entirely justified - Ljubljana is a hard place not to fall in love with, and I didn't even try to resist.

Read more: Is Ljubljana the best little city in Europe?

QC-weka.jpgI lived in New Zealand for most of my life, but it wasn't until I returned as a tourist that I truly appreciated what my homeland had to offer. In the space of two months I drove from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South and pretty much everywhere worth going in between, and it was a truly remarkable experience.

Read more: 27 of my favourite things about New Zealand

Longtail on the beach, Koh Nok days after I flew to Thailand last year, I finally left. The country got under my skin more than anywhere else I've ever been, and I miss it every day. From the beaches to the geckos, the food to the freedom, this is is easily one of my favourite countries on the planet.

Read more: The 11 things I will miss most about Thailand

Istanbul fountainThe sky slowly darkened as evening turned to night. A kebab sat limply in my hand, the smell of the dürüm-wrapped meat wafting deliciously around me. This was my first day in Istanbul, and I was already in love.

Read more: First impressions of Istanbul

Christchurch earthquake Feb 2011The death and destruction in my hometown of Christchurch after a massive earthquake was almost beyond my comprehension. This was the place I grew up, full of smoke and rubble where memories once stood. Even now, nearly three years later, the city is still severely damaged. It will never be the same again.

Read more: The destruction of my home town

Chiang Mai gate night marketFood that makes the taste buds tingle, the best fruit shakes I've ever had and change from two bucks - a slice of daily life in Chiang Mai. This day was nothing special - which was, of course, what made it so perfect.

Read more: A slice of life in Chiang Mai


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