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.
When 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.
For 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.
For 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?
Every 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
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.
The 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.