Camino backpack

Travelling Light, and How I Haven’t Managed It

January 14, 2010 | Advice, Travel | 7 Comments

My old pack had finally given up the ghost after a decade of being dragged around the world, and as I laid my shiny new one on the bed to fill it up with the ‘essentials’ it suddenly occurred to me how just how much I was putting in. That third pair of trousers. Half a dozen travel guides and other books. A toiletries bag so full that I had to put a few items in a plastic bag. Here was me, supposedly an experienced traveller, fighting with the zips on my backpack. Every item had a perfectly good justification for why it was included – but unless I also planned to pack a donkey to carry it all for me, I just couldn’t take it all. And yet I still tried.

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Crowded room

Goodbye stuff, hello world

December 28, 2009 | Advice, Article, Travel | 24 Comments

I’ve been asked many times over the years why it is that I am able to travel and move countries as much as I do, and the answer invariably comes down to one simple fact. I don’t accumulate stuff. Keeping my life free of unnecessary junk – and being happy to dispose of what little there is – provides the mental and physical freedom to drop everything and travel on a whim.

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Crowded Hanoi St

Travelling safely

December 27, 2009 | Advice, Travel | 0 Comments

Thanks to the good folks at, my first travel article has now been published online. It’s a basic guide on how to travel safely when you’re out there on the road.

The summary is in this post – follow the link to read the full article in all it’s glory…

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