Lauren with book

The Proudest I’ve Ever Been

August 13, 2015 | Travel | 17 Comments

It’s August 13th. For most people, it’s just another random Thursday… but in this little corner of the world, it’s a Very Big Day Indeed.

Today, after 18 months of excitement and terror, validation and self-doubt, tears and… more tears, and the hardest I’ve ever seen anyone work, Lauren’s book is officially out!

Today, “How Not to Travel the World: Adventures of a Disaster-Prone Backpacker” was released around the world.

Today, I’m the proudest I’ve ever been of my incredible girlfriend.

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Man in hammock

Hammocks and Hard Drives is FREE this week!

April 8, 2014 | Travel | 3 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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Man in hammock

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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Swept book and yacht

Review: Swept – Love with a Chance of Drowning

September 18, 2011 | Review, Travel | 14 Comments

I’d never heard of Torre DeRoche until a couple of months ago when she popped up on a travel bloggers forum that I frequent. Quick witted and hilarious, she blew a hurricane of fresh air through the stuffy confines of that group and I immediately became a raving fan.

When I discovered that she had just self-published a book (a real one … with paper and everything) about facing her fears and sailing half way round the world despite hating the ocean, I had a feeling I might just enjoy it.

Several late nights and extended lunch hours clutching my Kindle later, I realised that in actual fact I didn’t just like it.

I f*cking loved it.

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Steve Crombie, Lost on Earth

Review: Lost on Earth

September 12, 2011 | Article, Review, Travel | 0 Comments

A friend of mine wandered up to me a few weeks ago, handed me a book without a word and walked away.

To be fair it wasn’t a total surprise – a day or two earlier she’d told me about this story written by someone who had shipped his motorbike from Australia to Chile and proceeded to ride the length and breadth of the Americas. “I think you’ll like it”, she said.

She couldn’t have been more right.

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Kindness of strangers

Review: The Kindness of Strangers

August 8, 2011 | Article, Review, Travel | 1 Comment

It’s not often that a travel book actually brings a tear to my eye and makes me feel totally uplifted at the same time. Not often at all, really, and yet The Kindness of Strangers managed it regularly.

Pretty good for a collection of short stories – several written by first time authors. Then again, when it was edited by Don George (the guy who literally wrote the book on travel writing) and with a foreword by the Dalai Lama, it had pretty stellar credentials I guess.

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Sideways, by Patrick O’Neil – Review and Giveaway!

May 24, 2010 | Article, Review, Travel | 9 Comments

There are times when life’s serendipitous moments just take my breath away. The night that chatting to a random friend…

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