My best ever airport immigration experience

Singapore Immigration

There are so many stories online of horror airport immigration experiences that you could start a Tumblr and never run out material (http://shittyairportexperiences.tumblr.com/ is free if you want to be the person to start that Tumblr). In my years of international travel I’ve had some memorably bad border control experiences (some of which were my […]





Nomadic News: March 1, 2015

Unawatuna

Greetings from Melbourne. After 15 months away from Australia I’m back in my (former) home city for a brief visit. This time last week I was by the beach in Sri Lanka where I was all set to send out the news but the internet wasn’t cooperating. While Sri Lanka may not be a digital […]





Where I Stayed: Golden Bridge Guest House, Mt Lavinia – Sri Lanka

Golden Bridge Guesthouse

Hotel Name: Golden Bridge Guest House Address: 17 Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka I stayed at the Golden Bridge Guest House in Mt Lavinia, a beach suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka. I didn’t book ahead so I found this by walking along Hotel Rd (which was a hopeful name) and I found this […]





Where I Stayed: Lovely Tourist Guest House, Hikkaduwa – Sri Lanka

Lovely Tourist Guest House

Hotel Name: Lovely Tourist Guest House Address: Off Galle Road, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka I stayed at the Lovely Tourist Guest House in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. I found this by doing what I rarely do – getting a room from a tout at the train station. I only had half a day in Hikkaduwa so I […]





Where I Stayed: Village Inn, Unawatuna – Sri Lanka

Village Inn, Unawatuna - Sri Lanka

Hotel Name: Village Inn Address: Off Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka I stayed at the Village Inn guesthouse in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka. I found this place via Lonely Planet (the book version) which was listed as a recommended place. I was walking around looking for a place and ended up here. The Village Inn is […]





Where I Stayed: Dutch Villa, Galle – Sri Lanka

Dutch Villa, Galle - Sri Lanka

Hotel Name: Dutch Villa Address: 2 Sudharmalaya Road, Galle, Sri Lanka I stayed at the Dutch Villa in Galle, Sri Lanka. This is a guesthouse which I found by walking around the streets inside the fort area. I paid 2000 LKR ($15 USD) for a private room with attached bathroom. The guesthouse feels like a […]





Where I Stayed: Hotel Weltevreden, Galle – Sri Lanka

Hotel Weltevreden, Galle - Sri Lanka

Hotel Name: Hotel Weltevreden Address: 104 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka I stayed at the Hotel Weltevreden in Galle, Sri Lanka. I booked online via Agoda and booked it for its location within the historic fort area. As it turns out the fort is fairly small, so anywhere you stay within the fort […]





Where I Stayed: Sunil Rest Guest House & Restaurant, Matara – Sri Lanka

Sunil Rest

Hotel Name: Sunil Rest Guest House & Restaurant Address: 16/3A Second Cross Rd, Polhena Beach, Matara, Sri Lanka I stayed at the Sunil Rest Guest House & Restaurant at Polhena Beach in Matara, Sri Lanka. I found this guesthouse via Lonely Planet (the book version) and I picked this place as is was a budget […]





Where I Stayed: Royal Guest, Nuwara Eliya – Sri Lanka

Royal Guest Inn

Hotel Name: Royal Guest Address: 221 St Andrew’s Drive, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka I stayed at the Royal Guest Inn in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. I booked in advance via Agoda and booked it for its location near to the town. Many of these hill-town places often list hotels and guesthouses far away from the […]





Where I Stayed: Golden View Kandy Sri Lanka Guest House, Kandy – Sri Lanka

Golden View Guesthouse

Hotel Name: Golden View Kandy Sri Lanka Guest House Address: 46 Saranankara Road, Kandy Lake Front, Kandy, Sri Lanka I stayed at the Golden View Guest House in Kandy, Sri Lanka which I booked via Agoda. I booked it for its proximity to the lake, which seemed liked a central place to book. It turned […]