The first meal I will eat when I get back is…

Beef Noodles - Shanghai

“What’s the first thing you are going to eat when you get back?” I asked Dan while we waited for our flight to Hanoi. “Fried eel soup.” Dan said this without missing a beat. He said it like he had already thought of this, and I asked him because I knew he would be the […]

10 years as a digital nomad

At the office on a train in Austria

In April, 2003, I left my job in Dublin and began my life as a digital nomad. At the time I didn’t know that I had just become a digital nomad, or that I would be doing it for ten years. My previous employment record was three years and three months, and that was three […]

My life as a non-drinking traveller

Fruit Juice Stand

It was 20 years ago today March 14, 2013 marks an important milestone in my life: I have been sober for 20 years. This means I haven’t had a drink or mind altering substance in that time, and to top that off I gave up smoking on the same day as well. Being a non-drinker […]

Travel Habits, Rituals and Superstitions I Have Acquired Over The Years


I first went overseas in 1995 (to Hawaii) and I got the travel bug immediately. Over this time I have acquired numerous travel habits and superstitions that follow me around the world, and even dictate my travels. I Travel To London Every Year Visiting London at least once a year is something that I make […]

The world’s best airport names

Venice Marco Polo International Airport

Nepal have announced plans to name an airport after Sir Edmund Hillary and his climbing partner, Tenzing Norgay. Lukla airport will become Tenzing-Hillary airport. It is a common tradition worldwide to name an airport after a local hero. Here is a list of some of the best airport names in the world. UK – Liverpool […]

When can you say you’ve been to a country?

Visited Countries Map

When can you say you’ve been to a country? Can you say you have been to a country if you only spent a few hours in one of its cities? Changing planes at international airports doesn’t count (of course), but what about a weekend or day trip to one place? Technically you can, but do […]

Holland or the Netherlands?

Holland Map

[Map of the Netherlands with Holland highlighted] It seems that some people and media institutions still don’t understand the Holland/Netherlands relationship. Technically Holland is a region within the Netherlands made up of the two provinces of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. Saying Holland when you mean the Netherlands is like saying England when you mean Great Britain. […]

Travel the world as a spy

Austin Powers

If you are looking for a job where you are paid to travel the world, then perhaps a job as a spy is for you. Here is a compilation of secret service departments around the world and how to go about getting a job as an international man (or woman) of mystery. Secret Intelligence Service […]

Movies named after cities


I have blogged about how Australia the movie has potential to be a great branding opportunity for Australia the country. There aren’t many other movies named after countries, but there are a number of movies named after cities and towns. Sometimes the film can become big enough that the city becomes synonymous with the film. […]