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 […]

You can have any guidebook you want, as long as it’s DK or Rough Guides

Guide Books

WH Smith, the biggest newsagent chain in the UK, has done a deal with Penguin books so only DK or Roughguides will be available at WHS Travel stores at airports, motorway and railway shops. I have since been to WH Smith at Stansted and Gatwick and sure enough it’s all DK and Roughguides. I am […]

Advertising airfares that don’t include taxes and charges

V Australia from USA

One of the most annoying aspects of looking for an airfare is not having the true price of the ticket advertised. I was looking at a sale from V Australia for airfares between Australia and the US. The ads for the US show the price of the fare without the taxes, but at least show […]

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. […]

Australia: The movie and the branding opportunity


Australia is a movie by Baz Luhrmann which is due for release in November 2008. Naming a movie after a country has such great potential as a branding exercise. I can’t think of many movies that are named purely after a country with nothing else in the title. The DreamWorks Animated Madagascar is probably the […]

English footballs cultural hegemony

English Football Schedule

Travel throughout Southeast Asia and you will soon notice that English Football shirts dominate over all other European leagues. I don’t know enough about the game to tell the difference between the quality of the national leagues of Europe, but whenever I meet a football purist they will tell you about how the Italian or […]