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“Things I Learnt Whilst Backpacking Around The World In A Wheelchair…”

“Things I Learnt Whilst Backpacking Around The World In A Wheelchair…”

It takes six months to get your life back on track after an extended backpacking adventure, so I hear from many a former backpacker. It’s taken my girlfriend and I precisely thirteen months to get to where we’re at right now – still living out of a backpack....

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Return to Oz: The Perils Of Chasing Travel Ghosts

Return to Oz: The Perils Of Chasing Travel Ghosts

“Here’s a very special blog instalment by girlfriend Sam. Happy reading!” – James

On our epic trip around the world, my boyfriend and I have been lucky enough to spend 15 months exploring corners of the globe that most people only ever dream of visiting…

We’ve revisited some old favourites too – places where we spent unforgettable childhood vacations and all-too-brief escapes from office life....

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Vietnam! (“The Friendliest Little Communist Country in the East…”)

Vietnam! (“The Friendliest Little Communist Country in the East…”)

There is a genuine warmth in the people of Vietnam that I don’t think I have experienced anywhere else on our fifteen month long backpacking world tour.

The Vietnamese do not display the overt flamboyance of the Brazilians, the macho standoffishness of the Argentinians, the aloofness of the Chileans, the rebellious confidence of the Bolivians, the cultural arrogance of the Peruvians, the willful ignorance of the Ecuadorians, the fearless doggedness of the Colombians, the disingenuous smiley-faced competitiveness of the North Americans, the infuriating over politeness of the Japanese, the ear-drum-shattering brashness of the South Koreans or the downright meanness of the Chinese…

The Vietnamese are just a carefree bunch of happy-go-lucky chaps completely content with their lots in life....

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I Went Backpacking Around China In A Wheelchair…

I Went Backpacking Around China In A Wheelchair…

I don’t often write about disability in this blog, least of all my own.

At best, the effect tends to be poison on my reader numbers. At worst, it’s self indulgence rooted in the bizarre, infantile and utterly false notion perpetuated by almost all Western media outlets that people with disabilities are some kind of ideologically linked community with an axe to grind against the fact the world isn’t built around them....

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When To Get Naked In Japan

When To Get Naked In Japan

Knowing when and when not to get your kit off in Japan is something of a minefield for the Western traveller…

Wearing too much clothing can be just as socially unacceptable as wearing too little, depending on the situation. The trick is knowing what to wear when…

On our five week jaunt across Japan, my girlfriend and I were bombarded by inhabitants in just about every conceivable state of undress....

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Toilets Of South America

Toilets Of South America

If there’s one unavoidable fact that unites all of humankind regardless of colour, creed, class affiliation, gender, sexual preference, political perspective or socio-economic status, it’s this…

Everybody craps.

But consider for a moment the variety of receptacles that people the world over crap in to…

Not everybody has fruits of the forest pot pourri sitting on top of the cistern....

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Is Colombia Dangerous?

Is Colombia Dangerous?

There’s a certain amount of bravado that comes with having survived a trip to Colombia. If you are reading this blog then you can assume that my girlfriend and I made it out alive…

Since the early 1960s it has been locked in the world’s longest running civil war (still ongoing at the time of writing) against a hapless assortment of leftist narco-terrorist guerrilla groups like the infamous FARC and the lesser known ELN and M19....

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What’s So Great About Ecuador?: An Expat’s View

What’s So Great About Ecuador?: An Expat’s View

Ecuador is a funny old place. In our two week stay there my girlfriend and I struggled to pin down its unique selling point.

Ecuador is perhaps most famous for being home to the Galapagos Islands. It is also where in 1736 an expedition of French and Spanish scientists worked out the latitude of the imaginary line that divides the Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres, after which the country is named....

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Brazil’s Best Cup Of Coffee

Brazil’s Best Cup Of Coffee

We were driving through Minas Gerais state, the biggest coffee growing region in Brazil, the biggest coffee producing country in the world…

“My cousin is a truck driver,” said Marcelo, the man behind the wheel. “A few years ago on this road he got hijacked....

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Big Arses And Other Things To See In Rio De Janeiro

Big Arses And Other Things To See In Rio De Janeiro

Looking down from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the sunshine sparkles off the sky blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean like a billion camera flashes. Down on the flat lands where the rich people live, concrete tower blocks sprout through the vegetation....

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