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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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“Too Old To Backpack, Too Young To Caravan…”

“Too Old To Backpack, Too Young To Caravan…”

There are two types of traveller in this world – those who are too young to appreciate being on the road and those who are too old to enjoy it.

I like to think my girlfriend and I are an exotic anomaly amongst the nomadic fraternity....

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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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What Does Guinea Pig Taste Like?

What Does Guinea Pig Taste Like?

A backpacker’s diet is an oft bland affair. I have, since arriving in South America five months ago, eaten enough soggy ham and cheese sandwiches to trigger a terminal medical condition in later life.

True, every country in South America we have visited so far has its local grub....

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Top Three Reasons Not To Live In Buenos Aires

Top Three Reasons Not To Live In Buenos Aires

Ever since leaving England to go backpacking around the world, my girlfriend and I have been semi-seriously entertaining the notion that we might stumble across a corner of the globe magnificent enough to make us want to emigrate there permanently.

Seven weeks in to the journey, Buenos Aires has emerged as the first serious contender....

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How To Backpack Around The World In A Wheelchair

How To Backpack Around The World In A Wheelchair

There is an inevitable process that all wannabe backpackers must contend with when deciding to go backpacking, the details of which are well documented on other travel blogs. It starts with vague notions of wanting to see the world and ends with handing over passports at the airport check-in desk....

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