Welcome to my travelogue. I have decided to put this guide together
after suggestions from a friend to keep a log of the places I have
been, the things I have done and the experiences I have had.
When I first started this site in June 2002, I was decidedly
un-travelled. The last family holiday I went on was in 1988 and after
that, apart from one school trip to Calais, I barely left South East
England, let alone the country for another 13 years. The furthest
North I had been during this time was Bradford, ask any Geordie or
Scott and they will tell you that is still south!
Since then things have changed a little bit. From the occasional trip
away, it has become a little bit of an obsession.
As of December 2016 I have travelled over 240,000 miles through 32
countries and to most corners of the UK
Over the last fourteen years, the site has mutated and grown. From a
small collection of web pages, it now has several tens of thousands of
pages and an increasingly massive access database that powers it.
One thing I never wanted to do was to emulate "hardcore travel
writers". Whilst I admire people who can travel by nothing more than
mules across continents, or who can spend weeks living like the
natives in a small rain forest camp, I can't do it. Five nights
sleeping in the desert and bush of Namibia, killed any idea of wanting
to trek across the Gobi desert, or scale Everest in a pair of
I admit quite happily that I can't abide roughing it and I am
perfectly happy to do the touristy things. I'll trek across the barren
wastes, so long as those wastes are in Northern Europe, the trekking
is done by either plane or coach and each day starts and ends in
civilisation (preferably a three star type of civilisation with hot
and cold running TV)
Consequently, unlike great travel literature, this site contains no
hints on finding the cheapest workers café's or how to ingratiate
yourself with the locals to swing free board for a fortnight.
What it does include its lots of suggestions for very touristy things
Travel broadens the mind (if slightly narrowing the wallet and gently
par boiling the credit cards). My travels have broadened my mind and
helped me to appreciate the world more. I am barely monolingual let
alone anything else, but hope that I have taken enough in to start to
understand how other parts of at least Europe think and feel.
I have had, and hope to continue to have, some fantastic experiences -
driving across a Lava beach in Iceland; Whiskey tasting in Cork; Quad
biking in the Namibian desert; crossing the Arctic Circle and spending
4 days without any nights, reaching Hammerfest, the most northly town
in Europe and subsequently heading even further north to Svalbard and
the last full service hotel before the North Pole; and watching both
the Northern lights and the midnight sunfrom the decks of the
Hurtigruten in the Norwegian Fjords...
...and I can ask for the bill in 10 languages.