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If you are looking for ‘click bait’ travel lists of the five best bars in Budapest and the like, alas, this blog will not serve you well.
I have a long held passion for travel, particularly visiting tribes and festivals that are peculiar to lesser visited parts of the world. Witnessing the vast numbers attending the Nguon Festival in Cameroon, or the extravagant ‘funeral season’ in Tana Toraja, Indonesia, are but two stand-out highlights.
For as long as I have traveled, I have wanted to write about my experiences, bringing them to life to entertain and enthuse others.
People often ask me where that passion came from and it is hard to say. I studied Arabic with Anthropology at university, which was certainly a catalyst. During my year spent studying in Cairo, we had three day weekends where I reveled in jumping on buses and trains, exploring across Egypt. With that, the dye was cast and a life of interesting and challenging travels was no longer in doubt.
I am also often asked how many countries I have visited. This question rather misses the point, I fear. Take India and Indonesia, for example, where I have travelled a number of times and still go back. Each trip is to but one country yet to vastly different islands, regions and cultures; learning something new each time. If I am forced to answer, it’s currently north of 70 countries.
The final question is always, ‘how do you get to travel so much – is it for work?’ Alas, that is not the case. My day job is in London, working in the convivial world of Real Estate investment. When I travel however, I just write, Instagram and Tweet about it rather a lot!