Five take a holiday in Cambodia – The Killing Fields

We flew from Bangkok to Phnom Penh on an antiquated Lockheed Tristar, there were only ever 250 of these made, and you could see why.  Apart from the 1970’s décor (shades of brown and cream), the interior itself seemed to move independently of the plane, a most unsettling experience, but made up for by the… Continue reading Five take a holiday in Cambodia – The Killing Fields

Five take a Holiday in Cambodia – Introduction

I’d been travelling solo for quite a while, a few months, most recently a trip up the length of Vietnam where I had just found an offer of work teaching English in Hanoi.  My heart wasn’t really in it though.  Then I got an e-mail from my mate Kev, a Yorkshire man I had met… Continue reading Five take a Holiday in Cambodia – Introduction

Finding your way back

I think we all get lost along the way sometimes.  Well if you put yourself out there and take risks you do.  If you don’t there is a fair chance you never found yourself in the first place. If you are this person, and your life has always been safe and predictable, you probably should… Continue reading Finding your way back

It’s still you, beneath it all

The world, life, it's very complicated.  So take a week or two and get away.  Take time to watch the sun rise and set, to watch the stillness of the hillside in the heat of the day. Meditate on the simple beauty of the world around you and one by one the layers start to… Continue reading It’s still you, beneath it all

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 4

At night here a new wonder was found.  So far away from electric light, with the air thinner than I had ever experienced before, the night time sky was exposed so exquisitely beautifully.  I had seen the stars, atop mountains in the Greek isles, secluded in the Rajastan desert, but these paled in comparison to… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 4

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 3

Silence.  Always silence, with no towns or cars, any small noise would be dampened by the blanket  snow covering.  The days were getting colder, although the sun mostly shone, but the air was thinner and the mix of decreasing oxygen and the cold made the going hard.  Only the exertion of walking for hours on… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 3

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 2

I had both set out alone, days before.  I had left the security of Pokora to follow the famous Annapurna trail through the Himalayan mountains, aiming for the Thorong La Pass at 18,000 feet.  I had been warned the pass was closed due to the recent bad weather, but with rumours of Alpine guides having… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 2

Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 1

The air was cold, as cold as I had ever experienced it. I had been told it was -45c at one point, a fantastic figure outside anything I had known before, but it was so cold you couldn't stand outside for night for any longer than it took to pee unless you had just about… Continue reading Winter in Annapurna (revised) part 1

The Starship Planet Earth

Since I was a little boy I have always wanted to travel in space.  Hours spent staring into the night sky from my bedroom window, dreaming of moving between the stars, walking on other planets and meeting new life forms.  For me there could be no more exciting thing. Of course I am older now,… Continue reading The Starship Planet Earth

There is no such thing as a cheap holiday

This time of year and we start to think about a holiday abroad. Where would we like to go? Where can we afford to go? A scan of the internet soon narrows the possibilities as a few affordable options start to appear on the screen. When I first started taking an annual vacation, back in… Continue reading There is no such thing as a cheap holiday