Kawah Ijen – the sulphur miners of Java

Kawah Ijen – the sulphur miners of Java

A surreal night spent watching men hack molten sulphur out of a volcano by hand.

Introducing Karimunjawa part 1: Power, sleeping and fine dining

Introducing Karimunjawa part 1: Power, sleeping and fine dining

A “State of Play” on Karimunjawa tourism, as at September 2013 – sleeping and eating.

Introducing Karimunjawa part 2: Snorkelling, scooters and the seaside

Introducing Karimunjawa part 2: Snorkelling, scooters and the seaside

There’s a holy trinity of activities on Karimunjawa – lazing on the beach, diving/snorkelling tours or exploring the island(s) by scooter.

Karimunjawa travel practicalities

Karimunjawa travel practicalities

An intentionally DULL “practicalities” post for a Jogjakarta–Semarang–Jepara–Karimunjawa journey, as at September 2013.

Karma Gone Bad – book review

Karma Gone Bad – book review

An amusing portait of a reluctant traveller in a strange land, and a moving portrait of a life and a marriage facing challenges never expected

The Darwin Elevator – book review

We’re 300 years in the future, and a tiny patch of Northern Australia has become the world’s hottest real estate market. Or to be more precise, a tiny patch of Northern Australia – Darwin – has become the entire world…

Mr Snack and the Lady Water – book review

Mr Snack and the Lady Water – book review

Brendan Shanahan’s compelling Travel Noir collection showcases an engaging writer happy to leave the rose-tinted glasses behind

The Human Division – book review

The Human Division – book review

An episodic novel deserves an episodic review. Part one…

One step too far – book review

One step too far – book review

A neat, episodic debut novel from Tina Seskis – is running away ever the answer?

The Massive: Black Pacific – book review

The Massive: Black Pacific – book review

Politically aware and unafraid to run towards complexity, “The Massive: Black Pacific” is thoughtful and idea-rich.

India 2012

India 2012

Mumbai, a week in Kerala, then a thousand-plus kilometres East to a forgotten corner of the old British empire – the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Thailand 2011

Thailand 2011

Tweet North, then South – two-weeks in the Land of Smiles. Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Tha Ton – Chiang Rai  – Koh Tao – Bangkok  

Philippines December 2010

Philippines December 2010

A diving trip to Malapascua Island, then over to Palawan once more for a 5 day boat trip from El Nido to Coron. Mabuhay!

Indonesia/Philippines May 2010

Indonesia/Philippines May 2010

A mad 25-day loop around the best Islands in Indonesia and the Philippines. Bali – Flores – Lombok – Gili Meno – Palawan.

Thailand 2009

Thailand 2009

A sadly too-short 18 day first visit to Thailand to complete my PADI Open Water certification on a liveaboard crusing the Similan Islands in the Andaman sea.

Malaysia 2009

Malaysia 2009

My first trip to SE Asia. KL – Melaka – Singapore – Kota Kinabalu – Mount Kinabalu – Mabul

Nepal 2008

Nepal 2008

Brilliant 31-day long trip to Nepal to wander up a couple of big hills.

India 2007

India 2007

3 weeks’ mountain biking in the Indian Himalaya. Over the Rohtang Pass from Manali, the Northwest up the Chenab river valley before crossing Sach Pass and ending in McLeod Ganj.

California 2006

California 2006

A couple of weeks in California. Cycling from San Francisco South along Pacific Coast Highway One, then returning by Amtrak for a few days in a very cool city.