THERE REALLY ARE SOME SHIT HOLES ON OUR PLANET

This week’s blog is dedicated to the memory of ex shipmate and activist TED HOOD who recently passed away. He accompanied me to some of the places listed below. He was an all round good bloke and a fun travelling companion. R.I.P Ted. Ted Hood en-route to Antarctica. Typed on Gionny’s objectionable Olivetti Lettera 22 This quote from the really admirable Douglas Adams helps me come to terms...

My top seven from the last twenty years

Time for a break Time has come for a break, after 20 years at Greenpeace. I'm finally having a long service leave, also known as sabbatical, if you live in Europe. As I've got time and the inspiration is flowing, I thought it is time for another "listicle", to help the imagination fly during the infamous COVID-19 era.Expect much more from travellingscrittori.com during the next...

Enhanced travelling companions

A hit parade of travel partners you should avoid at any cost. During our happy sailing days we, Gionny and David, would often pass the time by fantasising about the "Crew from hell" or rather posing the simple question: "Who would you rather NOT have on board with you during a three months ship expedition to Antarctica?" Invariably this was done over a beer or ten. The Arctic Sunrise hits a...

SCOUTING, RESEARCH OR JUST PLAIN SPYING?

Typed on Gionny’s loathsome Olivetti Lettera 22 Scouting, research or just plain spying - I totally identify with that quote – much of my travel back in the day with Greenpeace was justified by; “We’ll need information.”  Oh, I just realised that I left you all hanging at the end of my previous episode (that would be the one entitled TRAVEL ADVICE). What was that mysterious light?...

Brisbane, Brissie and Brisvegas

A Euro-perspective of Queensland's capital city. Ever since I came to Australia, Brisbane has been my City of blinding lights. Only 200Km north from where I live, it's the place where stuff happens and the landscape changes by the day...or night. Brissie - Portrait of the artist as a Lime scooter rider. Welcome to Brisbane For me, there's always been two ways of getting there. Via the M1...

Travel Advice

Typed on Gionny’s bloody repugnant Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter. Go west young man. No, go east. Wait, better to go north but on the other hand maybe south would be better at this time of year – oh bugger it, just GO. Gionny met this guy standing beside his local NAB (National Australian Bank) ATM, offering shitty advice for a donation. Gionny gave him 20 bucks and he was blown away,...

Outback bikepacking tales: Lizards and naked Europeans

Constrained by the times we live in, my 2020 has seen no significant travel so far. This has been something unique in my life, as for the past two decades I spent an awful lot of time on the road. FOMO and YOLO While the planet can happily do without my CO2 emissions, I have been struggling at the idea of being confined in Australia, but I must admit COVID-19 has taken most of my “Fear of...

Stray dogs of Albania

The summer of 2018 was a real hot one in the Balkan Peninsula, as I was competing in the Transcontinental Race. After crossing the border with Montenegro, I was hoping to cross Albania, from North to South, in just over a day on the saddle.  It was my first time in Albania. Stray dogs of Albania - a torrid day of August 2018 in the Balkans. I’ve lived the cyclist wet dream Just over the...

HOTELS – love ‘em or hate them.

Typed on Gionny’s continuingly abhorrent Olivetti Lettera 22 Fawlty Towers would have been such fun to stay in. BUT only if Basil was there.By definition a hotel is an establishment providing accommodation, meals, and other services for travellers and tourists. They come in all shapes and sizes and cater for the rich and poor alike.  Love them or hate them they range from rich indulgence...

Excess Luggage

The art of travelling the world with seven kilos of gear. The days when I used to drag along my Panasonic Toughbook and my collection of CDs are long gone, but even after that, I was often guilty of overdoing my luggage, carrying way more stuff than necessary. Excess Luggage - Once I've discovered light weight laptop were not only a fashion item, I've never looked back to my Panasonic Toughbook....