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May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

May I introduce: A hippie-artist who owns a B&B in Pátzcuaro, Mexico

At one stage in my life I organized conferences, high profile ones with lots of media coverage. To do this successfully you have to be a bit of a freak about the details. So when … Read entire article »

May I introduce: My drivers in Sri Lanka

May I introduce: My drivers in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a gorgeous country, no doubt about it. But you need to travel the back roads to truly appreciate it, past the villages, the jungles, the temples and the majestic trees. The island … Read entire article »

May I introduce Tom Harrisson, the barefoot anthropologist of Borneo

May I introduce Tom Harrisson, the barefoot anthropologist of Borneo

Tom Harrisson (1911-1976) had many labels and amateur anthropologist was one of them. He was bigger than life, so it was said, and one who never failed at anything. He wrote a best-selling book about … Read entire article »

May I introduce: The fairies of Maine, USA

May I introduce: The fairies of Maine, USA

While travelling in Southeast Asia earlier this year, I learned a lot about the spiritual world. Many people there believe spirits are everywhere and outside virtually every house in Thailand and Laos you will find … Read entire article »

May I introduce: Jesús Lopez, my driver in Mexico

May I introduce: Jesús Lopez, my driver in Mexico

When I reflect upon the various drivers who have transported me within countries as diverse as The Gambia, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan, I am struck by the contribution these men have made to my … Read entire article »

May I introduce: Rigo, a tour guide in Todos Santos, Guatemala

May I introduce: Rigo, a tour guide in Todos Santos, Guatemala

Todos Santos is a village in the highlands of western Guatemala, about a two-hour bus ride from the state capital Huehuetenango. The setting is quite spectacular and so are the people, who are largely indigenous, … Read entire article »

May I introduce Jim, a Tibetan who owns a backpacker hotel in Dali, China

May I introduce Jim, a Tibetan who owns a backpacker hotel in Dali, China

Western travellers have been coming to Jim’s place in Dali, China for 28 years. In the early days they were mainly youthful backpackers whereas today they’re from different backgrounds and span many age groups. It’s … Read entire article »

May I introduce: An Aussie who runs a B&B in Cambodia

May I introduce: An Aussie who runs a B&B in Cambodia

What inspires someone with 20 years experience in the hotel industry in Australia to pull up roots and plop them down again in Cambodia? That’s what Matt Elliott did. He first went to Cambodia as … Read entire article »

May I introduce JP Sara, a Canadian who owns a language school in Laos

May I introduce JP Sara, a Canadian who owns a language school in Laos

I met JP in Luang Prabang, a delightful town in northern Laos. He’d already been there for four years, running his own English language school. When he told me he had signed a 10-year lease … Read entire article »