Anxious. Scared. Terrified — Tales of an adrenaline junkie — Part 2

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Are you a tourist or a traveller?

Why do you travel? Is it to have new experiences or meet new people? Is it out of curiosity? Is it for bragging rights? Is it literally just for a change of scenery or a change of pace perhaps? If you were to conduct a poll of 100 people chosen randomly, chances are that you … Continued


The inherent dangers of booking online!

The Internet is, without doubt, one of the greatest innovations in technology in the past 30 years and has democratized the dissemination of information like no other medium in history since the invention of movable type by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. Indeed, the internet (and by extension, the commerce that is transacted through … Continued


Where’s the nicest place you’ve ever been?

It’s a question I get asked all the time, when people find out what I do for a living and genuinely, my stock response up to relatively recently was always: ‘The last place I visited’. Whilst this may sound like me trying to avoid the question it wasn’t! It was because of a combination of … Continued


When in Sydney — stay here!

Everything in life is subjective, I think you’ll agree! Whether it be one’s definition of beauty; what constitutes good music or art, or even good food. So, inevitably, the same principle must apply to other, more mundane things such as the type of accommodation one chooses when one travels abroad. I can live it up … Continued


Sheer beauty — and the statistics that sit behind it!

Earlier this year whilst en route to Australia, I decided to stopover in Abu Dhabi. I had visited its Emirati neighbour, Dubai, on a number of previous occasions over the years but as I had never been to Abu Dhabi, thought that this was the perfect opportunity to do so — not least because I … Continued


What do you enjoy most about travelling?

It’s different things for different people, isn’t it? For some, it’s the destinations themselves: the scenery, the city-scapes, the beaches. For others, it tends to be the culture and the history of each destination. The human interactions that we have with locals when we’re abroad most likely features highly on most peoples’ lists. For me, … Continued


The ‘other’ Los Angeles

Like all large cities, Los Angeles or ‘LA’ as it is more affectionately known, is really just a large collection of separate communities that have coalesced into one almost homogeneous whole over the course of the past 50 years or so in much the same way that Malahide or Rathgar or Dun Laoighaire are all … Continued


It takes 15,000 casualties to train a major general

So pronounced Marshal Ferdinand Jean Marie Foch, a french general, military theorist and the Supreme Allied commander of World War One!  A hundred years ago,  the ‘war to end all wars’ devastated Europe and in particular much of Belgium and north west France. The numbers of casualties on both sides were staggering and the obscene … Continued


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