Oman isn’t particularly kind to budget and solo travellers at the moment, as I found out while researching my trip. In a land of luxury beach resorts and desert camps, there are no hostels, trains are still years away, bus routes are not conducive to tourism, and no scheduled group excursions. It’s all very nice […]
Travel springs surprises – that’s a given. Unlike life’s other surprises, however, you’re away from home and you seldom have the time to ponder opportunities that may not come your way again. When you’re not certain if things will work out, it’s not bad advice to go with your instincts. I got 23 fellow travel […]
I’ve said that there’s a time and a place for different kinds of trips before. While others may fill theirs with shopping and sun-tanning, I prefer to fill mine with enriching and exciting things (like driving Mario karts on public roads). Sometimes it involves getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new, so […]
Is it better to be a traveller than to be a tourist? I don’t buy that nonsense. There’s a place and there’s a personality for every kind of travel, whether it’s going solo, a trip with friends or a package tour. How do you figure out the right style of travel for your trip? I […]
There was a time when I did not travel the world the way I do now – on a solo trip, planned independently and on a lean budget. My adolescence did not involve hopping from one country to another, long stints as an exchange student or anything that set me apart from other kids in Singapore. Travel meant […]
Sat in a minivan in Guanajuato with two Mexican families, I waited for the driver to finish his introduction in Spanish. Surely, an English version would follow. A minute passed. There wasn’t one. I then turned to passengers for a translation; I just about made out ‘no’ and ‘ingles’ in the replies. What did I get myself into?