Category: Travel

My lightbulb moment was in Albania…

My lightbulb moment was in Albania, in the summer, a few years ago. I was backpacking around the Balkans but also carrying my laptop because I needed to keep in touch with my clients by email. As a one-person business, I couldn’t delegate to colleagues, and nowadays everyone expects an immediate response. Gone are the …

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Business Design for Lifestyle Success

My lightbulb moment was in Albania, in the summer, a few years ago. I was backpacking around the Balkans but also carrying my laptop because I needed to keep in touch with my clients by email. As a one-person business, I couldn’t delegate to colleagues, and nowadays everyone expects an immediate response. Gone are the days of shutting down …

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Business Inspiration for Travel Agencies in Colombia (videos)

These videos are excerpts from David’s speech for travel agencies in Colombia, when he spoke at the National Congress of ANATO in Medellin, with his speech entitled “Inspiration for Travel Agencies from Creativity, Innovation and the Orange Economy”. Opening section in which David invites delegates to join him on “a trip around the world” to …

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Travel Industry Speaker on the Orange Economy

David was a travel industry speaker on the Orange Economy at the national Congress of ANATO in Medellin, Colombia. His speech title was: “Inspiration for Travel Agencies from Creativity, Innovation and the Orange Economy Worldwide”. “At the ANATO Congress, David inspired us with useful business techniques for travel agencies. His speech included interesting examples and stories about creativity …

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One thousand little kindnesses

It’s headline news on the BBC when a British tourist, backpacker or student is killed in the Far East, Latin America or Africa. But the good news doesn’t get reported. People warn me about backpacking in foreign countries, full of the fear that prevents them from going to far-off lands. They know that other countries …

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A first class train ticket to Varanasi

I had booked myself a berth in a first class sleeper compartment for the overnight journey on the Indian railways from New Delhi to Varanasi. But it didn’t work out as I’d planned… My first impressions of India, arriving in New Delhi a few days before, were of the overwhelming noise, the crowds and the …

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A lump in my throat in Alice Springs

It was the redness of the earth below that impressed me most as the plane descended into Alice Springs. Now I saw vividly why this part of Australia’s Northern Territory is called the “Red Centre”. This is a vast terrain of dusty scrubland and deserts across the middle of this island continent. And right in the …

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Travel photos

I’m not a photojournalist. I deliberately I don’t add photos to my travel blogs. Why? Because I’m not usually writing about the normal photogenic tourist things. In any case, my photos generally aren’t good enough to do justice to what I’m writing about. Also, I don’t want my writing to be just a description or …

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Going back to the Murder Capital of the World

It was Sarah Dodd who told me that the city I’d chosen to visit next was the “murder capital of the world”. I’d already booked my hostel accommodation in San Pedro Sula and bought my bus ticket. Sarah and I were staying in the same backpackers’ hostel in Granada, Nicaragua and I was heading next into …

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Stranded in Saudi Arabia without a passport

Would you dare enter Saudi Arabia without a passport? No, me neither. But I did. The first time I went to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was on a business trip. I was honoured to be the keynote speaker at the first ever conference and exhibition on the creative economy in the country: the Ejadah Confex. …

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