Take an Armchair Journey to the Deep South

Deep South

Our greatest living travel writer does it again.

I think this may be Paul Theroux’s best travel book in years. It’s more considered and introspective than some of his previous (all thoroughly excellent) books. Perhaps because it’s based on repeated journeys through the same places over the course of four seasons, rather than a journey through a place wth an end goal in mind.

Operation Salam: High Adventure in the Eastern Sahara

The desert is on my brain these days…

I’m gearing up for a big expedition to the Tibesti mountains in northern Chad. And I’ve been going through my library of Sahara books as the anticipation builds.

Are You Missing Out on the Best Travel Hacks?

I’ve never been the sort of traveler to obsess over frequent flier points, or to spend hours trying to game the system. Where my time is concerned, quite frankly, I’d rather have more of it than save a few bucks or get the occasional free upgrade.

Why You Need to Go Further & Deeper

I believe every trip has a soundtrack.

That special album which entrances you on long journeys by bus or rail, occupying your conscious mind and allowing insight to float up from the depths. Those songs soak up the landscape, the smells and the very feeling of the place you’re travelling through. And they colour the way you see it, just like different shades of glass colour a sunny day.

The Philosopher and the Wolf

The Philosopher and the Wolf is a profound and original book. But I never would have found it if it hadn’t been recommended to me.

The Philosopher and the Wolf by Mark Rowlands

Even after I ordered it, it sat on my shelf for over a year before I finally picked it up.

The Longest Way Home

I read a very good book this week called The Longest Way Home. It reminded me of myself in so many ways. And I wanted to share it with you.

The Longest Way Home

And the Winners Are…

I read something like 100 books a year. All sorts of stuff, from travel literature, history, fiction, classics, philosophy and memoir. And I like to end each year with a quick wrap up of what I liked best.

How to Make Sense of Your Life’s Turning Points

I was searching for insights into this 40’s decade that I’ve somehow slipped into…

I wanted to know more about the challenges ahead. Where I should focus my efforts. And why I now have this sudden very clear sense that the clock is ticking and my time is running out.

A Week of Expedition Skills in the Lake District

It’s been a little while since I posted a new blog. I’ve spent all of 1 week at home in the past 5 weeks, and I’ve got a lot of travels to fill you in on.

Let’s start by talking about the Expedition Skills course I attended last week in England’s Lake District.

The Lantern

We haven’t talked books in a while, but I’ve got a great one for you this week. It’s the best novel I’ve read in recent months.

The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson is set in a mysterious old farmhouse in Provence, France. And that location permeates every page, the way the sun soaks through the olive leaves and lavender fields of the south.