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Out to Lunch: Back soon

July 15th, 2009

My sister mentioned to me that I should at least post an “Out to Lunch” note here. We’re back in the UK now, for a short while at least, which is the reason I haven’t written any humorous, insightful blog entries for a wee while now. Either that, or I’m incapable… The blog is not […]

Travel Money: Foreign Exchange rates are negotiable

June 15th, 2009

You’ll be astonished at the variances between the rates you get at high street Foreign Exchange desks — the rate you get can even vary at the same desk! Previously, when I saw the electronic ‘current rates’ boards in a travel agent’s window, I–and the rest of the world, no doubt–have assumed that that would […]

“No, I’m not jet lagged”

June 12th, 2009

(Written at 05:00 three days after arrival in the UK.)

Half a world in a day

June 11th, 2009

Air travel is amazing, isn’t it? We’ve spent the best part of two years travelling from the UK to the Cook Islands, much of it overland through probably twenty countries including some in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia. In only twenty hours of in-air time (about 24 hours with changeovers) flying east, […]

Homecoming… thoughts

June 10th, 2009

If there’s one thing ten days in a monastery have taught me, it’s that all good things must come to an end. Including our round the world adventure. We’re coming back home to the UK soon, flying east of course — so that I can legitimately claim that we’ve been “around the world”! We’ve still […]


May 2nd, 2009

..skipped a post. The Fraser Island post was published ahead of the Hervey Bay post by mistake… scroll back to see that. 

Plan: Cook Islands then Home!

April 28th, 2009

We’re travelling up the eastern coast of Australia, heading about as far as the Whitsunday Islands before turning around and returning to Brisbane (which we’ve already bypassed) to sell the car and catch onward flights. The Australian weather hasn’t been particularly kind to us at any stage really: it’s either been way too hot, or […]

Plan: Swapping a Kangaroo for a Kiwi

February 11th, 2009

Claire has been to Australia before, I hadn’t. It’s true to say that we were both really excited at the prospect of coming [back] here, after all it’s probably the most common backpacking destination for us Brits and probably rightly so. It’s culturally familiar and very easy to get around. I say “probably rightly so” […]

Escape the City published weekdays

January 17th, 2009

Now that this blog has almost caught-up with reality, we’re reverting the publishing schedule back to normal: five days a week, Monday to Friday, between 8am and 9am (UK). The best for you to stay up-to-date with our articles is to have them delivered to you: either with e-mail updates or by using our RSS […]

Escape the City now published daily

December 5th, 2008

As you know, we’ve designed this blog to lag behind reality: this means that we can deliver a new story to you every weekday regardless of where we are. There really is so much going on in the world that, in wanting to share with you our experiences, we’ve built up a bit of a […]