My regrets in Croatia and a good deed!

This is the first blog post in over 50 that is not picture-centric. For your attention I'll attempt to deliver you a remotely amusing story at my own self-deprecating expense. But first, some regrets. It amazes me to think that in nearly three months of travel and tens of cities later, it is only now in Croatia that I have formed three substantial regrets and they've all been in this last week or two and so in no particular order: ...

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Pearls of wisdom from inside a laundrette!

So I was in the local laundrette situated close to where I was staying in Zagreb doing, yep you guessed it, my laundry. I selected a light 30 minute cycle, paid my dues to the automated machine (this is a complete self-service operation) and took a seat whilst enjoying the free Wifi. You've gotta love these modern perks. Half way through my cycle a man walks in, funnily enough, to do his laundry too. He looked a litt ...

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Justin Cook: An update of sorts...?

If you are coming to this post unaware of who Justin is, was, then you have two choices: either read THIS past blog post first and then come back here or skip this post and await my next Germanic travel related post in the days to come.   Hi folks, So I have now heard back from Erik, the close friend of Justin and so I have posted his ...

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Why, why, why...

As you may have seen from yesterday's post, I had a really productive half day in Graz until things went terribly wrong after midday and so it's there that we return to start the story of the post that I never, ever expected to write. The time was around 12.15pm and I had been walking almost non-stop since 8am. I had a short 10 minute rest at the top of the Church Tower hill but hadn't as yet stopped properly for something to eat or dr ...

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A travelling solo article on MSN...

Has caught my attention but not in a positive way. MSN (The Microsoft Service Network). These days a web-portal offering a variety of services including a 'Bing' backend search engine, app shortcuts to a number of Microsoft applications such as Outlook.com and of course, predominalty an up-to-date news feed page. I'll admit it's not often I visit MSN and invariably only when I launch Outlook.com to access one o ...

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Ok, so I've got some news for you...

And it may or may not surprise but so here goes: Coinciding with a recent Instagram post from earlier, I shared with my subscribers a graphically enhanced 'stats board'. Tell me, did any of you notice my blog post count!? I can hardly believe it myself. Can we get the Champagne out? Anyhow, here is what I posted so be sure to read all the text... ...

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A star in the making?

  So do I now have your attention! Thought so :-) This post is unrelated to my travels but as its something the family are so proud of, well, we fel ...

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Has travel changed me? Have I had fun?

If the first question I'm asked from people back home is 'Have you had fun?', I might find it hard to hide my disappointment.  You see in that instant you will have unintentionally and inadvertently informed me that you are clueless and somewhat ignorant to the reasons behind my undertaking of such a journey. 'Fun', I'm assuming, is the primary objective for teenagers and gap-year students travelling ready to em ...

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I've returned to the UK...

And so naturally I have mixed feelings and emotions right now on this first morning 'home'.  Besides it's looking like it's going to rain heavily soon - an element I've happily gone without for so long. Remember it's not just the physical manifestation of rain that I will find depressing, but of course the mental side effect it will bring. For this last reflective post, it's in the direction of the past we must go b ...

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My new website is very soon to launch!

No, that's not me in the picture. That's the young man who this post is about. So you might be wondering how I could possibly have such available time to devote to such an onerous project, especially as I already spend too many hours writing, photographing, editing/uploading and emailing all of you wonderful people. Oh, and then there's the actual exploration and adventure seeking to fit in! The answer is because ...

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Must all good things come to an end?

Dear friends, Many of you will have travelled with me for the last one year, albeit not continuously. In fact, its because of your continued, deeply-appreciated support that I feel I should be completely upfront with you so when I say this month of May will be my last month of travel, I very sadly mean it :-( In honesty, the majority of the reasons are out of my control as ...

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What travel has done for me (and what it can do for you)

Very suggestive wall-art, no? :-) So I've arrived back in England for my birthday to surprise my Mother and already there's something to moan about; the weather rather predictably! Despite it being the middle of May, it's honestly rained on both of the two days I've been back. Unless you've experienced extended time away, that might sound a little melodramatic and difficult for some of you to understand but b ...

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