The sun rose over central Africa as my plane touched down on
a dusty runway. I jolted awake with a start, but then smiled
as I looked out the window: I’d made it! I was in Rwanda
… or was it Burundi? And...
Abroad is, as we know, the exciting bit. You’ve been so
far recently. You were in Abuja only on Tuesday and then at
Heathrow on Wednesday. Yesterday lunchtime, you were having
fried plantain in the Wuse district with Promise and Chinwe,
and at eight...
Groups of young men armed with planks of wood roam the
alleyways extorting money. Houses are made of bits of tin,
old doors, the occasional lump of concrete, oil drums and
tarpaulin sheets. Sofa carcasses thrown onto rubbish tips in
the first world are...
There are many guide books suggesting what you might do when
you get to Seville. But they all pretty much agree that you
must go both to the Plaza de España, built for the
Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and then to the Alcázar
It would be, today, unusual to find a travel agent
recommending a sojourn in Detroit as the ideal vacation. The
city, after all, is in decline. There are neighbourhoods
full of derelict homes, there are shattered theatres and
ruined office buildings that were thriving...
You haven’t come to Rhodes to explore the medieval old
town or the ancient temple of Apollo. You’ve not been
drawn by a longing to try the local delicacy of chickpea
fritters and unsalted ewe’s milk cheese. Your more
sophisticated acquaintances would think it...
You’ve been in the air for 12 hours. Now this anonymous
box. It was your company’s idea. You’d have a chance to
sleep a little, then catch the next 11 hour flight, before
heading straight into the conference.
You’ve been assigned a room at...
August is perfect for sitting outside at the Café de Zaak
in the Korte Minrebroederstraat. The decent beers on tap,
plus a generous bring-your-own-meal policy make this one of
the nicest cafes in town.
If one’s honest, there are really some very intriguing
On the first day, it was difficult. You went into the corner
shop just off the main Motomachi shopping street to buy a
prepaid mobile card. You pointed at your phone, you
pretended to make a call. It was useless. Mr Nishimura
You are - quite literally - in the middle of nowhere - and,
unexpectedly, it’s helping. A lot.
How frantic we otherwise normally are. We live competitive
crazed lives: we compare ourselves constantly to those who
have more, are smarter, seem more organised, look
Nowadays we're used to thinking of travel as the 'fun' bit
of life, but enjoyment isn't a reason why it shouldn't also
do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level,
travel can assist us with our psychological education. It