Britain began at Brussels South Station. Its government insisted on a hard border in the middle of the idealistic European capital – on paper, anyway. In reality, neither the Belgian nor the British customs agent seemed to care much. Continue reading “The full first chapter of “In Britain: The Long Path to Cape Wrath””
When we think of the travel book, we generally think of the solo traveller who took a trip, went home and wrote his or her story – the loner who bounces back larger than life. This is the classic travel memoir. There are people who say that the travel genre is one of the lowest forms of literature. There are also people who say that it’s a rather obsolete genre because all the information we need on virtually every destination in the world is readily available on travel blogs these days. Continue reading “The art of travel writing”
Just this week I finished my two-week journey around the Netherlands. It wasn’t a holiday, as some people tend to think, but a trip I undertook deliberately to write about. After spending the last six months of 2017 visiting and interviewing museum directors, some celebrities, professionals and other experts throughout the country, I revisited all these destinations again to make the reports and interviews part of a travel story. The result is a stunning and interesting story about this small kingdom, told from many angles, but unfortunately, the book is in Dutch. On the bright side: I took hundreds of photos, and what follows below is a selection of the twenty best pictures taken during the trip. Continue reading “My Trip Through The Netherlands In Twenty Pictures”
This article has been updated on November 11th 2018
Check out this line.
This, my friends, is the Bryson Line. Named by and after Bill Bryson. In 2016, I came up with the idea to walk the line south to north – from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath.
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
Imagine the following.
You are a travel reporter sent to Brazil to pen a detailed story about the existence of an Amazonian tribe, and the tribe has given you permission to spend three days with them, no more. Their location is, as it happens, on a wide section along the Amazon river. The last journalist to write about the tribe also had been given three days and he’d flown in on a seaplane. His story was as good as it gets when you only have three days to observe the lives of people. Continue reading “Why you should travel overland”