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Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 August, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 August, 2017

Good morning The searing heat of midsummer seems to be softening, and the traditional end of summer – Labor Day – is just around the corner.  How quickly the summer passed, although for sure, my garden is gasping for water. We had another two people join next year’s Grand Expedition of Great Britain this week.  […]

How Noise Can Make Your Hotel Room Quieter

How Noise Can Make Your Hotel Room Quieter

It can sometimes be hard to sleep in a hotel room (or anywhere else for that matter).  The stress of changing time zones, unfamiliar surroundings, and unexpected sounds and noises, all aggravated by sometimes the urgent need to sleep due to your alarm set for too early the next morning, can see you unable to […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 August, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 August, 2017

Good morning I hope your summer is proving as wonderful as mine is here.  At times like this, it is hard to think of living anywhere else in the world, but think about it, I did, after noting an article on Forbes suggesting I could quit my job and live in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for […]

Can You Really "Live Abroad So Cheaply You Might Not Need to Work"

Can You Really “Live Abroad So Cheaply You Might Not Need to Work”

A recent article in Forbes Online had the appealing headline “Quit Your Job And Live Abroad: 8 Places So Cheap You Might Not Need To Work“.  What’s not to like about that (although the web article is one of those ultra-annoying click-bait type articles that results in endless clicks onto new pages, each with minimal […]

How to Shoot Sharper Pictures with a Monopod

How to Shoot Sharper Pictures with a Monopod

A regular tripod is a wonderful tool that professional photographers are seldom seen without.  But they are also cumbersome and take up space and weight in your suitcase, and during your days traveling around, they are another bulky item to have with you all the time. Talking about time, when you choose to use a […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 August, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 4 August, 2017

Good morning We’re having a ‘heat wave’ here in the Seattle area, with temperatures in the mid-90s.  That’s a problem for two-thirds of the population – the two-thirds who don’t have a/c.  Making things much worse is an astonishing amount of smoke everywhere, massively reducing visibility, and threatening the practicality of a Blue Angels display […]

From Land's End to John O'Groats - Britain's Ultimate Road Trip

From Land’s End to John O’Groats – Britain’s Ultimate Road Trip

Who doesn’t enjoy a road trip, especially when it offers a varied range of travel experiences, and has some special significance associated with it. In Britain, the concept of traveling the length and breadth of the country, from Land’s End in the southwest corner, up to John O’Groats in the northeast corner, has taken on […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 28 July, 2017

Weekly Roundup, Friday 28 July, 2017

Good morning The last week has seen an exciting increase of people joining our Grand Expedition of Great Britain next June.  Astonishingly, nine of the 11 people who have joined have been on one of the earlier Scotland tours, which is a much appreciated endorsement and indication that we must be doing something right. We’ve […]

Banning Travel to North Korea is a Big Mistake

Banning Travel to North Korea is a Big Mistake

The US State Department has decided that it is ‘too risky’ to allow us our freedom to travel to North Korea (DPRK), and accordingly is outright forbidding US citizens from traveling there. Prior to this ban, there were no restrictions on visiting, and North Korea eagerly welcomed US visitors, with a trivially simple visa application […]

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