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Why, After 9 Years Running TomsBikeTrip.com, I Started This New Blog Today

On my first night back in Yerevan after several years living in England, I noticed a book on the bedside table – a book I hadn’t seen for a very long time. It was a copy of my first travel memoir, Janapar. This one belonged to my wife, Tenny. It had a bookmark in it. English is her third […]

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Selected Notes On The Unbelievable Kindness Of Strangers – And A Single, Simple Request

It was, without doubt, the most miserable night of my life. Flimsy nylon flapped in the wind. I stumbled through the snow in the fading purple of dusk, trying to anchor one corner of the tent to a pannier, another to a bicycle wheel, another to a tree branch; all the while wearing mittens designed for […]

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Why I’m Not Qualified To Comment On The Armenian Genocide

So last weekend I went back to Armenia, the place around which so much of my early life as a traveller revolved. Ostensibly, my visit was to be present for the commemoration on the 24th of April of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Among countless others did I descend upon Yerevan to be […]

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In Which I Become – Technically Speaking – A Tramp

tramp noun 1. a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job. Last night I slept rough in London for the first time. It wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. In fact, as urban stealth-camping goes, it was one of the more pleasant nights I can remember. The most difficult thing was committing […]

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On The Stigma Of Homelessness And The Dilemma Of The Creative Non-Conformist

The other day I went to a birthday party here in London. I knew the host through a mutual friend in the adventure world, upon whose fringes I seem to drift. The guest-list read like a who’s who of young Brits who’d devoted themselves to exploring and asking questions of the world. It was just […]

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Adventure Versus The Status Quo: Diary Of An Ongoing Conflict

I dream of another big adventure. Constantly. This is probably not something that will ever change. I believe that I am forever destined to fantasise about the far side of the bend; the life of pure simplicity engendered by being on the road with the wind at my back and no particular reason to do anything […]

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2015’s Resolutions, Goals & Major Life Upheavals

Yeah, I know it’s a little late to be posting articles on New Year plans and resolutions. What can I say, I’ve been busy! (And that itself is something I want to change… on which more later.) This is my third and final Annual Review post for this New Year. If you’re just arriving, first […]

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2014’s Resolutions: How Did They Stand Up?

This time last year I published a similar ‘Annual Review’ style series of blog posts, the third and last of which was a forward-looking piece, aimed at setting a few resolutions to overcome the previous year’s ills. It’s been interesting reading back over these words, because I didn’t pin those resolutions to my wall, nor […]

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Getting Perspective Down Under (Plus, My One Big Resolution For 2015)

Of the many reasons I came to Australia, the most fundamental was a growing need to let go of the habits and routines I’d fallen into. Tenny and I officially migrated to the UK in 2011 as a married couple, driven largely by the idea that two British citizens would be better than one when it came […]

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Something’s Happening In The World Of Adventure. And I’m Not Sure I Like It

Let me tell you a little story. A couple of years ago I was invited to give a talk in London. The details were vague, but the gist was this: a small, select group of people would really like to spend a couple of hours hearing about my adventures. In return for my talk, they […]