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How do you feel about long-stay trips?

July 4th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

This past week at Wheel & Anchor we were discussing travel trends in a post-pandemic world, and the subject of long-stay holidays came up. In an era where the travel portions of trips in airports and on planes is likely to be less pleasant than it used to be, there's a greater incentive to stay a little longer when you venture away from home.

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Finding The Meaning Of Life In The Rice Fields Of Bali

July 4th, 2020

It’s one of the most famous and widely-photographed sights of Bali: ranks of rice terraces fringed with coconut palms, climbing in soft green waves up the side of mountains - like scattered fragments of a vast amphitheatre being reclaimed by Nature.

If you’re visiting Bali, save lots of memory on your phone or camera for capturing these scenes, because everywhere you look, it’ll be gorgeous.

When can we travel again? Thoughts & Perspectives

June 26th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

I've received a large number of emails lately asking my perspective on the question on many a travellers mind - when can we travel again? I've shared some of my thoughts on the matter in the video below:

The bottom line is concept of travel requires going somewhere, and it depends where that somewhere is.

Webinar Replay: The Azores & Porto

June 24th, 2020

Check out the replay from our recent Q&A webinar for our two upcoming trips to the Azores, one 'Weekends' trip in November and one in April with a 5 night extension to Porto:

 

Lyrical, Unpredictable Irish: The Fight To Preserve A Language On The Edge

June 20th, 2020

This must be Polish. Or wait - maybe it’s Russian. Or something Scandinavian? No, the sounds are wrong…

The first time you hear Irish (click here if you want a sample), your brain will do that special dance it does when you can almost hear the words in a muffled conversation, trying to fit sounds to the meanings inside your head.

Is travel even important right now?

June 12th, 2020

2020 has been a tumultuous year so far to say the least, first with the pandemic and then the unrest and social anxiety that has flared up in the past few weeks.

As such the conversations that are ongoing are serious ones with real impact on our lives - how should our societies operate? How will we keep ourselves and our communities safe? What will our cities, towns, workplaces, relationships look like after this?

I think all of it has been emotionally and intellectually challenging because these are questions and situations that pull our attention to the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy of Needs - physiological, safety, love & belonging; the collective 'we' has been shaken on all of these fronts and needs attending to.

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Previewing Ireland + an interview with FLY Travel Radio

June 6th, 2020

Greetings from Thailand!

I made just a short video this week with a preview of our webinar about a 2021 adventure through Ireland, and a brief bit about my recent interview with FLY Travel Radio, where we discussed what lockdown is like in Southeast Asia, the travel adaptations we may need to consider in the future, why flying will be our biggest obstacle, and the importance of continuing to dream about travel:

Things mentioned in the video:

To join our webinar for Ireland: The Emerald Isle, you can register for the webinar here.

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