2016

Malaysia – As night falls, the surrounding Borneo tropical rainforest has come alive with noise …

South Africa – I don’t know how close we came to drowning, but it certainly felt dangerously close …

2015

Sri Lanka – Set in a tropical forest and overlooking a lake, the Kandalama hotel is an inspiration in sustainability …

Kosovo – We walked around Pristina’s central square and visited the NEW BORN sculpture … such a wonderful symbol …

South Africa – Watched kite surfers zipping up and down the bay and stopped to explore the Stone Age Klipgat caves  …

2014

Ecuador – We flew to Tzapapentza, a small community of the Achuar nation living in the Amazon near the border with Peru …

Russia – The visit to Lenin’s tomb was slightly surreal … the real remains of a national hero and global icon …

Sri Lanka – The steamy tropical air is pungent with the whiff of sewage and petrol fumes, interlaced with the scent of spices and fruits …

USA – At the Henry Ford Museum, I drove in a Model T Ford and saw a replica of Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory complex …

Zimbabwe – This is a country that has been through decades of breakdown, and the result is remarkable resilience …

Madagascar – We stopped to watch some grey lemurs in the trees and were attacked by a swarm of mosquitos …

2012

Ecuador & Dominican Republic – Explored Santa Domingo’s old city. Hot & sticky, but a wonderfully vibrant culture & great music …

South Korea – Clues that you are in Seoul: Clue #1 – there is a pre-installed laptop in the hotel room …

2011

Galapagos – On the way from the airport to the hotel, we stopped to see the giant tortoises …

Ecuador – The changing light as the sun set was truly magical, especially as there were storm clouds …

Vietnam – Bizarrely I found myself watching a very friendly giraffe, who likes to have his head scratched …

South Africa – I got to ride one ostrich (for about 10 metres) and to ‘kiss’ another …

Nigeria – As in so much of Africa, the culture and its people are colourful, hopeful and friendly …

2010

Costa Rica –  I immediately feel comfortable here, and I am trying to figure out why …

Panama –  I suppose what I didn’t realise was how long the canal is – around 50 miles …

Brazil –  It feels like everyone just ‘gets’ that there’s more to life than work and money …

Argentina – One of the highlights has been visiting a place called Caminito …

Chile – I am staying a few days in Valdivia with “barefoot economist” Manfred Max-Neef …

New Zealand – One of my discoveries was a quaint coffee shop called Cafe Paris …

Greece – As my colleague, John Elkington, said: ‘Thanks for civilization! …

China – I think the West is far too judgemental of China …

Ukraine – From the brief night-tour I had, I can see that it is a beautiful city …

India – I didn’t get the ‘assault on my senses’ that I had expected …

Cambodia – The temples are just as one imagines jungle temple ruins should be …

Thailand – Our hotel was right in the heart of the red-shirts protest zone …

Malaysia – My first emotion on stepping out into the baking heat of KL was relief …

Singapore – Apart from the balmy weather, there’s a lot to like about Singapore …

Australia – There’s some great, funky architecture down town in Melbourne …

Kenya – The roads sparked one of the first lively debates …

Turkey – What I liked the most were the church-mosque hybrids …

2009

Tunisia – The troglodyte cave dwellings are fascinating and aesthetically beautiful …

Georgia – Tbilisi is like a colourfully painted crypt, discovered amidst the rubble …

Armenia – This was the first country to be a state-declared Christian nation …

Germany – Berlin is a city of surprises to savour, full of delights to discover …

2008

Canada – To my unexpected surprise and delight, this guy on a Penny Farthing bicycle rode past me …

1996

Ireland – Aran Island. As I sit here on a stone bench out the back of the lodge, sun caressing my body …

1992

UK – Findhorn seemed to me a healthy, innovative, spiritually centred living and working community …

Canada – Greetings from a spring-blessed Kingston. We have sunshine, greening trees, and blossoming flowers …

1990

Japan – I heard the strange yet vaguely familiar words: “Ohayo gozaimas” called in a woman’s voice …

Zimbabwe – I’ve been attending an AIESEC environmental conference on “Wildlife Management in Africa” …

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