Trains and Boats and Planes

Regulars to these columns will have realised that we here at TravellersWrites have a bit of an obsession with getting about. Every journey we take is a collation of many other mini-journeys within it, and every journey has myriad reasons for being made. We get a number of communications here at TW, and the ones…

I’m a Seoul Man

It was only to be a few days in Seoul, but having arrived direct from a hot and humid thirty degree Singapore and stepping out into minus eleven degrees in the South Korean capital, I was immediately thinking we could get this trip done in hours.  As few as possible. But that was to do…

Run Forest Run

Occasional TravellersWrites contributor Simon Matthews get to grips with a travel icon in the depths of England’s New Forest. When you get to a certain age, your birthday presents are either non- existent, boringly predictable or just so ‘out there’ that they are incredible. I am unlucky enough to be at that certain age but also…

Electric Ladyland

       There’s a buzz in the air in Hong Kong on a Sunday. Not just the hustle of the millions taking to the transport system to find the best shopping, or the best Dim Sum, or even the best hiking spots. Something else is emanating audibly as you come down from the Island’s…

Working Class Hero

My partner hates any sign of peril or danger to animals.  Who doesn’t?  It’s why I watch Game Of Thrones alone,  it’s why every tiny creature that flies, crawls or floats into our house gets put gently outside on a red carpet, and why the Grand National sweepstake is an absolute no-no.  It’s also why…

The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Nostalgia is a funny thing.  A friend of mine calls it ‘being drunk on the past’.  I’m not sure that’s wholly fair, but I’m as guilty as anyone of a rosy tint on my lenses when I look back at past trips.  One of the things I miss, is the ease with which one could…

All Hail The Tour Guide

Its commonly said that we all remember the best teachers from school. The ones that made a lasting impression we carry with us today. I believe that, but I also know we remember the bad ones, such as Mr Barnett who when addressing Form 2 Chemistry described a bunsen burner as about the length of…

Delayed in Delhi.

You know you’re culturally out of your depth, when you’re waiting for a man to stop defecating in front of you, staring you in the eye and actually smiling, before you can check into your hotel. Strangely that titbit of local knowledge hadn’t been made clear to me as I arrived in Delhi, and thumbing…

Under The Northern Lights

As I’m sure every one of you can testify, it’s hard work juggling a metre long live cod at four in the morning with frozen hands, when your wellington boots are three sizes too big, and the boat deck you’re swaying on loses all its lighting and your glasses have fallen into a mop bucket….

Wichita Lineman

This piece is longer than usual, as it is a chapter from a wider book – Across America In Song- due for completion and publication in 2018.  It is somewhat longer than the usual pieces on TravellersWrites but hopefully you’ll get an idea of a larger story.   Marc Jones, June 2016. I don’t remember the exact…

Love On The Rocks

This fantastic piece was written by fellow ‘TravellersWriter’ Simon Matthews, and sums up a trip back through time on a last day in Sydney Harbour. It was my 3rd visit to Sydney in as many weeks, but this time, I was not staying in an apartment with friends or with my fiercely independent great aunt at…

A Bohemian Rhapsody

I’ll need to make one thing very clear from the off.  Prague is a wonderful, colourful, storied, smashed-in-your-face-with-history, frankly beautiful city. The chocolate box Old Town, with its meandering narrow cobbled streets and high slim buildings allowing only belts and tissues of bright sunlight to fall between the gaps is one of the most alluring…