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…

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…

Music City, Tennessee

It takes less than a minute on arrival in Nashville, to be confronted with the unabashed in-your-face musicality of the city.  Stepping  gingerly into a green cab after a long journey from St Louis, Missouri, my cabbie Joel asks if I want to hear his record. What follows is a smiling sing-a-long by Joel to…

A Day In Toronto

Ok, so the title is a no-go. There’s no way that one simple day gives you what you want from Canada’s most significant City (with all apologies to Vancouver and Montreal, and with lesser apologies to Ottawa) but you can have a damn good attempt at it, if you’re prepared to put in some leg-work….

Off The Beaten Track In Hong Kong

I had already had the immense pleasure of being in Hong Kong a couple of times before my employer stationed me there in 2006.  I’d come to like the city very much, but before living there had only really experienced the business life of the Island and the neon night-towns of Wanchai and Lan Kwai…