‘Off the beaten track’ is a state of mind as well as a way to travel. Many of my travels have been on well worn roads, but my approach allows me to have experiences far beyond the brochures.
In the past decade travelling has taken me to incredible parts of the world, where I have met people who have influenced my life, and done things I had never considered. I have greatly embraced the surprises that travel brings, even on ‘well-planned’ trips, and especially when those surprises could have been considered disastrous.
One of the best days of my life started with a head cold and a scooter ride through torrential rain, but on a Greek Island in the Cyclades, this was the beginning of an incredible adventure and the forging of an important friendship. My mindset is what takes me ‘off the beaten track’, which is why my Blog carries this name.
My passionate affair with travel took hold when I was given a life-changing job with Contiki Europe as a Tour Manager in 1997. With Contiki I travelled Europe extensively and even though our tours stuck mostly to well worn paths, my experiences during that time marked an incredible change in my view of travel.I ran organised tours, yet I saw a diverse range of clients, from tourists who saw Europe through the lens of a video camera, to travellers who sought out their own adventures.
Armed with these powerful observations, I vowed from then on to always be a ‘traveller’. Mostly, I have succeeded. This does not mean that I enjoy five-star luxury travel any less, just that a backpackers’ hostel in New Zealand, serving free soup at 6pm, can bring me as much joy. The diversity of my experiences is what keeps me addicted to my drug of choice: travelling.
My focus for this Blog, and the accompanying photographs will be the travel I have done most recently. In the past 15 months I have been sailing through the Cyclades Islands of Greece, traversed Peru by plane, train and motor cycle, had adventures in Hawaii, New Zealand and Canada, and discovered treasures in the cities of Las Vegas, London, Seattle, Christchurch, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Denver and my home town of Sydney.
Where next? This is a lengthy list peppered with must-returns and must-sees.
I invite you to read, comment on and contribute to “Off the Beaten Track”.