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Philosophy Of Travel

Is Hitchhiking Still Viable?

I am committed to avoiding flying for tourism. Commercial air travel has been in existence for less than a hundred years. There must be another way.

This probably meant that there were far fewer travellers, of course, but it probably also meant that those who did partake of long-term, long-distance voyages gained an intimate knowledge of the process of crawling across the surface of the world, and far more in touch with the people and places they passed through.

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Personal Updates

My New Year’s Resolutions

  • To ride my planned route with renewed purpose and enthusiasm, using the knowledge that Tenny, my girlfriend, is awaiting my return to guide me when the going gets tough.
  • To return to Iran with less doubt, more experience, and a fresh outlook on the world and my future, friends and family.
  • To live every day like it’s my last, fighting complacency, ignorance and the denial of responsibility.
  • To question every day my reasons for living the life I’ve chosen — and if the answers don’t make sense any more, to do something about it.
  • To use and spread my passions in a positive way, sharing tough lessons and beautiful moments rather than keeping them jealously for myself.

Above all, I need to find the answer to the question: Am I doing the right thing?

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Personal Updates

Home For Christmas

Good evening. I’m writing from the opulent luxury of my parents’ home! But the luxury doesn’t come from central heating, a hot shower, or a well-stocked fridge (although these things are most enticing). No, the true luxury is the feeling of having a permanent base to come back to, something I haven’t had for almost 18 months.

Home Sweet Home!

Travel is often a compromise — it takes time to settle into the flow of constant movement, from one set of surroundings and people to another, the same daily routine of goodbyes and hellos in return for a constantly varied cultural experience. Now, I know I’ll be coming back to sleep in the same bed every night, eating breakfast at the same table, and that’s a comfort that can’t be replicated anywhere other than your own home, wherever it is and however luxurious it may be.

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A Quick Trip to Blighty

As you might have guessed from the title of this post, Tenny and I caused something of a stir when we turned up unannounced at my parents’ front door last Sunday night!

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A New Look For Me — And My Blog

In case you’re wondering why I seem to have disappeared for the last few weeks, I am finally able to bring you news of my predicament.