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A travel article I wrote for the Irish Times about life in Hanoi, the chaotic and charming capital of Vietnam, which has become one of the must-see destinations for world travellers. I lived and worked there for several years, and this article provides insights which casual visitors and guidebooks usually overlook.
An article about what I learned from a ten-day silent meditation retreat in Japan earlier this year.
An article about why I love running, and how this combined with my love of travelling led me to compete in the Vietnam Mountain Marathon in Sapa, Vietnam
A unique take on Vietnam's unique food and drinks scene, with info on leisure activities and culture, that you won't find anywhere else. A traveller's guide to Hanoi written by an expat who lived there for several years, this guide gives the perfect mix blend of advice for those who have things they want to 'tick off' on their visit to Vietnam's fascinating capital, but with a more authentic and adventurous flavour.
In which I try to convey the joys and positive mental health benefits of bathing naked with a bunch of other men
An article about the Japanese cultural concept of ikigai, as reflected in the cult documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. In this article the author reflects on the pervasive conscientiousness witnessed while travelling in Japan, and how having something to live for is the essence of happiness and therefore longevity.
The benefits of the sauna are not just physical and mental, but social. And Irish people being Irish, the communal atmosphere created in them is like that in your local pub.
A travel guide to Mongolia's various different regions, with information and advice for travellers looking to plan their itinerary. Includes real-life personal experience and insight into activities, sights and Mongolian culture.
A travel guide for backpacker's who want to explore this amazing country's less-travelled reaches. Vietnam is a paradise for those looking for adventure and unique culture, and its legendary two-wheeler culture makes it one of the most popular travel destinations for young people right now.
A guide to travelling Mongolia, featuring practical information on how to go about organising a trip, along with cultural insights and real-life experience from a recent trip. Includes information on tour company practices, the practical side of travelling in Mongolia, cultural insights and advice you won't find in other by-numbers how-to guides.
A travel article about Mongolia's capital city, with a mix of travel advice and experience and cultural insight