Mars went round Uranus one more time and now everyone wants Facebook to know how well they can count.
And you think it’s all about you 2017, don’t you? more
My life bears more than a passing resemblance to the Soviet Union. more
Among other things I’m a travel writer, so here’s a nice picture of a sunset.
While I’m happy to embrace a sunset-related cliché for this blog entry, I normally try to avoid cliché like my life depended on it.
But if there’s one thing the travel media loves more than a clichéd photo of a sunset, it’s clichéd quotes....more
the perfect kit
"Compulsive, laugh-out-loud, good reading - and that's from a book snob who has never had the slightest inclination to go backpacking in Asia!"
Hazel Fairbairn, Vancouver
Backpacking has exploded into an industry worth billions. In this hilarious exposé of how backpacking has become big business, travel writer Martin Stevenson journeys onto the beaten track through India, Southeast Asia, Australia and the USA, retracing the steps of his own gap year(s) to ask the questions the backpacking industry would really rather he didn’t.
Featuring a cast of backpackers, neo-hippies, suicidal bus drivers, expats, NGOs, prostitutes, frustrated volunteers and two very unlikely sex tourists, More than footprints? How backpacking lost its way unpeels the ‘banana pancake’ trail and reveals how it has changed, how backpackers have changed it and how, far from being separate from the mass tourism industry, backpackers have become pioneers for it.