Journal & Personal

A little spot to record my thoughts and take aways from life on the road.

Safe travels,
Dan

Personal posts from the journal…

Vietnam Agent Orange

Agent Orange: The true face of Poverty in Vietnam?

Coming face to face with the ongoing damage from Agent Orange and similar in Vietnam was heartbreaking, yet, heartwarming as well. A story of bonding, coffee and understanding the start of my change in the world...
28th October 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Maldives Holiday

Beautiful Places, Breakups and Blues…

The Maldives are one of the most beautiful places I have ever witnessed and also home to some of my most beautiful memories. Should a break up change how we view the world, both past and present?
2nd October 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Ensenada Dogs

Is Voluntourism Bad?
Not when it looks like this…

'And that's how I became a qualified doctor.' The pride and struggle in Carlas voice was warm and genuine as she recalled the life that had led her to be sat here. Sat in front of our 40 stunned and silent faces which clung on to every word.
21st September 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Agonda India Beach

Agonda Beach India… The ultimate digital detox?

Let me tell you how peaceful, perfect and relaxing Agonda Beach in Goa is. Then I'll tell you why I hated it. if you are after the ultimate digital detox in India, this could well be it...
15th March 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Simla

Brain Hemorrhages and Bucketlists

“I was in a coma. 10% chance of making it. My memory was deemed gone.” - We throw around the word Bucketlist these days, but what happens when you get the second chance to write it? How does it lead you to the slums of Delhi?
10th March 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Jakarta

Dear Asia… It’s not you, it’s me.

"You showed me beauty, religion and culture. You gave me illness and you gave me purpose. I want you to change, I wish I still felt the same, but for now, I need to break up with you."
9th February 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Cinque Terre

2015 Through The Lens: Travel Photography

A a collection of my favourite photo moments of this year. I tried to start capturing some of the smaller details this year, picking my favourite shots was nigh on impossible but I hope you enjoy them...
11th January 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Responsible Tourism

What is responsible tourism?

Eco, sustainable, respectful, green... Responsible tourism comes with a whole host of hashtags these days, but what does it actually mean? I asked some of the blogging world for their take on it as I make this the year to #PayItForward
7th January 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
IMG

2015: Instagram crap shots from behind the Camera

Filthy toilets, muggings, crying, pervy looking selfies, trashing business class and swimming pools full of crap... Behind the camera on Instagram you have my 'crappiest' photos of 2015. They also seem to always be the ones with the best stories... #LiveAuthentic #NoFilterMyAss
6th January 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Cinque Terre Italy Travel Photography

Finding silence in Cinque Terre

You come to Cinque Terre for beautiful villages, stunning photography and to gain at least a stone in carbohydrates. But in those almost haunted streets, if you listen careful, you might just find yourself...
10th December 2015/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Mumbai

Breaking my word in Mumbai

As Rajesh opened his heart to me I felt the need to help. Why? It took me a while to realise. I didn't however. I just left broken promises behind...
4th December 2015/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
Falling in Love

Lessons of Love: One day in Paris

With one day in Paris what can you do and see? How much of the city of love can be discovered? The main tourist sights might not have been on my agenda, but they turned out to teach me more than I had planned... A personal look at a destinations (hidden) lessons.
4th November 2015/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)
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Beyond The Guidebook

Hey! I’m Dan and I am a little bit obsessed with exploring the world, meeting people on the road and can usually be found lost and attached to a camera. I’ve been lucky enough to visit 50+ countries and aim to share the best travel tips, stories and guides here on the blog. If you want to be kept up to date every month + get access to the latest deals and competitions sign up on the form just down there or feel free to stalk me a bit more if you need help planning a trip, click here to get in touch!

Safe Travels, Dan

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