Stories and Faces from the Road

Travel might mean amazing places and discovering the world, but for me it is more about discovering people – it is always the new faces (or old) that make a trip special.

Everyone we meet on our travels has a story and I aim to share some of them here.

Safe travels,

Dan

Faces from Around the World

An eye-opening visit to The Hague during the Peace and Justice weekend

Every year The Hague, known as the city of peace and justice, opens its most important institutions to the public, providing the perfect chance to learn.
30th October 2019/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

Attending the worlds largest spiritual gathering: The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela

Unlike anything I have ever witnessed, The Prayagraj Kumbh Mela was a unique experience to attend. Here is the story of how my short time was spent.
9th February 2019/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

Cremations and celebrations: A journey through Varanasi, India’s holiest city

Varanasi is a city unlike any other. My one day in Varanasi was incredible, from the ceremonies on the Ghats before sunrise until the incredible celebrations after sunset.
3rd February 2019/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

Whangamomona Republic Day: That time I went to vote for a cat in an election…

The self-proclaimed Whangamomona Republic is in the north island of New Zealand, hidden down the forgotten highway of Taranaki and on the Whangamomona Republic Day is when it really comes to life.
17th January 2019/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

Why learning to Scuba Dive will change your life

My first venture into scuba diving took place in the tropical waters of Thailand. My friend, a qualified PADI instructor, had dragged me to sign up for a discovery dive while we were staying near Koh Phi Phi.
18th July 2018/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

Can travel cure depression?

I had no clue what to do next but I knew it needed to be different from the past decade. That moment I stood up off the floor I had to do something different, I had to find away to feel complete. But life, money, the normal, it was all standing in my way.
1st June 2018/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

More to Mauritius: Unearthing adventures beyond the beaches

I expected soft white sands. I expected azure waters lapping at my feet. I expected luxury resorts akin to a windows desktop screensaver. But, what I didn’t realise was how much more there is to Mauritius.
25th May 2018/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

EXCITED! I’m joining the Lonely Planet Trailblazer family (and how you can too)

I'm joining the LP Trailblazers family (and I kinda still don't believe it) - that moment when dreams come true...
4th December 2017/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

Prints from Peru: Inca ruins and culture around Cusco

For years I had this idea I would take an instant camera to the Andes in Peru and explore the incredible Inca history and culture so I did, here is what I discovered on the Lares Trek.
1st September 2017/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

Discovering Port Douglas and Aboriginal Culture

Ever since I moved to Sydney I was adamant I wanted to learn more about Aboriginal culture and the indigenous people of this vast land. Learning from a book is one thing, but to spend time with a local and understand their perspective is far more valuable...
10th July 2017/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

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)

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)

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)

Palestine: Jericho and the unexpected west bank

People drank coffee, tea or the locally brewed beer. Shop keepers laugh as they exchange banter with their customers. It was a normal day in the West Bank...
7th June 2016/by Daniel James (Dan Flying Solo)

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)
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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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