There have been times when I’ve realised all of the privileges that have enabled me to be able to travel as much as I have. It’s easy to feel guilty about having an advantage in life due to the accident of being born in a first-world country to a middle class family. Just being able … Continue reading Why we should feel grateful, not guilty, about the privilege of travel
Travelling as a vegan can sometimes present a few challenges. There’s no doubt that in some countries it’s much easier to find vegan food than others. Yet, even if you’re in a small town without a single place that offers something vegan or ‘veganizable’, you shouldn’t have a problem buying fruits, veggies, grains and everything … Continue reading Awkward vegan travel: turning down hospitality
I’ve written before about how travelling can be addictive. I’ve also defended the millennial obsession with travelling. Obviously it’s better to be ‘addicted’ to travelling than, say, gambling. But if the urge to just ‘travel more’ and hoard travel experiences becomes the centre of one’s focus, then this kind of experientialism may lose meaning and value. … Continue reading The problem with being obsessed about travel
I’m all for prioritising ‘experientialism’ over materialism; that is, looking for contentment in experiences, rather than material things. Travelling might make you less materialistic, if it solidifies the notion that you can find more meaning and fulfilment in having new experiences than with buying more stuff. But even so, sneering at 'materialistic people' who are pursuing … Continue reading How travelling can turn into a status game
Our Appointment With Life: Discourse on Living Happily in the Present Moment is a translation and commentary of the Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone by Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. This sutra – or basic text of Buddhist scripture – is the earliest teaching of the Buddha on how to … Continue reading Books that have changed my outlook on travel: Our Appointment With Life
Sometimes the best travel experiences are the least expected. One travel memory, in particular, sticks out for me. I was in Bangkok, Thailand. I walked downstairs to the hostel common room, and sat down on a couch adjacent to a window, through which I could watch with curiosity this busy street in Chinatown. As I … Continue reading A spontaneous moment of fun with a taxi driver in Bangkok
Sometimes the circumstances of home life might make you want to run away. And then you do. When you are no longer entangled in an environment that you felt was making you unhappy, just the very act of changing your scenery can be a relief and an opportunity to re-evaluate aspects of your life. It … Continue reading Escape through travel doesn’t always work
In terms of transport, flying is without a doubt the most environmentally damaging way to travel. The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) tells us that just one return flight from London to New York produces a greater carbon footprint than a whole year’s personal allowance needed to keep the climate safe. With constant warnings from climate … Continue reading Can you reconcile environmentalism with flying?