This edition of the Monday Meetings brings you wisdom and travel bites from a travel blogger that I’ve run into a few times, usually in London, but most famously being co-responsible for the entire success of the dance floor action at Traverse Brighton in 2013. Meet Brendan Wan, a well-travelled gent from the Southern hemisphere and the man behind The Travel Pop.…
India, India, India.… It can be intimidating, but it can also be so inviting. Here is an example of the friendly India I love and will go back to time and again… my latest video showing a week-long tour through Maharashtra, aboard the Deccan Odyssey luxury train.
Named after the Deccan Plain that it crosses, the tour starts in Mumbai, takes in World Heritage sites like Ajanta and Ellora (which are right up there with – and probably a darn sight better than – the Taj Mahal and others) as well as visiting Goa and a host of other items.
While I’m travelling the world, I like to ask inspirational people for their thoughts and opinions in a series of posts called ‘Monday Meetings’. The latest Monday Meeting is a great interview with innovator and entrepreneur Naren Shaam – founder and CEO of travel startup GoEuro…, a ‘travel search engine’ that is designed to make Euro trip planning easier and more transparent.
Happy Australia Day – Everything You Need To Know About Australia, From Someone Who’s Never Been (Yet)
Today marks the day that a fleet of British ships arrived to Sydney Cove in New South Wales, and it’s 226 years since the Flag of Great Britain was raised to proclaim British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia.
The name Australia Day… has evolved over time, and so have the meaning of it’s celebrations.
“In contemporary Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.”
Tourism Australia describe it succintly as
“a day for Australians to celebrate everything that’s great about being Australian.”
So what is being Australian all about?
Last November I popped down to London from the North, to attend WTM 2013 at the ExCeL. With lots of work to do before and during the trade show, and evening events filling up the rest of the time, I was in no mood for a shared dorm… in a hostel. I teamed up with a few friends and bloggers to share a City Marque apartment in central London and managed to capture a few London landscape photos with my new fish-eye lens.