A lot of my writing is long-form and I make no apologies for that. If you want quick reviews and star ratings TripAdvisor does a better job that I will ever do. I want to tell you about my experience, about the people, about the details, about the history. This is my aim, to in some small way emulate the travel writing I read growing up; Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, Jan Morres but made simpler to navigate for the internet age.
For most locations I've been you'll find a main page and then simpler links to places we've eaten, landmarks we've visited, the roofs we've had over our head and the wildlife we've seen. These are split down into easy to navigate sections so you can find what you're looking for.
About The Site
This site is primarily here to help people who want to take sabbaticals, but it is much more than that! Head over to the 'Start Here' page to see everything on offer, whether it be destination guides, weekend breaks or vacation inspiration.
The challenge as always through the Internet is one of trust. You can trust a friend or even a well known author to dish out good advice, but how do you trust me, a guy you've never met and has no credibility to you tapping away at a keyboard miles from your location.
Well, I can't answer that but all I ask is you give me a shot. Have a read of a view articles, maybe join the newsletter and see how I get on.
Trust is all about credibility, reliability and self orientation.
I never take money for writing and only write what I see, I will reliably deliver what I say I will and I am focused on getting the best information for you all - even if that means directing you to another site that will help you better than I can.
Now read on because this is an important bit....
Never let me jade or enhance your impressions of a place. Just because I haven't been somewhere doesn't mean it's not any good. Just because I liked somewhere doesn't mean you will. These are one person's views taken often after one experience and at only one time. People are sentimental, experiences can be subjective and places change in time. The Buddha said 'we see as we are'. My views are clouded by my experiences, personality and views, as will yours
Use my information to help and plan, but gather from other resources too. I am not afraid of directing people away from my site if there is useful information elsewhere, you only have to take only look at my resources page for that!
But ultimately the only way to form an opinion is to let the trip take you and see for yourself.
If you disagree, or have more to add then let me know. Comment, write a counter piece, criticise; I do not write to hide from other views I write because I welcome them.
But don't ever use me or my writing as an excuse. Your only excuse is you. You call the shots, make the decisions, choose the destinations.
Now get out there and see it for yourself!
Ben Reeve - August 2017
Ben & Becca
Me and my beautiful wife Becca on a trip to Cape Town. We have been everywhere together, Becca is my patient companion who puts up with the note taking, photography and excursions!
Me on a boat in Seychelles with one of my trusty notebooks!
Experiencing everything I can
From walking with lions to paragliding to simply relaxing with a cocktail watching a sunset. I do my best to experience it all and bring you the best places.
Having some fun!
Always, and if it stops, so will I!