Other Writings: Explorations

MikeachimTravel4 Comments


Probably best you don’t go here.

I‘m laid low with a head-cold, wandering in and out of lucidity (yes, illnesses are the only time I’m lucid), so I’m not yarning about Scotland today, as planned.

However, since it would be rude to leave you with nothing to read, here are some other travel-related things I’ve been writing around the Web this month.

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A 10-part series for American Express on adopting an explorer’s mindset when you travel:

Lose Yourself / Just Connect (Offline) / Just Connect (Online) / Pack Less Than You Need / Embrace Your Weirdness / Judge Ye Not / Fake It Until You Remake It / Face An Uncertain Future / Going Home For The First Time / Never Arrive

If you’ve been reading Fevered Mutterings for a while, you’ll recognise a lot of these themes. I may be a travelling disaster, but I’m a consistent travelling disaster. It’s a small comfort, but I’m taking it.

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My first piece for CNN is on the subject of terrifyingly remote islands – and yet again I’m ranting about Rockall, as I did for Fevered Mutterings in 2010. (Yet again I find myself drawn, lemming-like, to places not fit for human beings. It’s a problem).

So anyway, enough of me and mine. What’s the best thing you’ve read on your online travels this month?

Image: Andy Strangeways / Geograph (Wikimedia Commons)
  • Islands are wonderful. Not been to such remote ones as you but enjoyed the Shetlands last year.

    Best on line reading this month… difficult. I browse and graze on line, and at the risk of sounding sycophantic, there are few, yours included, I read in full. Abigail King in http://www.insidethetravellab.com/ is another.

    Not on line, my current fascination, though I don’t need to travel that far, is an old book, Walking in the Lake District by H.H. Symonds. Published in 1933, pre Wainwright. His style is somewhat different from travel writers of today; of Scafell he says: “No man may leave the presence of a king waving at him a bar list, some desiccating catalogue, a piece of paper. Some full and willing reverence is due to his compelling majesty. Let us then say that in all weathers that he is king & lord of the many who have climbed his precipices…..” and so it continues.

    • Shetland is a terrific place to be. I haven’t quite got that far myself (Orkney is the furthest north, to date) but I’m planning on it…

      If you like Abi’s work (and who could blame you?), I think you’d like…


      Travel stories (on politics, war, food and music) by professional journalists – really fabulous quality, and the site is a joy to click through as well…

      • Thanks, spent a bit of time clicking…. and even more reading. You’re right about the quality.


  • Get well soon! I hope you’re better now. One post that is still in my mind is this one: http://summerinsea.com/2011/11/01/thinking-about-doing-a-voluntourism-lets-give-it-more-thought/

    • Back on my feet again, thanks!

      I have a recommendation, and it may come across as biased because the author is a friend – but it’s this:


      I’ve not read anything else on the subject of volunteering that was as pragmatic, straight-talking and hopeful as this. (I gave it an honest 5 stars on Amazon).