Seven Surprises from Thailand and Laos
18 Dec 2016

Seven Surprises from Thailand and Laos

Almost any person who’s stepped on a jet plane seems to have been to Thailand, bringing back countless snapshots and uniforms of sunburn, Chang beer singlets and elephant pants to accompany their stories of backpacker and beach bum bliss. So, it was with great delight and the occasional discomfort that I found myself surprised during the five weeks I was in Thailand and its jungly neighbour Laos. By the graciousness of the Thai people. Since the long-reigning Thai monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej...

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CatchImpact — 24GoodDeeds
4 Nov 2016

CatchImpact — 24GoodDeeds

There are so many social businesses and impactful projects I stumble across which sorely deserve to be written about, but I’ve always found the lack of a ready and suitable publication for these to be a major pain. Which is why I’m starting the CatchImpact blog series. It will be a more or less monthly Q&A showcase of the inspiring changemakers I’m lucky enough to meet while travelling or at home. And it starts today with 24 Good Deeds —...

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Reflections on a year working remotely

At this point, I can’t really say if I’m coming or going: such is a life working remotely. It feels like I’ve just walked in the door and already I’m preparing for a bigger trip to the other side of the world. This year my laptop has followed me everywhere, resulting in a remote-work mishmash of journalism, website copywriting, German to English translation, online CSR research, occasional CatchMercurial blogs and so on… And where was I working? Well, mostly in comfy...

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Summer Article Roundup
7 Aug 2016

Summer Article Roundup

It seems that many of you rather enjoyed the low-carbon Berlin to Lisbon travel adventures, which I shared several weeks back. So, on that note, here’s a wee summer reading list of some other ‘recently’-published articles of mine. Although not so recent, this questions behind this article on the tourism/climate change catch-22 are what led me to travel overland to Portugal.   The second piece (also) originated back in March at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism industry convention.  What would...

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Berlin to Lisbon Overland: Low CO² Adventures

Let me backtrack a little… Before I could indulge in the delicious treats and sun-washed streets of Lisbon, I had to get there. “Well, duh,” I hear you say. But what if I didn’t want to make the trip from Berlin to Lisbon by aircraft?… Overland from Berlin to Lisbon: Recently published, low CO² adventures  

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The lost weeks of Lisbon
2 Jun 2016

The lost weeks of Lisbon

Three weeks have somehow passed since I arrived in Lisbon; time which I can only assume simply evaporated in the indescribable light that illuminates this city. I’ve not forgotten. There was work, room-hunting, drinking moonshine cherry schnapps from the old lady selling it out of her window, wandering the streets, riding its ferries and buses, adventures with new friends, gasping in the cold Atlantic waters and an octupus that set off a charming little allergic reaction. But at this point,...

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Five Lessons I’ve Lived & Learned as a Remote Freelancer

My one year anniversary as a remote freelance writer has long come and gone, leaving behind a mountain of published words, enough coffee stains that my plastic-topped desk occasionally attains a convincing oak hue, and a handful of  rather important lessons. In the interest of  noting these down for those days where nothing seems to work  helping others who are thinking of making the leap, here are the top five lessons I’ve lived and learned since starting out as a freelancer. The importance...

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The untold stories of winter
27 Mar 2016

The untold stories of winter

  It’s time to tell the untold stories of winter. Stories at risk of being lost to spring sensations like fragrant breezes across the face, or the flat-out denial of winter that will come when the weather turns to absolute rubbish again. — — — Silvester (NYE). Berlin is known for its wild new year’s eve celebrations, with the reckless abandon of its impromptu firework celebrations commonly drawing war zone comparisons. So naturally, we climbed onto our friend’s rooftop to...

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ITB Inspiration for Responsible Tourism

The last visitors of the 2016 ITB Travel Convention have long since traipsed home with their haul of exotic candy, business connections and tourism flyers, but I’ve found myself walking away with something perhaps just as valuable: a sense of invigoration and inspiration. Berlin’s ITB is the biggest of its kind in the world. This year was the 50th time it has brought together global tourism players; the meeting of a multi-trillion dollar industry,  one which saw almost 1.2 billion international...

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The Barcelona Score Card.
14 Feb 2016

The Barcelona Score Card.

Day Seven: The wind gusts rocking the aeroplane gave myriad alarming perspectives of a squally, green and gray Berlin. Despite relief at safely landing, the contrast to seven days spent in sun-baked Barcelona is a bit depressing. This was a special trip, as I was last in the Catalonian capital almost three years ago, sleeping on a friend’s rooftop terrace as I created and launched this website. Although I found myself constantly stumbling across old haunts and vague memories, I...

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