Romany Gypsies in Romania & Bulgaria

Romany Gypsies in Romania & Bulgaria

By Eion Gibbs Walking through Holland, Belgium, France, Italy and Slovenia the word gypsy didn't enter my thoughts once. This doesn't mean Traveller communities don't exist there, it's just that they're so far removed from everyone's daily lives that there was no...

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Irish Travellers and Romany Gypsies

Irish Travellers and Romany Gypsies

This article was written by Eion Gibbs, whom I met in Bucharest in April 2015. He was at the tail-end of a great walk across Europe, from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul, a ten-month epic in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor. After the furore I caused by...

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Greece Makes Me Feel Wonderful

Greece Makes Me Feel Wonderful

Right now, I’m in the Athens airport, rushing to write this article before embarking on the flight back home, to Bucharest. Over the past 10 days, since I’ve arrived here, I’ve been gathering comments from people about the financial crisis which, to be honest, stirs...

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How I Got Work Abroad

How I Got Work Abroad

Before I went travelling I had no idea about how to get a job abroad. I was beset by other fears: language, accommodation, money and the difficulty of beating my own complacency. If I had thought about it too much and if I had listened to my inner demons ("Who the...

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Working in Berlin

Working in Berlin

Berlin has played an important part in my life: it was the first place I visited on my trip to Tibet and I spent a month there in 1986, before the wall came down, and I was lucky enough to get a good look at a city that had been carved up by the great powers. The...

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Kayaking in Sweden

Kayaking in Sweden

When I was a kid we lived in a white house by the Firth of Forth, an estuary just north of Edinburgh. The house was so close to the sea that waves would splash into the garden when it was rough. Inside one of the garden sheds was an old kayak made of thin fibre glass...

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The Paradox of Sweden

The Paradox of Sweden

I'm staying in an old military base on one of the thirty thousand islands that lie outside Stockholm. From where I am sitting I can see massive cruise ships pass by, en route to the capital city, making their way through the forested islands. "A submarine was spotted...

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Why Live Abroad?

Why Live Abroad?

By Silvana Some time ago Rupert asked me to explain why I live abroad and what are the advantages of travelling. After a while I thought maybe I'm complicating my life too much. Maybe I should stop living in a foreign country (Germany at the moment, France before...

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I was Wrong About the Romani Gypsies

I was Wrong About the Romani Gypsies

For many years I thought I knew the answer to the problems faced by the Romani Gypsies: education. If we could just make school more appealing to this population their situation of marginalisation would gradually end, and they would learn the skills needed to...

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What I Learned from Camping

What I Learned from Camping

My first thought about camping is that I don’t want to do it: it’s cold and wet outside and even thinking about what I would need to pack sends a shiver down my spine. So much easier to sit in my warm room, go to work and meet a friend for a pizza this evening. Then I...

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5 Reasons for Travelling Alone

5 Reasons for Travelling Alone

Travelling alone was the only option when I went to Asia for two years. It was what I aspired to, what I planned for and what I built up to. The first page of my book, 9 Months in Tibet,  is about overcoming my fear of travelling alone. Although I had a loving...

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Dealing With Nationalists

Dealing With Nationalists

Some of the most interesting places in the world are beset by nationalists and extremists: minority groups wanting to break away and form an independent state; high levels of anger between ethnic groups and almost everywhere you go the people hate, and blame, the...

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Can George Get a Job in Mongolia?

Can George Get a Job in Mongolia?

My friend George asked me if I thought he could get a job in Mongolia and, even though I don’t know anything about the jobs market in Mongolia I instantly replied: “of course you can.” Before explaining why I am so confident in my answer I would like to introduce...

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How to Adapt to Foreign Cultures

How to Adapt to Foreign Cultures

Learning to Adapt to foreign cultures is easier than you might assume. It’s all about attitude rather than about studying the country you’re planning to visit. Of course some people intensively study the culture, language and history of the place they’re visiting and...

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 How to Get a Grant

 How to Get a Grant

Here is a story about how to get a grant. When I was in Montenegro recently I checked into a small guest house and asked if they had internet. “Of course we do” boomed the big cheery lady who runs the place, but when I tried to get online it didn’t work. I asked for...

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Working in Vietnam

Working in Vietnam

Riding a Belorussian motorbike, teaching English, avoiding expats, enjoying the crazy street life in Hanoi…Luke Dale-Harris describes his life while working in Vietnam. 

When I was 22 – not very long ago – I joined an odd, small but growing …

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The Beauty of Getting Lost

The Beauty of Getting Lost

Getting lost in an unknown location is central to my approach to travel.  If you have a sense of faith (“everything’s going to be okay”) and are not liable to panic, getting lost can result in discovering wonderful things and meeting new people. There’s also a...

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10 Skills for Independent Travel

10 Skills for Independent Travel

There was no way I could have travelled to Tibet and spent two years abroad without building up what I call independent travel skills. These are the practices that enabled me to thrive in foreign cultures. In this article I will explain these skills in the hope that...

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