Thursday, September 30, 2010

Australian Festival of Travel Writing

Great news: I've been invited to be a guest speaker at the Australian Festival of Travel Writing. The festival, which will be held in Melbourne on 29-30-31 October, will reach beyond mere words on the page to incorporate new forms of travel writing such as blogging, radio, film, photography, performance and arts.

This year's program features three themes - Dynamic India, Multicultural French Travellers, and Travel on Two Wheels – with a prominent line-up of speakers including Lonely Planet founder, Tony Wheeler, India's Chetan Bhagat, who was voted one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, and Le Monde journalist-cyclist, Guillaume Prebois, presenting a series of panels and workshops that will challenge the way we think about travel and tourism.

I personally will be sharing the highs and lows of my War Child Cambodia Cycle Challenge for the Travellers Giving Back: Voluntourism and Travelling for Charities panel on Sunday 31 October from 2.30-3.30pm at the Wheeler Centre (behind the State Library). Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ethiopia guidebook update

I've been so excited about the recent release of the new Bradt Travel Guide to Ghana which I updated late last year, I almost forgot to mention that I’ve just signed up to tackle the 6th edition of the Bradt Travel Guide to Ethiopia. For 10 weeks over April, May and June next year I'll be driving, bussing and bush taxiing my way around the entire country covering everything from the busy streets of Addis and the colourful South Omo Valley to Bale Mountains National Park and the thundering Blue Nile Falls – not to mention everything in between.

In all my travels to Africa, I've yet to make it to Ethiopia. Of course as child of the 80s, I grew up with the images of emaciated children and cracked barren earth that were beamed around the world during Bob Geldof's Live Aid concert in 1985. But there is much more to this ancient country than those lasting negative image stereotypes. So I'm really looking forward to debunking the myths and discovering Ethiopia for myself. If anyone wants to join me for my latest wild adventure, drop me a line!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ghana guidebook giveaway

The new Bradt Travel Guide to Ghana which I updated late last year has finally hit the shelves of bookstores around the world. The most comprehensive English language guide to the country, I'm not totally biased in saying it is a must for first time travellers to this bewildering and bewitching West African destination. To celebrate I thought I'd give away a copy.

To win all you need to do is answer this simple question:

Who was the Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations for ten years?

The first person to provide the correct answer in the comments section of this post wins the guide (just make sure you include your email so I can contact you for an address to send the guide to).