Upcoming events

The Adventure Travel Film Festival is on Friday to Sunday, 12-14 February at the Australian Alpine town of Bright in Victoria. I’m speaking at 10 am on Saturday in the Uniting Church. I won’t be showing a film, but I probably will be showing lots of pictures from my ‘London to Melbourne by cheap airlines’ project. Why fly with just one stop (Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, wherever) when you could have 20 stops and make a real trip out of it?

▲ It goes right back to my very first flight when I was just one year old and it took three days to fly from England to Pakistan.IMG_9841 - London to Karachi - 540

Dark Lands final 271Dark Lands came out in 2013 and it continues to feature in talks I’m doing. Along with other topics of course!

Dark Lands took me to Colombia, Congo DRC, Haiti, Nauru, Pakistan, Palestine-Israel, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe and as the blurb says:

Travelling along that popular Axis of Evil led to Tony Wheeler’s Bad Lands, now he’s going further into the dark corners of the world as he explores a line up of troubled nations. Along the way he worries about failing outboard motors in the Pacific, gets stoned (with the thrown variety) in Palestine, scores a speeding ticket in Zimbabwe, gets arrested for photographing a bar in the Congo, visits Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad in Pakistan and tracks down the wreckage of Pearl Harbor ‘architect’ Admiral Yamamoto’s aircraft in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.

An Innocent Abroad - 270I’ve also written one of the stories in another new Lonely Planet book: An Innocent Abroad. Or read my review.

The book features stories of life-changing trips from 35 great writers including Dave Eggers, Cheryl Strayed, Tim Cahill, Mary Karr, Richard Ford, Fiona Kidman, Simon Winchester Sloane Crosley, Kerre McIvor, David Baldacci, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Ann Patchett, Jane Smiley, Alexander McCall Smith and Stanley Stewart.

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