The great thing about travelling is leaving your life behind. But sometimes it can bring you back to life.
Darrel Bristow-Bovey has lost his wallet on three different continents and had it returned each time. He is a passionate aficionado of fine hotels, and his favourite words in the English language are "do not disturb". He has been expelled from Burma and detained in Cuba and completely ignored in most other places. He travels because life is short and the world is very large and very beautiful.Follow @dbbovey
Our columnist talks up a storm on board a cruise ship, where fellow passengers hang on his every word.
There’s nothing quite as magical as being suspended in a warm, cobalt ocean with friendly blue sharks. Close to Cape Town you can swim with these incredible creatures cage-free.
Quitting Christmas cold turkey is preferable to labouring through it with other people, reckons our columnist.
A wise old man, who has seen a lot of the world, gives our writer some timely advice.
By listening to suggestions for once, our columnist has an Amsterdam adventure like no other.
On a hot summer’s day, our columnist finds the coolest place in the city.
Sure, GPS will take you places – just not always the right places.
Caught in transit, our columnist stops pretending he’s in a movie to discover a world of real life drama.
Finding the perfect Airbnb match in Amsterdam leads our columnist into a web of linen and lies.