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.

Know thyself

Humans have always wanted answers. Our guest columnist goes in search of an ancient one.... read more