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The Day A Guy Holding A Gun Gave Me A Free Glass of Orange Juice in Venezuela

It had been a long trip north east of Bogota in Colombia since the previous day and I can’t remember a more dazed or drained experience in my travel history than this particular day and border crossing from Colombia to Venezuela. It was all a bit bizarre and I didn’t really know what was happening Read more about The Day A Guy Holding A Gun Gave Me A Free Glass of Orange Juice in Venezuela[…]

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Friday’s Featured Food: An Ugali Feast in Arusha, Tanzania

It’s time for Friday’s Featured Food and for the second week in a row we head to Africa. This time it’s to the city of Arusha in Tanzania, where I was based for a few nights before and after our Safari experience. It’s also the second day in a row for me to have my Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: An Ugali Feast in Arusha, Tanzania[…]

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Thirsty Thursdays: Zanzibar Coffee in Arusha, Tanzania

Drinking coffee in Africa is something you have to do. The amount of coffee grown and produced on this continent is phenomenal. While staying in Arusha, on a quiet morning it was coffee time. I’m one who loves to relax over a coffee, sometimes reading a book or just enjoying the views with my girlfriend, Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Zanzibar Coffee in Arusha, Tanzania[…]

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UAE Fake Travel Report Part 2: The Time I Didn’t Go to Abu Dhabi and Dubai

** STOP PRESS – since this article I have since been to Dubai and the UAE. As I count down my trip to the Middle East I now reflect on that time, back in 2008 where I turned down a part sponsored trip to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. That’s right I turned Read more about UAE Fake Travel Report Part 2: The Time I Didn’t Go to Abu Dhabi and Dubai[…]

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Working Wednesdays: 8 Attributes You Need to Run A Travel Blog

Ah sigh! Here we go another working Wednesdays today and instead of me telling a story or writing about my long list of jobs today it’s time for a reality check. Don’t Stop Living turned 6 yesterday and yes that is some achievement and I’m proud of it. But for people on the outside who Read more about Working Wednesdays: 8 Attributes You Need to Run A Travel Blog[…]

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How I Cope With Being Away From My Family

A reflective and personal post now having reached 6 years of travel blogging and almost 10 years of living away from my home country of Northern Ireland. I’ve done a load of interviews recently for other sites and they often ask me: 1. Do I travel alone all the time? 2. Do I ever see Read more about How I Cope With Being Away From My Family[…]

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Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: A Traveller’s Notebook

Right so after the euphoria of the fact Don’t Stop Living is SIX years old today dies down, it’s back to basics – and on a Tuesday, that means a travel essential. Today it’s the MAIN essential I have used for the last six years for this travel blog. NOT my laptop – that’s right Read more about Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: A Traveller’s Notebook[…]

Don’t Stop Living is SIX Years Old Today!!!

Get the champagne out. Don’t Stop Living is SIX years old today. The travel blog I started while backpacking in Toronto in 2007 has now amassed over 1,200 travel stories over a six year period. Life’s been pretty good in the intervening years. I’ve managed to backpack my way to almost 80 countries, across all Read more about Don’t Stop Living is SIX Years Old Today!!![…]