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By this Author: Peter

Meet the Editors

Working behind the scenes of Travel Unravelled is a group of members who have volunteered their time and expertise to edit the blog and ensure typos are kept to minimum, formatting is slick and post frequency is regular. Let me introduce you to our esteemed group of editorial talent:

Keeping The Temple Clean. Photo by Mavr8k

Keeping The Temple Clean. Photo by Mavr8k

Greg Wesson

Greg Wesson started travelling later in life, only making his first trip outside of North America, where he grew up, at the age of 31. Since then, however, he has been making up for lost time, having visited almost 30 countries in the past eight years. Greg has tried many different styles of travel, from independent backpacking to package trips, from 3rd class trains to business-class flights, from business trips to pleasure travel. The primary lesson Greg has learned is that, no matter how much effort you put into the planning, it very rarely goes exactly to plan. Luckily he has a lost puppy-ish quality that compells locals and other travellers to take pity and help Greg out of the jams he finds himself in. Most recently, Greg moved to the United Kingdom where he is trying his hand at being an immigrant. As might be expected, it isn’t going exactly to plan, but no matter. Greg is still having quite a fun adventure learning to live abroad. You can follow him more closely on his own blog at Greg Wesson's Esoteric Globe

Derek Logan

Derek Logan's first solo trip was across the city of Toronto when he was eight. The excitement of not knowing where he was going or how to get back awakened a lifelong interest in getting a little further down the road. He took a hide tanning for that little stunt, but it was worth it. He has been travelling ever since. He's visited over 40 countries and has lived in Honduras and Colombia for lengthy periods. He spent years on a travelling carnival, even more years in the Canadian movie industry, and has been a hot dog vendor, cook, department store Santa, rock promoter, and countergirl (seriously, that's what it said on his cheque!). He is currently living and working in Santiago, Chile

Tina Wayland

Tina's first trip was to retirement-capital St. Petersburg, Florida, when she was 4. Although she can't remember much (except for a bathing suit full of sand and a giant lobster), the travel bug bit and she's been trying to pack trips in ever since. A honeymoon to South Africa and Mozambique with 15 other travellers and on a big, red bus has been the highlight to date! Tina works as a copywriter for a Montreal ad agency, and is about to take a year off to look after little Bump--a TPer in the making, if all those restless kicks are anything to go by.

Brendan Harding

Brendan Harding is an Irish writer of travel-related literature--both fiction and non-fiction. In his other life, he works as a freelance graphic artist, which is taking more of a back seat to his writing with each passing month (and complaining loudly to the driver as it does so). He is currently working on his first novel, which is set in rural Kenya and is a cross between a travelogue and a ‘strange tale’.
His short stories have won awards for him (but little money) over the years, as has his travel writing. He has broadcast about his travels in the Kenyan bush on Irish National radio Lyric FM. This daily broadcast--in the form of an observational diary--dealt with the work of a team of opticians who travelled from Ireland to conduct eye-screening in the remoteness of the Ukambani in the country’s semi-arid and drought-afflicted Eastern province. Travel, anticipation of travel and thoughts of travel are his passion.

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Welcome to Travel Unravelled

Welcome to Travel Unravelled, a new blog designed to help you hone your travelling skills. Read on as seasoned travellers from all corners of the globe share the tricks and techniques they've picked up through years of experience.

Bazaar vendor, Iran. Photo by kavanadb

Bazaar vendor, Iran. Photo by kavanadb

We want to learn from your experience. The hard earned lessons from your greatest mistakes and successes on the road.

Sure, you know how to book a flight, check-in to a hotel and take a photo, but do you know how to respond when you are flooded by touts at the airport when you arrive?

Do you know how to tell the scammers from the helpful locals?

Do you know how to get the best deals on flights?

How to navigate around a city when all the maps are in a different language?

How to take travel photos that not just your mum would be interested in?

If you answered no to any of those questions, this is the blog for you. If you do know all the answers, this is also the blog for you. We need you as a writer! That's right, this blog is not just for you, it will be written by you too. Travellers writing for travellers.

We want to learn from your experiences. The hard earned lessons from your greatest mistakes and successes on the road.

If you are light on experiences but keen on learning, then go ahead and subscribe to Travel Unravelled. A steady stream of travellers' know-how will be making its way on to these pages over the coming weeks, months and years. Think of all the stuff-ups you can avoid by hearing about them here first!

A Travellerspoint Foundation Blog

This blog is a Travellerspoint Foundation project, which means that any revenue the blog gets from advertising will support the Foundation. In addition, Travellerspoint will be making a $5 donation to the Foundation for every blog entry that is published. Foundation funds are used to make micro-loans through Kiva to entrepreneurs in developing countries. As a result, your sharing of knowledge will not only benefit travellers reading this blog, but also will help development in some remote communities around the world. It's a worthy caused wrapped in a worthy cause.

Join Us

So please, join us on this journey. To get started, send our editors an email at unravelled [at] travellerspoint [dot] com. Let them know a bit about yourself, maybe some writing samples and ideas for entries. They will review your submission and if you fit the bill they will welcome you to the team.

With that, let the unravelling begin.

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