Five Sources of Travel Inspiration

There's something that sits uneasily with me about books with titles along the lines of "10,000 quaint towns to drive through before you die".

From their perspective: how a visit to a war museum in Saigon improved my client service skills

F-5 - War Remnants Museum, Saigon

In advertising, one of the first responsibilities a new account exec is given is maintaining the WIP document. "Always put the client's logo first, make sure our logo isn't any bigger than theirs" are a couple of the prescriptive directions given. The reason for this should seem self evident, to show you're putting them and their interests before your own. This, of course, is only a small thing but one of many small things that add up to demonstrate we've got our 'self orientation' in check.

Where next? Camino de Santiago

Camino training

Or more correctly the Camino Francés. This is the mostly popular of many routes starting all throughout Europe and converging on Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. It is the original (technically the only) pilgrimage and gained it's popularity in the Middle Ages. Pilgrims, or perigrinos in Spanish, travel to pay homage to Saint James who is beleived to be buried on the site now occupied by the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

The Old Spanish Intramuros

DSC_0120If somewhere's got a fort or castle or anything your enemies would want to fire artillery at then I've got to check it out. I almost drove my family mad with my daily requests on our road trip of England to stop off at an Iron Age hill fort, a dark age ruin or, in one instance, some rich guys house that just happened to look castle-like.

Rough road to El Nido

DSC_0118I don't necessarily subscribe to the notion that you won't appreciate something if you haven't worked hard for it.

Underground River

DSC_0096I found a very inexpensive, centrally located guesthouse thanks to Lonely Planet. Banwa had a great cafe with great food and espresso coffee.