Inspirations

The purpose of this page is to give some insight into the various influences, triggers and seeds of thought that have influenced me – when, where and how I travel. Hopefully it may even give you a travel thought or two.

Canada and Mexico 1991 – where I first got the urge to venture that little bit further. Whilst taking in the Canadian and Mexican Grand Prix, I was lucky enough to travel through Montreal, Toronto, Acapulco and Mexico City. Whilst in Mexico City I had the opportunity for a couple of days to explore it on my own. Taking in the temple of the sun and the moon under my own steam. The sheer exhilaration and buzz I got, set me up for all that has followed.


Truly inspiringBARAKA
Film by Ron Frick / 1993

Just brilliant. I first watched this, open mouthed in astonishment on a huge imax cinema in Copenhagen in June 1993, on one of my trips. The most breathtaking views of the planet in crystal clear quality, depicting both its beauty and savagery. Images and sounds that will stick with you and encourage you to get out and see the world … before it is too late. This is also how I met my beautiful fiance Alie. Our mutual adoration of this film.

Photographic magic from Yann Arthus Betrund
THE EARTH FROM ABOVE 365 DAYS
by Yann Arthus-Betrand / First Published: 2002

We live on a fantastic planet. Make the most of it. Truly epic photographs. If just one of the pages captures your imagination and ignites some sort of wanderlust in you . Just feed it and go see.


JUPITERS TRAVELS
by Ted Simon / First Published: 1980

Long before I started travelling Ted Simon was out there. The attitude of just getting out there and seeing where life takes you is all pervasive. Just letting go, diving into the local culture. Fantastic stories and it gives you the confidence that whatever happens … It will be alright in the end.


DREAMING OF JUPITER

by Ted Simon / First Published: 2008

To go back or not? Always a tricky question. Can you revive the magic you ounce encountered, meet people even? Sometimes it works, other times it does not. May be indulge once more for fresh contemporary experiences and create new magic once more. There is no time like the present.


Around the world in 80 daysAROUND THE WORD IN 80 DAYS
Series with Michael Palin / 1980

An iconic series. A goal to aim for, a schedule mapped out and a probably the most accessible taster of life on the road for a solo traveller (ignoring the film crew). Charlie and Ewan argue on a bikeThere are just so many little snippets to get the travel taste buds going, be it locations all the way around the world or the different modes of travel.


THE LONG WAY ROUND

Series with Ewan McGregor & Charlie Boorman / 2004

The freedom of the open road, with all its ups, downs, twists and turns. A great depiction of travelling in a couple (excluding Claudio and the support crew). Honest and truthful at its core.  If ever there was a program that wanted you to stand up an go your own way, then this is it.


RUSSIAN LANDSCAPES – EXHIBITION CATALOGUE 2004
by National Gallery / First Published: 2004

Me and art galleries, I just love them. The more I visit, the more I understand and grow to enjoy them. I have been lucky enough to visit numerous ones all over the world. However, Russian landscape painters are the ones for me. It has even taken me to the birthplace of one of theses painters, and galleries in other countries just to see a painting.


RUSSIA – A JOURNEY WITH JONATHAN DIMBLEBY

Series with Jonathan Dimbleby / 2008

A brilliant electic mix of stories and experiences from one of my favourite countries. Where anything goes and anything is possible. A trait everyone should apply to their travel ambitions.


Me and my shadow...IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT
by Michael Wood / First Published: 1998

From Greece, all the way to India through the whole of the middle east. Persepolis in Iran is still there is all its glory, as are many many other sites Alexander went through. It ticks the history and culture boxes for me , many fold. The middle east, it was then and still is today a highly significant and dynamic centre, where cultures and peoples come together. A place that just has to be experienced. There are so many countries to visit to get both the contemporary and historic perspective.Bigger than war and peace...


THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION – THE CONQUEST OF THE MIDDLE EAST

by Robert Fisk / First Published: 2006

What Robert Fisk does not know about the middle east could be written on the back of a very very small stamp. The intricacies, intrigue, inter relationships, history, the lot. Background reading at its best. Knowing something about how a country has got to where it is today is essential if you are to get the most from a visit and truly appreciate what you encounter.