Who Is The Englishman in Slovakia?
I realised me and a normal office job were not compatible pretty early on. After a year traveling the Americas overland from Canada to Tierra del Fuego I started writing about my travels, first for local UK newspapers like the Western Gazette and the Orkney Today. Since 2008 I’ve been writing for leading travel publisher Lonely Planet, specialising in Latin America, the Caribbean and Slovakia (where I have spent four years living). I have also written for publications including the BBC, the Telegraph, the Independent and the Guardian (UK), Geosaison (Germany), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), in-flight magazines like n by Norwegian, Easyjet Traveller and Morning Calm and more recently smartphone apps including travel app TRVL for iPad. That’s in addition to single-handedly authoring or contributing to travel books for Insight Guides, Rough Guides and Avalon Travel Publishing. My writing on Slovakia – as well as being on this site – has been published by the likes of Lonely Planet, the BBC, the Telegraph, Travel SuperMag and on several leading travel websites. Besides being a travel writer, I’m also a novelist – my debut, Roebuck – Tales of an Admirable Adventurer was published by Urbane Publications in December 2015, and I am now working on my second novel. You can find out more about my travel writing and fiction writing on my website.
I’ve now written or contributed to over 45 travel guidebooks and travel reference books, covering everywhere from Mexico and Cuba to Peru and Bolivia in Latin America, as well as the UK, Scandinavia and Slovakia/Eastern Europe within Europe.
Right now, Slovakia gets little publicity as a tourist destination and I am trying in my own small way to change that. Because it is a beautiful country. Its mountains and its forests and many of its ancient towns and villages have little equal in Europe, and it is very much deserving of your time.
I go on about me, but this site is also about “we”. I may have researched and written most of what you’ll see here. But “we” includes all the people that have helped build the site with me – the Slovaks who have supplied some priceless information for the content, the people who have written our guest posts, everyone who has promoted the site on social media and each person who has read a little of the content that we’ve written on here. Everyone, in short, who appreciates Slovakia and knows (or desires to know) what it has to offer.