It was a pleasure (and such fun!) speaking to HelpYouFind.Me about my greatest love: travel! You can learn about the benefits and challenges of solo travel, the safest places to visit, as well what inspired me to set up my Extreme Holidays Podcast and how I got the show on the road!
One of the great things about travelling is the people you meet.
My dear friend, Bibek Pandey, who is a sherpa/mountain guide in Nepal, recently sent me some amazing photos he has taken from Labuche Peak high camp at night. It was simply stunning with the huge moon, and the orange mountaineering tents with the magnificent Himalayan Peaks silhouetted in the background partially covered in mist.
It got me thinking about some of my most favourite photos I’ve taken in Nepal which I wanted to share with you.
I’m taking a break from the Extreme Holidays Podcast over Easter to recover from Covid and recharge my batteries. There are over 15 episodes published ranging from Catching a Deadly Disease in Paradise, to Cycling the World, to extreme adventures, to solving mysteries, to surviving earthquakes and disasters at sea, to the most recent episode – Expat in Exile: I Told The Truth About Thailand’s Backpacker Murders with Suzanne Buchanan which has been a big hit for those interested in this international news story.
Thank you to all my guests so far! You can check them all out below.
The podcast is returning soon with an epic cycle adventure from Pakistan to Mount Kailash, Tibet with Graydon Hazenberg, a man who has seen the world many times over and is one of the most adventurous travellers I have met!
You can tune in to my Extreme Holidays Podcast here:
I was starting to feel really unsafe on the island. My partner moved out for a while to catch his breath. Being home alone was daunting. I was told the mafia had a list of people they were planning on dealing with, and my name was getting closer to the top.
Extract from Curse of the Turtle: The True Story of Thailand’s “Backpacker Murders” by Susanne Buchanan
This week I got a taste of what my guest, Suzanne Buchanan, has had to endure for the last seven years after being trolled on Twitter. It culminated on Friday when a graphic photo of the corpse of one of the murdered backpackers on Koh Tao was posted on my feed.
EPISODE 15 OF MY EXTREME HOLIDAYS PODCAST OUT NOW: EXPAT IN EXILE: I TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT THAILAND’S BACKPACKER MURDERS!
REMEMBER THE TWO BURMESE MEN ACCUSED OF THE MURDERS OF BRITISH BACKPACKERS, HANNAH WITHERIDGE AND DAVIDE MILLER, IN 2014? MY GUEST, SUZANNE BUCHANAN, IS THE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST WHO REVEALED OVER A DOZEN SUSPICIOUS DEATHS ON THE ISLAND OF KOH TAO, THAILAND INCLUDING HANNAH AND DAVID’S MURER. AFTER PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR THE TWO BURMESE MEN WHO SHE BELIEVES WERE WRONGFULLY CONVICTED, SUZANNE HAS RECEIVED DEATH THREATS AND NOW LIVES IN EXCILE!
EPISODE 14 OF MY EXTREME HOLIDAYS PODCAST OUT NOW: 2011 TŌHOKU EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI, JAPAN!
HOW WOULD YOU SPEND TIME OFF WORK? RELAXING? VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS? DAVID T. GARRISON DID THE EXACT OPPOSITE AND WENT OUT TO HELP IN ONE OF THE MOST DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKES AND TSUNAMIS TO HIT JAPAN. YOU CAN’T GET A MORE EXTREME HOLIDAY THAN THIS!
LISTEN IN TO THIS EXTREME TALE OF BRAVERY FROM A 9/11 HERO AND WORLD TRAVELLER!
I wanted to give a big shout out to everyone so far that has listened into the podcast and donated. Vanessa and Nick have been in tears with all the support given so far. The situation is even worse than Nick first imagined. Nick originally went to the border to help the refugees but heard the plight direct from many refugees he spoke to that they had had to leave their pets and animals behind. Already distressed, these refugees asked if someone could rescue their animals. He’s putting his life at risk going into Ukraine to rescue the pets and animals that have had to be abandoned (see today’s update below).
In my last email I overlooked including a short movie I created about the work Vanessa and Nick are doing (forgive me, yesterday was extremely busy with interviewing and editing the podcast). It’s a short taster of what we discuss in the podcast.
BONUS EPISODE OF MY EXTREME HOLIDAYS PODCAST OUT NOW: UKRAINE SPECIAL – ANIMAL RESCUE MISSION!
***PLEASE LISTEN TO AND SHARE THIS PODCAST. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OFPETS AND ANIMALS ARE FACING IMMINENT SUFFERING AND DEATH AS A RESULT OF RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. LET’S HELP SAVE THESE ANIMALS AND STOP THE SUFFERING***