WELCOME TO ANYWHERE WE ROAM

We are Mark and Paul.

Adventurous and curious; we travel to off the beaten track destinations with an intriguing socio-political story to tell. Whether it’s the struggle between capitalism and communism in Cuba, the conflict between wildlife and farmers in Namibia or the religious fluctuations of Christian, Islamic or secular Turkey.

At Anywhere We Roam we explore how local stories shape the lives of people. We provide detailed information and insights to help travellers experience more adventurous destinations; to understand community, to uncover different cultures and to gain unique and memorable travel experiences.

In doing so, we hope to build a greater understanding of the world, one journey at a time.

Here’s a bit more about us.


PAUL / GOOD COFFEE, LOCAL FOOD & EPIC SCENERY

I was born and raised in a small sheep farming community in Australia, called Byaduk. With a population of 40 people, most of the town were our family.

Escaping my destiny as a sheep farmer, I moved to London in 2008 where I worked as a change manager specialising mostly in organisational design. But, with a desire to travel too strong, I quit my job in 2016 to focus on other things.

I’m a self-confessed coffee snob, play the piano occasionally, and take most of the photos for this blog. My ideal restaurant would have no menu at all, chocolate is my weakness and I can spend hours fixing a microscopic spacing issue on this site. I think LA is actually OK.


MARK / MAPS, SPREADSHEETS, WILD SWIMMING & COLD BEER

I was born in Luton and raised in the commuter districts of London. I found my way into investment banking and had a birds eye view as the financial system crashed around me.

After 20 years in the markets, I headed back to school and completed a Masters in Philosophy and Public Policy, before working for organisations trying to improve the lives of the poorest people on the planet.

I love to swim, especially in the wild. I get unseemly pleasure from a good map, muddy hiking boots, a warm fire, cold beer and the government’s budget telecast. Spontaneity is a carefully planned exercise. I pretend to care about good coffee.

BEHIND THE SCENES

What do two London based travel bloggers get up to in addition to producing travel? Find out what we’ve been up to, where we’ve been and where we’re going next. Enjoy the occasional travel-related gem from across the web and find out what’s coming up on the blog.

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HOW WE TRAVEL

We like to immerse ourselves in a destination and see as much as possible; eating local food, trying out local bars and learning a few phrases in the local language. Hop on hop off buses terrify us.

We’re not slow travellers.

We’re a little bit adventurous, but not too much. We’ll self-drive through remote places, plan long complicated walks and get off the beaten track. But we like a hot shower at the end of the day and an actual bed. We search for adventures, sights and experiences that may or may not be a bust.

We’re not naturally spontaneous.

We plan well for experiences we think we might enjoy, making sure we’re at the right place at the right time with the right equipment. Our itineraries reflect this level of detail.

We can be spontaneous if it’s planned well in advance.

Value is an important consideration for us to enjoy an experience. Spending £20 on a cocktail is just not fun. Spending £1 on a local beer in some undiscovered location is what travel is all about. If we think something is going to deliver a great experience we’ll splash out – like this Sabi Sands experience – but generally, we don’t get our kicks from expensive hotels.

Human stories provide the most interest. For us, understanding the political landscape that has shaped a culture along with their historical heritage is critical to feeling like we’ve really travelled somewhere.

We like to learn something about ourselves from a destination.

We never engage in tacky tourist traps like cuddling tiger’s or riding elephants, but we love being a tourist when the time is right – like this touristy joy in Sri Lanka.

So join us where we journey; where the culture is intense, the history fascinating, the politics daunting and the people engaging.

Join us everywhere and anywhere we roam.

NAVIGATING THE BLOG

All our articles can be found on the BLOG page.

Our detailed itineraries are the output of pouring over guidebooks and intensely researching a destination. You’ll find a day by day breakdown of our trip, costs and other useful information. They’re all on the ITINERARIES page.

All our travel writing and photography about a particular destination can be found in PLACES.

The ROAM page contains all our favourite types of travel. So, if you’re looking for a walking holiday, or a road trip holiday, this is the place.

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GET IN TOUCH

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