Smarter travel

For Curious adventurers

The best way to make your next trip more authentic and meaningful is through smarter travel. I like to call this "Anti-Tourism".

Smarter travel means putting experiences, connections and understanding to the forefront of your travel plans. It means learning about your destination before you travel there.

Do this and you can experience the places you visit in a very different and more authentic way than the usual tourist does.

Here's what smarter travel on my site is all about...


History is the story of people and places around the world. That's why I believe we should learn about the history of our destinations before we travel... so you can fully appreciate what you see and understand how things came to be the way they are.


Learning about different cultures helps us to better understand the world around us. We do this by putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes and trying to understand their perspective on the world.


The fastest way to the heart of the places you visit is to connect with local people. We do this by mastering the basics of the local language... so you can communicate with people when you travel and show the locals you respect them.

Top Resources For The "Anti-Tourist"

These articles share some of my favourite resources smarter travel, no matter what your destination.

The Anti-Tourist Club

The Anti-Tourist Club is a training and support centre I have created for curious adventurers who want to do travel differently.

It is where people like you and I come together with a common mission:

"To put learning at the heart of our adventures and unlock the kinds of meaningful travel experiences most tourists never have"

Your membership in the The Anti-Tourist Club is your ticket to an ever-growing support network of like minded people who want to explore the world through learning.

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Learn Before You Travel & Prepare For A More Meaningful Trip

In a world of  package holidays, hop-on/hop-off buses and guided tours, travel has become shallow.

You pass all the “key sites”, stop very briefly, listen to a short, boring recording of information about the site and then move on.

Travel like this and you’ll never truly uncover the places you visit and understand what makes them tick.

The antidote to shallow travel is learning.

Specifically, learning as much as you can about the people and places you visit BEFORE you go on your trip.

"Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse".

- Thomas Fuller -

When you do this, you set yourself up for a real voyage of discovery, that makes your trip more fun and the memories last longer.

And that's why I've created a whole series of articles on what it means to travel smarter and be an "Anti-Tourist".

3 insider travel secrets video series

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MY TRavel Coverage during the coronavirus

Even though travel is on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, I want continue to inform and inspire visitors to this site who want to learn about the world as much as they want to travel there. I believe that now is the perfect time to prepare for the incredible adventures we'll have when this is all over. So join me in using this time to learn more about the places you plan to visit when we can travel again.