Olympia Adventure Travel Show: thoughts on travelling, blogging and living a life of Adventure

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I spent the penultimate weekend of January at Kensington Olympia attending the massive annual Adventure Travel Show. It is essentially an exhibition where travel agencies large and small as well as tourism boards showcase their services, but what interested me most were the specials: talks, seminars and the Adventure Film Festival.

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10 essential travel items (and 10 useless ones)


What do you always pack when you travel? When I travel for business, I just throw in whatever takes my fancy into my largest suitcase, knowing that someone else will carry that suitcase for me. For backpacking, I carefully examine every item before putting it in my bag. But some items invariably make their way into my luggage no matter where I go and how I travel.

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Airports: A space outside space, a time outside time

 The clock says it is 7 am here in Nairobi, but according to my body clock it is 4 am. I’m sitting in the new terminal of Kenyatta International Airport sipping coffee and feeling pleased with myself: it is my fifth time at Nairobi airport and I’ve figured out how to take a shower. Here is how: you need to find the barber on the second floor of the new terminal and pay 20 USD. Not cheap, I know, but I’m sweaty and on expenses, so I don’t really care. 

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