Though its roots go much further back, The Working Traveller in its current blog format turned four years old yesterday. It is no exaggeration to say this site would not exist had I not once picked up a copy of Susan Griffith’s Work Your Way Around the World.
Bert Trautmann is an unusual inductee into our Travel Hall of Fame. While the former Manchester City goalkeeper isn’t famous for his travels, they had a profound effect on his life, helping to transform the views of this former member of the Hitler Youth.
For many travellers in the late 1960s and early 1970s the journey east really began in Istanbul. Though the hippy trail may have begun in a New York bucket or cross Channel ferry and ended in several places on the sub-continent, such as Kathmandu or Kabul, the route’s choke point was Istanbul.
If sometime around 1979 you happened to walk past a group of nine year old boys in Britain calling each other ‘pooftah’ in outrageous Chinese accents, waving their hand up and down in front of their face while blowing before running amok with broom handles then it was sometime past six o’clock on a Friday.
What do Arthur Frommer and I have in common? Down the years we have both dropped into a website called The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports for no other reason than it is fun to do so.