may have guessed by this site's rather cryptic domain name, my name is Ally. I'm a guy from Melbourne, Australia with one bad habit: whenever I spend too long in one country my feet start to itch. After liberal doses of anti-fungal cream and a few trips to the podiatrist, I eventually cave in and buy a plane ticket to somewhere, anywhere, and pray the symptoms subside.
I spent twenty minutes trying to climb this ancient temple's roof, but the view from the top was worth it. Life just doesn't get any better than this. Enlarge »
I'm a lawyer by training, a marketer and designer by trade, but a global hobo and caffeine addict at heart. There's nothing I love more than watching a foreign city come to life or the fear of biting into yet another mystery meat at a questionable hawker stall.
And that's about it, really.
Occasionally Asked Questions about Ally
How do you fund it all?
By travelling cheap. Just because you can afford a $50 / night hotel in Bangkok doesn't necessarily mean you have to book it. Saving $10 a night on accommodation won't only add up to a huge saving over months of travel, but when you travel cheaply you take greater part in day-to-day life of the community you're travelling through.
And bed bugs aren't that bad.
How many countries have you travelled through?
I sort of lost count after twenty-five. Let me do it again now: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, East Timor, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. I guess that makes 34. Oh hang on, does the Vatican City count? I guess 35 then. But then Hong Kong and Maccau are now back in the hands of the Chinese, so that means we're down to 33. Damn geopolitics always does my head in.
Which was your favourite / least favourite?
Countries that I visit are like my children, I love them all equally, to their faces. When they leave the room though, the ranking starts. Southern Spain and Myanmar were unforgettable highlights, while I'd rather be indecently assaulted by a Tanzanian yak than return to Bahrain.
How do you get the time to write such long posts and emails while travelling? Most importantly, why bother?
Travelling may seem like an action-packed, fun-filled adventure, but you'd be amazed at just how much time is spent in grubby bus terminals and train stations waiting for trains that may or may not break down within an hour. That's when I pull out my little notebook and start writing. I started writing these emails for friends and family to update them on my travels, but soon found my subscription list growing with hundreds of people I don't know. And with a growing list of subscribers comes the pressure to actually give them something worth reading. You can find out more about why I built the site here.
Are you going to write a book?
No plans, but feel free to buy any content on this site (unless, of course, it's been attributed to someone else). Consider everything on the site is for sale. I'm cheap. Unbelieveably cheap.