I'm sure Steve McQueen would have made it look easy
I’m sure Steve McQueen would have made it look easy

Everybody travels, whether going down to the market, tramping across hillsides at the weekend, taking holidays, traveling in the imagination from your armchair or undertaking a full-scale expedition.


In ages past, the main reasons for moving around voluntarily would have been in search of seasonal or scattered resources, or as a pilgrimage to try and improve your lot on earth or in the afterlife, involuntary travel might involve being captured and deported as a slave or conscripted in somebody’s army !



Nowadays, people can travel at the drop of a credit card, and it is one of the largest businesses in the world, some countries almost entirely dependent on tourism.



The choice on Amateur Emigrant is refreshingly wide and NO advertising


Stroll around the Swat valley in Pakistan, or the frozen Afghan border, discover connections to history in Arctic Norway, feast your mind in the splendours of India, from the luscious south to the colourful north; taxing journeys in Yemen and Ethiopia, taxing travellers in many places.


You’ll find pleasures, dreams, nightmares and plenty of irreverent humour bundled together with the philosophical insights from people who have been in places long enough to buy their second tube of toothpaste !


Steve McHardy on the equator
Carl Welsby in his prime
Carl Welsby in his prime !
Selfie, above Petra, Jordan
Bob rolling a fag above Petra

A wry smile for the 'television people'Mountain view, Kyangjin GompaMud brick tower houses Shibam, HadramhautThe Chinese road, central EthiopiaSwimmers posing by the Arctic Circle signBoat trip, VaranasiPigeons aloft, Jami Masjid, Old DelhiMinaret at Zaynab MosqueYemeni woman selling handmade basketsMinaret Bokhara

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