After much deliberation, most of my Youtube videos have been filed under 'Playlists'. This enables you, should you find a subject you are interested in, to binge-watch all related videos. Happy watching!
AVIATION: I have never ceased to be stunned at the way these huge birds loft into the sky and stay there. From the massive Airbus A380 to propeller flights with Loganair or Hebridean Air Services, there's something here for everyone.
CHINA: China may be a confusing country to Europeans, but it works, and works well. In these videos I travel from north to south, via Beijing and Shanghai. I experience some of the most amazing food and the friendliest of people. If there was a country I'd like to return to tomrrow, it would be China.
END-TO-END (Portugal to Vietnam by train): This was probably the most challenging and rewarding trips I have ever done. In 2019 I completed a train journey from Portugal to Vietnam by train. In fact, while travelling on the Trans-Mongolian, when travellers have too much time to sit and lie about doing nothing, I came up with the 'Planes, Trains, Everything' Youtube idea and associated website.
ENGLAND: Considering the English border is perhaps just a three hour drive south from where I live, I haven't seen too much of the country. I need to change that, but in the meantime here are the videos taken on English soil.
FOOD: Travel just wouldn't be complete without trying new food. It's a must. So is trying local beers, but always within moderation. Whether seafood, German, Chinese or scorpion, there's (almost) nothing I'll try at least once.
FRANCE: My love affair started in the 1990s when I would visit France for the Tour de France every summer. Paris was OK, but the real France, and the friendliness of the French, wasn't experienced until crossing over the Boulevard Périphérique and leaving the capital.
GERMANY: German beer, curry bratwurst, Bundesliga and the sheer complexity of the German language. What is there not to love about Germany? I even once conducted a feasibility study on the cost of moving and living in Berlin. It was all theoretical, as Brexit had effectively killed off any chance of me just packing my bags and moving to Alexanderplatz. Oh well. I'll just have to rely on the occasional visit.
HIKING: My first long distance walk was the crazy 62km walk between Vienna and Bratislava in one day in mid-summer (not recommended). More recently I walked from the River Clyde in Glasgow to (almost) the summit of Ben Nevis, around 192km, in 7 days. I also do some more sensible walks, completing these in just one day.
HUNGARY: Friends had praised Budapest for years, but I never got around to setting foot in Hungary - too many places to visit, just one salary to pay for for it all. Finally I made it to Budapest, and a return visit is a definite on my bucket-list. Beautiful country, lovely people, and amazing food.
IRELAND: From Glasgow there is a wide selection of flights and ferry crossings to the Emerald Isle. There's even a bus service, which is featured in one video. I've lost count of the number of times I've visited Ireland, and can't imagine the number of times still to come.
PORTUGAL: Friends had raved about their beach holidays to the Algarve region for years. Not being a beach person, Portugal had been well down my list. In 2019 I completed my End-to-End train journey from Portugal to Vietnam. I fell in love with Portugal, and have been back twice since then. I had obviously been missing out on something all these years.
RUSSIA: Perhaps governments don't see eye-to-eye, but in my two visits to Russia, I have found the people amazingly friendly and helpful. I'd love to visit Russia again tomorrow, but feel a trip to the Motherland may be delayed for a few years until tensions die down.
SCOTLAND: It's my homeland. My family may have emigrated to Australia, but I returned. Stunning scenery, four seasons in one day, curious food and super-friendly people. I doesn't matter where I travel to, filming for Youtube:- it's always good to come home and share my home.
TRAIN TRAVEL: This is my preferred form of transport. Unlike aeroplanes, if you don't like person you're sitting beside, you can find another seat. You often have a cafe on board, or better still, a restaurant. Give me an overnight train, and I'll show you a happy man.
VIETNAM: Lovely Vietnam was at the end of my End-to-End train adventure of 2019. I was a little hesitant about Vietnamese food, but I was quickly a convert, soon looking out for Vietnamese restaurants on returning to Scotland. The countryside was simply stunning and I now understand why travellers rave about the country.
BUS & COACH TRAVEL: Where trains don't operate, buses come to the rescue. Whether is a sleek inter-city electric coach service or a local mini-bus, if it moves, I'll catch it.
FERRY TRAVEL: I've always loved the sea. When I was six years old, my family emigrated to Sydney Australia by ship, taking six weeks. Since then I can't look at a ship or ferry and not wish I was on it.
BELGIUM: Before Youtube, I had visited Belgium several times. Unfortunately the reasons for being there were to leave Brussels and go somewhere else. That's about to change.
POLAND: I first visited Poland in 2014, years before my Youtube channel was created. During my End-to-End video series on 2019 I stopped in Warsaw for two nights, and I was reminded about how much I loved Poland. At time of writing I have been back a further three times, and can't wait to return sometime soon.
CZECHIA / CZECH REPUBLIC: In 2016, the Czech government officially changed its name to Czechia. Unfortunately this new name hasn't caught on very well. Either way, it's a delightful country, and regret not discovering it's beauty years ago.