A selection of tales from Michael's journeys. Choose a random highlight to delve into a trip or select a journey from the dropdown to view some choice moments from around the world.
Around The World In 80 DaysThe first journey – and what an initiation. Dhows, diarrhoea, the Corinth Canal, hungry parrots and a bomb scare as a welcome home. And back in time to challenge Phileas Fogg. Just.
My Arab Gazette tells me it's the start of Fifth National Cleaning Week. For me it's the end of Second Travelling Week and nothing is getting easier. The word is that Achmed has been up all night a...
Up at 6.15. Misty half-light over the Pearl River. To Guangzhou station for the 8.30 train to Shanghai. Through the cycle rush-hour. Only older men still favour Mao jackets. Otherwise it's Western ...
Pole To PolePhileas Fogg behind, Roald Amundsen ahead. A mere 16 countries and both hemispheres to cover. Michael experiences every extreme from the cold grip of the Arctic Circle, to the South Pole.
It's 3.45 on a Saturday afternoon and I'm seventeen miles from the North Pole. Somewhere, a long way away, people are doing sensible things like watching cricket or digging gardens or pushing prams...
Full CircleBlizzards, Bogota’s Bullet Street and Alaskan abandonment push Michael and the crew to the limit as they travel through 18 countries on the perimeter of the world’s largest ocean.
Hemingway AdventureOne hundred years after the birth of Ernest Hemingway, Michael sets out to discover the man behind the legend: a hard-drinking, controversial figure who wrote like a dream.
SaharaThe Sahara. As big as of the United States with a population the size of Norfolk. With extreme temperatures and camel stew poisoning thrown in, Michael has his work cut out.
HimalayaIn Himalaya, Michael visits the Earth’s greatest mountain range – 1800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to southwest China. He'd covered none of this ground before, let alone milked a dri, washed an elephant or swum at 14,000 feet.
New EuropeMichael’s travels in New Europe take him to twenty countries and a world that has changed beyond belief since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
Most means a bridge, and though four or five bridges cross the Neretva River in Mostar, there is only one that really matters. It's the Stari Most, the Old Bridge. Though it connected the east and ...
Every Monday morning a train filled with lumberjacks leaves Viseu de Sus for the high forest of the Maramures Mountains. At eight o'clock, with clear skies making for a bitterly cold morning, but h...
BrazilMichael travels to Brazil. A country unlike any other with a potent mix of races, religions and cultures, of unexplored wildernesses and bustling modern cities.
North KoreaMichael gets unprecedented access to the reclusive country of North Korea, meeting ordinary people in this secretive and little understood country.
Into IraqA fascinating and rare insight into the history and culture of Iraq, a country that few outsiders now venture to see. Michael travels the length of the River Tigris, a journey of sharp and often brutal contrasts.
North Korea Journal Book and Audio CD
Michael shares his day-by-day diary of his visit to North Korea a land wholly unlike any other he has ever visited.
Around The World In 80 Days Book and DVD
Michael follows in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg as he takes on the famous challenge to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days.
Pole To Pole Book and DVD
Travelling by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon and bicycle, Michael experiences every extreme the world has to offer. From the cold grip of the
Himalaya Book and DVD
Facing altitudes as high as 17,500 feet as well as some of the world’s deepest gorges, Michael tackles the full length of the Himalaya.
Sahara Book and DVD
As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes and
Travels Of A Lifetime
In intimate conversation, and using his personal archive, Michael's reflects on how he got hooked on travel, and reveals the challenges he faced making the
New Europe Book and DVD
Breathing in Eastern Europe's rich history, exquisite sights and talking to its diverse peoples, Michael fills what has been a void in his own experience
Hemingway Adventure Book and DVD
In this wonderful blend of adventure and travel writing, Michael follows in the footsteps of one of the great literary figures of the century.
Into Iraq Book and DVD
A fascinating and rare insight into the history and culture of Iraq. Michael shares the impressions he formed of a country that few outsiders now
Brazil Book and DVD
Michael explores this exotic country that is now a global superpower, and takes a closer look at a remarkable new force on the world scene.
Full Circle Book and DVD
Read Michael’s account of his epic journey through 18 countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. A spectacular journey of contrasts, drama and beauty.