To begin with…

You won’t have heard of me but I’ve been writing/publishing fiction for over a decade, under a different name. It’s only in the last few years have I seriously taken up travel writing. At first it was just a matter of documenting my rather unusual experiences – those that might seem jaw-dropping to some, and merely offend the sensibilities of others. From what started as a summer project (a diversion from having just completed my fourth novel) turned into obsession, and thus eventually a book entitled Sin Cities – now published on Amazon. It has elements that should draw in readers, such as sex and crime (of which I was a victim), but adding an 18+ restriction seemed to have made the title unsearchable from casual browsing. Much of the content is not something I can write about on this forum, I should think, without getting into trouble. I am at least considering including extracts from my daytime experiences, with the occasional photo, and maybe even some further observations on the nature of leisure travel. But I’ll try not to get carried away.

I hesitated about starting this blog. I’m not exactly the most adept at the travelling experience, or navigation. I have a terrible memory for names of places, locations, roads etc, even ones I pass through frequently – although maybe that’s a case of forgetting something I didn’t need to remember (until someone asked me for directions, which I believed was such a rarity these days especially when the person asking is fairly young). I don’t have the kind of money to visit exotic locations; a 3star hotel is about the limit. And as much as I’d like to see a Bird of Paradise my kind of fantasy travel is confined to Europe.

The paradoxical nature of foreign holidays is that they’re often stressful; too many expectations; fears of things going wrong; things going wrong; never being quite prepared enough. And then there’s airport security (about which I’ve written a short essay – a bit of a rant really). I’ll include some of my experiences of all that.

Thanks for reading. Hope you’ll return to my blog.

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Author: Aiden Rykat

I have written four novels and one non-fiction book under a different name. My last book Sin Cities is not one I can discuss here.

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