Mark Bibby Jackson

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.
Hull: a Surprising City of Culture

Hull: a Surprising City of Culture

When Hull was chosen to be the UK’s latest city of culture a few pairs of eyebrows were raised – mine for one. I had spent three years in the…

A Cave Too Far

A Cave Too Far

Upon arrival at the entrance booth for the Phraya Nakhon cave in the village Bang Pu you have two options – walk or take the boat. Taking the boat is…

2018 – The Year to Visit Ontario

2018 – The Year to Visit Ontario

From Le Boat’s first North American launch to celebrating Canada’s Provincial Parks’ 125th anniversary, 2018 is the year to visit Ontario. 2018 is shaping up to be another hot year…

Oman Holidays: A Leap into the Unknown

Oman Holidays: A Leap into the Unknown

When considering a trip to the the Middle East, Oman holidays might not be top of your list, but as Mark Bibby Jackson discovers the sultanate has a rich culture…

Japan Travel: Glamping, Zip-cords and Samurai

Japan Travel: Glamping, Zip-cords and Samurai

On a mindfulness trip, Mark Bibby Jackson is surprised to discover the Japan travel scene confound all his expectations, and picks up a few tips towards enlightenment along the way…

5 Senses Romania – Travelling Artisans

5 Senses Romania – Travelling Artisans

Independent travel company 5 Senses Romania, was started by Alexandra Duta five years ago with the concept of travelling using all five senses, in order to reveal the most thrilling…

Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

While many trekkers seek fields afar for their trekking Nirvana, Mark Bibby Jackson discovers his stroll along the peaceful Pembrokeshire Coast Path a relaxing experience, despite a false start. Somewhere…

Patagonia Chile Around the Cape

Patagonia Chile Around the Cape

Continuing his South American saga Mark Bibby Jackson follows the path of many an intrepid voyager and takes a cruise around Cape Horn to the city of Punta Arenas in…

Con Dao: Beneath the Charm Lies a Brutal Past

Con Dao: Beneath the Charm Lies a Brutal Past

Although Phu Quoc and Mui Ne have developed a reputation as beach escape of choice for those looking to escape from Ho Chi Minh City, the former penal colony of…

Lost and Found in Patagonia Argentina

Lost and Found in Patagonia Argentina

In the first part of his South American journey, Mark Bibby Jackson travels through Patagonia Argentina to discover what it is about this remote region that continues to draw the…

Nepal Earthquake: Return to Nuwakot

Nepal Earthquake: Return to Nuwakot

After trekking in Nepal, Mark Bibby Jackson returns to Kathmandu to travel to the ancient capital of Nuwakot, itself devastated by the Nepal Earthquake 2015, to catch up with a…

Ticking the Right Snowboxx in the Alps

Ticking the Right Snowboxx in the Alps

Mark Bibby Jackson travels to Avoriaz to experience the Snowboxx music festival, and learns the value of walking before he can ski. I am not really a skier. My previous…

Amsterdam Things to Do: Festivals & Culture

Amsterdam Things to Do: Festivals & Culture

Coffee shops and red light district, if that’s your image of Amsterdam then think again, the Dutch city has some of the finest culture and gastronomy in Europe. I fully…

The Art of Wellness : Kamalaya Koh Samui

The Art of Wellness : Kamalaya Koh Samui

Thailand has a universal reputation for excellence in delivering the art of wellness, but within it there is still sufficient space for visionary entrepreneurs to cut out a niche market…

Niseko Ski Japan 40-year-old Virgin

Niseko Ski Japan 40-year-old Virgin

First-time skier, Mark Bibby Jackson decides to ski Japan, well past his fortieth birthday, when he really should know better, but finds the experience rewarding. I keep on hearing the…

Trekking in Nepal: Annapurna Revisited

Trekking in Nepal: Annapurna Revisited

In 1994, Mark Bibby Jackson first went trekking in Nepal, in 2017 he returned as a more mature traveller to discover the beauty of Annapurna unspoilt. Nepal has always held…

Less is More in Laos

Less is More in Laos

The more I travel, the more I come to appreciate the beauty of less. It is many years now since the Lonely Planet books helped to achieve precisely the opposite…

Off-the-beaten Track in Burma

Off-the-beaten Track in Burma

Once forbidden to the West, Myanmar, or Burma, has seen a dramatic recent rise in tourism that threatens its intrinsic charm. Mark Bibby Jackson examines the booming sector and discovers…

Land of the Midnight Sun

Land of the Midnight Sun

Sick of tropical heat, Mark Bibby Jackson sets off to the Arctic Circle, only to discover there is no escape from the light in the land of the midnight sun…

Bali Travel Revisited Twenty Years On

Bali Travel Revisited Twenty Years On

The Bali travel and tourism industry has developed a pace in the twenty years since a youthful Mark Bibby Jackson visited the remote village of Ubud, but have they changed…

Locked up in Laos

Locked up in Laos

A former prison, the Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang, exudes a sense of calm in keeping with the ancient Laos capital. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. If all prisons…