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Who is Ally?

And most importantly: what has he done for me lately?
Judging by the random emails I get from around the world, there are plenty of people out there who have no idea who I am, but still subject themselves to the verbal dysentry on this site.

As you
I spent twenty minutes trying to climb this ancient temple's roof, but the view from the top was worth it. Life just doesn't get any better than this. Enlarge »
may have guessed by this site's rather cryptic domain name, my name is Ally. I'm a guy from Melbourne, Australia with one bad habit: whenever I spend too long in one country my feet start to itch. After liberal doses of anti-fungal cream and a few trips to the podiatrist, I eventually cave in and buy a plane ticket to somewhere, anywhere, and pray the symptoms subside.

I'm a lawyer by training, a marketer and designer by trade, but a global hobo and caffeine addict at heart. There's nothing I love more than watching a foreign city come to life or the fear of biting into yet another mystery meat at a questionable hawker stall.

And that's about it, really.

Occasionally Asked Questions about Ally

How do you fund it all?


By travelling cheap. Just because you can afford a $50 / night hotel in Bangkok doesn't necessarily mean you have to book it. Saving $10 a night on accommodation won't only add up to a huge saving over months of travel, but when you travel cheaply you take greater part in day-to-day life of the community you're travelling through.

And bed bugs aren't that bad.

How many countries have you travelled through?


I sort of lost count after twenty-five. Let me do it again now: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, East Timor, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. I guess that makes 34. Oh hang on, does the Vatican City count? I guess 35 then. But then Hong Kong and Maccau are now back in the hands of the Chinese, so that means we're down to 33. Damn geopolitics always does my head in.

Which was your favourite / least favourite?


Countries that I visit are like my children, I love them all equally, to their faces. When they leave the room though, the ranking starts. Southern Spain and Myanmar were unforgettable highlights, while I'd rather be indecently assaulted by a Tanzanian yak than return to Bahrain.

How do you get the time to write such long posts and emails while travelling? Most importantly, why bother?


Travelling may seem like an action-packed, fun-filled adventure, but you'd be amazed at just how much time is spent in grubby bus terminals and train stations waiting for trains that may or may not break down within an hour. That's when I pull out my little notebook and start writing. I started writing these emails for friends and family to update them on my travels, but soon found my subscription list growing with hundreds of people I don't know. And with a growing list of subscribers comes the pressure to actually give them something worth reading. You can find out more about why I built the site here.

Are you going to write a book?


No plans, but feel free to buy any content on this site (unless, of course, it's been attributed to someone else). Consider everything on the site is for sale. I'm cheap. Unbelieveably cheap.

Comments about this page

Hi Ally, great site! Just wondering whether I could ask you a few questions about East Timor - planning on going this September for 3 weeks on a study trip for my PhD on public health. Let me know if you can help mate - sounds like you would have some very good advice. Cheers, Lee Barclay.
lee Barclay (Perth, WA) on Mar 28, 2004 at 10:18 pm

Love your site man. keep it up. if you come to mexico before March 06, give me a buzz.
Lee Cruise (Mexico) on Mar 5, 2005 at 7:48 pm

great site. i'm a youngen who just completed uni n saved enuf doe to reward myself with a two month journey to se asia, where i had a wicked time. now i'm back in boring oz where the people are daft and the durries are priced extortionately & am suffering chilli withdrawals. love your work, inspirational cheers - for the rest of my youth i'm work>save>travel
random (brisbane) on Apr 4, 2005 at 4:17 pm

Hi Ally,
funny I was browsing thru the net to find a cool personnal site a bit like yours so I could show my designer how I would like my own site. I love it, it looks great and makes me feel like travelling even more. Keep it up :)
Mandana (Barcelona, Spain) on Oct 21, 2005 at 7:45 am

hi ally
u seem to have travelled a lot of places..i wish even i could be like u!!gr8 going!
madhurima (india) on Oct 30, 2005 at 3:47 am

Hi Ali man Ali Mashhady Hastam va khaily chakerim
indafeh saitet khailykhaily bahal bood
rasty dar tamas bash va bego key miay Iran
Ali (Mashhad _iran) on Jan 28, 2006 at 1:45 pm

Loved your posts. It's amazing that you've done so much travelling. You SHOULD DEFINITELY consider writing a book.
Winston Diaz-Dauhajre (Dominican Republic) on Feb 5, 2006 at 9:48 pm

I was looking for more informationa about Sagada for the article that I want to write when I chanced upon your website. Nice site, especially the page with the picture of Sumaging cave! I have been there once and would love to share some pics with you if you would ask me to. Life is short and the world is huge so I won't keep you long. God bless on your travels!
Belinda (Philippines) on May 29, 2006 at 7:18 am

My question is: What part did you like the most or thought was the most interesting on Phi Phi Leh Island in Thailand? ( Thailand is where I really want to go, especially Phi Phi leh).
Austin (New York City ) on Jun 22, 2006 at 5:30 pm

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asdadsasdasd (asdasd) on Jan 14, 2007 at 7:43 am

Love your stories! Keep up the good work.
Jeff (Santa Monica) on Jan 14, 2007 at 7:44 am

Your site is very Nice Ali.
could you please did you use a cms(content managment system ) for filing the information or you developed ypur web site by your own programming language.


Ali (Mashhad_Iran) on Jun 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Your site is very Nice Ali.
could you please did you use a cms(content managment system ) for filing the information or you developed ypur web site by your own programming language.


Ali (Mashhad_Iran) on Jun 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Ali,
I am going to thailand early May/2009. Bangkok for 3 days then I don't know where to go for another 3/4 days. Beach resort would be great.
5 star hotel please!!
Mike (New York) on Sep 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm


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