About the Author
Travel has always been a big part of my life. Some of my earliest memories involve the cabin of a Boeing 747 en route to Canada, where I spent every summer poring over my grandmother’s extensive National Geographic collection. Struck by the stunning images and stories of far-flung places, I resolved to leave my native Hong Kong at the age of 18 to begin a new life in Europe.
After pursuing an architecture degree in the UK, I spent nine months in the beautiful Spanish city of Salamanca, living out the movie L’Auberge Espagnole and traveling through Iberia with every possible opportunity. Although I have since moved back to Hong Kong, the wanderlust burns brighter still. My passion for travel and storytelling soon drew me into the publishing sector, where I spent three years learning the ropes at an adventure travel magazine called Action Asia.
In the summer of 2015, I left Action Asia to embark on a six-month dream trip retracing the maritime Spice Route. With my close friend and fellow travel blogger Bama, I traveled from Indonesia to India, looking for the legacy of the spice trade in local recipes, cultural habits, architecture, language and religion. Eventually I hope to turn our experiences on that ‘Spice Odyssey’ into a book.
Predictably, my case of itchy feet did not subside once I returned to Hong Kong in time for Christmas that year. These days you’ll find me editing a regional travel magazine, DestinAsian, out of Indonesia’s burgeoning capital of 10 million souls – Jakarta. I still take pleasure in going places between deadlines and the occasional work junket to Singapore or countries farther afield.
My name is James and these are the chronicles of my recent travels. Thanks for dropping by and feel free to leave a comment if you wish!