James is a baker, a swimmer, a photographer, a freelance writer and an English teacher (currently completing his DELTA), from Western Australia. He fell in love with teaching while travelling. After a 6 week volunteer experience in rural northeastern Thailand, he came to realise that making people smile is something everyone should believe in.
The last 12 years of journeys and adventures have taken him from 60 second free falls in Namibia, to eating fried tarantulas in Phnom Penh and, the next day – his 22nd birthday, sharing the Cheung Ek killing fields with Comrade Duch in the midst of his trial for human rights atrocities, to possibly meeting Jack Nicholson while waist-deep in the water at a nude beach in Vancouver (though his mental lucidity on the occasion was not conducive to the formation of reliable memories), to the season’s fastest crossing of the English Channel in 2009.
James co-produced a pioneering documentary, Starting a Conversation which has now been distributed to Social Service providers across Australia and in the UK and earned him a nomination for Western Australian Youth Awards in 2011.
James is currently based in Bogota, Colombia where he keeps tabs on the Universe, offers sage advice to people who don’t need it and maintains a regal authorship of his blog, Wider Horizons of The Hairy Chef.
James’ Articles on Urban Travel Blog
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