Welcome to Geoff's Peerless Travels, a collection of my writings and photos from 15 years of travelling independently through Africa and the Middle East and a number of other far flung places.
Over the course of 15 years I travelled to 46 countries on 5 continents between 1990 and 2005. Most of the countries I visited were in Africa and the Middle East. My travels eventually came to an end in Benin in West Africa. Since then I have not left Europe and spend my time mountaineering now instead of backpacking. I have recently bought a place in the mountains of Austria and spend most of my time there exploring the Alps.
I first started writing about my travels when I visited Tunisia and Morocoo in 1999. My camera broke so I thought that keeping a written record of my North African adventure would be a good way to remember the trip in future years. After that trip, keeping a journal of my travels became a habit and I soon started to write up an account of my trips from the notes I made while on the road.
I carried a manual SLR camera with me on most of my travels and have scanned the prints to upload onto this site. My first digital camera went travelling with me in 2004 to Mauritania and then Benin in 2005, where I reached the end of the road for my travels.
- Burkino Faso
- The Gambia
- South Africa
- Western Sahara
- New Zealand
- United States of America
- the former Yugoslavia
More About my Travels
I first started travelling on 5th June 1990 when I quit my job and purchased a round the world ticket. My first destination outside of Europe was Bangkok, where I first encountered culture shock. The majority of my time I spent working and travelling in Australia before returning home via New Zealand and Canada, where I hitchhiked the trans-Canadian highway.
That first trip lasted 13 months, in which time I hoped I would get a spark of inspiration as to what career to persue when I returned home. It didn't happen, so after spending a summer watching cricket back home I flew to Tel Aviv and rocked up on a kibbutz where I spent the next 8 months, finally returning home in July 1992.
During my time living in Israel I became fascinated by the history, both modern and ancient, of the Middle East. Massada was the first ancient ruined city I visited and it was there that I heard about Petra, which lay in the mountains on the other side of the Dead Sea. I decided that I would return to this region to visit Petra and explore other ruined cities.
It took a couple of years to save enough money and in 1994 I visited both Jordan and Syria. I returned again in 1997, this time travelling through Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. In 1998 I continued travelling around the Middle East and spent a couple of weeks in Egypt before flying to Yemen where I spent just over three weeks touring around the country.
The rest of my travels from 1999 onwards appear in detail on this site. I have tried over the years to keep my journeys connected by spending time visiting the same region to see how the culture changes as you cross borders from one nation to another. My main interests while travelling have been history, archaeology and architecture, which I think you'll find reflected on this site. I also enjoy trekking and being away from civilisation either up in the mountains or out in a remote desert..
I prefer to travel independently as this allows far more interaction with the local people; it's the local people who can really teach you about their country, their hopes and dreams, which quickly puts life into perspective.