I’m originally from a small village 30 minutes’ drive from Newcastle in the north east of England. My parents thought that drive was an epic journey, so we never usually travelled much farther afield. Consequently I discovered the world through my passion for film instead.
When I took a gap year in Australia I was introduced to the joys of independent travel as a backpacker. Travel allowed me to see amazing new places and meet interesting people for real, and I well and truly caught the travel bug.
Following my gap year I took a job teaching English in Japan, where I started writing about my travels and had a number of magazine articles published. I then lived in London, before moving back to Australia to make Sydney my home. In the interceding years I’ve gone out of my way, quite literally, to see as much of the world as I can.
On my travels I’ve sought out the most unusual travel destinations, festivals and activities, and in doing so have become a collector of offbeat experiences that make great stories; in my forthcoming book ‘Hall Stories: My Offbeat World Travel Experiences’ I’m going to be sharing some of the best ones with you.