My first book 'Tearing up the Silk Road' was published by Garnet in August 2012. It details a journey along the ancient trade routes from China to Istanbul, through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus. In December 2013, my second full length travel book 'Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves: West Africa and the End of Days' was published. I also helped found the alternative travel magazine Wicked World (www.wickedworld.net).
This article details a short trip to Tripoli and Leptis Magna in Libya, during the first days of the Arab Spring. Libya appeared to be making its first tentative steps towards opening up to mass tourism but then everything changed.
This article details a short trip to Annaba, Constantine and El-Oued in Algeria at the end of April 2009.
Algeria has effectively been out of bounds for independent travel for over two decades but it is now beginning to open up again.