Travel Articles

Explore a featured selection of my travel writing work below.

9 Best Places for Brunch in El Poblado, Medellín

Brunch. That one word conjures up a myriad of emotions and images. Lazy Sundays. Endless cups of coffee. Long chats with friends. Scrambled eggs. Crispy bacon. Freshly baked bread.

I love Sunday Brunch. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. A reward for getting through a hard week. Something that I have indulged in since I became a working singleton. It’s my favorite weekend pastime. Occasionally, I'll go with friends, but more often than not I'll go on my own. A date with myself if you like. Me time. Time too reflect, to decompress, to recharge.

COFFEE IN DAEGU

There isn’t a shortage of coffee shops in Daegu. I recently counted 47 different establishments where I could grab a morning latte in the 15 minute walk between the front of my apartment building and the doorstop of my workplace. Forty-seven! Admittedly, some of these are hardly salubrious such as 7-Eleven and the run-down looking ‘Hot Dog and Coffee’. And that’s the thing about Daegu, whilst there is a coffee shop for about every fifty paces you walk, I’ve found there are only a few independent or small chains that manage to have that unique combination of an inviting ambience and strong espresso that Western java connoisseurs desire. So after extensive research, and a willingness to on occasion travel 45 minutes to visit such a place, I’m sharing with you my top places in Daegu for a cuppa.

STEP OFF THE TRADITIONAL BACKPACKER TRAIL

Luang Prabang is city a relatively undiscovered city with a UNESCO rewarded history and heritage, topnotch cuisine, endless adventure activities, and laid-back vibe surrounded by lush green mountains.

I spent over three weeks exploring both the most famous and the most remotest parts of this overlooked nation and Luang Prabang, in the northern province, was my favorite. This relaxed UNESCO World Heritage site exudes a laid-back French charm. It lies in a lush valley at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. It has a lovely blend of both a rural ambience, but with modern amenities.

Despite its relatively walkable size (there are only four main roads) and small population (roughly 56,000), there is plenty of attractions and activities to keep you occupied during a week stay. My pick include:

Content Marketing

Explore a featured selection of my SEO-driven content marketing work below.

The Best Marketing Automation Software: Comparing Pardot, ActiveCampaign, and HubSpot

Welcome to the wonderful world of marketing automation software tools! Among the most commonly used Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools are Active Campaign and Hubspot. These tools are distinct, yet have similar functions as a CRM, such as lead tracking and email marketing, and both offers features beyond the traditional CRM. However, each serves a different purpose for different companies depending on their business needs, marketing objectives, and the maturity of their processes. We h

Marketing OKRs: How to Write and Implement OKRs for Business Success

Airbnb, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Netflix, Google, Facebook, Deloitte, and Adobe all have this in common… they use an Objectives and Key Results (OKR) framework to guide goal setting. OKRs provide a framework that channels every individual output towards those prioritized goals and holds teams accountable for results. The development of the OKR framework is credited to Intel CEO, Andy Grove, who in the 1970s had a simple and brilliant idea: all company objectives should include measurable results to en

Hire In-House or Outsource Marketing: Which Works Best?

When it comes to building and implementing a marketing strategy, there are multiple ways to approach putting together the right team. Many businesses choose to hire an in-house marketing team for most of their needs, looking for marketing experts in the areas they deem most important first and expanding from there. Other businesses, most often startups, smaller companies, or those with strong recommendation funnels, hire an agency or contractors and outsource some or all of their marketing activ

Increasing Brand Awareness, Simplifying the Lead-to-Sale Process, and Getting More Done With

el LinKe began working with Enovate Medical, a medical workstation and workstation management software company, in January 2020. Enovate Medical’s marketing team of 2 in-house contributors and a small 4-person product design and branding firm needed to make a greater impact on growing the business. Enovate Medical was not effectively reaching prospective customers and needed to leverage the digital tools already in place to increase brand awareness and generate active engagement.

The initial ob

Safford Equipment Converts More Leads and Increases Sales by 92% with el LinKe

Safford Equipment is a rural Alabama outdoor power equipment business. It supplies customers across the southeast with a wide range of lawn equipment: mowers, tillers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, trimmers, and even trailers to haul it all. At the heart of that business is founder and owner Keith Bridges. Keith started Safford in his early twenties, in a small community of fewer than 1,000 people that had little more than a post office. Through dedication, innovation, and customer-service-driven foc

Best Captioning Software of 2021 | Happy Scribe

In our multifaceted world, variety is the spice of life, as they say. And the same is true when it comes to language.If you’re a content creator, and you’re looking to hit a bigger audience, you’ll want to expand your reach and cover as many languages as possible with the best video captioning and subtitling software.

Adding captions to your videos is basically a necessity nowadays, with constantly emerging markets all over the world, as well as the need to provide content to deaf and hard of h

Host, Record & Transcribe a Successful Virtual Meeting During COVID-19

With much of the world in lockdown or under ‘stay at home’ orders, many employees are finding themselves working remotely for the first time. In fact, an article by Forbes estimates that ‘almost six in ten American knowledge workers are now working remotely as of March 19th’.

Remote working and uncertain times equates to an increase in virtual meetings. Virtual meetings are essential to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on business as well as being fundamental in maintaining connection between

Personal Blogs

Explore a featured selection of my personal writing work below.

How Do You Build a Community As a Digital Nomad?

How do you build a community and make friends as a digital nomad? This is a question my friends leading a more traditional life often ask me.

It’s a fair question. Being a digital nomad means that you generally aren’t in one location for long. This can make meeting like-minded people and a community hard. I have heard many digital nomads and long-term travellers complain about becoming lonely. included.

When I first started out on the road, I found meeting like-minded people my age incredibly

Gam Wine Tunnel

I love wine. I mean really, who doesn’t? So, when I discovered that there was a winery in Korea – on the outskirts of Daegu – that produced a speciality wine from persimmon fruit, I had to try it. My expectations were low though, as I’ve toured some of the best wineries in the world from Marlborough, New Zealand to Stellenbosch, South Africa. Still, I love a new adventure. So one unplanned Saturday, I set off for a day trip to Cheongdo. What ensued was a very spontaneous but fun day out tasting

The Neon Boneyard of Las Vegas

Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without its oversized lighted signage adorning every hotel and shop. Towering over 12 feet in height the neon lights of yesteryear have sadly been replaced by more friendly LED lighting. However, if you head to downtown you can still admire the artwork of some of the most iconic signs of the past at The Neon Museum. Part history, part art, this is a completely awesome graveyard.

At the Neon Boneyard, you get to wander around two-acres of the world’s largest collection of

Digital Nomad. Co-working. Co-living: Just what do these 21st Century Catch-phrases mean?

Digital Nomad. Co-working. Co-living: Just what do these 21st Century Catch-phrases mean?

Technology has been a life game changer for some time. But as we enter the 21st Century, its disruption into the way individuals work, live and play is – I believe – going to dramatically transform what my generation consider a typical job and a normal workplace. The trend is in fact, already there, it just hasn’t reached the peak of the bell curve yet. It will. As we begin to design our lives more around

You’ve Only Got One Life, So Love What You Do

Nearly two years ago today, I walked away from a successful career in investment banking. At that time, I was no longer happy with the life I was living. My smile had gone. My passion for life was dead. I realized that I was spending very little of my days doing the things I loved to do. Being a marketing manager was never my childhood dream, but somehow I had got sucked into a Westerner ideal that I needed a well-paid, professional career to be a success and that I needed a lot of money to be h

Chasing the Sun in Cape Town

The tail-end part of my break in Cape Town was marred by erratic fronts, both weatherize and personally. At points, I had desperately wanted leave the grey cold and gusting winds that had rolled in, leaving me feeling lonely and melancholy in a city where I felt I had seen and done it all. With no hope of changing my flight out, I was forced to endure those last few days over the Easter weekend. When I woke on the day of my departure, I was thrilled to finally be leaving. I packed my bags, check

Learning to Let Go

Learning to Let Go

I come from a family that is highly organised, maybe verging on OCD, one that likes detailed plans, spreadsheets, filing systems, order. (Only last night, my brother was sharing with me his online virtual spreadsheet that calculates the energy he generates from his home’s solar panels against the energy expended each day, complete with details of kilowatts spent and the cost. He was in data heaven). I’m anal in my own way. I plan my day, every day, even on the weekend, to the

Fijitime

Fiji – After the non-stop adrenalin adventure of New Zealand, it took me some time to get into the slow rhythm of Fiji Time. About eleven days to be exact. I booked this 12 day island hopping holiday almost a year ago, in rainy London, after 15 stressful years working in financial services. At that time, lazing on the beach for two weeks sounded idyllic. On arrival in Nadi, I wasn’t so sure. Twelve days suddenly sounded like a long time, and I was worried about getting bored.

This fear was part

Marketing OKRs: How to Write and Implement OKRs for Business Success

Airbnb, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Netflix, Google, Facebook, Deloitte, and Adobe all have this in common… they use an Objectives and Key Results (OKR) framework to guide goal setting. OKRs provide a framework that channels every individual output towards those prioritized goals and holds teams accountable for results. The development of the OKR framework is credited to Intel CEO, Andy Grove, who in the 1970s had a simple and brilliant idea: all company objectives should include measurable results to en

Hire In-House or Outsource Marketing: Which Works Best?

When it comes to building and implementing a marketing strategy, there are multiple ways to approach putting together the right team. Many businesses choose to hire an in-house marketing team for most of their needs, looking for marketing experts in the areas they deem most important first and expanding from there. Other businesses, most often startups, smaller companies, or those with strong recommendation funnels, hire an agency or contractors and outsource some or all of their marketing activ

Best Captioning Software of 2021 | Happy Scribe

In our multifaceted world, variety is the spice of life, as they say. And the same is true when it comes to language.If you’re a content creator, and you’re looking to hit a bigger audience, you’ll want to expand your reach and cover as many languages as possible with the best video captioning and subtitling software.

Adding captions to your videos is basically a necessity nowadays, with constantly emerging markets all over the world, as well as the need to provide content to deaf and hard of h

What are SDH Subtitles & Why Should Your Videos Have Them?

Today’s video editors are keenly aware that they must make their content accessible to all. The reason? They want to provide a broader audience with the means to fully understand and enjoy what they’ve created. To do this, video editors usually provide their audiences with either subtitles or closed captions.

Hopefully you are already familiar with the key differences between subtitles and closed captions (CC):

Subtitles assume that the viewer can hear but either doesn’t understand the languag

Best Free Subtitle Font for Multiple Languages

Have you ever noticed a blank box appearing within your phone or web-browser where a text character should be? This square in coder lingo is called a .notdef or ‘not defined’, but most everyone else just calls it ‘tofu’ because they resemble blocks of bean curd.

Whilst choosing to subtitle your video in just English and French may never be an issue, if you start including Chinese or Japanese you may hit a major obstacle: a bunch of boxes for subtitle text.

Host, Record & Transcribe a Successful Virtual Meeting During COVID-19

With much of the world in lockdown or under ‘stay at home’ orders, many employees are finding themselves working remotely for the first time. In fact, an article by Forbes estimates that ‘almost six in ten American knowledge workers are now working remotely as of March 19th’.

Remote working and uncertain times equates to an increase in virtual meetings. Virtual meetings are essential to talk about the impact of COVID-19 on business as well as being fundamental in maintaining connection between

How Do You Build a Community As a Digital Nomad?

How do you build a community and make friends as a digital nomad? This is a question my friends leading a more traditional life often ask me.

It’s a fair question. Being a digital nomad means that you generally aren’t in one location for long. This can make meeting like-minded people and a community hard. I have heard many digital nomads and long-term travellers complain about becoming lonely. included.

When I first started out on the road, I found meeting like-minded people my age incredibly

9 Best Places for Brunch in El Poblado, Medellín

Brunch. That one word conjures up a myriad of emotions and images. Lazy Sundays. Endless cups of coffee. Long chats with friends. Scrambled eggs. Crispy bacon. Freshly baked bread.

I love Sunday Brunch. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. A reward for getting through a hard week. Something that I have indulged in since I became a working singleton. It’s my favorite weekend pastime. Occasionally, I'll go with friends, but more often than not I'll go on my own. A date with myself if you like. Me time. Time too reflect, to decompress, to recharge.

Gam Wine Tunnel

I love wine. I mean really, who doesn’t? So, when I discovered that there was a winery in Korea – on the outskirts of Daegu – that produced a speciality wine from persimmon fruit, I had to try it. My expectations were low though, as I’ve toured some of the best wineries in the world from Marlborough, New Zealand to Stellenbosch, South Africa. Still, I love a new adventure. So one unplanned Saturday, I set off for a day trip to Cheongdo. What ensued was a very spontaneous but fun day out tasting

The Neon Boneyard of Las Vegas

Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without its oversized lighted signage adorning every hotel and shop. Towering over 12 feet in height the neon lights of yesteryear have sadly been replaced by more friendly LED lighting. However, if you head to downtown you can still admire the artwork of some of the most iconic signs of the past at The Neon Museum. Part history, part art, this is a completely awesome graveyard.

At the Neon Boneyard, you get to wander around two-acres of the world’s largest collection of

Digital Nomad. Co-working. Co-living: Just what do these 21st Century Catch-phrases mean?

Digital Nomad. Co-working. Co-living: Just what do these 21st Century Catch-phrases mean?

Technology has been a life game changer for some time. But as we enter the 21st Century, its disruption into the way individuals work, live and play is – I believe – going to dramatically transform what my generation consider a typical job and a normal workplace. The trend is in fact, already there, it just hasn’t reached the peak of the bell curve yet. It will. As we begin to design our lives more around

COFFEE IN DAEGU

There isn’t a shortage of coffee shops in Daegu. I recently counted 47 different establishments where I could grab a morning latte in the 15 minute walk between the front of my apartment building and the doorstop of my workplace. Forty-seven! Admittedly, some of these are hardly salubrious such as 7-Eleven and the run-down looking ‘Hot Dog and Coffee’. And that’s the thing about Daegu, whilst there is a coffee shop for about every fifty paces you walk, I’ve found there are only a few independent or small chains that manage to have that unique combination of an inviting ambience and strong espresso that Western java connoisseurs desire. So after extensive research, and a willingness to on occasion travel 45 minutes to visit such a place, I’m sharing with you my top places in Daegu for a cuppa.

STEP OFF THE TRADITIONAL BACKPACKER TRAIL

Luang Prabang is city a relatively undiscovered city with a UNESCO rewarded history and heritage, topnotch cuisine, endless adventure activities, and laid-back vibe surrounded by lush green mountains.

I spent over three weeks exploring both the most famous and the most remotest parts of this overlooked nation and Luang Prabang, in the northern province, was my favorite. This relaxed UNESCO World Heritage site exudes a laid-back French charm. It lies in a lush valley at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. It has a lovely blend of both a rural ambience, but with modern amenities.

Despite its relatively walkable size (there are only four main roads) and small population (roughly 56,000), there is plenty of attractions and activities to keep you occupied during a week stay. My pick include:

You’ve Only Got One Life, So Love What You Do

Nearly two years ago today, I walked away from a successful career in investment banking. At that time, I was no longer happy with the life I was living. My smile had gone. My passion for life was dead. I realized that I was spending very little of my days doing the things I loved to do. Being a marketing manager was never my childhood dream, but somehow I had got sucked into a Westerner ideal that I needed a well-paid, professional career to be a success and that I needed a lot of money to be h
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