In 2010, I signed up for a six-month contract to teach English in Thailand … and never left. Since disappearing into the mysterious East, I’ve survived two bouts of civil unrest, a border skirmish, at least one natural disaster and far too much streetside sushi. Now working as a freelance writer, I’m here to share a little of the experience I’ve gained in eight years living and travelling in Asia.
Everyone says you should be able to explain what your blog is all about quickly, succintly and coherently.
Well, I’m afraid I’m going to have to disappoint.
It’s a portfolio. It’s a travel blog. It’s got some tips and advice. It’s got some ranting about the bad stuff and some sycophantic fawning over the good stuff. In short, it’s one big repository for the thoughts I’ve had while getting out and seeing the world – the good, the bad, the frustrating, the enlightening and the downright weird.
I’ve been working and travelling in Asia for around eight years now. I’ve slept in teak wood stilt houses and on rattan floors in a sleazy Japanese hotel. I’ve been lost in the misty mountains of North Vietnam and kayak’d out to desert islands off the coast of Cambodia. I’ve been offered everything from deep fried scorpion to the still-squirming legs of a live octopus.
I’m not saying I’m the most experienced or intrepid traveller out there. I’m no Paul Theroux.
But I’ve seen some shit.
Feel free to comment on what you see here, or write me a blog-post in response. I think the best blogging should be part of a conversation – the online version of a grizzled expat bar in some sweaty tropical backwater, where we each meet to compare our travel scars. Like I said, I don’t think I’d dominate the conversation yet. I wouldn’t be the one they talk about in hushed tones every time I walk through the door (‘…and they say he once went to Birmingham!’). But I’d like to think I’d at least have earned my place on a barstool by now. Maybe lower down the bar, near the toilets.
Who the hell is Pat Dylan Taylor?
I’m a journalism graduate, originally from the UK, now based in Bangkok. I’ve bounced around from job to job for a while, including subediting and writing a column for a now-sadly-defunct magazine about world cinema a few years back.
I’m also the co-author of Working In Thailand: How to Ditch the Desk, Board the Flight, and Land the Job, and a semi-frequent contributor to a number of local publications.
I am for hire, and always on the lookout for new and exciting projects. For more information, check out the Contact section.