The evidence The travel writer's hand luggage
Saturday 09 January 1999
"I have taken my bike (1) as hand luggage several times, although it usually ends up in the hold and gets put on the wrong flight on a regular basis. Flights often go horribly wrong so I keep my schedule guide (2) with me at all times. It's a bit trainspotterish but incredibly useful. The joyous thing about my job is that I get to go to very interesting places and meet people with all sorts of intriguing views, which I record with my Minidisc (3). I always carry my upgrade tie (4) so I can look like a member of the fare-paying public. I first went to Cuba 10 years ago and noticed there was no guidebook, so I wrote one (5). I always carry dollars in my wallet (6) as almost every country knows how much their currency is worth in dollars. I bought my laptop (7) in Chicago two years ago. The man said I could drop it out of a window and it would escape unharmed - I've done the equivalent and it's still OK. I always bring my radio (8) as the BBC World Service is a great solace. They often know what's going on in strange parts of the world better than local sources."
Interview by Aoife O'Riordain
Photograph by Darren Regnier
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