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Title: The End of The Road  Published: 30th June 2012

B2The last issue of The Daily Explorer in its current format! As the Buddhists teach us, nothing is permanent; everything changes and this publication is no exception. So to say farewell, we thought this would be a good opportunity to give you an update and some insight about what is happening for our global traveller and why these changes are happening now.

 

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Title: The Suited Monk and The Runner  Published: 20th January 2012

We catch up with Ray as 2012 gets underway. There are highlights from his Christmas Day half-marathon race – his first in over two years – as well as news of a recent trip to Shanghai which could be quite influential in determining Ray’s direction over the coming months. And pictures from one of Chiang Mai’s lesser known hikes to Doi Suthep.

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Title: The Wonder of India – Hyderabad and Hampi  Published: 29th December 2011

Our seasoned Indian guest correspondent, Sam Ozer goes with our global traveller as he makes his way to the ancient city of Hampi, followed by a short and unexpected rendezvous with his brother in Hyderabad, before departing India for Thailand.

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Title: From Rishikesh to Dharamsala  Published: 22nd December 2011

Guest Indian correspondent Sam Ozer, one of India’s most seasoned, talented online journalists with an extensive knowledge of the terrain follows Ray as he travels through Rishikesh and Amritsar on his way to Dharamsala where he decided to stay for a couple of weeks so he could attend a three-day teaching with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.

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Title: The Wonder of India – The Taj Mahal  Published: 11th November 2011

We follow Ray to a country that he has been longing to explore for many years and one that is a target for many travellers and soul-seekers alike – India! You can find out how our global traveller adjusted to things after his arrival in Delhi and how he fared during his subsequent visits to Jaipur in Rajasthan and the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal in Agra.

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Title: From Sing-a-Berlin to Singapore  Published: 22nd September 2011

Our intrepid explorer goes to Singapore to pursue the possibility of entering the Asian business world as a coach managers and executives in the region. To finalise his preparation, he takes part in a week-long training programme with Coach In A Box. We also take a look back at Ray’s last few days in Berlin and find out what happened during his brief stopover in Chiang Mai as he returned to Asia.

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Title: The Swiss Connection  Published: 30th June 2011

An update from Berlin as our intrepid explorer enjoys a break from global travel for a few weeks to taste life in this fabulous city. And we accompanied Ray as he visited his ex-wife Charlotte in Switzerland. If you want some great entertainment, there are three video clips sent in by readers for you to enjoy.

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Title: Haarlem and Berlin Uncovered  Published: 26th May 2011

Our global explorer took advantage of his short visit to London by heading to mainland Europe for a ten-day tour. Starting in Haarlem in the Netherlands, our traveller spent the weekend trekking and cycling around the picturesque city before taking the train across the border to explore the vibrant German capital of Berlin.

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Title: Happiness is Here and Now  Published: 21st April 2011

Read about Ray’s experience at the seven-day “Understanding Our Mind” retreat just outside Bangkok with Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Ray also updated us on a new business idea and to wrap up, there are some amusing video clips which were sent to us by readers.

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Title: Turning Over A New Leaf Published: 21st March 2011

Ray attended a five-day “Writers Retreat” in Chiang Mai to learn some of the basics before starting work on his book. He has also met on a regular basis with his newly formed club of fellow authors in the city. Aside from writing, our global nomad explored a couple of new business ideas and there are some amusing video clips sent to us by readers.

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Title: Between The Lines Published: 23rd January 2011

Ray celebrated Christmas Day and New Year amongst friends in Sydney, Australia and sent us a fantastic selection of personal pictures to give you a flavour of his visit there. He then returned to Chiang Mai, Thailand to begin researching ideas for a writing project.

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Title: Christmas Down Under Published: 21st December 2010

In our final issue of 2010, Chuck Maboomerang reports from Sydney where Ray had gone for an end of year visit to friends. Our global nomad made a brief stop in Bangkok and a short visit to Vancouver in Canada before arriving ‘down under’ – we have all the news and pictures. And to wrap up the year, Ray selected a few of his favourite clips from YouTube for you to enjoy over the holiday season.

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Title: Three Pairs of Shoes; Five Years on the Road Published: 7th November 2010

A big moment for Ray, who has been living nomadically for five years since he left England in November 2005. During that time, he has visited or lived in 17 different countries and we have been publishing news and stories about his journey. To mark the occasion, as well as catching up with his recent news from Chiang Mai, we asked Ray to pick out some of his most significant or memorable encounters from the last 1,826 days.

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Title: Mosques, Mid-Life and Michael Jackson Published: 16th September 2010

Po Scard follows Ray on the last leg of his three month tour of Malaysia. Highlights include Ray’s visit to Malacca and Terengganu, his 50th birthday celebrations on Cherating Beach, trekking in Taman Negara National Park and a sighting of the rare Rafflesia flower in the cool, lush Cameron Highlands. Po has also included two hilarious video clips.

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Title: Borneo Uncovered (Part Three) Published: 31st August 2010

In the final part of our three-part feature, Po Scard goes with Ray as he makes his way to Sarawak to complete his visit to the third largest island in the world. Highlights include the magnificent caves at Gunung Mulu National Park, which is also home to ‘The Pinnacles’ – one of the most challenging and visually breathtaking treks on the island. And we also have more about Ray’s visit to the city of Kuching and nearby Bako National Park.

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Title: Borneo Uncovered (Part Two) Published: 11th August 2010

Cultural correspondent Po Scard follows Ray as he explores the island of Borneo. In the second part of our three-part feature, Ray makes a brief but long-awaited visit to the micro kingdom of Brunei.

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Title: Borneo Uncovered (Part One) Published: 31st July 2010

Shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, Ray begins his exploration of the island in the East Malaysian province of Sabah. We have highlights from his visit to the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Sepilok, the Kinabatangan River and his memorable two-day trek to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, which is Borneo’s highest peak.

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Title: The Angels Come Home Published: 27th June 2010

Ivana Getachek marks the completion of Ray’s global fundraising campaign, which inspired him to run the New York Marathon in November 2009 and has raised over $15,000 for worthy causes. Ivana follows Ray as he returns to the Namaste Childrens House in Pokhara, Nepal, to work out the most sustainable way of investing the money raised and procure the resulting facilities and equipment.

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Title: The Roof of The World Published: 6th June 2010

Guest correspondent Seymour Peaks – our Alpine trekking expert, who first appeared in 2008 re-joins our team to take us through the route and highlights of each of the 16 days of Ray’s epic 230 kilometre trek to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes. Some stunning photographs too.0

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Title: From Hong Kong to the Himalayas Published: 1st June 2010

Guest correspondent Po Scard re-joins us for Ray’s visit to Hong Kong and his return to Nepal. And he also provides us with an update about the ongoing troubles in Bangkok. Some of you might find some of the pictures in this issue disturbing.

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Title: Shanghai, Chiang Rai and Goodbye Published: 22nd April 2010

Guest correspondent Chin Tu Fat joins our team for Ray’s first ever visit to mainland China. He catches up with our global traveller in the bustling city of Shanghai, which has been undergoing a complete transformation to be ready for the opening of the World Expo 2010.

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Title: Angels in Elephant Heaven Published: 12th April 2010

Ivana Getachek catches up with our global traveller in Chiangmai. Find out what happens when Ray returns to the Elephant Nature Park to present a cheque for $5,000 from his “Calling All Angels” Fund, which Ivana has been managing since it was launched in July 2009.  There are also pictures from Ray’s recent visit to the Mae-Mhae orphanage in the hills outside the city and his three day trip to Mae Hong Son near the Burmese border.

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Title: All You Need is Love Published: 28th February 2010

Ray returns to Chiangmai, northern Thailand. Nearly halfway into the fifth year of his nomadic living experiment, we shed light on some major changes that are taking place, including a rare and intimate update regarding his personal relationship with Nikki. We also find out more from Ray about an unusual workshop in East Sussex, known as “The Hoffman Process” which he attended recently.

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Title: Goodbye to the Noughties Published: 25th December 2009

The last issue of this decade! Since running in the New York marathon a few weeks ago, Ray has been recovering and taking a break from nomadic living for a little while. I caught up with him to find out what he has been up to in the vibrant  city of London, which included a presentation of a cheque to World Cancer Research. And we find out more about his plans for 2010.

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Title: 256 New York Minutes Published: 14th November 2009

Our US correspondent Nick Elandimer reports on the grand finale of Ray’s global “Calling All Angels” Fundraising Campaign. Over the last six months, Ray has been preparing for a huge challenge – running in the 40th New York Marathon. Find out how he got on in the full, exciting story of the race itself and some highlights from his eight day visit to the ‘Big Apple’.

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Title: Cheerio Chiang Mai Published: 18th October 2009

48Ray has spent the last six months preparing to run in the New York Marathon. Since he arrived in Chiang Mai in mid April, he has clocked up well over 800 miles on the road and running track! Find out how he does in his second half-marathon (the River Kwai International) and battles with a series of injuries which could potentially ruin his performance in New York. And as Ray departs Chiang Mai for the big race, we take a brief look at some highlights from his recent social calendar.

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Title: Birthdays and Broken Records Published: 9th September 2009

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Since our global nomad arrived in Chiang Mai to start training in mid April, he has clocked up nearly 700 miles on the road and track – and has replaced his first (worn out) pair of running shoes! Me So Fit discovers that he has recently set new personal bests for both times and distances as he works towards his goal of running the marathon in under four hours, and also reveals how Ray and Nikki celebrated their recent birthdays.

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Title: On Track in Pattaya Published: 28th July 2009

39Our global nomad completes the first of two half marathon races in Pattaya, Thailand during his build up to the New York marathon. Since the start of his training in mid April, Ray has clocked up a staggering 500 miles of running! Our Health correspondent Me So Fit follows Ray as he makes a brief visit to the southern gulf island of Ko Samui and finds out what Ray’s ‘visa’ run to Myanmar (formerly Burma) is all about.

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Title: Half Marathon Man Published: 5th July 2009

13Our global nomad prepares for the first of two half marathon races in Thailand during his build up to the New York Marathon on 1st November. Since the start of his training in mid April, Ray has clocked up a staggering 350 miles of running!  Our Asian correspondent (Me So Fit) also finds out about one or two of Ray’s more interesting social activities and we get an update on Ray’s marathon fundraising campaign from Ivana Getachek.

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Title: Return to Elephant Heaven Published: 14th June 2009

8Our Asian correspondents Me So Fit brings us Ray’s latest news and pictures from Chiang Mai in Thailand. Our global adventurer returns to the Elephant Nature Park, which he is running to support in the New York Marathon. Now a few weeks into his his gruelling six month training programme, Ray has clocked up in excess of 250 miles of running! Our roving reporter Amber Solaire interviews Ray’s marathon coach.

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Title: Marathon Man Published: 18th May 2009

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Our Asian correspondent, Me So Fit makes his debut for The Daily Explorer. He will be bringing us all of the news and pictures from Chiang Mai in Thailand as Ray undertakes his gruelling 26 week training programme to be ready for the New York Marathon on 1st November. Already in his first four weeks of training, Ray has clocked up a staggering 108 miles of running!

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0Title: Adios California Published: 22nd April 2009

193Our American guest correspondent Nick Elandimer compiles the latest news and pictures as Ray and Nikki complete their tour of California, visiting Lake Tahoe and the beautiful city of San Francisco. They also spent some time exploring the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway, stopping at Carmel, Monterey and the Big Sur.

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Title: From The Strip to Seattle Published: 8th April 2009

442Our American guest correspondent, Nick Elandimer compiles the latest news and pictures as Ray and Nikki continue their tour of California and beyond on the west coast of America. Find out what happened when they visited Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park and Seattle in Washington State..0

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Title: Arizona Rocks! Published: 18th March 2009

42Our American guest correspondent, Nick Elandimer brings us the latest news and pictures as Ray returns to the USA after a brief stopover in London. Find out what happened when Ray met his friends in Sacramento and visited Sedona for the annual Film Festival. The awesome Grand Canyon was also on his itinerary.

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Title: Namaste Nepal Published: 23rd February 2009

9Dolly Lama brings us the latest news and pictures as Ray returns from Tibet to Nepal, to complete his three month tour by visiting Lumbini – the birthplace of the Buddha. Ray also explores Nagarkot and Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Kathmandu before leaving Nepal.

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Title: Seven Days in Tibet Published: 8th February 2009

481Our new guest correspondent – Dolly Lama – one of the most experienced online journalists of her generation, joins our team for a few days to follow Ray as he explores the remote wilderness of Tibet, seeing in the New Year in the country known as the ‘Roof of the World’.

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Title: From Pokhara to Patan Published: 6th January 2009

391In our first issue in 2009, our guest correspondent, Seymour Peaks returns from his Christmas break to bring us the latest news as Ray continues to explore the ancient, mountainous country of Nepal. He provides us with some stunning photographs from Ray’s 6 day trek from Pokhara to the Annapurna Base Camp and highlights from Ray’s visit to some of the historic sights around Kathmandu, including Patan, Bodhnath and Pashupatinath.

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Title: Around Annapurna in 18 Days (Part Two) Published: 13th December 2008

403In the second part of a two part feature from Nepal, Seymour Peaks brings us more news and pictures from the Annapurna circuit as Ray completes the remaining 13 days of his 200 mile, 18 day route through one of the highest regions on earth. Find out what happens as he triumphantly conquers the world’s biggest mountain pass at Thorung La at an altitude of nearly 18,000 feet, and then descends from the mountains to complete his trip in Pokhara.

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Title: Around Annapurna in 18 Days (Part One) Published: 2nd December 2008

532The first part of a two part feature from Nepal by new guest correspondent, Seymour Peaks. He makes his debut on our team and accompanies Ray on his first high altitude trek around the Himalayas. Find out what he experienced as he explored Kathmandu and then set off to trek around the ‘Annapurna circuit’ – one of the top ten most popular treks in the world. Share the experience, day by day, as he ascends the first five days of the 200 mile, 18 day route through one of the highest regions on earth.

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Title: From Sandpaper to Silk Published: 6th November 2008

102On the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali, Ray begins the research for their forthcoming trip to Nepal. You can find out more about their week of exploration in Bali and their whirlwind, two day stop over in Singapore, prior to their arrival in Kathmandu.

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Title: From Adelaide to Darwin (Part Two) Published: 13th October 2008

222Our guest correspondent Chuck Maboomerang completes our special two part feature from Australia. He follows Ray as he heads to the ‘Top End’ and explores Alice Springs and the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges. He then takes the famous Ghan train to Katherine and visits the fast growing city of Darwin to complete his 64 day tour of Australia.

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Title: From Adelaide to Darwin (Part One) Published: 4th October 2008

373In the first of a two-part feature from Australia, guest correspondent Chuck Maboomerang follows Ray as he leaves Sydney to begin a 3,000 kilometre journey from Adelaide in the south, to Darwin in the north. He finds out what our global traveller got up to during his last few days in the capital. Chuck then tracks Ray’s progress to the tiny, desolate mining town of Coober Pedy and on to Uluru and Kings Canyon in the centre of Australia.

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Title: Kangaroos, Koalas and World Peace Published: 19th September 2008

552Guest correspondent Chuck Maboomerang finds out more about Ray’s first visit to Brisbane, where he makes a special trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just outside the city. And he follows our intrepid explorer as he meets with a few business contacts in Sydney, to explore the possibility of some professional work in 2009 (in Australia). This issue also contains information about ‘Peace One Day’ – an event of global significance which takes place every year on 21st September.

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Title: Elephants and Lions Published: 26th August 2008

113Ray finds out about an amazing woman who has established a ground-breaking wildlife sanctuary for elephants near Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. And the inside track on how Ray and Nikki, our Leo travellers, decided to celebrate their August birthdays, which were six days apart.

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Title: Man of a Thousand Days (Part Two) – How it All Began Published: 8th August 2008

ray-at-home-2-04Ray has been living nomadically for one thousand consecutive days since he left England on 12th November 2005! During that time, he has visited or travelled through twelve countries spread around the world. Many readers ask for more information about the background to Ray’s decision to swap his conventional life for one of travel, exploration and uncertainty. We interviewed him at length and published his whole truthful story, uncut and straight from the source. For the first time, Ray lets us into his personal and private world. He reveals what really happened, reviewing the catalytic events that were taking place in 2003-5 which signified enormous change and describes how he responded to them. He helps us join the dots in a seemingly random chain of events that lead to the start of the incredible journey he has been on and recalls how things curiously unfolded in a way he could never have foreseen.

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Title: Man of a Thousand Days (Part One) Published: 30th July 2008

64A special issue of The Daily Explorer that commemorates a milestone for Ray, who has been living nomadically for one thousand consecutive days since he left England on 12th November 2005! During that time, he has visited or travelled through twelve countries spread around the world. To mark the occasion, we asked Ray to trawl through all 60 previous issues of The Daily Explorer and our sister publication, The Daily Lama, and choose some of his favourite pictures or moments from the first two and half years.

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Title: New York, James Bond and Beyond Published: 20th June 2008

374We find out how our global traveller got on during his brief return to professional life, with the first two training programmes in Basel and New Jersey (USA). And we catch up with him at the ‘Casino Royale’ party in London, thrown in honour of his brothers 50th birthday. And there is also an insight into Ray’s world view after a powerful, eye opening one day seminar in Brixton with David Icke.

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Title: Basel Beckons Published: 26th May 2008

114Our global traveller returns from Thailand for a brief re-entry into the business world. And we follow him during a lively couple of weeks in his social calendar, before he heads off to Switzerland to begin work.

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Title: Sun, Sea and Songkran Published: 30th April 2008

153Our global traveller visits southern Thailand to explore the remote, sun-kissed island of Ko Lipe on the Malaysian border and then heads to Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, to rendezvous with friends in time for the Thai New Year festival known as ‘Songkran’. Amber Solaire, editor of our sister publication, The Daily Lama, kindly accepted our invitation to be ‘guest’ editor for this issue.

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Title: Thai-ing the Knot Published: 14th April 2008

342Our global traveller returns to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for a few weeks, and travels south for the traditional Thai wedding of friend and fellow English teaching student Paul Smith. Amber Solaire, editor of our sister publication, The Daily Lama, kindly accepted our invitation to be ‘guest’ editor for this issue.

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Title: The End of an Era Published: 23rd March 2008

34Our global traveller has been in London for a ‘longer than normal’ stay, to plan his year ahead, review things in general after nearly 850 days of life on the road and sell First Place, his consulting business – after eleven years.

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Title: In Memory of Alan Gray Published: 12th February 2008

291In our first issue of The Daily Explorer, we pay tribute to Alan Gray, who died suddenly on Christmas Day. Alan was a very special man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Towards the end of this issue, you can read more about the wake that was held for him as Ray returned to London (from the U.S.) at the end of January.

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