This blog is about the writings and wanderings of myself, Ants Bolingbroke-Kent, an occasional writer, sometime TV producer, traveller and lover of the curious and quirky.
An ‘itinerant’ is someone who spends alternating periods working and wandering, which pretty accurately sums up how I’ve spent my last fourteen years. I’ve worked in television, written two books, penned a number of articles for magazines, newspapers and the web, trundled across the globe in some unusual forms of transport and managed a smorgasbord of extreme adventures for The Adventurists. Until recently I worked for the latter, a job which regularly flung me to the less visited corners of the globe and encompassed everything from wrangling with governments in Cameroon, Indonesia and Mongolia to running an Adventure Film Festival and nearly freezing to death on the back of a Ural motorbike in the Russian Arctic. However, I departed the cosy bosom of permanent employment to pursue the desire to write and make TV programmes. So now I split my time between attempting to pen books and articles, working as an producer on the telebox and doing the odd bit of adventure wrangling and consultancy.
This blog is simply an outlet for my travel-inspired mental meanderings. I might write about a fabulous cocktail bar I’ve been to, or a bizarre museum I’ve visited. Or I might pen a piece about a music festival in Hungary or a trip on K-k-ken, my beloved Honda C90 moped. On a more practical level I may proffer advice on aspects of expedition planning.
What you won’t find here is anything to do with guided tours or package holidays, the mere notion of which makes me feel instantly unwell. I loathe having to partake in any form of organised travel or visiting places which involve gawping hordes of sharp-elbowed tourists. Sultan Ahmet in Istanbul is my idea of Hell; driving across the Gobi in a pink tuk tuk, Heaven.
Read on, enjoy (hopefully) and if you wish to get in touch ping me a message via the aptly named ‘Get in Touch’ page.