Shane Dallas

View from Ndonyo Nanyekie - West Gate Community Conservancy, Kenya

View from Ndonyo Nanyekie – West Gate Community Conservancy, Kenya

I love to travel, it is my favourite way to spend money.  Most intriguing of the more than 90 countries I have visited are those places with a culture most different from my birthplace in Australia.  I gravitate to places of cultural, historical or religious significance.

Travelling is best experienced when exposed to differences rather than sheltering in similarities.

I want to fully immerse myself in a destination; I want to see the lives of the local people, eat at the places they eat, and stay at the places they stay.

The Travel Camel - Shane Dallas

The Travel Camel – Shane Dallas

I almost always avoid enclaves filled with other fellow foreigners and travellers which contrasts to the surrounding environment. Sometimes it is useful to make use of such enclaves for a brief period, but this is the exception rather than the norm.

I mostly travel on my own because it means almost every conversation is with a local person, and a lone traveller will be offered opportunities denied to groups, such as an invite to a person’s home. Solo travel allows the fewest barriers with the environment. I love the flexibility of organising my own itinerary – to linger longer if a place appeals to me, or continue onwards if it fails to impress.

Travel is an intellectual pursuit.

It is an opportunity to learn about the world and its people. I revel in its diversity and richness. I can learn something from every person that I meet, regardless of their education, social status, culture, religion or nationality. I share this learning through my writing, photography, Social Media, speeches and radio work.