Welcome

Hi there, I’m Ben Allen. I’m a freelance journalist from Northamptonshire, England.

I’ve worked for an array of print and online publications, including Practical Performance Car Magazine, Gapyear.com, and BUNAC – a worldwide adventure tour company. I specialize in both writing and photography. In 2014, Gapyear.com ranked my article, “What is the Real World?“, as #1 on their list of 50 Utterly Unmissable Gap Year Articles to Blow Your Tiny Mind.

A little about me…

I grew up in the rolling hills of rural Northamptonshire, England. I began writing on a freelance basis in 2005, for Practical Performance Car Magazine. In 2007, I graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Journalism from Southampton Solent University. Since 2008, I’ve been living and working across the globe. I’ve lived as far afield as Beirut, Lebanon, and Yerevan, Armenia. My permanent base is Vancouver, BC, Canada.

I have a passion for travel, having visited four continents on a combination of bicycle, foot, plane, and hitchhiking. In 2012, I cycled from Canada to Mexico. I’ve hitchhiked the length of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, and thumbed my way across the Anatolian Plateau three times. I’ve slept in fields, trucks, parking lots and rooftops along the way. I record my experiences from the road both in writing and with photography. I am in the process of writing a book. The travels continue.

Camping on a Lebanese rooftop.

Esfahan Bazaar, Iran.

My aim in life is to explore countries and cultures. I try to break down barriers and preconceptions of places put up by mass media and get to know people, rather than what is said in guidebooks. I yearn to share these experiences with others.

3 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. People dream about having these kind of adventures while travels. You should consider charging people who want to tag along on your travels – a potential business model? just saying…

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