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Hello. My name is Peter Moore. I’m a travel author and podcaster.

That’s me with some new-found friends in the back blocks of Tanzania.

The truck I’d hitched a ride on had broken down and they invited me to share a bottle of wanzuki with them. It’s the local moonshine and it’s inordinately strong.

The photo is quite old. I have lot less hair now and the tan has well and truly faded.

But it sums up exactly what it is I love about travel.

Random encounters with fellow humans in unexpected places.

Not hipster beards or floating dresses.

Just the world in all its tarnished glory.

The early days

My globetrotting ways got off to an inauspicious start when my parents took me and my sisters on a Pacific cruise when I was 12 years old.

It was aboard the MV Marco Polo and our ports of call included Fiji and New Zealand.

The thing I remember most is putting tape on the end of a stick to fish out all the coins that had fallen behind the onboard poker machines.

A year later I went on a French excursion to New Caledonia. The only phrase in French I knew was ‘Bonjour? Est-ce Philip Ladau?’

The thing I remember most about that trip is Matthew Wall dropping snails from the top of the lighthouse on Amédée Island and the deadly coral snakes slithering along the beach.

To be continued …

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