About Symonds

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This is a site which I write independently and the aim is to give you all as much information as possible on the places I travel to and which I hope to travel to in the future. I hope I can give you also some motivation to travel and explore the world and to engage with and learn about local cultures. Some quick facts about me:

  • PhD student in Tourism in ‘Wayfinding’ (see
  • Travelled to more than 35 countries on 5 continents.
  • Visits a minimum of 1 new country every year.
  • Always ensure I try at least one new form of travel each year.
  • I love to see new places but by also stepping outside of my comfort zone to experience different embodied experience. It continually makes things interesting having travel as a hobby and trying tourism from a ride on the Orient Express to a cruise of the Fjords in Norway, to boating down the Colorado River below the Grand Canyon, is a great way to live in my eyes. I have a list that I am trying to get through and would love ideas to add to the list.

Every Type of Travel Experience Tackled

As part of my own ongoing travels around the world, I also have my own bucket list or what might be better termed my ‘Every type of travel possible’ list and below you can see in bold (the ones yet to be achieved) and the others are completed travel experiences.

Themed and Places

  1. Cruise
  2. Safari
  3. Beach Holiday
  4. City Break
  5. Art Holiday
  6. Coach Holiday
  7. European Drive
  8. Boating
  9. Camping
  10. Climbing
  11. Travel on the Orient Express

Specific Journey

  1. Travel on the Orient Express
  2. Route 66
  3. Vegas and Grand Canyon
  4. Singapore & tea in Raffles Hotel
  5. Revisit Korea (as a tourist)
  6. Hawaiian Islands
  7. Amtrak trip across USA


  1. Cycling holiday
  2. Scuba Diving
  3. Skiing
  4. Dog Sledding
  5. Cross Country Skiing
  6. Jungle walking
  7. Honolulu Marathon
  8. Snowboarding
  9. Tandem SkyDive
  10. Premiership football game


  1. Dolphin Watching
  2. Volcano Experiences
  3. Niagara Falls by Helicopter
  4. Iceland Natural Springs
  5. Camel Trek
  6. Finnish Sauna experience
  7. Shark experience
  8. Naturist resort
  9. Snorkelling


  1. Empire State
  2. See a Broadway Show
  3. See a show in the West End
  4. London Eye
  5. Drive Across USA
  6. Hogmannay New Year


  1. Speak good Italian to an Italin in Italy!
  2. Live in Asia
  3. Flight Simulator Experience
  4. Royal Albert Hall Event
  5. Ride a horse
  6. Glastonbury Music Festival
  7. Burning Man Festival
  8. Oktoberfest, Germany
  9. Drive a Tank
  10. Play 18 holes on a Golf Course
  11. Get 50m Swimming Cert
  12. See Shakespeare in the Globe

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EMAIL: paul (at) or use the CONTACT FORM.