Michael Batson

Travel Writer






I grew up in New Zealand and have spent time travelling in Australasia, the United Kingdom, Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. I have lived and worked in many of these places but I have always found the Mekong countries of Southeast Asia the most fascinating, especially Cambodia.  I have always been interested in travel and enjoyed reading about far-off places and distant times, as well as the events of today. For me, the words "to wander" and "to wonder" have always had a magical attraction. I have always considered myself somewhat of a nomad, and no sooner have I arrived somewhere, than I think about where to next.


During my life I have worked in many different jobs including as a kitchen hand, hospital orderly, postal worker, driver, barman, farm worker, night porter, labourer, as well as in a gold mine in the middle of a desert, and lots of other things besides. The great advantage of this experience was in the people I met from all backgrounds including those characters well-read, well-versed, and well-travelled, all of whom helped spark my curiosity and broaden my horizons. Somewhere in amongst all that I spent time at university where I read history after which I worked as a historical researcher. Later, I studied international relations focusing mainly on the Asia-Pacific region. More recently, I have held advisory roles in different countries in government and with NGOs.


I have always had a keen interest in world and current events, and like reading, music, film, and football, the global game. My travel writing is the product of wide reading and much lived experience, together with a natural eye for a killer fact and a great story. My aim with this website is to educate, inform, entertain, and inspire the reader.


There is no destination, the journey is everything.


The writer in Mondulkiri, Cambodia