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True Tales of a Traveller is a series of short stories and novellas consisting of several dozen traveller?s tales covering 35 years. Although presented in a short story format for reading convenience, these stories are not fiction. Apart from some of the characters? names which have been changed to protect their identities, everything in these stories is true.

These stories do not all fit neatly into the ?travel story? genre, although some will indeed meet most readers? expectations in this regard. Others are simply adventures – or misadventures – that happen to have taken place in various different countries. They will appeal to anyone with an interest in travel, contemporary history, geography, culture, or international relations, or anyone who just likes good short reads. Most of the stories are crafted to provide information on the locations featured in them, and thus also have a useful educational function!

The tenth story in the True Tales of a Traveller series, One Day in Bangkok is set in Thailand and the Netherlands in the mid-1980s. It’s a story of an ambitious travel plan thwarted by the kind of seasoned tricksters who prey on tourists anywhere in the world where the volume of foreign visitors make it worthwhile to devise schemes to relieve them of their finances. At least one of the schemes detailed in the story is still in use today, though perhaps in a slightly different form. This true account serves a reference and a warning, just as valid for travellers who have been on the road for years as it is for those setting off overseas for the first time.

Although all these stories can be read separately, without the need of prior information from previous stories, reading all the stories in the series gives a fuller picture of events and the people involved. The stories in the series preceding this on are detailed below:

The first in the True Tales series is called Goodbye Sinai, and is set in 1982, at the time of Israel?s return of the Sinai peninsula to Egypt. This story is about a hitch-hiking trip down the Sinai peninsula, which involved a number of unexpected incidents and developments.

The second in the series is called Working Holiday, and is set in Athens, Greece, in the early 1980s. This is a story of how three friends were duped into working at a hotel outside Athens without pay. The hotel was still in operation at the time of publication in 2018.

The third story is called The Long Way Home. At over 17,000 words, the story borders on novella length. Unlike the first two stories of the series, The Long Way Home is set not in one country, but in half-a-dozen. The Long Way Home is also a love story, and a story about the unexpected twists and turns that can occur in personal relationships.

The fourth story in the True Tales of a Traveller series, Alternative Medicine, is set mostly in Greece and Egypt in 1983. At around 13,000 words, this story is also a lengthy short story which may need more than one sitting. Like the other stories in the series, it provides not only an entertaining read, but also information on all the places visited, some relevant only to the era in which the story is set, but most still relevant today. In addition to being a travel story, Alternative Medicine is also a story about career hopes, delusions, expectations, and opportunities.

The fifth story, A Career in Travel, is a novella-length account set mostly in Britain in 1984. The story is about a young traveller?s attempt to integrate his love for travel into a regular, settled lifestyle in London. Travel in the British Isles and a number of nearby countries is related as the traveller tries hard to come to terms with self-imposed travel limitations and the challenges of settling down into a more sedentary, and hopefully matrimonial life. Like the other stories in the series, it provides not only an entertaining read, but also information on all the places visi

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