I have spent the last 30 years or so just bumming around, country hopping, taking photos and having an absolutely incredible time. So I put up this blog to share some of my pictures, and some of my awesome experiences, with you.
You don't need to buy anything but if you chose to, thank you. Its how I finance my travels and it enables me to share more of my experiences with you.
All the images on this website can be licensed for commercial use or to enhance your own website. Or maybe you just want to print them up to decorate your home with them. Just let me know what you need and I'll get straight back to you.
I am also available for photographic and writing assignments.
Heck life is about giving and sharing. If you want to use some of my photos on your website, just take them. All I ask is you place a credit line under the picture saying photo courtesy of Jack Cox - http://mavericksbigadventure.com. Of course if you want them for any other reson please do the decent thing and buy a licence. Fair?
I know some of you like to know the backstory of the bloggers you read so here's mine. If you really couldn't give two knobs of goat shit about my backstory then please feel free to leave this page and continue reading about my travels.
The rest of this website is far more about the awesome places I've been than it is about me.
Mission Statement - My mission in life is to inspire people worldwide to be excellent to eachother, to respect eachother's countries and cultures, and boarders, and to live in peace with eachother and with Mother Earth.
I do this by writing books, websites and blogs and by taking photographs to remind people what a beautiful, marvellous world we inhabitant.
I love this planet and all her people so I demand the very best for tolerant, loving people everywhere.
If you would like to explore these ideas further I invite you to download my free book - Spread The Love and Change Your World. - http://jackcoxauthor.co.uk/MyBooks.php
My secondary mission is to demonstrate that traveling the world and living as a digital nomad is not just an extension of the 18/30 Club. We silver surfers can do it too. So if you are you are enjoying the autumn of your life too, come on in, the water's lovely. This is your chance to share your hard won wisdom with the world
I've been a nomad all my life. Now we're called digital nomads but I was a nomad before the digital age.
It all started, I suppose, when I was 19. I joined the army to see the world. They sent me to Holland for three years and I traveled all around Germany too, mostly visiting the American bases there.
I was hooked on travel. When I came out of the army, it was the only way I knew how to live.
Anyway, I have wanted to live as a nomad ever since. I've tried to settle down a couple of times, but it's not worked out. I know it sounds like a cliche from an American B movie but if I stay in one place too long, I get problems. So I keep moving around.
So if I'm in my mid 60s and I've been on the road on and off for most of my adult life, why no pictures from the 20th century? That's, a good question. I'm glad you asked.
My lovely second wife, Krys, decided to have a bonfire. All my colour transparencies, my university degree certificate and lots of other important documents all went up in smoke.
Thanks Krys. It took me until the first couple years of the 21st century, to start again, thanks to the digital world and computers.
I first went online in 2001. The lady I was living with at the time, her brother came over to stay for couple of weeks. He taught me how to code which was really kind of him and he started something good in me that's that's never died.
I love to code and when digital cameras became of a suitable quality, probably around about 2005, I started taking serious pictures again.
It was about 2002 or 2003, with the advent of the Internet, I got into websites and digital photography for the first time.
The digital cameras in those days were rubbish, but they got better. I sort of started to become a digital nomad.
At various times along the way I've made a lot of money, then lost it again. Not just through travel writing and photography, but through a couple of other businesses that I ran, especially one educational business I ran with lady I was married to at the time.
We made a lot of money, a lot of money. Unfortunately, I found that she was embezzling. She was sending thousands, hundreds of thousands of pounds at a time, to her own personal offshore account.
When I found out I just knew it was over, so I divorced her and left.
My timing was just wrong though because along came the 2008 financial crash. I made some bad investments. And suddenly I wasn't so rich anymore.
I decided to come back to England and rediscover the land of my birth and live on a canal boat for a while, which I have been doing for seven years. This way I could continue the nomadic lifestyle, bumming around the canal system, spending14 days in each place.
I'm going to be perfectly honest with you in this blog, because being honest is really the only way I know how to be.
I went through a really bad patch for probably four or five years when I was totally skint and even struggling to eat at one point.
I was doing a lot of charity work helping homeless people and a food bank but I wasn't making any money for me. And just when I thought I couldn't fall any further, the boat was broken into and my cameras, top end professional cameras and lenses, were stolen.
My laptop went too, along with a lot of work that I'd done. Like an idiot I hadn't backed it up. And a lot of photographs that weren't backed up either. All gone now. All that work lost.
Learn from my mistake. Make sure you have everything backed up on at least two external drives.
Anyway that was it. I just lost it. I lost it for two or three years, four years. Until a very dear friend of mine, two Christmases ago, gave me a new camera for Christmas.
Ellen is a Norwegian lady living in Spain. If you ever want to learn Spanish, Norwegian or English she is the most wonderful teacher and I highly recommend her. Here is her website - http://www.crazylemontree.se. Ellen gives private tuition online via Adobe Connect Meeting for just 15 euro an hour.
I owe so much to Ellen for giving me back my confidence, for giving me the will to live again, if that's not being too dramatic.
She gave me the push to take the next step to rebuild my life. But there was a next step. Had it not been for Ellen, I don't think I would have taken that next step. But I did.
I came across an audio programme called 15 Minute Manifestation by Eddie Sergey.
it's sort of brainwave entrainment, binaural beats, that kind of thing. I don't really understand all the technical stuff. I only know this worked for me.
The human brain can do so much when both hemispheres are working together. The human brain can do so much when it's focused on a single purpose. And this audio programme enabled me to do that.
The programme consists of three 15 minute audio recordings. You play the first recording for 15 minutes for seven days. Then you listen to the second recording for 15 minutes for seven days. Then you listen to the third recording for 15 minutes for seven days. 21 days in total. 21 days that enabled me to focus again.
This audio programme gave me back my drive. I can't recommend this thing highly enough, the promotional video comes across as a little bit spammy, a little bit hypey, and it almost put me off, but I'm glad it didn't let it.
The video makes no mention of the cost and I thought it was going to be hundreds. I almost didn't watch to the end because I thought this was going to be way too expensive.
Well it turned out to be just 49 US dollars. With VAT in England, it ended up costing me a total of 52 pounds for two ebooks and and three audio recordings that changed my life.
Just so there's no misunderstanding here, I do earn a commission if you purchase through the link on this page.
Why not? There are thousands of products and programmes I could choose to recommend but I only tell you about the best ones, the ones I use myself.
So if you allow yourself to be guided by my suggestions you will be investing in your future wisely and I will be able to keep this website going. It's win win for the both of us
15 Minute Manifestation is not a miracle cure or a magic bullet but it is a very important part of my recovery toolkit.
It was lovely having a camera again and I spent a year or so getting back my confidence and becoming a person again.
During the rough patch, I was so skint I closed down all my websites. I just couldn't afford the domain name renewals and the hosting anymore. So I closed all those down.
Now with the help of 15 Minute Manifestation I'm picking myself up and putting it all back together in this new blog, incorporating all the old material that I had.
So although it's rather unusual for a blog, this isn't all in chronological order. All the archived material is arranged by country. If you click on the drop down menu at the top of the page, you'll see that it's listed by country. If you want to follow my adventures chronologically please use the arrows towards the bottom of each post.
Why aren't there more pictures of me? Sorry this blog is about wonderful places I've been to and the experiences I've had, it's not about me.
I became a photographer so I could hide behind the camera. If I'd wanted to stand in front of it I'd have become a model or an actor.
For a lot of bloggers it seems to be an ego trip, all full of pictures of themselves. Not so here.
This is first and formost a travel blog but I am also interested in other things, so I have written about those too.
I have a strong interest in politics and current affairs so will write about these things from time to time.
Being neither left wing nor right wing, and certainly not stuck somewhere in the middle, my position it hard for many people to understand.
Many of my ideas are original but where I borrow them from others I take them from anywhere. So please don't try to classify me accordingly to the highly over-simplistic straight line, left, right, centre model of politics that you may be accustomed to. I just don't fit into that model. Could be another reason people call me Maverick.
So what are my political views? As you might expect from a maverick like me, they don't fit neatly into any predefined pigeonhole
Basically I believe in kindness; and freedom and independence for all nations and all people everywhere. This does not mean isolationism but rather free, independent nations cooperating together informally in friendship and mutual respect.
I am all for open borders but only on the strict understanding that it is always the responsibility of the newcomer to fit in with the people who were there before them. The established population should never be expected to change their ways to suit newcomers. That's the only way this open borders idea can work
The thing that is causing so much hostility to open border policies is multiculturalism. This was a crazy, ill-conceived idea in the first place. Each nation already has it's own beautiful, unique culture and newcomers must respect it. Multi-ethnic societies can work fine but multiculturalism will never succeed.
I believe in Universal Equality. The same rules must apply to everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or a hole plethora of other criteria
Laws should be equally applied to everyone. Police officers and judges should be trained to make decisions based on what the accused person has actually done, not on who they are, their race, class or political views. The law should never be perverted to oppress political dissidents as it happening more and more in the West these days.
And I am crazy enough to believe that people are basically good. They do bad things out of fear, the fear of poverty, the fear of political oppression, the fear of attack or invasion etc. etc..
If we could all be excellent to eachother these fears would be removed and we would all be free to be excellent to eachother. But where to start? It's like nuclear disarmament. All countries want it but nobody wants to take the risk of being first. This will be the big challenge for the 21st century.
If you are interested I invite you to take a look at my books which are available on Amazon and discussed in more detail on my author website -
Okay that's enough of me waffling on. Enjoy my travel blog!
Wishing you love, life and liberty