I, Writer
Tim Richards
Freelance Writer

Follow Me:

Winner of Best International Travel Story Under 1000 Words at the 2016 Australian Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence, for A Boy and a Coin.

Recently Published

The Ride of Your Life: Chile Glacier Cruise
, 10 March 2019

"We're sitting in a small excursion craft off the coast of southern Chile, wrapped in orange lifejackets, when – without warning – our pilot rams the boat into a small iceberg. It's a surprise, but not as unexpected as what happens next. A crew member pulls out an ice-pick, bashes away at the berg, and extracts a large chunk of ice. Within moments we passengers are milling around on deck, clinking glasses as we toast each other – with 12-year-old whisky containing 50,000-year-old ice..."

Recalling an impressive cruise, as one item in a set of memorable journeys.

[Read the full article here]

A Magic Bullet to Busan
, 7 March 2019

"As I enter Seoul Station, I have half an eye out for zombies. A week before flying to the South Korean capital I watched Train to Busan, the excellent 2016 movie about a train journey overtaken by a plague of the undead. It managed to both evoke horror, and depict Korail's high-speed rail network in a good light. In the midst of the action the rail company's staff were unfailingly cool under pressure (except when turned into zombies themselves, of course)..."

Catching high-speed trains from Seoul to Busan, South Korea.

[Read the full article here]

Visiting Seven Stories in the Ouseburn Valley
, 5 March 2019

"Seven Stories is housed within a Victorian-era flour mill in the Ouseburn Valley, a former industrial area east of the city centre in Newcastle upon Tyne. Its seven levels are dedicated to kids' books, with regular storytelling sessions in the Harry Potter-themed attic. Of most interest to adult visitors are the changing exhibitions. They're pitched at a level that works for any age, sparking nostalgia in grown-ups as well as delight..."

Investigating the attractions of the Ouseburn Valley district in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

[Read the full article here]

The Naked Truth: German Bathhouse Culture
lonelyplanet.com, 19 February 2019

"Visitors to Germany have long admired its historic architecture, world-class museums, and excellent beer gardens. But there’s one aspect of German culture that fewer travellers experience: its bathhouse tradition. Often housed within beautiful buildings from the Art Nouveau era or earlier, these public facilities are the perfect place to relax au naturel while sharing a healthy tradition with the locals..."

Discovering the architecture, history and practices of Germany's spa culture

[Read the full article here]

A Seriously Multicultural Range of Cuisines
, 19 February 2019

"A guitarist strums in a corner of the restaurant, singing Portuguese folk songs. At a table near him, a waiter is creating a spectacle as she flambés a dish over a gas stove. On the walls hang paintings depicting traditional village scenes, beneath colourful ceramic ornaments and a model boat. This eatery couldn't be more Portuguese if it tried – but we're not in Portugal. This is Taipa Village in the autonomous Chinese territory of Macau, and the restaurant is called Antonio..."

Exploring the towns of Taipa and Coloane in a quieter part of Macau, China.

[Read the full article here]

Balboa Park: Museums, Gardens and Architectural Gems
, 18 February 2019

"This broad pedestrian promenade is lined by graceful buildings with sand-coloured facades, featuring intricate swirls and flourishes and pillars entwined in floral carvings. Add the palm trees and ornamental ponds, and it feels as if I'm somewhere in southern Europe. That's no accident. San Diego was part of the Spanish Empire, and then Mexico, until it joined the US in 1850 within the new state of California..."

Wandering through a graceful park of heritage buildings in San Diego, USA.

[Read the full article here]

A Magical Mystery Tour of Hamburg
, 12 February 2019

"'There's nowhere in the world the Beatles played more than here,' says tour guide Stefanie Hempel, as we stand in Hamburg's Beatles Platz. 'Here the foundation stone was laid for their career.' That may be so, but that doesn't explain the ukulele. For Hempel, a musician herself, is toting the diminutive stringed instrument as we set out on her tour of the band's Hamburg hangouts. However, its purpose soon becomes clear, as Hempel performs the song In My Life..."

Taking an unconventional Beatles tour in Hamburg, Germany.

[Read the full article here]

Malbork Castle Has an Amazing Restaurant
, 11 February 2019

"He's emerged from the kitchen to deliver a dessert that's an unconventional delight: a confection of white chocolate, sesame seeds, halva, blackcurrant sauce and fruit, served in a glass inside a small pink cage. Outside the restaurant, however, things seem less light-hearted as I take a guided tour of Malbork, the world's largest brick castle and a symbol of the historic rivalry between the Germanic knights and the former Kingdom of Poland. Spread out along the Nogat River, its scarred brick-red bulk hints at the many battles it has seen..."

Eating and touring within the impressive medieval brick castle at Malbork, Poland.

[Read the full article here]

See Remote Queensland's Flora and Fauna Aboard the Gulflander Train
, 5 February 2019

"It's not easy to catch a train from Normanton, a remote town in the Gulf Savannah region of northwest Queensland. For one thing, the Gulflander train only operates once a week. And if you try to catch it at the tail end of the wet season, as I am, you run the risk of being washed out. But we've been given the go-ahead by the track crew, and the landscape looks beautiful as we enter the savannah, dotted with slender dark-trunked trees..."

Riding the memorable "train from nowhere to nowhere", in Outback Queensland, Australia.

[Read the full article here]

Markets of Durban
30 January 2019

"Of all the markets we visit on our walking tour of central Durban, South Africa, the most memorable is the Bovine Market. As the name suggests, you come to this simple space within a low metal shed to eat beef – but not a standard cut. The women working here dish up cow’s head, served with steamed bread. It’s a traditional Zulu treat, and a popular one in this maze of markets at Warwick Junction. There are outlets for all sorts of food and clothing, scattered across different levels..."

Taking a tour of the diverse street markets of Durban, South Africa.

[Read the full article here]


Travel: Australia | Europe | Pacific | Asia | Americas | Africa & Middle East.
Other: Arts.Life.Sci/Tech.Pets

I'm a freelance writer with published articles on various topics: including travel, lifestyle, the arts, science, and pets. 

My writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and websites around the world. I'm also a writer of travel books for Lonely Planet.

I'm available to write on any subject, and also undertake business writing jobs such as proofreading, editing and copywriting.

Learn more about my published work and writing services.

All articles in this archive are available for republication (fee to be negotiated). Articles can be rewritten to meet your style or length requirements. Please contact me by email with your query.

articles by subject:



Science & Technology




Tim Richards
507/225 Elizabeth St
Melbourne VIC 3000


(international +61-411-242327)

Follow me

Buy my books

Take action
Read my weekly travel blog Aerohaveno
Browse my books (including ebooks)
Check out my published travel articles by location
Look over my arts-related articles
Discover my skills, services, courses, awards and talks

The Freelance Pro trustmark indicates a freelance journalist of the highest professional and ethical standards - learn more here.

General: Services | Archive: Travel.Arts.Life.Sci/Tech.Pets
Travel: Articles | Books | Blog | Apps
Follow Me: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | G+ | LinkedIn
All content © Tim Richards 2004-2019