Travel C.V. keithruffles

About me: I'm a civil servant based in Belfast but the dream is to one day become a freelance travel writer - somehow being stuck behind the same computer at the same desk behind the same four walls just doesn't seem to cut it anymore..! You can always find out about my latest ventures and scrapes by visiting
Location: Belfast
Occupation: Civil Servant
Member since: 20th July 2009
Last trip: Vietnam
Next trip: Belgium
Destinations visited: 44
Experiences: 18
Galleries: 3
Videos: 0
Posts: 203

The world according to keithruffles

Mountain/Desert/Ocean/Jungle... which one are you?
I've always loved the mountains so that would probably win, but it's a toughie - perhaps a destination that combines all of these would be best?

What was your first great travel experience?
Visiting Morocco at the age of 4 back in 1987 - unspurprisingly I don't remember a great deal but I bet it was a great trip. Perhaps I'll have to go back and do it as an adult sometime...

What has been your favourite journey?
Spending 2 months in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on a research project - the people I met were some of the friendliest anywhere and the food was fantastic.

What are your Top 5 places worldwide?
United Kingdom Iceland Canada Belarus Norway

Recommend a special place to stay
Bardsey Island - I've visited twice and it'd be great to go back again. It's a lovely little place and seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Which three items do you always pack?
Toothbrush, clothes - and tea bags!

Which passport stamp are you proudest of?
Thanks to Schengen I've only ever had a few - though I'm rather pleased with my Belarussian and Russian visas as they were fairly difficult to get.

Which passport stamp would you most like to have?
Where to start? Papua New Guinea, China, Central Asia, most of Africa... the list is endless!

Where or what is your guilty travel pleasure?
Tea. I know being English makes it pretty stereotypical but I just can't help myself.

Window or aisle?
Always the window - why would any real traveller want to miss out on seeing the world go by?

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  • The Mysterious Pyramids of Güímar

    Most people imagine sun, sea and sand when they think of Tenerife but the island holds some much more unusual attractions for those willing to venture off the beaten track...
  • The dog

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Latest forum posts

  • Where does July take you to?
    So we're now officially more than half way through 2017 - it's amazing how quickly the year is going! I'm currently sat on my lunch break at work content in the knowledge that in a couple of weeks I'l...
  • Where are you roaming in February?
    Well, where is 2017 going, it's February already! I'm off for a small trip to Switzerland and Liechtenstein later this month with a colleague which should be interesting if not hard on the wallet also...
  • Travel to forbidden places
    Well, I've just received my travel permit for Abkhazia - a (depending on your point of view) breakaway region of Georgia or a fully-fledged independent republic which heavily depends on Russ...
  • Visiting the Shetland Islands
    So I'm finally realising a childhood dream by visiting the Shetland Islands for a long weekend, and I was wondering if anyone here has been and would like make some recommendations on what to see or d...
  • Got any embarrassing travel habits?
    Okay, so I have a slightly odd travel habit - I send myself a postcard of whichever town or city I'm in. I know it sounds odd but they make for a fun and cheap souvenir and sometimes for the more obsc...
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