About Me

Hey! I’m Hugh. Welcome to my travel blog.

A little about myself. I grew up in a small, rural fishing town on the east coast of Northern Ireland at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Although the surrounding countryside is picturesque and the people are friendly souls, nothing much happened there, nor still does, though the local paper may beg to differ.

When I was a young fella, I read King Solomon’s Mines, a Victorian-era masterpiece (in my opinion) about the adventures of Allan Quatermain in Africa. Mr Quatermain was a big game hunter (tut, tut), and an explorer. I decided that big game hunting wasn’t for me, but exploring was something I could get used to. Then someone told me that there was nothing left to explore. I was devastated. But he was wrong, of course.

Travel blog - rising roadsCharming the locals as always, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

I have been travelling off and on since 2003. After having many adventures – mad, bad and dare I say say rad? – it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to create a forum where I can share my experiences with fellow travellers and pretty much anyone else who is interested.

Risingroads.com is the result. The name was my sister’s idea and is inspired by an old Irish blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

We live in strange times: the world is quickly becoming homogenised due to the steady march of globalisation and as a result many cultures are dying out. But that hasn’t fully happened yet, and unlike Quatermain we live in an age where long distance travel is accessible to almost everyone. Anyone can do what I and many others do. With a modest amount of sacrifice, you can do it too.

The purpose of this travel blog is to share stories and experiences whilst imparting some useful tips to fellow travellers along the way. I hope to make RisingRoads.com a valuable resource for backpackers, travellers and nomads worldwide. I also plan to use this forum to encourage, inspire, beseech, beg, implore and coerce others to take the plunge and set off for horizons new. As some bright spark once remarked, ‘the world is a book, and he who does not travel reads but a page’. Read on!

Hope to see you on the road. 

Hugh Hamilton

Contact me here and I promise to get back to you: RisingRoads.com