Getting to know: six-two staff writer Dom Oliver
The day job: Writer and resident male for six-two. Lover of literature and all things travel. Just spent two eye-widening years on an Asian & Australian adventure, in a bid to treat my inoperable Britishness. I’m doing better, though still occasionally apologise to inanimate objects.
The place I call home:
Sunny South London
How long have I been writing for six-two:
2 very enjoyable months
How did I get into writing:
I grew up enamoured with travel writing. There’s something magical about the way a good writer can transport you to exotic lands through passion and vivid imagery. Then I travelled myself and always brought a journal along, jotting down everything that wowed and worried me along the way.
My favourite topic to write about:
The slightly surreal side to travel. The little things that may seem bizzare or funny to foreign eyes, but on closer inspection have a lot of merit and cultural history.
My favourite travel destination:
It’s a toss-up between Vietnam and New Zealand. Both jaw-droppingly beautiful in very different ways.
My best travel memory:
I had a water fight with a baby elephant at a sanctuary in North Thailand. That was pretty memorable, though the elephant definitely won due to its unfair face-hose advantage.
My advice for someone looking to get into travel writing:
Read as much as you write, if not more.
The Contiki trips I’m dreaming of:
Basically, all of them – but if I had to be picky: Japan Unrivalled, Coast to Canopies and the North American Epic Adventure.