He is author of The Top 100 Countries and Why You Should Visit Them, a book based on a rating system he has devised to rank every country by ten key criteria important to the traveler. He is also author of the definitive A Vision Splendid: The History of the Australian Computer Industry, the first ever book on the subject, and a number of technology and business titles. His book of original poems, Social Cricket, the Universe and Everything, was published in 2015.
Previous credits include – founder and Research Director of Connection Research; founding editor of MIS Magazine and co-founder of Strategic Publishing Group; Research Director for leading publicly listed technology analyst group Gartner; weekly IT columnist in The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age; Editor of Computerworld Australia; and travel writer for Westpac Traveller and The Hilton Magazine.
He has written over 3000 articles and columns on travel, technology and business for many publications around the world. He now writes mostly on travel, and blogs at his travel website whygowhere.com. He has lived and worked in Australia, the USA, the UK and Singapore. He has a BA in Political Science and Modern History from the University of New England, and lives in Sydney, Australia.
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