What is ark3?
ark3 stands for the earth, 3rd planet, the place we all live.
Why are you doing this?
I’ve been lucky enough to visit many places, and many of those places more than once. I collected notes for my own use, so when the internet came along it seemed a good place to both store and share them. This site started in 2006, but the content has been on the web under different names for a few years before that.
If I have enjoyed somewhere I like to pass the information on, and if I can provide a small amount of assistance to someone planning a trip then that’s good too.
Guide books give you the facts but not always the flavour or the detail of how something works on the ground, some of this site may plug a few gaps.
I have visited many more places than are listed here, and may add details if time allows and if the content is relevant; things change quickly and it’s hard to keep up to date, particularly with recommendations.
What will I find on here?
There is a lot of travel information on ark3, the main pages are called ‘Postcards’ because I can’t claim that they are guides; they simply don’t have enough content. However, many Postcards do have material that you may find useful when planning a trip. I try to give the flavour of a place as well as information and recommendations, and hope to flesh out these postcards over time – some of them are a bit weak…
It is of course all my opinion, and you may have a different view. I try to be honest about a place and don’t usually give bad reviews; preferring to just not mention it.
Anywhere that I do recommend is because I have been there, often more than once.
The Resources pages contain details of booking agencies for hotels, flights and some links to services and guides that may be useful, or links to things you may never have considered.
The other side of the site is what might be referred to as the blog part; these are the postings that appear on the main page and can be to do with just about anything that has caught my eye.
There will be a lot more travelling and catching up with content in the future, so check back for changes and updates.
The Random Stuff is mostly non travel related, links and videos that may be useful and entertaining; at your own risk as they say…
Traveller or tourist?
I don’t like the difference that the terms infer; ‘travellers’ often look down on ‘tourists’ or complain about ‘touristy’ places. In truth, anyone who travels is a bit of both; the Taj Mahal is a tourist trap, but you wouldn’t want to rule it out would you…
Most people can’t up sticks and set off round the world when they feel like it, they have to deal with the realities of life and fit in trips whenever they can afford. You can enjoy everywhere for what it is, there is a lot to be found in the most ordinary of places.
In terms of places to stay; I’ve done my time in hostels and managed a few five star venues as well. Both have their attractions, but also their limitations: swanky hotels can be very isolating and cut you off from the place you are in (which can be a blessing when you are just worn out), hostels can be grim, and if noisy or lacking in services then this too can spoil your trip.
Each person has their budget and levels that they will tolerate, I need running water, power and a decent bed, but I can do without a pool.
How up to date is this stuff?
As much as it can be, blog posts are all dated and I generally date the Postcards as well, although content may vary in age within the page. You should always verify information for yourself.
Are you paid for this?
Can I add comments?
No, it was attracting too much spam. I can be reached on Google+ for comment or please use the links and +1 buttons to share.