In 2017 Brian W Fisher had something a binge flying business class around the world. Unlike most travel journalists he actually paid for his flights, so his comparative review is balanced and revealing.
Koh Chang is one of Thailand's least-visited islands, perhaps because in the past it used to harbour Dengue Fever. Brian Fisher finds the slow pace of life and lack of tourists just adds to its appeal.
Despite a year which included a stroke and an extended stay in hospital, Brian W Fisher casts aside his Zimmer frame and flies off to Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi. Even after the recent coup Thailand's smiling welcome remains.
Brian Fisher doesn't usually need a special reason to make his careful way abroad, but a 60th wedding anniversary tempts him on a cruise. The experience of the Royal Princess Caribbean cruise is good - in general.
A canoeing expedition near Krabi strays from the tourist trail when Brian W Fisher climbs to a hilltop Buddhist temple. When he meets the head monk this unplanned visit takes an unexpected turn and he is forced to confront a painful past.