As a soldier, boxer, and practicing mountaineer, I learned techniques for overcoming fear that pay dividends in all walks of life

A view of the blue sky as a man bungee jumps.
A view of the blue sky as a man bungee jumps.
Image credit: Bondariev

There were four of us and our instructor huddled together in the back of a small Cessna Light Aircraft as it started to circle and climb above the airfield. “500ft,” the instructor called out to let us know what altitude we were at.

We were supposed to be familiarizing ourselves with how things looked on the ground but I was terrified. It was all I could do not to close my eyes and keep them tightly shut. The aircraft continued to circle and climb.

The instructor kept us informed of the height every 500ft until we reached our target altitude…


TRAVEL. SCOTLAND

A walk through the beautiful wilderness of Assynt in the Scottish Highlands to the distinctive and beautiful Suilven

This shows the distinct hump silhouetted outline of a mountain called Suilven black against the summer sky and towering above the surrounding area which is covered with heather.
This shows the distinct hump silhouetted outline of a mountain called Suilven black against the summer sky and towering above the surrounding area which is covered with heather.
The mountain Suilven towering above the Assynt Wilderness. All pictures by Sean McBride

The Movie That Inspired Me

I first became aware of Suilven through watching the film Edie during a long-haul flight. Edie is an 83-year-old woman who traveled from England to Suilven to find herself before it’s too late.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands, her story is as beautiful as it is inspiring. No stranger to the mountains of Scotland or the rigors and rewards of climbing them, I was hooked on the idea of climbing Suilven before the titles started rolling at the end of that film.

A Fairytale Journey Just To Get There

Suilven is situated in a remote and beautiful area of the Scottish…


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The first piece of advice I can give anyone who wants a regular and restful sleep is don’t go to sleep beside a nest of wood ants with a half-eaten tin of food discarded beside your sleeping bag.

Headshot of me looking wild. Hair is wild, my eyes are wide open and I have a dishevelled beard and moustache.
Headshot of me looking wild. Hair is wild, my eyes are wide open and I have a dishevelled beard and moustache.
Me trying to sleep. Image by Sean Mcbride

Even though I was deeply asleep, I felt something move across my top lip. I was in the army, we were on exercise and I was exhausted. No way did I want to wake up.

I didn’t feel the movement from my top lip to my nostril but I absolutely felt the sharp searing pain when the large german wood ant that had climbed inside my nose bit me.

I screamed and sat bolt upright in my sleeping bag still trying to wake up. We were in the middle of a small patch of woods and were supposed to be…


From trekking among the highest mountains in the world, serving my country and training for battle and even taking the controls of a light aircraft in flight, everything I have enjoyed and achieved has come from the foundations of a happy childhood.

A with a happy smile looking to her right hand side. She is wearing typical baby clothes and is surrounded by cuddely toys including a rabbit.
A with a happy smile looking to her right hand side. She is wearing typical baby clothes and is surrounded by cuddely toys including a rabbit.
My eldest daughter, Kathryn McBride, in her infancy. Picture by Sean McBride

The greatest gift I have ever received and I am sure the greatest gift anyone could receive was delivered with fathomless love from my mum. It was the gift of a happy childhood that nurtured a boundless sense of adventure.

She gave me the heart to do so many things in what has been an incredible life of travel and adventure. …


Travel Tips. Languages.

Even in an age of online Courses or Google Translate nothing beats travelling and learning a new language among the people who speak it

Two pewter beer steins side by side. One shows a picture of Neuschwanstein Castle and the other shows the logo for the Munich Beer Festival 2013
Two pewter beer steins side by side. One shows a picture of Neuschwanstein Castle and the other shows the logo for the Munich Beer Festival 2013
Prost! Image by Sean Mcbride

I leaned in towards the girl of my dreams and, in a low, sexy voice, whispered the German phrase my mates had recently taught me. “Mein Luftcushion ist voller igle.” If you speak German, by now, I’d imagine you are laughing as hard as that girl that night. My mates said those words were how to ask her out. In fact, I had just told her that my hovercraft was full of hedgehogs.

When you’re doing something as important as asking a girl out in her native language, I guess the first advice I can give is not to ask…


You can see for thousands of light-years in any direction.

The night sky from Galloway Forest Park. The night sky is glowing with billions of stars
The night sky from Galloway Forest Park. The night sky is glowing with billions of stars
The night sky from Galloway Forest Park. All images by Sean McBride

Having spent a quarter of a century working in the Telecommunications Industry, I’m very familiar with the global network of nodes and routers that interlink our data. I tend to see the stars as more of a celestial network connecting the hearts of those physically apart from each other and the souls of the living with those in eternity. I’m rarely more in touch with the universe than when sitting under the stars on a clear winter’s night.

Galloway Forest Park is what is known as a Dark Skies Area. It’s a place where light pollution is so low that…


CITY TRAVEL. FRANCE

With such a diverse mix of history, culture, art, and attractions, I think you could visit Paris a dozen times and still not have to see the same thing twice.

The Eiffel Tower in the distance taken from the Sacre-Couer in the sunset
The Eiffel Tower in the distance taken from the Sacre-Couer in the sunset
Eiffel Tower in the sunset taken from the Sacre Coeur. All photos courtesy of the author.

Paris is a city I’ve visited at least a dozen times in my travels over the past 30 years and, for me, there’s still lots to see. I’ve been here enough to have a favourite day which by no means covers everything but ticks all the boxes for me.

This is my favourite day in Paris.

More by coincidence, probably the less expensive hotels, I tend to stay in the northern part of the city and so this is where my day would begin.

Coffee And Crepes

You only have to walk out on the street and walk in any direction in the…


This is a picture of a red Plant Box sitting on the pavement outside Burns Cottage. The box is red and has a white outline of an old man and an inscription dedicated to Tam O Shanter
This is a picture of a red Plant Box sitting on the pavement outside Burns Cottage. The box is red and has a white outline of an old man and an inscription dedicated to Tam O Shanter
Image By Sean McBride. Plant Box outside Burns Cottage dedicated to Tam O Shanter

I took a walk through present-day Alloway where one of the most famous writers of all time, Robert Burns, was born and raised. I wanted to see what remains of his life over 200 years on. Not only did I see him everywhere but the story of one of his most famous characters came to life before my very eyes.

There are few in literature whose lives are celebrated as readily and as globally as that of Scotland’s Bard Robert Burns. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, think back to New Year’s Eve when you sang Auld Lang Syne to herald in this year. Robert Burns was the man who wrote it.

Auld Lang Syne sung by Dougie MacLean 31/12/17

The village of Alloway where Burns was born and raised is now a part of the present-day town of Ayr, situated about 2 miles south of the town center. I walked out through town and then skirting a…


Avoiding my money problems simply compounded them. I had to change my mindset to confront them over the long haul.

A man sits at a desk with sticky notes that have eyes drawn on them covering his eyes.
A man sits at a desk with sticky notes that have eyes drawn on them covering his eyes.
Image credit: Maria Casinos.

In 2010 I found myself in unmanageable debt of over £250,000, yet within four years, during which time I still had more than enough money to live on, I was completely debt-free and have been in full control of my finances ever since.

There was no new job, lottery win, or significant pay rise involved. In fact, I lost my job. It was all about changing my mental approach to the problem. Here is some of the thinking I adopted which helped me clear my debts and keep my finances in control for life.

Don’t Judge Yourself as a Person for Struggling With Debt

Perhaps one of the most limiting…

Sean McBride

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