Life is a journey

I offer meditation coaching and travel insights to help you get a fresh perspective on your life and the world.


I offer Corporate Meditation Workshops and One-to-One Meditation Lessons. I mix a corporate background with extensive meditation experience, accredited by the British School of Meditation (BSoM).


I share insights and experiences from my travels to over 150 of the world's countries. Whatever your travel intentions or requirements, I can help you understand the world.

The Travelling Ape

by Michael Mackay Richards

What’s our planet really like? 

Are humans mostly good or bad?

Is civilisation heading in the right or wrong direction? 

One bewildered, insignificant ape believes he has answers to these questions. 
The Travelling Ape is my Amazon bestselling book that explores what travelling the world taught me about life, humanity, and the geopolitical turmoil that so defines us. And it's OUT NOW.

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Travel Blog for the Soul

A blog on travel, meditation, geopolitics, philosophy, economics, and everything in between.
The scope might be large, but then again, the world is too.

January 1, 2024

Belgium is right in the heart of Europe. But it’s often overlooked. Is this right?

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December 6, 2023

Meditation apps are great. But there are several key benefits of mediation classes over apps.

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December 6, 2023

Despite its ‘New Age’ reputation, there really are massive benefits of mindfulness in the workplace.

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November 15, 2023

It might seem obvious to most. But it took a much longer trip to Italy for me to fully fall in love with it.

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October 22, 2023

I’ve been lucky enough to visit each of the Seven Wonders of the World. How do they match up?

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September 25, 2023

My new book – The Travelling Ape: What Travelling (Nearly) Everywhere Taught Me about Humanity, Geopolitics, and Happiness – is out now.

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November 9, 2022

What can watching a football match in 55 European countries in a year teach you?

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August 3, 2022

Is blind positivity flawed? Could deliberate catastrophising actually make you happier?

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June 13, 2022

Few places on Earth are as isolated as Western Australia. For good and for bad.

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April 8, 2022

While we revere ‘great thinkers’, too much thinking is the path to misery.

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February 10, 2022

My snobbish views about Lanzagrotty and Tenerife couldn’t have been more wrong. These islands are special.

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December 28, 2021

Most of us do our best to pretend our universe ends at the edges of Earth. This is a huge mistake.

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