Tim Roxborogh

Keeping in touch with people you meet while travelling

"We won't keep in touch". I'll never forget the shocking, bum-me-out-why-don't-you honesty of that 30-something English lady almost 10 years ago. We'd had a rollicking day snorkelling, searching for waterfalls and clambering through the Malaysian jungle and her response to the young Dutch couple who'd suggested the four of us all swap contact details was as succinct as it ultimately proved prophetic: "We won't keep in touch".

She said it with a smile, but with a directness that left me and the Dutch kids in zero doubt that the


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