I get asked all the time ” Why did you choose an oasis in the desert and tourist town in the UK? “
2004 – Left corp world to set up Somewhere Different in Argam Bay Sri Lanka. I wrote a book about my travels there with my family.
2005 – Change of plan due to Tsunami and opened a boutique hotel made of mud in Egypt instead.
2007 – Opened the second hotel up a mountain in Transylvania. Due to divorce is no longer part of the Somewhere Different portfolio.
2013 – Idea of coworking and coliving was born. I started to build Tree Houses & Hobbit Houses up in the forest for backpackers working online in Transylvania. Project on hold since 2014. Hopefully will be completed in 2023/4.
2014 – Took a break from hotels and worked as a Digital Nomad till 2020 running Ontop.agency.
2019 – Converted Somewhere Different Egypt to a coworking coliving house and was busy till Captain Corona closed us down.
2020 – Saw the opportunity to charge the same in Blackpool as in the desert and opened Somewhere Different UK in Nov.
2021 – Open for the winter season in Egypt from Nov to March 2022 as long as the fibre optic connection to the Villa goes live in early 2021. Somewhere Different Blackpool will stay open all year round.
2022 – As long as Starlink goes according to plan, open 60 acres of land we have on a lake in the oasis for a truly desert experience.
2023 – Finish the Hobbit House project and open in 2024 from Easter to Halloween each year.