With Russ and Nadia on ABC Breakfast Radio: What have you taken from a hotel room? Be honest now.




Wonderful discussion on the ABC Breakfast Show with some very funny talkback callers confessing to all sorts of things that have just ended up in their bags.

Do we leave our values and compliance with rules at home when we check in to a hotel?  As the hotel card is pushed down to activate the lights do you scan for what you can put in your bags?  Pens? Notepads? Body Lotion? Do Not Disturb Sign? Lamps? Batteries from the tv remote?

I’m a pen guy.  Love them.


Above: My favourite hotel pen from The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City, South Africa.  If you’re reading this Sun City it was my daughter Matilda who put the pen in my bag.

My son Tom is still worried the Narrogin Police are chasing after him for taking the complimentary biscuits in the room at the Narrogin Albert Facey Motel.

The Top 10 items taken from hotel rooms:

  1. Pens and notepads
  2. Do Not Disturb signs
  3. Shower Gel, body lotion, shampoo
  4. Box of tissues
  5. Coathangers
  6. Globes
  7. Batteries
  8. Towels
  9. Slippers
  10. Robes

Things you will likely be charged for include:

  1. Robes and linen
  2. Emergency torch
  3. Kettle
  4. Hair dryers
  5. Art work
  6. Wheels on the bottom of the bed

Pocket a pen, squirrel away the toiletries and maybe take a few tissues if you need them but try and leave everything else for the next guest.

You’ve paid for the room, you haven’t paid for its contents.


With Have a Go News Newspaper and lifestyle website The Starfish, let’s find out where I found love. There you go, I’ve said it.

They make movies here.  It’s a land that gave birth to one of the worlds greatest crooners and one of the worlds greatest songs.  Below are some links to my story, published in The Starfish and also by Have A Go Newspaper.  This is a love story.  This is a story about Puglia, a land with towns that one junior reviewer of my work described as, ‘being full of towns with funny names’.  He’s right.  Puglia does have lots of towns with names you just want to keep on saying, not just for the memories but for the mood it puts you in, just like humming a few bars of ‘Volare’.


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The World of Less Words

When I established, Chris Parry Writes For Us, I would tell clients that the inspiration for my business name came from seeing my first article published with the descriptor … Chris Parry writes for us about his experiences …

It was so cool.  I had written 1500 words that an editor thought was worth paying me for and other people would enjoy reading.

To be completely truthful though, there was a story I wrote a few months earlier that was published and had really got my confidence fired up to write more.

I had submitted a description of the photo above to a newspaper weekend supplement that published descriptions of why you like a particular photo.  Mine was published and won the best submission for the month.

The submission was based on the photo above.

The photo is of my boy Tom gleefully teasing my daughter Matilda with a piece of kangaroo poo while on a bush walk.  I wrote that it was a photo that would never be enlarged as a canvas but told a very large story.  It showed me that the difference between boys and girls may be found in their reaction to bush poo.  It also showed me a lot about this brother and sister.  A brother emerging from being a toddler, developing a cheeky side to his character and begining to push his sister for reactions.  It also showed a sister that was disgusted but not upset.  She saw the funny side and didn’t get upset with her little brother.

How lucky I am to have been able to write about that moment and share those thoughts with those who like to read.

The world has changed in the past few years hasn’t it?

In the world of Instagram I would now post that picture with a bunch of hashtags designed to help it be found.

I might get away with a small caption but the chances of it being read by someone gliding through their Instagram feed are slim.

The expression, ‘A picture tells a thousand words’ has never been truly accurate.  The picture captures an image we should describe by writing about it or talking about it.

There are wonderful pictures that evoke and provoke emotions and reactions but they are always enriched when you know the story. From a dead rhino with it’s horn missing to the girl with green eyes and the dead boy on the beach, unless you know the story you’re missing the point.

I’m struggling in the Instagram world to communicate what I think I’ve been pretty good at; describing experiences that make people want to jump up and do it for themselves.  Whether in print or on radio, I have always loved telling my travel stories and experiences but it’s less enjoyable when it’s reduced to a photo and series of hashtags.

And yes, I am on Instagram at chrisparrywritesforus.  I post to meet clients expectations and try and stay part of a world that feels like a crowded room and everyone is taller than me.

I like the pic of Matilda and Tom.  I like the story behind it even better.







Chris Parry Writes For Us

Chris Parry Writes For Us, the website, has become a requirement.  It’s a business that is about writing for you and writing for me.  Lots of what I post will be just some of what I have had published.

Most of what I post will be related to my travel writing but that’s really just a part of what I am doing for clients.  If it needs to be written, I can do it.

I will post articles I’ve had published or describe interviews I’ve done related to my travels.  The picture of the boy in the beanie on top of a mountain is me. It’s me!  It’s me on Mount Agung in Bali in 2013 and it’s where all this started, but that’s a story for another day, another post.

I look forward to entertaining you, informing you and being interesting.

Please don’t recline your seat.