• reflexivity;
  • researchers;
  • autobiography;
  • travel

Many geographers carry out research in locations away from home. In the name of fieldwork we sometimes travel out of our comfort zones. And then there are those of us who travel to places that are ‘dangerous’, where we engage in adventures while carrying out research. This paper reflects on the lure of the remote or unusual research destination for researchers who venture to ‘foreign’ or unfamiliar places. By turning the research lens on our own kind, this paper unpacks moments of excitement and trepidation, sometimes anticipated but rarely predicted, and the links to earlier encounters, of voyaging and story-telling.