Ronan is a journalist and photographer with 16 years' experience as a reporter. He has contributed to more than 70 magazines and newspapers around the world including BBC, CNN, Forbes, The Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle, Travel + Leisure, The Independent, Toronto Star, South China Morning Post, Australian Financial Review etc. His travel writing and photography work has taken him to more than 60 countries.
40 Articles published
A local resident shares his tips for getting around Bangkok, where to stay, where to get the best street food, and what to know about Bangkok’s famous temples.
Heavily influenced by the culinary styles of China, Malaysia, and India, Singapore’s food scene is unlike any other. Nomad Ronan shares where to find the best dishes.
Tiny Singapore is home to a wide range of religions. Nomad Ronan shares seven of Singapore’s most fascinating and beautiful religious structures, and the best ways to experience them.
Go beyond Ireland’s famous sites and discover these equally beautiful but much less crowded places. Nomad Ronan shares the best hikes and the ideal road trip for exploring them all.
Isolated in Ireland, cut off from work and extended family, Ronan O’Connell is reminded just how much travel means to him.
Haunted by loss, Ronan O’Connell visits a Tokyo garden dedicated to the Buddhist deity Jizo, protector of unborn children.
Ronan O’Connell expected this journey to test the strength of his new relationship. He didn’t expect it to nearly end his girlfriend’s life.
How to stay safe in Ireland, from using common sense while hiking along cliff tops to avoiding dodgy areas at night.
Ronan O'Connell takes a crash course in Gaelic football and hurling – and learns that they're all about community spirit.
Travel journalist Ronan O'Connell shares how his father's adventurous nature shaped his own approach to life and travel.
Ronan O’Connell finds traditional life continues in Chengyang, Yangmei, Xitang, Anren and Ciqikou.
Ronan O’Connell shares his top five Chinese food experiences across the country from Hangzhou to Sichuan.
A guide to exploring Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan: discover spectacular waterfalls, walkways and authentic cultural villages.
Beyond kitschy snake cafes and robot restaurants, Japan offers a range of more authentic, yet equally engaging experiences. Here are five that tap into true Japanese culture.
Do you need a visa for Japan? We have all the details to save you from being turned around on arrival.
Here’s how to stay safe and avoid getting injured if you're in Japan during an earthquake.
Travel tips on Japanese crime, the Yakuza, tattoos and food poisoning. What to know before you go.
For the most part, Japan is a very clean and safe country. But there are a few health issues to navigate when you visit.
Traveling around this beautiful country can be tricky – hectic traffic, bad roads, and poor public transport all create obstacles. Nomad Ronan offers his tips on the safest, cheapest, and most efficient transportation options.
Thailand is one of the most tolerant countries in Southeast Asia, and has a thriving LGBTQ+ scene. But are there limits to what's acceptable?
Is Phuket, Thailand safe? Find out about scams, crime, airport cons and tourist police before you go on your Thai adventure.
A traveler's guide to laws in Thailand. Find out about drug laws, the legal drinking age, visa restrictions and more with these tips.
Scams, confidence tricks and rip-offs are very common in the tourist parts of Thailand. Watch out for these well known scams and save yourself from being a victim.
Are the Thai police reliable and approachable? Can you bribe your way out of anything? Read these tips for staying on the right side of law enforcement.