Adam Nebbs

Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.
Adam Nebbs
Adam has lived in Hong Kong since 1988. He briefly managed the demise of the Wanderlust travel bookshop on Hollywood road in the mid 1990s, then worked as Associate Editor on Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine Discovery for several years. He began writing Travellers’ Checks for Post Magazine in 1998, working for several years under the pseudonym Peter Walbrook. A former contributing editor for the exclusive luxury travel guide NB Review, he has also edited several books, including the first-ever travel guide to Uzbekistan in 1996, and 'The Amazing Adventures of Betsy And Niki' (2008) by Captain Charles “Chic” Eather. His non-fiction book 'The Great Fire of Hong Kong', was published in 2010.

Latest from Adam Nebbs

Travellers' Checks | Inside London’s Great Scotland Yard hotel – once home to famous criminals

Spending a night at the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters takes on a whole new meaning as Indian tycoon turns property into hotel.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:44PM

Spending a night at the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters takes on a whole new meaning as Indian tycoon turns property into hotel.

Inside London’s Great Scotland Yard hotel – once home to famous criminals
Travellers' Checks | Croatia’s Instagram-friendly abandoned luxury hotels, popular with urban explorers and budding photographers

Badly damaged in the 1990s during the country’s war of independence, these properties are sad remnants of a once-thriving tourism industry

20 Sep 2019 - 11:47AM

Badly damaged in the 1990s during the country’s war of independence, these properties are sad remnants of a once-thriving tourism industry

Croatia’s Instagram-friendly abandoned luxury hotels, popular with urban explorers and budding photographers
Travellers' Checks | Why Holiday was ‘the best travel magazine that ever was’

Popular during its 1950-60s heyday, the American publication employed famous names such as Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway.

8 Sep 2019 - 11:45AM

Popular during its 1950-60s heyday, the American publication employed famous names such as Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway.

Why Holiday was ‘the best travel magazine that ever was’
Travellers' Checks | From Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu – when it took Cathay Pacific nearly 10 hours to get there

This year is the first since 1949 that no Hong Kong-based airline has flown a scheduled service to Borneo.

30 Aug 2019 - 2:00PM

This year is the first since 1949 that no Hong Kong-based airline has flown a scheduled service to Borneo.

From Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu – when it took Cathay Pacific nearly 10 hours to get there
Travellers' Checks | When first female solo traveller Ida Pfeiffer visited Hong Kong in 1847

The Austrian travel writer, who completed two round-the-world journeys, paved the way for famous solo female travellers such as Nellie Bly and Isabella Bird.

23 Aug 2019 - 2:50PM

The Austrian travel writer, who completed two round-the-world journeys, paved the way for famous solo female travellers such as Nellie Bly and Isabella Bird.

When first female solo traveller Ida Pfeiffer visited Hong Kong in 1847
Travellers' Checks | Singapore’s Raffles hotel finally reopens after a major makeover

The revamped heritage property will feature three new restaurants, which are yet to open, and is running a number of promotional offers to celebrate its relaunch.

16 Aug 2019 - 8:47AM

The revamped heritage property will feature three new restaurants, which are yet to open, and is running a number of promotional offers to celebrate its relaunch.

Singapore’s Raffles hotel finally reopens after a major makeover
Travellers' Checks | Eddie Redmayne film The Aeronauts recalls the early days of air travel

Ballooning was first witnessed by Hongkongers in the late 19th century, although it was already a well-established pastime in the West.

9 Aug 2019 - 2:37PM

Ballooning was first witnessed by Hongkongers in the late 19th century, although it was already a well-established pastime in the West.

Eddie Redmayne film The Aeronauts recalls the early days of air travel
Travellers' Checks | Marriott enters glamping arena with tent resort on Bintan Island in Indonesia

Natra Bintan, handy for visitors from Singapore and Johor in Malaysia, has 100 air-conditioned tents with Wi-fi, LCD televisions and four-poster beds; plus, Soneva resorts bring in ex-Engand players for Rugby World Cup commentary.

2 Aug 2019 - 10:52AM

Natra Bintan, handy for visitors from Singapore and Johor in Malaysia, has 100 air-conditioned tents with Wi-fi, LCD televisions and four-poster beds; plus, Soneva resorts bring in ex-Engand players for Rugby World Cup commentary.

Marriott enters glamping arena with tent resort on Bintan Island in Indonesia
Travellers' Checks | Canada gets delivery of Chinese-built modular hotel, from Shanghai to the Great White North

Guest rooms have been prefabricated in China and come complete with furniture, television sets and other fixtures and fittings.

26 Jul 2019 - 3:06PM

Guest rooms have been prefabricated in China and come complete with furniture, television sets and other fixtures and fittings.

Canada gets delivery of Chinese-built modular hotel, from Shanghai to the Great White North
Travellers' Checks | Angkor Eye: Siem Reap gets Ferris wheel to ‘help promote Khmer culture to tourists’

The Angkor Eye will be 25 metres taller than the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and is expected to enhance the region’s already rich offerings for local and international visitors.

19 Jul 2019 - 10:48AM

The Angkor Eye will be 25 metres taller than the Hong Kong Observation Wheel and is expected to enhance the region’s already rich offerings for local and international visitors.

Angkor Eye: Siem Reap gets Ferris wheel to ‘help promote Khmer culture to tourists’
Travellers' Checks | Indian budget airline SpiceJet to start daily Hong Kong-Mumbai flights

Months after Jet Airways suspended operations, the low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced plans to fly the popular route

12 Jul 2019 - 10:51AM

Months after Jet Airways suspended operations, the low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced plans to fly the popular route

Indian budget airline SpiceJet to start daily Hong Kong-Mumbai flights
Travellers' Checks | Case of woman who woke up alone in Air Canada flight odd reminder of airline’s 1980s ad campaign

Created by Ogilvy & Mather, the TV commercials were accompanied by the slogan “Flights so good, you won’t want to get off”. We are not sure if Tiffani O’Brien would agree

8 Jul 2019 - 7:36AM

Created by Ogilvy & Mather, the TV commercials were accompanied by the slogan “Flights so good, you won’t want to get off”. We are not sure if Tiffani O’Brien would agree

Case of woman who woke up alone in Air Canada flight odd reminder of airline’s 1980s ad campaign
Travellers' Checks | Cebu Pacific plans to squeeze more seats into economy – bad for comfort but better for the environment?

Philippine airline Cebu Pacific has announced it intends to fit 460 passengers in its all-economy class Airbus A330-900 airliners, which means smaller seats but also a reduced per-passenger carbon footprint.

29 Jun 2019 - 9:30AM

Philippine airline Cebu Pacific has announced it intends to fit 460 passengers in its all-economy class Airbus A330-900 airliners, which means smaller seats but also a reduced per-passenger carbon footprint.

Cebu Pacific plans to squeeze more seats into economy – bad for comfort but better for the environment?
Travellers' Checks | How Hong Kong welcomed three intrepid British aviators attempting to become the first to fly around the globe

The British trio were attempting the first flight around the globe. Ninety-five years later, British adventurer James Ketchell is following in their footsteps, albeit this time by gyrocopter.

21 Jun 2019 - 2:15PM

The British trio were attempting the first flight around the globe. Ninety-five years later, British adventurer James Ketchell is following in their footsteps, albeit this time by gyrocopter.

How Hong Kong welcomed three intrepid British aviators attempting to become the first to fly around the globe
Travellers' Checks | Own a piece of an Airbus with furniture made from upcycled parts – take a flight of fancy

Lamps and side tables made from A320 windows, a sideboard that was once a fuselage panel – a wide variety of furniture is available on the plane maker’s A Piece of Sky website.

15 Jun 2019 - 12:17PM

Lamps and side tables made from A320 windows, a sideboard that was once a fuselage panel – a wide variety of furniture is available on the plane maker’s A Piece of Sky website.

Own a piece of an Airbus with furniture made from upcycled parts – take a flight of fancy
Travellers' Checks | KLM, world’s oldest airline, has come a long way in 100 years

When a KLM plane tested the first long-haul commercial air route from the Netherlands to Indonesia it took 55 days.

7 Jun 2019 - 3:19PM

When a KLM plane tested the first long-haul commercial air route from the Netherlands to Indonesia it took 55 days.

KLM, world’s oldest airline, has come a long way in 100 years
Travellers' Checks | Monuments to waste and bad taste, Moscow and Miami Hilton hotels and what they say about those cities

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach and the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya both opened in 1954. Architecturally, both stand as striking examples of the cities in which they stand, and of their time.

31 May 2019 - 7:30PM

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach and the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya both opened in 1954. Architecturally, both stand as striking examples of the cities in which they stand, and of their time.

Monuments to waste and bad taste, Moscow and Miami Hilton hotels and what they say about those cities
Travellers' Checks | Round-the-world railway journey that spans four continents, starting from London, Sydney or Chicago

At a price tag of US$20,000 per person, not including flights, the eight-week journey will take in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia

24 May 2019 - 5:45PM

At a price tag of US$20,000 per person, not including flights, the eight-week journey will take in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia

Round-the-world railway journey that spans four continents, starting from London, Sydney or Chicago
Travellers' Checks | Remembering the world’s first transatlantic flight that crash-landed in Ireland 100 years ago

Also, new art deco hotel in quirky Otaru offers stylish alternative for exploring Sapporo region and Caribbean cruise by Moody Blues frontman offers raft of ripe rockers for seven nights of old-school entertainment.

17 May 2019 - 5:00PM

Also, new art deco hotel in quirky Otaru offers stylish alternative for exploring Sapporo region and Caribbean cruise by Moody Blues frontman offers raft of ripe rockers for seven nights of old-school entertainment.

Remembering the world’s first transatlantic flight that crash-landed in Ireland 100 years ago
Travellers' Checks | When Hong Kong resembled ‘Italian seaport’ and tourists were ‘globe-trotters’

Also, Royal Caribbean’s mega cruise ship Spectrum of the Seas is on course for Hong Kong, and a new, sleek Silversea vessel is being purpose built for Galapagos Islands cruise.

10 May 2019 - 1:15PM

Also, Royal Caribbean’s mega cruise ship Spectrum of the Seas is on course for Hong Kong, and a new, sleek Silversea vessel is being purpose built for Galapagos Islands cruise.

When Hong Kong resembled ‘Italian seaport’ and tourists were ‘globe-trotters’
Travellers' Checks | Is the TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport the coolest in the world?

Also in travel news, Thailand and Cambodia reconnect by rail after a 45-year break, with services between Phnom Penh and Bangkok expected to resume before too long.

4 May 2019 - 3:20AM

Also in travel news, Thailand and Cambodia reconnect by rail after a 45-year break, with services between Phnom Penh and Bangkok expected to resume before too long.

Is the TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport the coolest in the world?
Travellers' Checks | Doulos Phos, The Ship Hotel, drops anchor in Indonesia – complete with swimming pool, spa and museum

Previously known as the MV Doulos, the ship and floating bookshop was popular in Hong Kong for its cheap, Christian-themed books.

26 Apr 2019 - 1:30PM

Previously known as the MV Doulos, the ship and floating bookshop was popular in Hong Kong for its cheap, Christian-themed books.

Doulos Phos, The Ship Hotel, drops anchor in Indonesia – complete with swimming pool, spa and museum
Travellers' Checks | Why you should book ahead for Tokyo 2020 accommodation: Cary Grant film remembers room shortage of 1964 Games

Some of the hotels that were opened in anticipation of the 1964 Games are still open today and may be worth checking into during next year’s Olympics

19 Apr 2019 - 1:21PM

Some of the hotels that were opened in anticipation of the 1964 Games are still open today and may be worth checking into during next year’s Olympics

Why you should book ahead for Tokyo 2020 accommodation: Cary Grant film remembers room shortage of 1964 Games
Travellers' Checks | Can Malaysia’s Desaru Coast compete with Sentosa in Singapore or Indonesia’s Bintan Island?

Backed by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which invested US$1.1 billion in its development, the resort has seen a slew of luxury hotels opening, plus two golf courses, but doubts remain over its sustainability.

12 Apr 2019 - 12:49PM

Backed by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, which invested US$1.1 billion in its development, the resort has seen a slew of luxury hotels opening, plus two golf courses, but doubts remain over its sustainability.

Can Malaysia’s Desaru Coast compete with Sentosa in Singapore or Indonesia’s Bintan Island?
Travellers' Checks | How three deadly Pan Am plane crashes in nine months changed airline’s safety culture

Faulted by the FAA for its substandard airmen and inadequate training after 1970s disasters in Pacific, Pan Am made sweeping changes; a reminder of the Bali disaster, a hotel owned at the time by the airline, is soon to be redeveloped.

5 Apr 2019 - 12:56AM

Faulted by the FAA for its substandard airmen and inadequate training after 1970s disasters in Pacific, Pan Am made sweeping changes; a reminder of the Bali disaster, a hotel owned at the time by the airline, is soon to be redeveloped.

How three deadly Pan Am plane crashes in nine months changed airline’s safety culture
Travellers' Checks | The world’s largest hotel in Malaysia is a far cry from what top properties used to look like

The Royal York, in the Canadian city of Toronto, claimed to be the largest hotel in the British Empire when it opened 90 years ago, today, its modest 1,048 rooms pale in comparison to the 7,350 available at First World Hotel in Genting Highlands

29 Mar 2019 - 2:12PM

The Royal York, in the Canadian city of Toronto, claimed to be the largest hotel in the British Empire when it opened 90 years ago, today, its modest 1,048 rooms pale in comparison to the 7,350 available at First World Hotel in Genting Highlands

The world’s largest hotel in Malaysia is a far cry from what top properties used to look like
Travellers' Checks | London welcomes Hard Rock Hotel, in a former haunt of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross

Another notable hotel opening is the first by Japanese homeware brand Muji, in Ginza, one of Tokyo’s top shopping districts, while for those who like to sleep on the road, new manual Van Life teaches all you need to know.

23 Mar 2019 - 4:41PM

Another notable hotel opening is the first by Japanese homeware brand Muji, in Ginza, one of Tokyo’s top shopping districts, while for those who like to sleep on the road, new manual Van Life teaches all you need to know.

London welcomes Hard Rock Hotel, in a former haunt of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross
Travellers' Checks | When General Tom Thumb wowed Hong Kong crowds with his little-person performance

Plus, HK Express to launch a direct route to Japan’s Miyako Islands in July, and Lonely Planet’s somewhat uninspiring anthology of travel writing

15 Mar 2019 - 2:39PM

Plus, HK Express to launch a direct route to Japan’s Miyako Islands in July, and Lonely Planet’s somewhat uninspiring anthology of travel writing

When General Tom Thumb wowed Hong Kong crowds with his little-person performance
Travellers' Checks | Gay old closing time – Flintstones theme park near the Grand Canyon shuts up shop

The classic American roadside tourist attraction had been serving Bronto Burgers and Dino Dogs since 1972

8 Mar 2019 - 9:23AM

The classic American roadside tourist attraction had been serving Bronto Burgers and Dino Dogs since 1972

Gay old closing time – Flintstones theme park near the Grand Canyon shuts up shop
Travellers' Checks | Korean Air marks 50 years of excellence, or is it accidents?

The airline suffered multiple tragedies but a 1999 crash out of London saw it address cockpit culture and turn its record around

1 Mar 2019 - 8:39AM

The airline suffered multiple tragedies but a 1999 crash out of London saw it address cockpit culture and turn its record around

Korean Air marks 50 years of excellence, or is it accidents?