Having drunk alcoholically from the age of 14 until 39, Vince Cullen sat in his kitchen and poured a glass of lager. He made a promise to himself that this would be his last drink… ever. That was nearly 28-years ago. Since then, he has been associated with Wat Thamkrabok, the famous detox monastery in Thailand and Buddhist-oriented drug and alcohol recovery worldwide.

In 2009, Vince founded the Fifth Precept Sangha and since then has taught Hungry Ghost Retreats in the UK, Ireland, India, Nepal, Thailand and the USA. He is a board member of the Buddhist Recovery Network and has been a Buddhist Prison Chaplain at establishments in the UK.

For the last year or so, Vince has been travelling extensively looking at the world through the lens of Dharma. On a recent trip he travelled by bus, ferry and train from Tralee on the west coast of Ireland to Kapikoy Gate on the Turkish-Iranian border, passing through 35 European countries along the way. Random thoughts, photos and daily budget costs can be seen at Travelling Simply to Simply Travel.